I'll admit that I can't live without Spotify but despite being able to stream free music — I am willing to spend money on vinyl records. Vinyl records can provide a deeper, tactile connection to music that resonates with me. Music at the push of a few buttons doesn’t provide the experience that you get with vinyl. Things like admiring the jacket artwork, putting the record on the spindle, dropping the needle, being in awe of the fact that sound is coming out of tiny grooves — vinyl provides a time to sit down and enjoy a whole album how it’s meant to be listened to.
The act of collecting records is an extremely personal one, but I just wanted to share a few of my favorites. Some are classics that never get old, others are records to throw on at a party, and others still are for letting spin as you stare at the ceiling thinking about what a funny thing life can be.
Do you have a vinyl collection? What would you collect?
What it is: The eleventh studio album released by The Beatles and a strong contender for the title of “Greatest Album of All Time”. Side two is arguably the greatest 22 minutes of music ever recorded, though I’ll acknowledge that claim comes with a healthy dose of personal bias. But regardless of my taste, you should own it to serve as a reminder of what an amazing band The Beatles were, and so one day your kid can listen to it on vinyl.
What it is: The source of the most ubiquitous album cover art of all time. Pink Floyd, some argue, is the greatest band of all time.
What it is: Debut full-length album from Billie Eilish featuring her signature haunting vocals and synth-heavy sound.