Turntables & Vinyl #3 – Mother Lode

I hit the mother lode last weekend while I was visiting family in Atlanta.  The conversation somehow ended up on Vinyl records and my sister-in-law mentioned she had some old albums laying around.  My brother found the box and in it were 4 albums on my wish list…Def Leppard’s ‘Pyromania’ and ‘Hysteria’; Whitesnake’s self-titled album and Bon Jovi’s ‘Slippery When Wet’.  I couldn’t believe my luck.  Of course, when I left their house, for some reason I left the Bon Jovi album there.  I will make sure to grab it next time I am down.  BTW, they were in phenomenal shape.



Now, I could tell my sister-in-law was very iffy about letting me “have” the albums.  But she did give them to me to “borrow”.  I really do appreciate it and I will keep them in great shape.  Maybe I will return them someday…Kidding!!  I will give them back if she asks…and says pretty please.

It gets better.  The next day I am at my sister’s house and I mention to my brother-in-law what I got and he states he has a box full of albums down in the basement.  I know what his musical taste is so I started salivating.  And let’s just say I was not disappointed in the very least.  And when he said a box full, let’s just say my collection has significantly increased.  If you would like to know what was in the box, well, I am going to tell you.  If you don’t, then why are you reading my posts??

First off, he had another copy of Def Leppard’s ‘Pyromania’ as well.  This means I can go ahead and give my sister-in-law back her copy.  He also had some albums that I already had on vinyl such as Boston’s ‘Don’t Look Back’, Pat Benatar’s ‘Crime of Passion’, Aldo Nova’s ‘Subject’, and the ‘Star Wars’ Soundtrack’.

As I started digging, I was freaking out.  He had a couple more that were on my wish list.  Led Zeppelin’s ‘House of the Holy’, AC/DC’s ‘Back in Black’ and Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side of the Moon’.  I couldn’t believe my luck.



There were a ton more so I will just list them all now:

  • Cheap Trick – ‘At Budokan’
  • Chicago’s – ‘Greatest Hits’
  • Kansas – ‘Point of No Return’
  • Foreignor – ‘Head Games’
  • Foreignor – ‘ Double Vision’
  • ELO – ‘Out of the Blue’
  • ELO – ‘A New World Record’
  • Journey – ‘Infinity’
  • Blackfoot – ‘Tomcattin”
  • Blackfoot – ‘Strikes’
  • Blue Oyster Cult – ‘Fire of Unknown Origin’
  • The Eagles – ‘The Long Run’
  • Dio – ‘The Last in Line’
  • Aerosmith – ‘Night in the Ruts’
  • Bryan Adams – ‘Reckless’
  • Krokus – ‘Hardwire’
  • Missing Persons – ‘Spring Session M’
  • Molly Hatchet – ‘Flirtin’ with Disaster’
  • Mother’s Finest – ‘Another Mother Further’
  • Ted Nugent – ‘Ted Nugent’
  • Ted Nugent – ‘Scream Dream’
  • Van Halen – Van Halen II
  • Pat Travers Band – ‘Crash And Burn’
  • Pat Travers – ‘Heat in the Street’
  • Styx – ‘Pieces of Eight’
  • Styx – ‘Cornerstone’
  • Max Webster – ‘Universal Juveniles’

It was amazing going through the box.  My brother-in-law is a huge Rush fan and I thought it was strange I hadn’t come across any Rush Albums.  That was only because the Rush albums were at the back of the stack.  And there were 6 of them.

  • Rush – ‘Moving Pictures’ (This was also on my wish list)
  • Rush – ‘Permanent Waves’
  • Rush – ‘Caress of Steel’
  • Rush – ‘A Farewell to Kings’
  • Rush – ‘Fly By Night’
  • Rush – ‘Hold Your Fire’


I have to say I was in heaven.  It will take me a long while to get through all of them, but don’t you worry, it will happen.  I have to thank my brother-in-law for letting me take them and he should know they are in good hands.  There were about a dozen or more other albums, but not sure I will listen to them as they aren’t something I am into.

Now with all these albums, I need a place to store them.  Lo and behold, Amazon has all sorts of stuff you can buy.  I did and two days later, I had storage for my albums with room to grow.


To go from not listening or paying attention to vinyl to now having a nice collection, I would say my new obsession is in full swing.  Heaven help me!

16 thoughts on “Turntables & Vinyl #3 – Mother Lode

  1. These are the best of times. I myself have been recipient of others’ old record collections, and it just feels amazing – I know your story exactly! And you got your hands on some real gems, so it’s even more amazing.

    Happy days! Enjoy your tunes!

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  2. Wow, what good fortune! Back before the days one could find so much music to stream, I would spend hours in vintage record shops digging for albums. When I moved from St Louis to Palm Springs in 2011, I wanted to downsize, so I donated a box of old albums I no longer wanted, but thankfully kept a box of classics I wanted to keep. I also kept my turntable and Bose speakers, though I don’t have a place to set them up, so they’re in boxes in the garage. The piece you bought on Amazon just might work for me though. Great post!


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