Ever since I started the whole resurgence in my vinyl collection which started from nothing just 10 months ago, I have been trying to put together “The List” of all the albums that are a must have for my collection. The list is long and it is going to be expensive to put together.
For me, albums from the 70’s must be in vinyl as that was the medium of choice at the time. That means that I need to have Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Aerosmith, early AC/DC, Queen and of course KISS, just to name a few. I am off to a good start with KISS thanks to the box of records I mentioned back in the first Turntables & Vinyl post.
The 80’s is the decade I grew up in and fell in love with music so there has to be a ton of vinyl from those years as well. Def Leppard, Van Halen, more AC/DC, Motley Crue, Whitesnake, Ratt and any other rock band from that era. The collection is growing, but the list doesn’t seem to get smaller.
That was true until the last week of February when my luck turned and I found a ton of albums on my list…finally. So many albums, but the small problem…the cost. I found this new place to buy my vinyl. It is in the Catawba River Antique Market in Belmont, NC.
There is a small booth in the store called Re-Spin Records and he had a collection of vinyl for sale that would make any lover of 70’s & 80’s rock salivate. I did just that when I started flipping through the albums.
He had so many albums on my list. He had AC/DC, Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, Queen, and Led Zeppelin. Everything I mentioned earlier that I had to have. He had Def Leppard, Van Halen, Scorpions, Ratt, Whitesnake and so much more. I started pulling albums out and stacking them until I realized there was a problem. I didn’t calculate the cost yet. I only allotted myself $100 to spend because anything above that and I am supposed to run it by the boss (my wife).
We have an agreement that if it cost under $100, you don’t need to check in, you can just buy it (and for those that would try to cheat the system – it is total bill not per item). If it was per item, I would have bought the whole store. I didn’t want to go over that limit, although it was so tempting. The stack of albums quickly tallied up well north of $200 (and I hadn’t even gone through everything yet). I had to now make some tough decisions. What were the ones I had to have right then and there and which ones could wait a few months where I could justify spending money again.
Here is what I decided.
Led Zeppelin!! He had three albums – II, IV and In Through The Out Door – they were now mine. I have never seen any used Led Zeppelin vinyl in any store I have visited in Charlotte so I immediately put those on the must have pile. I already have Houses of the Holy, so now I have four.
Van Halen!! He actually had a bunch of Van Halen which is so unusual as I haven’t seen those anywhere else either. I already have I and II and 1984 for the Roth years and OU812 for the Hagar years. I was able to pick up the rest of the Roth years with Diver Down, Fair Warning, and Women & Children First. For the Hagar years, I was able to get 5150.
Queen – He had a couple Queen albums, but the one I went with was the Queen Greatest Hits. I figured that was the perfect one to start with to hold me over for awhile until I go back and get the earlier catalog. Still want to get some from the 80’s.
The other 2 albums I grabbed was Ratt’s Out of the Cellar and Scorpion’s Blackout. Both are a couple of my favorites from those bands and I figured why not.
The AC/DC, Aerosmith and Black Sabbath albums will wait until the next trip as I am eager to complete their collections. Patience…that is the key word…Patience. I don’t really have it so it is a struggle at times to not go grab everything. Plus, I would be divorced and on Food Stamps if I did. Oh yeah, my tally for the 10 albums I purchased (before tax) was $103. I am glad to say she didn’t kill me for going over as she knew how excited I was with getting them.
To make things even better, the day before my oldest daughter and I went back to our favorite record store in Charlotte, Lunchbox Records. While we were there I found the album I have been searching shops here for since I started this. My favorite album by my favorite band. If you read this blog on a regular basis, you will know that my favorite band is Def Leppard. Yes, I finally found my holy grail…High ‘N’ Dry!!! I am sure it is easy to buy online, but that is no fun. It is fun going to the stores and flipping through the albums.
And if you care, I also picked up Triumph’s Allied Forces and John Mellencamp’s Scarecrow at Lunchbox.
Those two days of shopping were two of the greatest I have had on this journey. I am listening to Led Zeppelin II while writing this and enjoying every note being played. I can’t wait to get through all of these I bought. Now I have to go through “The List” and mark these off and start obsessing over the ones I don’t have.
Oh yeah, I almost forgot another pick up from about 1 week earlier was the first Kiss album without makeup – Lick It Up!! That was exciting for me as it was this album tour I finally saw Kiss in concert!! (yes, I know…I shop too much for vinyl…I have issues)
If you are interested in the rest of this series, here are the links below: