Hey there! This week, I will be discussing my top 10 albums on vinyl! I am a big lover of records, and trying to pick my top 10 choices, was pretty difficult. When you own 145 albums on vinyl, it can be tough to pick your favorites. I have a lot of artists that I have multiple different albums that I absolutely love, but I tried to keep this list to one album per artist. If you are interested in any of the albums I will be chatting about, you can go over to my playlist on Spotify and check them out.
I have had my record player for about 2 years now, and I absolutely love it. A lot of the time when I crochet, I will throw a record on. Taking the time out of my day to focus on music for close to an hour is really amazing sometimes. Being a musician myself, I love enjoying a full album, because you can tell how much time and effort they have put into putting it all together. Each song on any album is there for a reason, and a lot of times, artists place them in a specific order for a reason. I have grown to love listening to full albums, and records are the best way to do this. I hope you can take the time to enjoy at least one of these albums on a record player like I have.
#10: Emerson, Lake & Palmer by Emerson, Lake & Palmer
I had never heard of this group until I got the book, 101 Essential Rock Records. It has been my goal, ever since receiving this book, to try and collect every record in this book. I know the article online says it may cost a collector a lot of money to get all of these, but I am not to worried about getting specific editions of the vinyls. I also check local used vinyl shops a lot for these, which is where I found this first one. I was amazingly surprised while the first song was playing, of the bands talent. I must say, it does take a specific kind of person to listen to this one, but if you are really into instrumental tracks from the 70’s, you are really going to enjoy this one. The whole album just sounds like a giant jam session, where each group member gets their turn to solo. It is great background music as well, especially if you have other things that you need to do, but want a little bit of background noise. The songs do get a little repetitive, and there are A LOT of insane, long solos throughout the record. It is definitely worth the listen, if you are interested in some strange music like I am.
#9: Molly Hatchet by Molly Hatchet
If you love some good old fashion southern rock, you will definitely love this album. I was watching one of my favorite shows, Supernatural, and The Creeper came on by this band, and I really loved it. I have always had a love for southern rock for some unknown reason, so that song just got me excited. I had one other Molly Hatchet album before this, and I had gotten it from my mom. She loves this group, and so that is probably where I got that from. It is a very basic southern rock album, and reminds me a lot of some of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s songs. My second favorite album by Molly Hatchet would have to be Flirtin’ With Disaster, so go check that one out if you like this one. It reminds me of summers on the lake, which is why especially with how cold January has been, it is nice to listen to, because it warms me up.
#8: Disintegration by The Cure
Before I even got a record player, I binged through One Tree Hill on Netflix. It is your stereotypical high school drama show, but I was hooked. One of the main characters, Peyton, had a MASSIVE record collection. In the show, she talk about how this album was her all time favorite. For some reason once I got my record player, I was obsessed with trying to find this record and have it in my collection. It took me a while, but I did end up finding it. It is very stereotypically 80’s sounding for pieces of it, but there are some darker and edgier songs within it as well. It is definitely a very relaxed album, and it is nice to just sit and listen to. This is a good one for some background noise, and I am just in love with the 80’s vibe it gives off. The lyrics do have a lot of deeper meanings to them, if you really listen to them. Lots of varying emotions going on throughout this one.
#7: No Jacket Required by Phil Collins
Now I know what you are probably thinking, “What?!? You didn’t choose Face Value? What are you stupid?!?” The answer is no, I am not stupid. While Face Value is a great Phil Collins album, but I do prefer this one. Sussudio is my all time favorite track, and it also in one of my favorite movies, American Psycho. I think one of my favorite things about Phil Collins is how his albums flow very well. There are a lot of songs that are really rocking, but then some that are very laid back and sentimental. I love how Phil Collins can flip around like that. He is a very flexible artist, and I absolutely how talented he is, and how many styles he can fit into. Definitely an 80’s sounding album, and it is worth time to sit down and listen to it.
#6: LP3 by Ratatat
This album is definitely the odd ball of the group that I have. It does not fit with the typical 70’s-80’s rock vibe I have, and it is an electronic album of all things. The reason I love this album so much, is because it reminds me of my early college days. Some of my friends had a house together, and I would hang out there quite often. We always ended up playing this album on their record player, and it just reminds me of how awesome and chill those nights were. We would just be hanging out, probably playing some cribbage, or some Smash Bros. I also really enjoy the sound of this album, because even though it is electronic, it is a very relaxed album. Most of the time when I think of electronic music, I think of dance music, but Ratatat has a very different vibe with electronic music, and I really enjoy it. Nostalgia for the win with this one for sure.
#5: Paris by Supertramp
Before I got my record player, I would never listen to live music. I hated the sounds of people cheering in the background, and with a lot of modern artists, the song does not vary much when it is performed live, so I saw no point. Then I received this album. When I got my record player as a Christmas present 2 years ago, I asked my parents if they had any records that they didn’t want anymore. I received a pretty decent sized box with a bunch of good records. A lot of the records I love the most, were mostly my dad’s. This is his all time favorite album, and he would always ask me to find it for him on CD, so he could listen to it. When I got this from him, I knew this had to be the first thing I listened to with my new record player. They have an amazing live sound, and I am very impressed by their talent. There are a variety of instruments that are played on here, and every member of this group is very talented. It has a partially jazzy feel to it, but also rock at the same time. This album definitely got me turned on to both Supertramp, and live albums in general, and I definitely have my dad to thank for that.
#4: The Stranger by Billy Joel
Billy Joel has started to make his way into my favorite artist category recently. A friend of mine exposed me to his music a couple years back, and every time we would go on car rides, we would always listen to Billy Joel. This album has all of my favorite tracks on it, and it is just set up so well. You will definitely end up singing along to this album, like I do most of the time I listen to it. Billy Joel is such an amazing musician, with all of the various music that he writes. He also has a way of saying things that you would never think of. He is just one of those artists that will always be at the top of his game, even with how old he is now. He has even written some classical piano pieces, which is amazing. I am SO excited to see him live in July, and I can’t wait to experience his music in person.
#3 Stand Up by Jethro Tull
This is another album that comes from the 101 Essential Rock Records book that I got. I had heard of Jethro Tull before this, because I had heard Aqualung. While that is a good song and album, I have to say this one is way better. Living In The Past is also a great album, but Stand Up just has a great variety of songs, all of which I had never heard before purchasing this album. It just has a very relaxed rock style that I absolutely love, and I absolutely love the jazz flute throughout the songs. Jethro Tull just has a lot of variety in their music that I absolutely love. I can rock out to Fat Man, but then lay back and relax during Bouree. I love their sound, and I very much respect what they do with their music. They are definitely in my top 5 favorite artists for sure.
#2: The Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd
You can have a vinyl list and not talk about Pink Floyd. This is another one that I received from my dad, still in very great condition (Way to go Dad!). It is also in the 101 Essential Rock Records, for obvious reasons. Again, you may probably be thinking that I am not a true Floyd fan, because everyone likes this album, and it’s probably the only one you own. I happen to have 6 other Pink Floyd albums, and it was very difficult for me to pick my favorite. I could have a whole blog post about them. The main thing I love about this album, is how every song just leads right into the next one. The only breaks there are in this one, is the break between the front side and the back side. I love when artists can successfully do that, and it make it sound amazing. With this album in particular, I love how much emotion there is throughout it, when there are very little words throughout the album. It is very powerful album, and Pink Floyd, a very powerful artist, especially with their content. I also love what they do with sound clips throughout the album. Especially with Money and Time. It is a great use of other sound sources. Pink Floyd has my highest respect, and there isn’t an album of theirs I have heard that I didn’t like.
#1: 2112 by Rush
Rush had got to be my number one choice, and not just any old Rush album either. The first time I had heard the song 2112, was while playing Guitar Hero: Legends of Rock. They use this song for a halfway point of the game, in order to get the all powerful guitar you need to defeat the enemy. I fell in love with it while playing it. I was just so impressed that someone could make this amazing of a song, and also hold my attention for 21 straight minutes. That can be tough to do for sure. 2112 is my all time favorite Rush album, and song. For one thing, there are only 3 members of this band, and then can make some impressive sounds for only 3 members. Also, 2112 tells of a dystopian future where there isn’t music, which really speaks to me. I love an album that tells a story, and Rush does an excellent job of this on 2112. The back side also has some amazing songs as well. Rush just understands that not every song has to be in common time. They have a lot of songs that switch time signatures and I really love that about them. Just like with Pink Floyd, there isn’t a Rush song I have heard that I have not liked. 2112 just has a variety of emotions that are portrayed very effectively, and you can tell that the guys are really into it. I will always be a massive Rush fan, no matter what, and it is because of 2112.
I hope some of you have heard some of the albums I was talking about. If not, go back to the top of this post, and click on the link for the Spotify playlist I created. Let me know if I talked about any of your favorite bands. Also, if you have any albums that you love that I did not talk about, let me know so I can give them a listen. I hope you enjoyed the post today, and got some inspiration to go listen to some music! I hope you have an awesome week, and I hope you join me next week for another post!