Collecting Vinyl Records
Vinyl Record Collecting
Vinyl record collectors come in as many shapes, sizes and generations as the vinyl records they collect. For some, collecting records is an obsession, a lifelong journey to obtain hidden masterpieces locked away in the attics and basements around the globe. For others, just owning a few selected gems from their favorite band or recording artist is enough to satisfy their collecting palate. Then there is the thrill of the chase, scouring online web sites and auctions looking for a rare or collectible record for their collection. For the adventurous, there are the numerous garage sales, rummage sales, flea markets and the like, that dot the countryside in small town U.S.A., where vinyl collectors can search through the dusty boxes and bins for their next special addition to their already growing vinyl record collection. There is almost a sense of pride, self-worth, if you will, in finding what you are looking for, if only to be satisfied for a moment, until you realize you must find another rare treasure to add to your collection.
50's Rock N' Roll on Vinyl
In its purest form, Rock & Roll has three chords, a strong, insistent back beat, and a catchy melody. Early rock & roll drew from a variety of sources, primarily blues, R&B, and country, but also gospel, traditional pop, jazz, and folk. All of these influences combined in a simple, blues-based song structure that was fast, danceable, and catchy. The first wave of rock & rollers like Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly, Bo Diddley, Bill Haley, Gene Vincent, the Everly Brothers, and Carl Perkins, among many others set the template for rock & roll that was followed over the next four decades. During each decade, a number of artists replicated the sound of the first rockers, while some expanded that definition and others completely exploded the constrictions of the genre.
Little Richard "Here's Little Richard"
Bo Diddley "Have Guitar Will Travel"
Ray Charles "Hit the Road Jack"
60's 70's Classic Rock on Vinyl
Classic Rock N' Roll Albums
From the days of British Invasion, folk-rock, psychedelia, and through hard rock, heavy metal, glam rock, and punk, most sub-genres of rock & roll initially demonstrated an allegiance to the basic music structure of rock & roll. Once these sub genres emerged, traditional rock & roll faded away from the pop charts, yet there were always artists that kept the flame alive. Some, like the Rolling Stones and the Faces, adhered to the basic rules of traditional rock & roll but played the music fast and loose. Others, like proto-punk rockers the Velvet Underground, the New York Dolls, and The Stooges, kept the basic song structure, but played it with more menace, although the term "rock & roll" came to refer to a number of different music styles in the decades following its inception, the essential form of the music never changed.
Canned Heat "Live at Topanga Corral"
Canned Heat "Bullfrog Blues" Live at the Kaleidoscope
The Beatles "Twist & Shout"
Psychedelic Rock on Vinyl
Psych Vinyl Records
Psychedelic rock emerged in the mid-'60s, as British Invasion and folk-rock bands began expanding the sonic possibilities of their music. Instead of confining themselves to the brief, concise verse-chorus-verse patterns of rock & roll, they moved toward more free-form, fluid song structures. Just as important, if not more so the groups began incorporating elements of Indian and Eastern music and free-form jazz to their sound, as well as experimenting with electronically altering instruments and voices within the recording studio. Initially, around 1965 and 1966, bands like the Yardbirds and The Byrds broke down the boundaries for psychedelia, creating swirling layers of fuzz-toned guitars, sitars, and chanted vocals. Soon, numerous groups followed their pattern, including The Beatles and the Rolling Stones, both of whom recorded psychedelia in 1966.
Blues Magoos "Psychedelic Lollipop" 1966
Ambitious, Eclectic, & Often Grandiose
Progressive or Prog Rock
Progressive music which arose in the late 1960s is a broad and convergent style of rock music and progressive music or more often prog, or prog rock when differentiating from other sub-genres of prog. Progressive rock reached its peak of popularity in the early 1970s, but does continue as a musical form to this day. Prog rock is an ambitious, eclectic, and often grandiose style of rock music and a catalyst to raise the level of musicanship among rock bands and bring a new level of depth and sophistication to rock. Progressive rock was largely a European movement, and drew most of its influences from classical music and jazz fusion, in contrast to American rock, which was influenced by rhythm & blues and country, although there are notable exceptions in the U.S. such as Kansas and Rush - considered by many to be the finest examples of the form. Over the years various sub-genres of progressive rock have emerged, such as symphonic rock, art rock and progressive metal.
America's Soundtrack of Rebellion
Heavy Metal Vinyl
There are numerous stylistic variations on heavy metal's core sound, but they're all tied together by a reliance on loud, distorted guitars (usually playing repeated riffs) and simple, pounding rhythms. Heavy metal has been controversial nearly throughout its existence -- critics traditionally dismissed the music as riddled with over-the-top adolescent theatrics, and conservative groups have often protested what they perceive as evil lyrical content. Still, despite -- or perhaps because of -- those difficulties, heavy metal has become one of the most consistently popular forms of rock music ever created, able to adapt to the times yet keep its core appeal intact. For all its status as America's rebellion soundtrack of choice, heavy metal was largely a British creation.
AC-DC "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap"
Dokken "Beast From The East"
Black Sabbath "War Pigs" Live Paris 1970
Rolling Stones "Let It Bleed"
Colored Vinyl Records
Limited Edition Vinyl
For the most part records are pressed on black vinyl. The coloring material used to blacken the transparent PVC plastic mix is carbon black, which is the generic name for the finely divided carbon particles produced by the incomplete burning of a mineral oil based hydrocarbon. Carbon black increases the strength of the disc and renders it opaque. Polystyrene is often used for 7" records. Some records are pressed on colored vinyl or with paper pictures embedded in them known as picture discs. These discs can become collectors' items in some cases. Certain 45-rpm RCA, RCA Victor or RCA Red Seal used red translucent vinyl for extra "Red Seal" effect. During the 1980s there was a trend for releasing singles on colored vinyl sometimes with large inserts that could be used as posters. This trend has been revived recently and has succeeded in keeping 7" singles a viable format.
MR. T Experience MTX "Love Is Dead"
Hellhamer "Crucifixtion" Blood Red Vinyl
Vintage Jazz Vinyl
Jazz, America's Classical Music
Jazz has been called America's classical music, and for good reason. Along with the blues, its forefather, it is one of the first truly indigenous musics to develop in America, yet its unpredictable, risky ventures into improvisation gave it critical cache with scholars that the blues lacked. At the outset, jazz was dance music, performed by swinging big bands. Soon, the dance elements faded into the background and improvisation became the key element of the music. As the genre evolved, the music split into a number of different styles, from the speedy, hard-hitting rhythms of be-bop and the laid-back, mellow harmonies of cool jazz to the jittery, atonal forays of free jazz and the earthy grooves of soul jazz. What tied it all together was a foundation in the blues, a reliance on group interplay and unpredictable improvisation. Throughout the years, and in all the different styles, those are the qualities that defined jazz.
Hank Mobley "Roll Call"
Max Bennett Quintet with Charlie Mariano
Miles Davis "Relaxin’ with Miles Davis Quintet"
"For Your Eyes Only"
Ian Flemings' 007 On Vinyl Records
James Bond Movie Soundtracks
The James Bond film series are spy films inspired by Ian Fleming's novels about the fictional MI6 agent Commander James Bond (codename 007). EON Productions have produced twenty-two films between 1962 and 2008. In addition, there are two independent productions and an American television adaptation of the first novel Casino Royal. Albert Broccoli and Harry Saltzman co-produced the EON films until 1975, when Broccoli remained the sole producer. Since 1995, Broccoli's daughter Barbara and stepson Michael G. Wilson have co-produced them. Six actors have portrayed 007 so far.
James Bond 007 "Octopussy"
Paul McCartney & Wings "Live And Let Die"
James Bond 007 "Thunderball"
Quadraphonic Stereo or quad sound the most widely used early term for what is now called 4.0 stereo - uses four channels in which speakers are positioned at the four corners of the listening space, reproducing signals that are (wholly or in part) independent of one another. Quadraphonic audio was one of the earliest consumer offerings in surround sound. It was a commercial failure due to many technical problems, which were solved too late to save the technology from disaster. The format was more expensive than standard two-channel stereo. It also required extra speakers, and suffered from lack of a standard format for LP records. The rise of home theater products in the late 1980s and early 1990s brought multi-channel recording formats back to the forefront, although in a completely different form. Quite a few quadraphonic recordings were made before its demise.
Frank Zappa "Apostrophe"
Blue Humor & the Vinyl Record
The term blue humor also known as dirty jokes or off-color humor is an Americanism used to describe various jokes, prose, poems, black comedy and skits that deal with topics that are considered to be in poor taste or overly vulgar by the prevailing morals in a culture. Blue Humor implies stand-up comedy at its raunchiest; while any comic employing expletives in their act can be considered to "work blue" (as opposed to "working clean," without the use of obscenities), only the most truly vulgar can be considered true blue. Arguably the most famous blue comedian was Redd Foxx, who for years released "party albums" so scatological that most record stores refused to carry them; however, the blue humor of Foxx's '60s-era peak is quite mild in comparison to the work of latter-day stand-ups like Andrew "Dice" Clay, as changing cultural values require blue comedians to be as consistently vulgar as humanly possible. Dirty jokes were once considered subversive and underground, and rarely heard in public. Comedian Lenny Bruce was once tried, convicted, and jailed for obscenity after a stand up performance that included off-color humor in New York City in 1964.
Redd Foxx "Side Splitter"
Pearl Williams "A Trip Around the World Is Not A Cruise"
Belle Barth "In Person"
The Childrens Television Workshop
Sesame Street is an American educational children's television series and a pioneer of the contemporary educational television standard, combining both education and entertainment. Sesame Street is well known for its Muppet characters created by Jim Henson. It premiered on November 10, 1969, and is the longest running children's program on American television. The show is produced in the United States by the non-profit organization Sesame Workshop, formerly known as the Children's Television Workshop (CTW), founded by Joan Ganz Cooney and Ralph Rogers.
Sesame Street "Monsters! A Musical Monster-Osity"
Sesame Street "Signs"
The Circus is in Town
Vinyl Under the Big Top
Circus music is any sort of music that is played to accompany a circus, as well as music written that emulates its general style. The most common type of circus music is the circus march, or screamer, which are marches played at very fast tempos. Popular music would also often get arranged for the circus band, as well as waltzes, foxtrots and other dances. Such bands would accompany the acts, as well as giving a B-flat chord as a stinger
Radio Station Promos
White Label Promos
A promotional recording, or promo is a recording issued on vinyl distributed free in order to promote a commercial recording. Promos are usually sent out to radio stations, record shops and magazine and newspaper reviewers in advance of the official release date so that their reviews will appear in the current publications. They are often distributed with a white label. Typically a promo is marked with some variation of the following text: "Licensed for promotional use only. Sale is prohibited." It may also state: "Item is to be returned to the distributor upon demand."
Metallica "Fade To Black"
Movie Soundtracks, Film Music
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Recordings
Film Music works in conjunction with dialogue and image to establish the mood and tone of a movie; classical, jazz, electronic -- regardless of genre, any material composed or scored expressly for use in a motion picture can be defined as film music. A soundtrack album, on the other hand, is not necessarily film music, as many of the songs that make up the record, as with those for American Graffiti, FM, Pulp Fiction, etc. were not originally intended for use in the movie, and other times as in Batman Forever don't even appear in the actual feature at all. Soundtracks contain music featured in movies and television soundtracks. Usually, these include excerpts of the score and incidental music, plus songs featured in the films or programs. soundtracks tended to play like various artists albums, no matter if it stuck music strictly in the film or music inspired by it.
Easy Rider Soundtrack
Hang 'Em High Soundtrack
Bat Out of Hell
Vinyl Picture Disc Record
For the most part records are pressed on black vinyl. The coloring material used to blacken the transparent PVC plastic mix is carbon black, which is the generic name for the finely divided carbon particles produced by the incomplete burning of a mineral oil based hydrocarbon. Carbon black increases the strength of the disc and renders it opaque. Polystyrene is often used for 7" records. Some records are pressed on colored vinyl or with paper pictures embedded in them known as "picture discs". These discs can become collectors' items in some cases. Certain 45-rpm RCA, RCA Victor or RCA Red Seal used red translucent vinyl for extra "Red Seal" effect. During the 1980s there was a trend for releasing singles on colored vinyl sometimes with large inserts that could be used as posters. This trend has been revived recently and has succeeded in keeping 7" singles a viable format.
Franklin D. Roosevelt: Five 1945 Recordings
Aluminum Based Acetate Records
Test Pressings - Reference Pressing
An acetate disc is cut prior to the cutting of the master disc which is used for mass production of records. Even though referred to as an "acetate", it is essentially an aluminum disc coated with a fine film of nitro-celluolose lacquer with no acetate in it at all. They really are nothing special to look at they do not come in a frame, there is no picture sleeve, or, no special artwork on the record labels. Most acetates are 10" round, but the actual music record grooves are usually 7" in diameter. A 7" single is usually cut on a 10" disc, a 12" single or LP is cut onto a 12" disc. They're almost always single-sided the other side is totally blank and shiny, with no grooves and no label.
Eric Clapton "Knockin On Heavens Door"
David Essex "Rock On"
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