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Jan 29

What to Do with A Vinyl Music Collection

Equinox Album Cover by Styx

Here’s one of my favorite album covers. It’s the “Equinox” album by Styx. (1975)

I’m trying to clean out stuff I’ve been saving for years in boxes and plastic totes, and I’ve unearthed my vinyl record collection. My Facebook friends advise me the albums are, for the most part, worthless.

I can’t vouch for the records’ quality. I have a record player that I bought in 1978, but I no longer have the amplifier I got at the same time. That means I can’t listen to them to hear what they sound like.

Some have gotten plenty of use. I bought most of them during my high school and college years between 1970 and 1978. There are some others they I bought in young adulthood. Embarrassingly, there are a few “disco” albums among those.

Whether a function of my age or the times, I don’t listen to music the way I did in my youth. I recall spending hours on lazy weekend afternoons listening to Elton John’s “Honky Chateau,” Deep Purple’s “Made in Japan,” or Neil Diamond’s “Hot August Night.” Those are album names, not necessarily song titles. Even after I started working after college, I would occasionally light a couple of candles and relax just listening to music — no reading, no TV. Just me and the tunes. The pressed vinyl may not be worth much today, but the memories and feelings evoked by the music are precious.

I don’t listen that way anymore. Although music is in the background every day while I work, and I’ve even got a playlist running as I write this. But I can’t remember the last time I just sat back and listened, just for the enjoyment of hearing the melodies, harmonies and rhythms.

I’m sure the change of habit has something to do with sharing a house with somebody else. It’s easier to watch a TV show or read a book than it is to agree on something we’d both like to listen to at the same time, even though our musical heritages and tastes are similar (except for her fondness for country music). It’s always easy to purchase just the songs I like and put them into playlists, and “albums” don’t seem to be constructed to listen to all in one sitting.

Anyway, that still leaves the question of what to do with the albums. Some of them have fantastic artwork. Others have fun liner notes to go along with the lyrics. I’m thinking about framing some of the covers, and I’m scouring Pinterest for other ideas. Let me know if you have any suggestions.

In the meantime, here’s the list of what I’ve got:

 

Neil Diamond

Hot August Night

George Carlin

Class Clown

Robin Williams

Reality … what a concept

Robert Plant

In The Mood  (EP)

Donna Summer

Bad Girls

Bee Gees

Spirits Having Flown

Amii Stewart

Knock on Wood

The Section

Fork it Over

Ten Years After

A Space in Time

Bad Company

Run With The Pack

Deep Purple

Made in Japan

The Doobie Brothers

What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits

Grand Funk

We’re An American Band

Neil Diamond

Jonathon Livingston Seagull

The Mistletoe Orchestra

Happy Holidays

Chicago

Chicago

Assorted artists

A Christmas to Remember

Barry Manilow

Barry Manilow Live

Duran Duran

Rio

Neil Diamond

The Jazz Singer

Pablo Cruise

A Place in the Sun

Eagles

Their Greatest Hits

Outlaws

Ghost Riders

Seals & Croft

Diamond Girl

The Knack

Get The Knack

George Harrison

Thirty-Three &1/3

Pink Floyd

The Final Cut

Lionel Richie

Can’t Slow Down

Styx

Kilroy Was Here

Joan Jett & The Blackheads

I Love Rock-n-Roll

Pat Benatar

Benatar  Live from Earth

Genesis

Genesis

Bryan Adams

Reckless

Pat Benatar

Crimes of Passion

Crosby, Stills & Nash

CSN

Heart

Dog & Butterfly

Heart

Passionworks

Styx

The Grand Illusion

Men At Work

Business As Usual

Supertramp

Breakfast in America

Ted Nugent

Cat Scratch Fever

Stevie Nicks

The Wild Heart

Elton John

Ice on Fire

Yes

Going for The One

Jerry Goldsmith

Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Billy Joel

52nd Street

Billy Joel

An Innocent Man

Jefferson Starship

Red Octopus

Boston

Boston

Billy Joel

Songs in the Attic

Alice Cooper

Welcome to My Nightmare

Kansas

Point of Know Return

Billy Joel

The Nylon Curtain

Rush

Permanent Waves

Various Artists

Miami Vice soundtrack

Rick Wakeman

Journey to the Center of the Earth

Rick Wakeman

The Six Wives of Henry VIII

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic

Handel: Messiah

Jeff Beck

There and Back

Jeff Beck

Blow by Blow

Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Armed Forces

Huey Lewis & The News

Sports

The Alan Parsons Project

I Robot

The Alan Parsons Project

The Turn of A Friendly Card

Rush

A Farewell to Kings

Supertramp

Paris

Bruce Springsteen

Born to Run

Phil Collins

No Jacket Required

Neil Young

Comes A Time

Simon and Garfunkel

The Concert in Central Park

Supertramp

Crime of The Century

Herb Alpert

Rise

The Police

Synchronicity

Pink Floyd

The Wall

The Who

Quadrophenia

Queen

Jazz

Styx

Equinox

Supertramp

Even in The Quietest Moments

Blues Brothers

Briefcase Full of Blues

Chicago

Chicago 16

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