We’ve been curating our vinyl collection for almost 20 years, but certain albums get played far more than others. Today we’re each rounding up our top 5 albums start to finish, no skips allowed!
We’ve never been shy about or love of collecting music on vinyl! Music is a huge part of our lives and barely a minute goes by in our home where tunes aren’t streaming from our turntable or our favorite Spotify playilsts. We recently laid out our recommendations on how to get started with a simple, beautiful turntable setup, and we were also asked this thoughtful question:
Every time I see your record collection, I have to know: What are your favorite albums from start to finish? Like, you don’t even think about skipping a single song?— @erin.v.stewart
It’s a question we’ve gotten more than once and one we’re excited to answer! By design, listening to entire albums (especially on vinyl) makes skipping tracks difficult, so we end up hearing the artists’ entire vision, like it or not! Listening to albums also brings us back to the days of cassettes (and CD’s to a lesser degree) when an album might spend an entire summer blasting from a walkman or your first car’s stereo system. For me, vinyl also lends itself to more focused listening. I find that if I make the effort to put on a record, I’m more likely to pay close attention to it and maybe hear things in the music that I wouldn’t notice otherwise.
So, here goes nothing. Our top 5 albums on vinyl, start to finish, no skips, and in alphabetical order.
Scott’s Top 5 Albums
- Arcade Fire | Funeral, 2004
- Kendrick Lamar | Good Kid, M.A.A.D City (Deluxe), 2012
- Robert Palmer | Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley, 1974
- Phish | The Story of the Ghost, 1998
- Sturgill Simpson | A Sailor’s Guide to Earth, 2016
Kim’s Top 5 Albums
- Aerosmith | Night in the Ruts, 1979
- Mariah Carey | Music Box, 1993
- No Doubt | Tragic Kingdom, 1995
- Queen | A Kind of Magic, 1986
- Rolling Stones | Some Girls, 1978
These 10 records offer a decent glimpse into what our vinyl collection is made of. Hip hop, classic rock, 90’s alternative and pop gems share space with Jazz, funk and (much to Kim’s dismay) a decent helping of jam band greats. It’s a mish-mash built from thrift shops, record stores, flea markets, ‘borrowing’ from our parents’ collections and purchasing new. For us, the hunt for great music is as much fun as listening to it!
So, now we’re turning the question back to all of you! What are your favorite albums, start to finish, no track skipping allowed? Aaand… Go!