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Top Vinyl Albums You Must Have in Your Collection

Ten years ago, if anyone told you that people would be lining outside record stores to buy new vinyl, you would probably have had a chuckle. Vinyl Records are definitely back in the music industry and with the sales doing very well since 1988, it doesn't look like it will be going anywhere soon.

If you've already bought a new turntable or managed to revive an old one that was lying around in your store or basement it's time to go record hunting.

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Here is a short list to get you started. Below are 5 vinyl albums that you must have in your music collection.

1

Prince - Purple Rain

Prince - Purple Rain

Purple Rain is an album that should definitely be included with every record player purchase. It is highly recognized as one of the best albums by Prince and the songs featured on the album are also the soundtrack to the movie which also bears the same name.

The album was first launched in 1984 and features hits such as, 'When Doves Cry', 'Let's Go Crazy', and the 8 and a half minute closer 'Purple Rain'.

Even if you have never heard of Prince or never bothered to listen to any of his music, this album will help you understand why he was among the greatest music artists who ever lived.

2

The Beatles - Revolver

The Beatles - Revolver

For anyone who lived during the 60's and 70's, any Beatles album was a must have in a record collection. In fact, vinyl records and the Beatles were so synonymous with one another that whenever you thought of one, you always thought of the other as well.

The band's 1966 album is their most experimental. Similar to the Beach Boys' album Pet Sounds, which was also released around the same time, Revolver is also one of those albums which had multiple layers and all kinds of things going on throughout the entirety of the songs.

These layers and sounds were so many to the point that it made the album almost impossible to perform live. Other popular albums released by the same band that you can add to your record collection include 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club' and 'The Beatles'.

3

Michael Jackson - Thriller

Michael Jackson - Thriller

Thriller is the best example of how sound mixing should be done. It is one of those albums that are cherished by everyone from all over the world. It was produced by Quincy Jones and released in 1982 and is definitely one of the best examples of how pop music should sound and feel.

Jones himself was a known perfectionist who dedicated himself to ensuring that the sound came out just as he wanted it to. The sounds on the album did not come from any artificial program and were all done by musicians through an analog system.

The album also features an amazing solo by Eddie Van Halen and some unbelievable features from Paul McCartney.

4

Radiohead - In Rainbows

Radiohead - In Rainbows

Since we've already featured a modern artist in this list, it seems only appropriate to add at least one more. In Rainbows initially came out on the band's website in October 2007 and was then followed by a physical release 2 months later. The album itself consists of warm melodies that sound really good on any turntable. It is definitely an essential album to add to your vinyl collection and great to listen to alone or with friends.

6

Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

It may seem a bit out of place to feature such a modern artist after mentioning some of the most world-renowned artists and band, but let's face it, you don't just want old music in your collection no matter how great they were.

Sometimes, it is also good to include some music from modern artistes whether you are a millennial or not. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is a modern masterpiece that was released in 2010. The songs featured on the album include some of the best features, best production, and a highly intricate packaging that could only be created by a perfectionist like Kanye.

Some of the layering in the album's songs such as 'So Appalled', 'Runaway', and "Gorgeous', will make you wonder if the album was made to be specifically heard on vinyl. This is a great album to own even if you are not a fan of the artist.