Years ago I was a vinyl junkie that being an obsessive collector of vinyl recordings. The first record I ever bought was a single 45 rpm back in the late 1950’s. Played that sucker to death on a sonically deficient record player, you know the kind that had one tiny built in speaker. The resembled a small suitcase.  Dad had” The victrola” as he called it, which was off limits.  Oh well, I digress again.

The 45 rpm recording led me to my first long player (lp) JOEY DEE AND THE STARLIGHTERS-LIVE which was proudly placed on the shelving storing my father’s Big Band and blues collection , a total of about 15 records mostly purchased by him from the COLUMBIA RECORD CLUB.

With just my one lonely record sitting on that shelf, Joey Dee next to Dad’s Big Joe Turner and The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, there was plenty of room for more. And then it happened. Over time there were thousands.

Awhile back I wrote about my first obsession with vinyl recording and my collection’s ultimate demise due to a hurricane. An execution by water it was. Thousands of records had fallen from their perches, totally soaked in water, the cardboard falling off, and mold on the label-less vinyl. With tears streaming down my face all were black bagged and tossed out. Only a few could be saved or preserved. And my space had to be professionally de-molded. I was reluctant to ever collect again, hey we had the “cloud” to store stuff, so why not go digital. “It’s a new dawn”, as Grace Slick stated.

But….recently, October exactly,  I am back (obsessively) collecting vinyl, my renaissance so to speak. Since the first “newbie” arrived by mail my collection has grown substantially to the point where even the mailman or Fed Ex guy shakes his head while making the almost daily deliveries. I even got one on a Sunday which in a way is sacrilegious I believe. Anyway here they are:

New Discs: mostly180 grams(plus), some colored vinyl, others picture discs, many collectables.

Gregg Allman:SOUTHERN BLOOD (pic disc)

The Baseball Project: PART 2

The Beatles: SGT PEPPERS (pic disc)(still shrink wrapped)

The Beatles: SGT PEPPERS

The Beatles: REVOLVER

Tommy Bolin: ENERGY

David Bowie: LOW

David Bowie: HEROES

David Bowie: LODGER

David Byrne: AMERICAN UTOPIA

Dave Brubeck: TIME OUT

Jeff Buckley: LIVE AT SIN-E’ (4lp set)

John Coltrane: BLUE TRAIN (color vinyl)

The Dream Syndicate: LIVE AT RAJI’S

Flamin’ Groovies:GREASE (color vinyl)

(Rory Gallagher) Taste: LIVE AT ISLE OF WIGHT

Jeff Lynne’s ELO: LIVE AT WEMBLEY

John Wesley Harding: THE SOUND OF HIS OWN VOICE

L.A.M.F. (The Heartbreakers) LIVE AT THE BOWERY ELECTRIC

Richard Hell and The Void Oids: BLANK GENERATION (40th)

Robyn Hitchcock: LOVE FROM LONDON

King Crimson: IN THE COURT OF THE CRIMSON KING

King Crimson: IN THE WAKE OF POSEIDON

Living Colour: SHADE (pic)

Living Colour: LIVE FROM CBGB’S 12/19/89

Los Straightjackets: WHAT’S SO FUNNY ABOUT PEACE,LOVE…

Los Straightjackets: SING ALONG WITH…

Richard Lloyd: THE RADIANT MONKEY

Charles Mingus: MINGUS AH UM

Morphine: LIVE AT THE WARFIELD 1997

Morphine: GOOD

Nazz: THE FUNGO BAT ACETATES

Procol Harum : THE ONE & THE ONLY (color vinyl)

Otis Redding: LIVE AT THE WHISKY A GO GO 1966

Lou Reed: ANIMAL SERENADE

The Replacements: LIVE AT MAXWELL’S 1986

The Rolling Stones: BEGGAR’S BANQUET

The Rolling Stones: EXILE ON MAIN STREET

The Rolling Stones: ON AIR

Leon Russell: LEON RUSSELL

Nina Simone: SINGS THE BLUES

The Soft Boys: UNDERWATER MOONLIGHT

Soul Asylum: LIVE FROM LIBERTY LUNCH 12/3/92

Television: ADVENTURE (color vinyl)

Television: LIVE AT THE OLD WALDORF 6/29/78

Television: MARQUEE MOON

Sister Rosetta Tharpe: LIVE IN 1960

Wilco: AM

Wilco: LIVE AT THE TROUBADOUR L.A. 1996

Steve Winwood: GREATEST HITS LIVE

The Yardbirds: YARDBIRDS ’68

Neil Young: HITCHHIKER