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    Name 1 (in print) vinyl album you would not hesitate to play for anyone to impress in whatever way you see fit.
    -Please provide enough information for a forum member to be able to search for a copy if possible.

    Name 1 (out of print) vinyl album you would not hesitate to play for anyone to impress in whatever way you see fit.
    -Please provide enough information for a forum member to be able to search for a copy if possible.

    Note: if it's too difficult to name just one 'in print' or 'out of print' album, you are welcome to add more. Just be mindful of the information request to identify the correct pressing, if possible.

    Every day is a good day to play analog.
    - 12" 33-1/3 RPM or 45 RPM vinyl
    - 10.5" 15ips or 30ips tape
    Every day is a good day for live music.

  • #2
    I could go on all day so I'll limit it for the moment


    Jamie Saft, Steve Swallow, Bobby Previte with Iggy Pop - Loneliness Road
    Rare Noise Records (UK)
    Catalog #RNR077LP

    King Crimson - Live In Toronto (4LP Box Set)
    Discipline Global Mobile (UK)
    Catalog #KCLPBX501


    Gil Evans - Live At The Public Theater (New York 1980)
    Trio Records (Japan)
    Catalog #PAP-9233

    Gil Evans - Live At The Public Theater (New York 1980) Vol. 2
    Trio Records (Japan)
    Catalog #PAP-25016

    Emerson Lake & Palmer - Pictures At An Exhibition
    Island Records (UK)
    Catalog #HELP1

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    • #3
      Blast Furnace-s/t Polydor Denmark RSD reissue 2017 (orig. release 1971)

      Brian Davison-every which way- U.S.Mercury- (released 1970)


      • #4
        In print, in various guises, pressings, etc:

        OOP and getting more expensive by the day....

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        • kcin
          kcin commented
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          I missed this one from MoFi- I have picked up the other in the series since. Wish I could find a copy but not at $500!

        • MylesBAstor
          MylesBAstor commented
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          I borrowed the tape from Greg Beron and it was a knockout.

        • Jeff Ferguson
          Jeff Ferguson commented
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          Still haven't opened mine.

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        • Slowgeezr
          Slowgeezr commented
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          Yes to both of these!

      • #6
        45 rpm AP reissue. Still available from Acoustic Sounds.

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        Long OOP. Rarer than hen's teeth. Especially in stereo.

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        • JCOConnell
          JCOConnell commented
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          50 cents price tag on mallets? come on....

        • MylesBAstor
          MylesBAstor commented
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          That’s not what I paid for the album. πŸ˜‰ Bit higher but seller could have gotten more in the fixed price auction.

      • #7
        off the top of my head without much thought , so time for some modern music

        in print:

        not for the sound quality although it sounds fine, but the music. this always impresses with Tess Parks 5 packets of smokes a day gravel voice and Anton's derivative 60's rock n roll sound, but with a sound all of his own.

        Tess Parks & Anton Newcombe β€Žβ€“ I Declare Nothing

        A Records (4) β€Žβ€“ AUK120LP
        Vinyl, LP, Album, Orange

        26 Jun 2015

        out of print:

        this will test the dynamics, especially bass pf any system.

        Massive Attack β€Žβ€“ Heligoland

        The Vinyl Factory β€Žβ€“ VF013
        2 Γ— Vinyl, LP, Album
        Vinyl, 12"
        CD, Album


        • #8
          IN print:

          Aaron Neville - Warm Your Heart*
          Original Recordings Group (US)
          180g, 2X45RPM
          ORG 141
          * repress forthcoming, but still quite easily available.

          OUT of print:

          Dido - No Angel
          Classic Records (US)
          200g Clarity Vinyl Quiex SV-P
          RTH 2003
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            Warm Your Heart is a great album.

          • LFC
            LFC commented
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            I didn't even know that No Angel had a Classic Records pressing! Must be something...

          • Johnny Vinyl
            Johnny Vinyl commented
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            LFC - They also did "Life for Rent".

        • #9
          In Print:
          Geoffrey Williams "Yes Is The Answer",
          Feedbands #32, 2016 (

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          Out of Print (and inexpensive):
          Luther Vandross "Never Enough"
          Epic Records, FE37451, 1981

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          • #10
            In Print:
            Beach Fossils "Somersault"
            Bayonet Records, BR-014, 2017

            Out of Print:
            10cc "Original Soundtrack"
            Mercury 9012 500 (original UK pressing), 1975

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            • Jeff Ferguson
              Jeff Ferguson commented
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              I wonder how much better the UK pressing is compared to my Canadian Philips?

          • #11
            Getz/Gilberto Analog Productions 45RPM still in print? I think so.
            if not in print then Leonard Cohen You Want It Darker Sony Music

            Woody Herman 1964 Philips Dutch pressing original mono. The most dynamic big band recording I own.

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            • #12
              A couple of mono records:

              In Print:
              Omaha Diner S/T
              Not on Label 0d001

              Out of Print:
              Sonny Rollins and the Contemporary Leaders
              Contemporary M3564, 1958


              • #13
                In Print:
                Linda Ronstadt - Heart Like A Wheel (MoFi

                Out of Print:
                Supertramp - Crime Of The Century (MoFi UHQR, MFQR 1-005)

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                • Johnny Vinyl
                  Johnny Vinyl commented
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                  I'd also add the Speakers Corner reissue of COTC.

                • EdAInWestOC
                  EdAInWestOC commented
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                  Thanks...I haven't tried anything else since I bought the UHQR. Its so dammed good, I don't feel the importance of looking elsewhere. I'm sure there are other pressings that are excellent but there comes a time when you reach a level of performance where you can spend lots of money for very little return.

                  Its like that other woman. Expensive but worth it?

              • #14
                In print.... I struggle with this. I'm generally down on new vinyl lately:

                Just a little loving -Shelby Lynne.

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                I mean what's not to like and the album is great too.

                Out of print some 80's madness:

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                Incredible fusion artistry so much talent all the way around. Great sounding album- anything Brand X is great.

                And how about some Avant Garde:

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                Any time I bring this somewhere I get people taking pic's looking for it. Much more listenable than Big Science but no less compelling. Great sound on the Canadian pressing.
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                • 1morerecord2clean
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                  I have a terrific original pressing. Dynamics off the wall and just interesting music and performance. I love her recording Heart of a Dog and listen to it on Tidal. Terrific creative artist.

                • Bill Hart
                  Bill Hart commented
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                  OK, so I was in the ring with these three masked Mexican midget wrestlers, and the one crouched behind me while the other two did a full frontal and knocked me over-
                  what record are we talking about?

                • lasercd
                  lasercd commented
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                  Bill I played you Laurie Anderson β€œMr. Heartbreak”

              • #15
                In the category of female folk rock duo:

                In Print:
                First Aid Kit "Ruins", 2018
                Columbia 88985493661

                Out of Print:
                Smoke Fairies "Through Low Light and Trees", 2010
                Cooperative Music, UK Pressing SF001LP