To Ponder

My Records Collection

I was inspired by my buddy Mike Lamb and his new record player / collection he was starting as I visited him in a Boston a few months back. So about a month ago I emailed / tweeted a bunch of folks asking for album recommendations that:

1) they enjoy (obviously) and
2) sound great on vinyl and
3) are meaningful

I received back quite an impressive list and so figured I would share it out in case others are looking for inspiration:

  • 21 Pilots – Vessel
  • Alabama – Southern Star
  • Alicia Keys – Songs in A Minor
  • Beach Boys – Surfer Girl
  • Beastie Boys – License to Ill
  • Beastie Boys – Paul’s Boutique
  • Beatles – Abbey Road
  • Beatles – Magical Mystery Tour
  • Beatles – Revolver
  • Bill Evans Trio – Portrait in Jazz
  • Bill Withers – Live at Carnegie Hall
  • Billy Joel – An Innocent Man
  • Billy Joel – Piano Man
  • Billy Joel – The Stranger
  • Billy Joel – Turnstines
  • Black Sabbath – Paranoid
  • Bob Marley – Legend
  • Boston – Boston
  • Brown Bird – Salt for Salt
  • Coldplay – Rush of Blood to the Head
  • Counting Crows – August and Everything After
  • Crosby Stills Nash and Young – 4 Way Street
  • Cults – Static
  • Dave Matthews – Big Whiskey & the GrooGrux King
  • Dave Matthews – Some Devil
  • David Bowie – The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust
  • Death Cab for Cutie – Narrow Stairs
  • Desi Valentine – Fate Don’t Know You
  • Dizzy Gillespie – New Wave
  • Doobie Brothers – What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits
  • Eagles – Hotel California
  • Eric Clapton – Ocean Blvd
  • Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes & Helplessness Blues
  • Fleetwood Mac – Rumours
  • Foo Fighters – In Your Honor
  • Foreigner – Juke Box Hero
  • Gregory Alan Isakov – Evening Machines
  • Guns and Roses – Use Your Illusion II
  • James Taylor – Sweet Baby James
  • Jamie xx – In Colour
  • Jimi Hendrix – Are You Experienced?
  • John Coltrane – A Love Supreme
  • John Coltrane – A Love Supreme
  • John Coltrane – Giant Steps
  • Jonathan Butler
  • Joseph Arthur – Come to Where I’m From (in the sun)
  • Journey – Infinity
  • Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
  • Kenny Chesney – 
  • Khalid – American Teen
  • La Luz – It’s Alive
  • Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
  • Led Zeppelin – II
  • Led Zeppelin – Zeppelin 1V
  • Lennon Legend: The Very Best of John Lennon
  • Leonard Cohen
  • Lumineers – The Lumineers
  • Lynyrd Skynrd – Second Helping
  • Marc Cohn – Marc Cohn 
  • Marvin Gaye – Trouble Man
  • Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On?
  • Michael Jackson – Thriller
  • Miles Davis – Kind of Blue
  • Monk – Straight No Chaser
  • Neal Young – Harvest
  • Neutral Milk Hotel – In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
  • Of Monsters and Men – My Head Is an Animal
  • Oscar Peterson Trio – One
  • OutKast – ATLiens
  • Paul Simon – Graceland
  • Pearl Jam – Ten
  • Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon
  • Pink Floyd – Delicate Sound of Thunder
  • Pink Floyd – The Wall
  • Police – Synchronicity
  • Prince – Purple Rain
  • Queen – Queen II
  • REM – Automatic for the People
  • REM – Reckoning
  • Rolling Stones – Exile on Main Street
  • Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers
  • Rush – Moving Pictures
  • Shovels and Rope – O’ Be Joyful
  • Sigur Ros – Hvarf/Heim
  • Sigur Ros – Takk
  • Simon and Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water
  • Smashing Pumpkins – Siamese Dream
  • Smiths – The Queen is Dead
  • Spoon – Kill the Moonlight
  • Steely Dan – Aja
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble – 
  • Stevie Wonder – Original Musiquarium I
  • Stevie Wonder – Songs in the Key of Life
  • Sting – The Dream of the Blue Turtles
  • Sufjan Stevens – Michigan, Illinois
  • Sufjan Stevens – Seven Swans
  • Supertramp – Breakfast in America
  • Thelonius Monk – Brilliant Corners
  • Tom Petty – Full Moon Fever
  • Tom Petty – Wildflowers
  • Traveling Wilburys – Volume 1
  • Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross – Social Network Soundtrack
  • U2 – Best of 1990 – 2000
  • U2 – In the Name of Love
  • U2 – Joshua Tree
  • Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend
  • Van Morrison – Moondance
  • Yaz – Upstairs at Eric’s
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz

Hit me up in the comments if I missed anything or if there is an additional album from someone already listed I should consider…thanks!

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