Do you consider yourself a record collector?
Whether you’re just getting started, or you’ve been at it for years, you might be looking for a few recommendations. If so, you’ve come to the right place.
Everyone has different tastes, so you may not like all of the albums featured here, but they are still worth a look. Here are five records every collector should consider picking up (if you don’t have them already).
1. Beastie Boys – Paul’s Boutique
A truly unique release in its time, the Beastie Boys’ Paul’s Boutique was released on July 25, 1989 as a follow-up to their first album, Licensed to Ill from 1986.
The Dust Brothers-produced Boutique was comprised almost entirely of a patchwork of samples, excluding, of course, the vocals.
The record was initially considered a failure, but the album grew in popularity over time, and was eventually recognized as an important, groundbreaking hip hop release.
2. David Bowie – The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
From start to finish, David Bowie’s fifth studio release is chock-full of well-known classics like “Moonage Daydream”, “Starman”, the eponymous “Ziggy Stardust”, and “Suffragette City.”
A lot has been said about concept albums, but your collection isn’t complete unless you have The Rise and Fall… which tells the story of the fictional alien character Ziggy Stardust. Vague though the story may be, the music makes up for it.
This is a glam rock classic.
3. Paul Simon – Graceland
After a series of setbacks and low points in his career, Paul Simon unleashed Graceland upon the world on August 25, 1986.
The music itself is eclectic and diverse, incorporating elements of South African and Zulu-Western pop music.
From start to finish, there are no filler tracks on the album. From the popular singles like “You Can Call Me Al” and “The Boy in the Bubble” to the less acknowledged “I Know What I Know” and “Homeless”, the entire record is timeless.
4. Prince – Purple Rain
Prince’s Purple Rain is one of the best-selling soundtrack albums of all time.
Originally released in 1984, it features classics like “When Doves Cry”, “Purple Rain”, and “I Would Die 4 U”.
Prince has released a lot of great music over the years, but you would be hard-pressed to find an album that’s more Prince, and even features some of his most epic guitar playing. And by the way, Prince was a killer guitarist.
This record deserves a place on your shelf.
5. Michael Jackson – Thriller
Michael Jackson’s Thriller stands as one of the best albums from the 80s, and features classics like “Billie Jean”, “Beat It”, and “Thriller.”
Jackson recorded 30 songs with Quincy Jones, which they eventually whittled down to the best nine for this album. No wonder it’s so good.
Oh, and there’s also the fact that it’s one of the greatest selling records of all time. Popularity isn’t everything, but in this case, the masses aren’t wrong.
Fortunately, none of the records mentioned here are terribly expensive, so adding them to your collection shouldn’t be a costly proposition.
But if you’d like to add a bit of diversity to your catalog, the above records should give you plenty to explore.