are there albums where the covers are worth more than the records?

HERE’S ANOTHER QUESTION ABOUT VINYL on Quora that dis­tracted me from var­ious writing projects! The ques­tion is, “What vinyl album cover empty is worth more than a mint vinyl album without the cover?” Or, as I have worded it in this article’s title: Are there al­bums with covers that are worth more than the records? [Continue reading]

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are these five LPs actually rare and valuable records?

THE AVID RECORD COLLECTOR is a column that I re­cently started con­tributing to the Six­ties Music Se­crets blog. The in­ten­tion of the column was to ad­dress LPs re­leased in the ’60s and sub­se­quently deleted. Then they found their way into cut-out bins of re­tail record stores around the country and then, years later, found their way onto col­lec­tor’s want-lists. [Continue reading]

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on how not to handle your records

IF I EVER GET AROUND to writing a book about the how’s, why’s, and where­fore’s of col­lecting records, I will in­clude a chapter on “On How Not To Handle Your Records.” How­ever the book is laid out, I would hope to use a photo like the one below for this chapter.

I as­sume every­body reading this blog knows not to handle their records in a manner that places the oil and dirt on their fin­ger­tips on the grooves of the record. [Continue reading]

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what is a “record album” and where did the term come from?

THE WORLD TURNS AND WORDS EVOLVE. Some­times the evo­lu­tion of a word is gradual and log­ical and few no­tice the change. Some­times it hap­pens quickly—often through ig­no­rance and misuse—and the change is jar­ring. Today, a word can go through a tremen­dous up­heaval if one in­flu­en­tial person mis­uses it one time on the internet. [Continue reading]