So, What are Your Favorite Vinyl Records?

AND...what's So Great about Vinyl Records and the Great Vinyl Era?

The Troggs vinyl records form part of my collection.

What's So Great about Vinyl Records and the

Great Vinyl Era?

Now they are questions I get asked quite a lot. Another is "Why don't you put all those  vinyl records onto CDs? Or just download the music, it's all online!"  Online? Are They Kidding?  So, I say "Why Should I?...… I love my vinyl !

 And I think YOU do to, that's why you are checking out this site!

SO! Why do we love vinyl?

No Way CD's! Only Vinyl records!

Well,  do you remember saving up all your pennies, going to your fave record shop to grab an LP that you have been saving to buy for months? Looking through the racks of albums, having a listen in the shop, then parting with the cash?     

 I  certainly do!

Remember rushing home, holding said vinyl  record close to your chest? As soon as you walked through the door, out it comes from the Record Shop Bag, the delicious smell of new vinyl, plastic sleeve clinging to the disc!

Vinyl record fold out covers.

Mmmm! Lovely!

And, what about those fold out covers? You do not get those with a CD, or on Spotify or any downloads do you! Sleeve notes with print large enough one could  them! Exclusive to....., yes, vinyl records!

Remember?.....  How exciting was THAT!

So…what gets one into music in the first place.

I was lucky.

Both my parents were into music. My father was a great jazz piano player, his brother, (lost at Singapore in the war) was a music teacher, playing piano, saxophone and clarinet.

Our home in Sydney featured a very large radio/record player, and we had a huge collection of 78’s.

(…..yes, I’m that old I can remember 78’s!)

Many hours I spent leaning against that large player listening to the 78’s and the radio.

I don’t know what happened to that fine bit of furniture. We moved from Sydney to Adelaide, and I guess it was left in Sydney.

It was a while before my sister bought a very small HMV record player, and I grabbed my first 45.

This player also had “78” capability, so we all got into records again.

And...if you were not around for those exciting  vinyl record times........

Well this site is not only for those old timers (like me!) who were there for the good old days of vinyl records and the music of the 60’s and 70’s It is also for those young music lovers who missed out on this magic time. They want to find out what it was all about. So, if you are one of those wondering what was so great about vinyl records and that great era. 
And what an era it was! great new bands coming out every week!
The Beatles! The Stones! The Yardbirds! The Kinks! And on it went!

Read on!!

Here you will find out about, (or remember!)
Elvis, Elvis The Pelvis, (won't even mention what commentators said about his song "Wear My Ring up around Your Neck!) and Buddy Holly, who inspired so many others.

What was The Great British Invasion, who was part of it and  who followed in the Second Wave?

Want to know why Paul McCartney bought that strange bass guitar?
Or how George got into The Beatles?
How did the Rolling Stones get their name?
Who was the Rolling Stones founding member, and what happened to him?
Who was it that sang that song about Money?
Was there really a song called "Do Wah Diddy Diddy?"
Who knocked the Beatles from the No.1 spot for the first time?
Was "Smokestack Lightning" a band or a song?

SO… that is what this site is all about
Vinyl records, and the greatest music era ever!

It is about the great music and great music makers that we can still appreciate on good old vinyl. It is certainly not a concise encyclopedia of the music of the times, but it is a bit of a trip down memory lane, the music that I and my friends enjoyed.  We were lucky enough to witness the two biggest events in modern music, the start of Rock and Roll, and the Beatles

It's all about the music and those artists that made the 60's and 70's so unique and exciting. A new great new, exciting band emerging, just about every week! But it is not just about the bands that were huge.       We will also talk about the other, bands from that era they you may have forgotten .So...whatever era you are from......

   So....check out the site,  enjoy it!, contribute  to it!

Together we will enjoy the music from the best music era!

So, which band was you're fave back then?

The Beatles, on the Ed Sullivan Shoe

Maybe The Beatles, who started the British Invasion? When did you first hear them?                                                Did you get to see them live?                 Which one was you're  Fave Beatle?                           

     Check them out HERE

The Hollies, an early television appearance.

Or maybe that superb group of musicians   The Hollies, one of the few British Invasion bands to not only survive, but prosper. never trendy, always tight harmonies and great musicianship.

Read all about The Hollies HERE

Manfred Man, one of the original British Invasion bands, selling vinyl records on both sides of the Atlantic.

And Manfred Mann gave us an early taste of Rhythm and Blues. who else could get away with a song titled 5-4-3-2-1?

See what else this great band contributed HERE

And, while you are here.....stay and check out......

The Animals, one of the best vinyl records
in my collection.

....the Animals, the gravelly vocals of Eric Burdon! What was the song the record company did not want to release, because it was slow and boring? And later became a HUGE hit. Who did the bass play player discover that became a guitar legend? Find out HERE!

Welsh band Badfinger, produced some classic vinyl records.


the tragic band from Wales, and early Apple discovery

Vinyl records don't come much rockier that Status Quo records.

Status Quo.....

 the exciting band that went from glam to funk, and produced some great rock.

The famous "Beano" line up featuring the great blues guitarist Eric Clapton.

Or check out the  British Blues Scene, where it all began. John Mayall, Alexis Korner and the   founders of the British Blues. 

The forever changing line-up of the Byrds resulted in a variety of vinyl record releases.

 What was happening in  the America. Check out the U.S. scene.    See how they replied! 

Best Christmas Record? What's Your Favorite?

What's Your Fave Vinyl Record Memories

Tell us your Vinyl Record experience from those great days!
Which bands did you love?
Which ones could you not stand?
Tell us you're stories!
Share them with us!

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Just Starting Your Collection?

The 100 best vinyl records to have in your collection.

 so, here is a book to get you started on what to buy. In 100 Greatest Albums You Should Own On Vinyl, they have  collate the greatest albums to have ever been pressed and then sold on vinyl since the '50s.

From the bands and solo artists that made the music possible, to the sleeve art and limited edition extras of the records themselves, take a trip back in time to discover the ultimate artists and their best records for the definitive list of vinyl that should be part of any collection!

The Best Re-Issues of 2023

Beach Boys Sail On Sailor package.

The Beachboys "Sail On Sailor" Special Pack....

The Beach Boys “Sail on Sailor” collection celebrates the landmark 1972 albums “Carl And The Passions” and “Holland”. This 5LP set features a 38-page book with extensive liner notes, rare photos, and more. The collection includes remastered versions of the original albums as well as a previously unreleased concert from Carnegie Hall recorded in 1972. It has 4 previously unreleased bonus tracks and includes the original Mount Vernon and Fairway 7-inch EP from Holland, unavailable on vinyl since the 1970s. Limited Super Deluxe Edition Box Set includes a reproduction of the original Holland promotional book telling the story of the making of the album.


The Beatles Red and Blue Albums Re Issue.

These “Best Off’s “were first released in 1973 and commonly known as the “Red” (1962-1963)and “Blue” (1962-1970)albums. They are the most popular of Beatles compilations—the original track selections of the band's biggest hits and iconic album tracks were faultless. To mark the 50th anniversary of their release, the two collections have been expanded to include bonus tracks (among them “Twist and Shout,” “You Can't Do That,” “Taxman,” “Got to Get You Into My Life,” “Within You Without You,” “Blackbird” and “I Me Mine”). Most notably, the updated version of 1967-1970 contains the long-awaited final new Beatles song, the reflective “Now and Then.” A John Lennon demo that had been worked on by the three surviving Beatles for The Beatles Anthology but later shelved, “Now and Then” was finally completed nearly 30 years later thanks to new advancements in technology.

Pink Floyd Dark Side of  the Moon

A vinyl record classic, Pink Floyds Dark Side of the Moon

Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side Of The Moon” has been such a huge presence that it often feel as though there was never a time before its existence. In real terms, one of the best 70’s albums is actually turning 50 this year, (!) but its main themes (madness, consumerism, loneliness and death) remain so universally relevant that songs such as Time, Money, Any Colour You Like and Brain Damage could easily have been written this week. The Dark Side of The Moon’s re-emergence has already inspired numerous spin-off events, among them playbacks in planetariums around the world, and its weighty 50th-anniversary reissue, featuring the remastered album, an array of mixes, an additional Live At Wembley concert.


The Who's Who's Next Re Issue

The band’s fifth album emerged from the ashes of a project called "Lifehouse", an ambitious multi-media rock opera conceived by Pete Townshend in 1969, but ultimately aborted. Who’s Next features some of The Who’s best known songs, including ‘Baba O’Riley’ and ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’.

All the audio has been remastered from the original tapes by longtime Who engineer Jon Astley ressed on 180gm black vinyl. This has been cut at Abbey Road Mastering Studios by acclaimed engineer Miles Showell from tapes prepared by Jon Astley.

An excellent collection of Who classics and "Odds and Sods" thrown in.

What Turned 50 in 2023!


The Faces Ooh La La

The Faces "Ooh La La" was the last studio album, coming out in March 1973. By this stage Rod Stewart was more occupied with his solo career, and not only missed the first two weeks of the recording sessions, but showed a distinct lack of interest in the whole project. So the album is a Ronnie Lane influenced album. But the single, "Cindy Incidentally" featured Rod, and got to No. 2 in the UK and 48 in the US. The album reached No. 1 un the UK in April 1973.

HAPPY 50th!


Pink Floyd "Dark Side of the Moon"

I was provably the last person in Australia to get into "dark Side of the Moon", but then stole the albums logo for the front window of my Record Shop! One of the all time great albums, it came out in March 1973, and immediately became Floyds breakthrough album. It reached No. 2 in the UK, and got to No. 1 in the US, a fact Nick Mason used on his bank manager when trying to get a home loan. A consistent best seller to this day.