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Although I am somewhat young, I have a pretty large album collection and own several albums ranging from Frank Zappa, to Big Audio Dynamite, to Crowded House, to Elvis Costello, etc...
I enjoy playing them so much, and am wondering how many of you actually own turntables and play records.
(I just realized that this poll probably does not belong here, so feel free to move it to All I Ask. Sorry Smiler ).

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On turning 33 two weeks ago, I was given Paul Weller's latest album on vinyl (very nice fold out cover and insert) by my girlfriend and I bought a new copy of The Stooges' "Fun House"... recorded in 1970, just by chance.

Intending to have a delayed party in four months' time for my actual 33 1/3 birthday. Silly, yeah, but I was a vinyl junkie at the age of two, so it fits.
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Originally posted by stepinmyshoes:
[qb]another good question would be whether you still buy things on vinyl (new stuff as well as old/used stuff).

i'm currently trying to get the whole enz catalog on vinyl; still looking for those elusive Frenzy's and See ya Round's that are hiding in some used record shop somewhere.[/qb]
Some bands still release their albums on vinyl, mainly for collectors. Would you believe there is a record store near me that has Frenzy and See ya Around on vinyl. Im not sure if they're NZ/Australian or U.S pressings but if you want here's the link to the Enz Stuff from the record store. http://www.realgroovy.co.nz/index.asp?c=search&p=1&stype=artistid&id=72
LOL

thanks for the link melmo! but i think ill wait till they inevitably pop up in Smash City or Loony Tunes where i got the other ones (as well as Tim self titled) for Eeker FIVE DOLLARS EACH Eeker

i would highly recommend for anyone who hasn't had it, the experience of listening to your favorite album, on vinyl, on a nice speaker system or a good set of cans. if for no other reason than to formulate a standing in the digital vs. analog argument.
I have no turntable at the moment, but I do have a large vinyl collection. When I was in jr. high and high school, cassette tapes were replacing vinyl as the thing people would buy. For some reason I never trusted them. I always bought vinyl, then taped it for playing in my walkman. I was the queen of mix tapes for years. Now, I have a huge pile of cds, just in time for new technology to come around.
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Originally posted by stepinmyshoes:
[qb]another good question would be whether you still buy things on vinyl (new stuff as well as old/used stuff).

i'm currently trying to get the whole enz catalog on vinyl; still looking for those elusive Frenzy's and See ya Round's that are hiding in some used record shop somewhere.[/qb]
As a child of the seventies and eighties, I have to admit... the only way I HAVE the entire Enz catalogue, is on vinyl Red Face Smiler Big Grin

Transport me back several years to my record-hunting days, Luke my friend, and I could have found you both in a single day, possibly even at a single shop, in Melbourne Big Grin (and luckier still for me, I had overseas Frenz, back in the days before online shops, who'd find and ship me such gems as "Waiata" (it was "Corroboree" in Australia) and the candy-stripe European version of "Mental Notes", and the UK release of "Frenzy" with bonus tracks from the Luton sessions... wherever you are now, faithful penFrenz, thanks a million!)
I have a turntable but no needle cartridge for it. One of these days I'll figure out what kind it needs and pick one up.

I don't have many LP's, maybe 50-75 or more. Some of them really special to me though. I'd always like the option to be able to play the original Beatles LP's my mother gave me from her teen years, etc..
Real Groovy is one of the better NZ stores for picking up vinyl. Online stores can be a real help, too. Personally I find that Enz vinyl is becoming rarer and rarer, and I can't even begin to imagine how hard it is for you non-Antipodean Enz fans. I'm collecting the NZ pressings of the Mushroom albums and have 3 more LPs to get...Mental Notes (the White Cloud issue, of course), Frenzy (original without 'I See Red') and History Never Repeats. However, it would seem that those 3 are the hardest to find here in NZ. As for the singles, well...needle-in-a-haystack stuff, I tell ya. BUt it is always worth the effort, especially when, after flipping and digging through a thousand 45s, you pull out a real cracker. I guess one has to work hard to find the diamond amongst the stones.
Corroboree (1981)
Time And Tide (1982)
Conflicting Emotions (1983)

Escapade (1984)

Crowded House (1986)
Temple Of Low Men (1988)

I found all those pretty easily in second hand shops around Melbourne, as well as six months in a leaky boat - LIMITED EDITION (worth anything?) & i got you & I'm still on the lookout for the rest of them, especially Crowded House singles from the '80s - which I have NEVER seen before!

I play them very rarely (on occasion you might say) to keep them in good knick, because I think our record player's a bit dodgy.
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Originally posted by kia kaha:
And you would SO DROOL over my record collection... CH vinyl singles, etc... heh, one of the "advantages" of being old(er)?...

Me, too, Fi...I have about 5 or 600 vinyls!!! Not all FINN related (DUH!! Roll Eyes ), but things that aren't available anymore, on cd or cassette...glad I started collecting vinyls when I was about 10!!! Big Grin
It's one of the advantages of being an "old(er) fart", ey Sue.N.S... Wink Big Grin

I remember my brother envying the plastic covers which protect my 12 inch vinyl... I grinned at him and said, "Well, it's a matter of being in the right place at the right time" - i.e. while he was still in junior high school, and listening to CD's, I was five years older and scouring the record stores who were selling out of vinyl, and selling off their plastic record covers....

And years later, my brother the DJ, the vinyl afficionado, was in awe and envious of ME.... one of those special sibling rivalry moments Big Grin
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Originally posted by kia kaha:
[qb]Secret God, I think you'll find that "Escapade" is 1983, not 1984. Just a tip from someone who was alive when it was released Wink [/qb]
My CD (Mushroom classics) says "(P) 1983" and � 1984, so I guess you're right, but I think it was released in 1984 (I think that's what it means, not sure). Thanks for letting me know.

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Originally posted by kia kaha:
[qb]And you would SO DROOL over my record collection... CH vinyl singles, etc... heh, one of the "advantages" of being old(er)?... Big Grin [/qb]
Yeah, you're making me jealous! Mad . It's good that you've kept all your vinyl singles all that time. I hope to one day get more of what you've got, although it's quite hard being almost 20 years too late! (As I said before, I have never seen a CH vinyl single!).
Well, the publishing dates for Mushroom releases are consistently incorrect. For example: True Colours says 1979 on some issues instead of the correct year 1980; 1976 instead of 1975 on Mental Notes (vice versa on Second Thoughts);and 1984 instead of 1983 on Conflicting Emotions. Yes, I love trivial details, lol.

P.S. Escapade was released 1983. Secret God - I too have a Mushroom Classics issue of the album and it says (C)1994. The first date usually refers to the year it was first published (e.g. (P)1983) and the second date usually refers to the date it was copyrighted - either the original year of copyright or a more recent date where the copyright was renewed (e.g. (C)1994 with the Escapade album).

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