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ALBUMS YOU NEED TO DISCOVER

Last time we counted, there were something like 11 million records on Discogs by around 6 million different bands and artists. That’s enough to test even the most hardened vinyl habit. It’s a vast, confusing world out there for the humble record collector, and we all need a little guidance sometimes. With that in mind, Long Live Vinyl dug out our little black book and called 30 of the most passionate record collectors we know, asking them each to recommend five albums they couldn’t live without – and you shouldn’t either. There were only two rules: no duplicates, and obvious choices such as The Dark Side Of The Moon, Revolver and Bob Dylan’s Christmas album were off limits. What follows is an essential list of 150 often lesser-known gems selected by a group of self-confessed helpless vinyl addicts – record shop owners, label bosses, musicians, writers and festival organisers. It’s like the ultimate Desert Island Discs, or your own personal record shopper. We’re confident you’ll find something on the list to pique your interest, but if you already have all 150 we salute you, you’re beyond our help…

INTRODUCING OUR COLLECTORS…

SIMON RAYMONDE

Former Cocteau Twins member and founder of Bella Union label

DR JENNIFER OTTER BICKERDIKE

Music academic and author of the excellent Why Vinyl Matters book

PRINCE FATTY

Aka esteemed British producer and sound engineer Mike Pelanconi

MARK O’SHAUGHNESSY

Pro record dealer & owner of Resolution Records shop in Bath

GLEN BUSHELL

Rare and vintage vinyl specialist at 991.com & eil.com

PHIL BARTON

Founder of the legendary Sister Ray record shop on Berwick Street, Soho

DJ YODA

Multi-award winning, festival headlining hip-hop turntablist and audio-visual DJ

MEGAN PAGE

Record Store Day co-ordinator & PR manager

PHIL SWERN

The 80,000-album man. Owner of one of the world’s biggest collections

ABIODUN OYEWOLE

Founder of The Last Poets, arguably the first hip-hop group

COLLEEN MURPHY

Classic Album Sundays founder. See classicalbumsundays.com for details

ADAM GILLISON & TEAM

Independent record shop Jumbo Records in Leeds

TIM BURGESS

The Charlatans frontman and O Genesis label founder

TOM BUTCHART

Sound It Out Records, Long Live Vinyl Record Shop Of The Year 2018

GABRIEL EBULUE

Comedian, writer and Three Track Podcast host

GRAHAM JONES

Author of Last Stop Standing and The Vinyl Revival

CHRIS SUMMERS

Store manager of Rough Trade West, London

PETE PAPHIDES

Music journalist and founder of Needle Mythology label

DEL DAY

Co-owner of Union Music Store, Lewes

DANNY WILSON

Co-owner of Union Music Store, Lewes

LIZ QUIGLEY

Founder of Vinylettes Instagram account

RICH WALKER

Strategic director, 4AD

SIMON TAFFE

End Of The Road festival founder

NATASHA YOUNGS

Co-founder of Resident Records, Brighton

TIM DELLOW

Co-founder of Transgressive record label

BEN WARDLE

A&R man, writer and university lecturer

MARIA HARRIS

Owner of Tallbird Records, Chesterfield

RIDE

Oxford shoegaze giants

JEFF BARRETT

Founder of Heavenly Records

DUNCAN JORDAN

PR man for Tame Impala, The War On Drugs, The Flaming Lips, Father John Misty…

THE ASSOCIATES

SULK

1982, BEGGARS BANQUET

The most unique pop record you’ll ever hear. You never see a band citing them as an influence these days, which is tragic. Bands of today mine the 80s like the seam is going to close up. The Fall, The Slits, The Clash, Gang Of Four, all bands whose gene found its way into bands 30+ years later. The Associates? Never mentioned. Billy Mackenzie? The best male singer since Scott Walker, absolutely an original.

Simon Raymonde

SUNNY DAY REAL ESTATE

DIARY

1994, SUB POP

Before ‘emo’ became a dirty word, Sunny Day Real Estate were the forefathers of emotional, honest indie rock. The music was grand, technical and precise, while Jeremy Enigk used his unique vocal range to channel raw emotion. Diary was a groundbreaking record that ushered in a new wave of music.

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Issue 29 of Long Live Vinyl is now on sale! Unknown Treasures! This issue's bumper cover story is a definitive list of 150 albums you need to discover. We've recruited 30 of the most well-known, passionate record collectors in the country to bring you their list of the hidden gems missing from your collection. From record shop owners to label bosses, bands and festival organisers, your collection needs their recommendations. Elsewhere, we speak to Ride about the second album of their incredible comeback, This Is Not A Safe Place, find out why Hot Chip's A Bath Full Of Ecstasy is already one of the most positive records of 2019 and meet a true modern folk hero, Jake Xerxes Fussell. If that's not enough to whet your appetite, we speak to some of the key figures behind Prince's new Originals collection, salute a pair of female punk pioneers, celebrate the 30th anniversary of New Order's Technique and tell the story of Fierce Panda, the indie label that discovered Coldplay. With the most comprehensive range of new album, reissue, turntable and hi-fi reviews anywhere on the newsstand, Long Live Vinyl is THE magazine for vinyl lovers.