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It’s the nightmare question for every record collector: what are your five favourite albums – or the five you couldn’t live without? If you’re anything like me, your first reaction to this impossible conundrum will be for your mind to go entirely blank, followed soon after by the compulsion to get out a pen and paper and list about 50 records, before the final agonising whittling down commences. We’ve made it a fraction easier in our cover feature this month, as we’ve asked 30 of the most passionate collectors we know to each recommend five LPs, ruling out obvious choices such as Revolver, OK Computer, the Dark Side Of the Moon, Blonde On Blonde et al. We hope the result is a heartfelt love letter to the joy of collecting and a useful list to help ill some gaps in your own collection. Unless, of course, you’ve got all 150. In which case, there’s really nothing more we can do for you – you’ve already won at life. Having subjected our 30 collectors to this ordeal, I won’t duck the question myself. Here are five from me, exempting Astral Weeks, Blood On the Tracks, Let It Bleed, Raw Power, Unknown Pleasures, Surfer Rosa, Is his It… and my shameless obsession with the National.

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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.