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I don’t know if you all know this about me but I have quite an impressive collection of vinyl records. At my last count, I had over 350 albums that I collected from garage sales, family members’ attics, old record stores, and some that I just acquired when the vinyl resurgence s was produced in the 2010s.

If you’re not familiar with the resurgence of vinyl, that’s where a bunch of people from my generation discovered how authentic vinyl records are and the different sound they make from the electronic waves we usually get our music.

Along with this, record companies found they could make a lot of money from the newfound popularity of vinyl. Now, it’s not uncommon to see highs of up to $50 in some special cases. Most still go for a whopping $20 to $25. But they are generally well printed and thick, which usually means they will last a bit longer than some of my old records.

But that’s just my comment on the state of vinyl records and the difficulty I encounter when I want to expand my collection.

The real reason for today’s column is to review my top five albums from my collection. I chose them for different reasons. All of these hold a special place in my heart, whether for the circumstances in which I acquired it, the music itself, or my love for the artist and his work.

KISS: Alive!

Oh man. One of the greatest artists ever to take the stage. KISS first released this live album in 1975. I have a reprint from 1983 that only has one disc instead of the original two. It was my very first vinyl record. I remember I had a friend in college who we called “Getty” (mostly because he looked like Rush frontman Geddy Lee), his dad was trying to get rid of some records but I had very little money. After rummaging through his records, I paid Getty’s father $5 and my collection began. The album itself also includes my favorite KISS songs, “Cold Gin”, “Hotter Than Hell” and of course “Rock and Roll All Nite”.

Rush: Exit… Step left

Did you really think I would have a best friend named Getty and not put a Rush album on this list? Another live album, I love this album for several different reasons. First of all, this disc contains all my favorite Rush songs, including “Red Barchetta”, “Xanadu”, The Spirit of Radio”, “The Trees” and “Freewill”, so in addition to a killer setlist to listen to I have a very special edition of the album. Not to brag too much but I have a reprinted signed colordisc. It was a gift from my late uncle who was also a huge Rush fan and who got me in. He got it signed by Rush drummer Neal Peart and guitarist Alex Lifeson. My dream is to eventually get the record signed by Geddy Lee. Until then, the album is in a double pocket at the very beginning of my collection.

Eternal Tapestry: 2D Dawn

The first on the list that is not a live album; this mind-blowing alternative psycho rock record was an accidental purchase that quickly became one of my favorites. I say it was an accident because I walked into a random record store in Atlanta when I was in high school. I couldn’t find anything that I particularly liked until I found “Dawn in 2 Dimensions”. A translucent orange disc with a trippy cover immediately caught my eye as an anti-establishment teenager. The music itself is just fascinating to listen to and I can’t believe such an impulsive decision was one of the best I’ve ever made.

Fleetwood Mac: Tango in the Night

Fleetwood Mac is one of those bands you can’t ignore even years later. My file is not too special. I have a 2017 remastered deluxe edition of the album. I bought the album just one day after hearing “Big Love”, the album’s biggest single. I don’t know why I like this album so much. Maybe it’s because it’s the band’s last album to include their most iconic line-up of Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie, John McVie and Stevie Nicks or maybe it’s because the album n is not as well known. Anyway, I love this album. I own it digitally, on CD, on cassette and of course on vinyl. I would even go so far as to say that it’s Fleetwood Mac’s best album (yes, even better than “Rumors”).

The Band: The Band (The Brown Album)

The only Woodstock alum on my list, “The Band”, also known as the Brown Album, is one of my oldest records in my collection. Originally purchased by Grandpa for my Dad, the album is still playable and is one of my most treasured possessions. Originally purchased a year after the album was released, the album was given to me by my grandfather as I walked through the attic of my father’s childhood home.

“Your father begged me to buy this for him,” my grandfather said when I found it.

After being cleaned and brushed the record didn’t sound exactly like new but sounded almost as good. I haven’t listened to the album since I discovered it. I try to keep it in its plastic cover away from dust and particles. It may not be the best album in my collection, but it is one of the most special.

Jack R. Jordan is a reporter for The Moultrie Observer.