Three Imaginary Girls

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Our imaginary household has recently acquired a kickass turntable and a decent pair of speakers, so we've spent many the evening geeking out with our (very small) pile of records. So many albums sound SO MUCH more extraordinary when spun on vinyl than via any other format.

Needless to say, this means my fella and I have spent loads of time persuing record aisles to grow our collection. So far we've acquired a bit of the old, a bit of the new… pretty much, whatever our neighborhood Sonic Boom Records in Ballard has had in stock that has tickled our fancy. Some faves include:

  • The Pogues, If I Should Fall From Grace With God
  • Amy Winehouse, Back to Black
  • The Smiths, Louder Than Bombs
  • Okkervil River, Black Sheep Boy
  • U2, The Unforgetable Fire
  • New Pornographers, Challengers
  • The Postal Service, Give Up

But now we're hooked, and clearly, we need waaaaay more vinyl! David's next must buy is Miles Davis' Kind of Blue and mine is Nick Cave's Let Love In. I'm also coveting the whole Long Winters vinyl boxset Sonic Boom currently has in stock (purr! purr!).

My question for all of you, dear readers and bloggers: What are your essential "Must Owns" on vinyl? Which albums simply must be heard on vinyl to fully appreciate them?