For me it was America's Horse With No Name.Still plays fine after all those years.
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I think my first record purchase made with my own money was a 45 single of Elvis Presley's "Jailhouse Rock". I think "Don't Be Cruel" was on the "B" side - but I may be wrong about that. I have no idea where that Sun single is any longer - but I certainly played it a lot! Must have played it several hundred times - sometimes at loud volume with my bedroom windows open wide. Great fun - especially when you're only 11 or 12 years old!
Grand Funk Railroad "Mark, Don and Mel." Still have it after 30 some years. It is still the one album my brother and I talk about the most of. I remember it was purchased with paper route money back then. My kids get a bang out of it when I play it at a loud volume. Rock and Roll was quite different back then. It was much, much better back then than it is today.
Well up to this point I love most everybody's first purchase. Most all of those were favs. of mine.--While my older siblings bought records that we all listened to; "my" first record purchase was the 78 of Les Paul/Mary Ford; "The World Is Waiting For the Sunrise"---This was played on one of those wind-up jobs. I think there must have been 5/8 lbs. weight on the needle. After enough spins I think you could hear the B side without flipping the record.( Backwards,of course.)
I purchased 3 LP's in the fall of 1969 (I was 12).
Jimi Hendrix- Are You Experienced?
Jefferson Airplane- Surrealistic Pillow
Country Joe and the Fish- Greatest Hits
Still have them all but, the Hendrix and Airplane albums have been "replaced" by the DCC reissues. Still waiting for an 180g. Country Joe reissue......
Beatles; Rubber Soul
The next one I remember is Led Zeppelin II. I am sure there was probably some inbetween these, but this is the one I remember. I remember purchasing Paul Revere and the Raiders with Cherokee People, but don't remember if it was before or after Led Zeppelin II.
I don't have any of these titles now and I don't know what ever happened to them.
Try as I might, can't seem to recall when I first used money to get a record. Do hand-me-downs count? If so My older sister gave me "The Sound of Jazz" that she got from the Columbia record club and one of my other sisters gave me "Highway 61 Revisited", both for the same reason: they declared these albums as "unlistenable". Neither knew a thing about music. Their loss was my gain. Do 45s count? I remember a Rolling Stones single where the B side was either "Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man" or was it the instrumental "2120 South Michigan Avenue"? So many records, so little time. Screw the audiophile thing, give me the music...
I vaguely remember it being a 45 of Roy Orbison's "Pretty Woman". Even way back then, that falsetto voice was really something. I think that I played that thing so many times that I wore it out! I bought a "Best Of" a month or two ago and surprisingly I still remembered most every word of that song. It was like I reverted back to my early teen years...I think I'll go on home it's late, they'll be tomorrow night, but wait..what do I see..is she walking back to me!!!
Hello Goodbye by the Beatles. I think I was 5 or 6 and had saved up my allowance to buy the 45. My sister who was older was able to purchase Beatles and Monkees records by the score, but I had none. My parents gave me one of the old record players in-a-box and I watched as the yellow and orange label spun round and round while I listened to "Hello Goodbye" and "I am the Walrus". Must have played it 500 times or more, but alas, condition problems sent it to an early grave. But hey ...I still remember it...and that's what counts.
Geez The Platters "Great Pretender" was an album I found in the refuse closet near the incinerator chute in my apartment building, years and years ago, along with some Duke Ellington albums. Probably played The Platters a hundred times. Knew just about all the words to the songs. I am dating myself here.
"Out of our Heads", Rolling Stones. When I took it to my
cousin, I had to return it for the mono Lp. Her system
was a tube Harmon Kardon mono receiver with Garrard tt and
EV speaker. Mono, Stereo, I didn't know the difference.
In '67 I inherited that system and I was in heaven. Then it became my first guitar amp. Those tubes gave me a nice over-driven sound not unlike Cream. I shoulda held on to it.
It was either the Supreme's "Where Did Our Love Go" or the first Manfred Mann album, the one with "Doo Wah Diddy". The Supreme's record is still one of my favorite albums and get consistent play. Don't know what happened to the Manfred Mann disc, but it proved very influential in that it introduced me to a number of classic blues tunes. I'd never heard "Smokestack Lightning" before, nor did I even know who Muddy Waters was at the time.
Darrylhifi, I believe it was the Lemonpipers who did "Green Tambourine".
My first LP was Queen "A Night At The Opera." I saved my money and bought it at K-Mart. I made the mistake of leaving it laying around in my room and my mother read the lyrics. She made me get rid of it.
Several years later I bought a new copy of it in Germany while we were visiting my grandparents (her parents). By then I had enough LPs that she did not notice it.