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I joined the Columbia Record Club when I was twelve. I had been buying 7" 45 RPM singles, but LP's were now of interest. You got a free LP when you joined the Club (the 1st one's free, kid ;-), and I picked Johnny Horton's Greatest Hits, which included "North To Alaska". I don't have the copy I received at the time, but an exact replacement.
After that it was The Ventures and other Surf bands (big with teenagers at the time), The Beach Boys, and Paul Revere & The Raiders. Everything changed with the English Invasion.
I believe that I too was in the 9th grade when I bought my first album, Connie Francis' "More Greatest Hits." I still have it. I haven't listened to it in ages, though, as during my adult years the majority of my listening has been to classical music. But I think of it (and her) fondly.
"Wheatfield Soul"The Guess Who1969My original copy mysteriously disappeared from my collection sometime in the mid to late seventies.There's an idea for a thread...."LPs gone missing."
I keep a list somewhere of the departed which numbers around fifteen or so. I've replaced some, others are still missed. Sniff.
I didn't have a turntable as a kid, my parents had one, and got into tapes in my early teens, mostly Dead bootlegs. So my first album would have to be the first CD I bought, which I bought with no CD player to play it on. "Standard Time: The Resolution of Romance" Wynton Marsalis.
I wasn't even really into jazz at that point but the wine shop I worked in sold off some CDs for $1 each so I bought it. Great album and got me heavily into jazz and I still have it.
Rubber Soul (U.S. version)
Still have it and it still sounds great (my old Shure tracked at 1g and now I have a line contact stylus at 1.7, so my guess is that the groove depth that the stylus travels now was never touched in my youth)
Probably my favorite album of all time.
Is it because it was my first or because there is not a bad note on the album? I think more the latter.
As for the OP's favorite GYBR. Still have that. In my top 20 of all time I'm sure.
Billy - Billy Fury circa 1963 - bought when I was 10 - I still have it and it was played to death. Not sure why my parents allowed me to play it 10 times over in any one sitting escapes me! That's all I had - so had to make do.
The only comment my mother made was when she looked at the cover and remarked on his funny tooth. So no musical connection with her there.
I also used to go around record shops and listen to different versions of classical recordings. I remember being so frustrated regarding Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto until I came across a 99p version by Szeryng - and loved it and still have it too. With the help of ebay I have duplicated the same lps which have suffered less abuse, so I have a better listening experience of childhood days.
Parents are strange people. I have always loved the Beatles music, but my father said he could not stand them, When asked why he replied .. "Because they have long hair". Well I suppose that is one way of judging music"!
Deep Purple In Rock. Bought with lawn mowing money. With my father sending me reel to reels from overseas(he was in the Air Force) I found I liked the Deep Purple stuff he was sending me so I took a chance on In Rock. Didn't like it but still have it from over 50 years ago. I was very lucky to have a father who also sent me the Stones, Creedence, Santana, and so much more.
The year was 1964 and I was 9 years old when I got the Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass album, South of the Border. I played that album over and over. It was part of the reason (probably a big part) of why I became a trumpet player! I selected his song "Spanish Flea" to play for the non-technical part of my tryout used to select ranking in the 11th grade, high school concert band. Along with my other skills, it got me 1st chair, 1st trumpet that year! In addition, I played in the marching band, jazz band and even in the pit band for the high school musicals. It was a great start to a side profession. I am sure it is why I have such an interest in all types of audio equipment and have since then to this very day! I still have the album, although it is heavily worn, and I can even play every single track in order, in my head at any time. College was a big turning point for me, I had to choose between what I hoped would be a career as a professional musician or an electronics engineer. My parents said I should get "a real job" and become an electronics engineer and not become just another struggling musician. It took years for me to realize, I could do both! I still listen to Herb Alpert (both the old and new music) and saw him live in concert at The American Music Theatre in Lancaster County, Pa., along with his wife Lani Hall (from Sergio Mendez and Brazil '66 fame) just a few years back.
Now for laughs, I will throw in a very strange a quirky musical side tale. Maynard Ferguson, another famous trumpet player and idol of mine (you might be seeing a pattern here) was giving a concert in the Reading, Pa. area many years back. I was at that concert. He fell and injured his foot. Long story short, they took him to a local doctor's office to have his foot x-rayed. The x-ray technician who photographed his foot, was the girl friend (soon to be future wife) of my good friend and office mate from AT&T, where we both worked at the time. I tried to get that x-ray (who wouldn't want such a quirky souvenir of a famous trumpet player?), but her ethics were admirably high and it never happened. Ha!
Jan and Dean, Little Old Lady From Pasadena. Before that only 75's. Extremely limited record collection meant you played your music many times over, strange to think playing the same songs over and over could be so entertaining. Doubtful I still have that album, bad tt's meant I ruined most of my old vinyl.
I made fun of @jond for not having a TT, but I didn’t have one until high school. In JHS I had a Panasonic tape recorder, first tape I bought was the Ventures "Walk Don’t Run." I loved surf music, even wore a surfer’s cross.
The first LP I bought was The Moody Blues "Every Good Boy..." Had to get it since the track "Procession" blew me away.
Can’t remember what came first. Either The Beatles “The Beatles” or CCR Green River. Bought the The Beatles LP with 11th birthday money at Ted’s Records & Hobbies in Montréal. Sold it with all the rest of my 900 discs about ten years ago. What an idiot to not keep a few of the great ones. Listening to the 50th anniversary edition on Tidal these last couple of weeks. Incredible detail. I miss the physical properties of the vinyl but am very happy with the ease and quality of hi-res streaming.
My parents had a console stereo in the living room. I had 3 older sisters and I listened to their records. But the first record I bought, with my own money, came when I was in Junior High School.
Michael Viner's Incredible Bongo Band - "Bongo Rock" - I've listened to this record several hundred times. Was a passing fade back in the day. But their version of "Apache", from this album, became the most sampled song ever.
Still have it and still listen to it about once a year.