Your First Vinyl Album.

What was your first vinyl purchase? I'm not talking about kiddie records but the first serious album you bought as a teenager. For me it was The Rolling Stones...Big Hits (High Tide & Green Grass). This album was key in my making the transition from bubble gum to rock n' roll. It's still a good album.
For me it was The Beatles' Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band. I figure I got off to a pretty good start! :-)
Glen Campbell 'Wichita Lineman' and Neil Diamond 'Live Gold'. Purchased at the same time at EJ Korvettes on Fulton Street, Brooklyn.
Sam & Dave's Greatest Hits & The Who Live at Leeds. At the time I didn't get The Who, but I did identify with Townshend's nose.
Connie Francis "More Greatest Hits." I had a crush on her when I was a kid.

-- Al
A Space In Time,Alvin Lee/Ten Years After.Love the way it takes me back to a place so long ago!
Crosby, Stills, Nash. My mom and dad thought it was wierd that I listened to it on headphones in my closet with the door closed in pitch black where my hifi setup was. I didn't know I was into sensory deprivation then and I am out of the closet now. I still listen to it regularly and am blown away by the guitar work and harmonies every single time.
I was very much into buying 45's back in the mid 60's...the dime/drug store had several albums, and on sale was the Beatles' Hey Jude. I bought it after much consideration, only to receive my mother's admonition for wasting $3.89.
Meet The Beatles. My mother bought it for me to spin on my new RCA turntable!
The Beatles, Yesterday and Today. Bought it in '68 at an Eckerd Drugs store in Clermont, FL. The price sticker that reads; $4.98 list, our price $3.77, is still on it.
Shortly after being transformed by that Stones album, I discovered the Beatles. I spent all my paper route money buying up all their albums. The first one I picked up was The Beatles: Someting New. Still one of my faves.
First LPs I bought with my own money (paper route and collecting aluminum cans) - Chicago IX [Greatest Hits] and Kenton '76.
1970, Black Sabbath, "Paranoid". Don't care much for heavy metal anymore. Brings back great memories.
First 45 Thunder Road
First Album Martin Denny's Exotica, heard Quiet Village and was hooked
The Beatles' Abbey Road, I think... if not, it was something like Foreigner 4.
I'm 50. I believe I was around 6. Here's what I purchased at E.J. Korvettes, a (now defunct) discount "department" store with one of the great record sections I've ever seen:

Stones-High Tide, etc.
Dave Clark Five-Greatest Hits
Herman's Hermits-Hold On
The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour if memory serves. It's definitely a blur but I do recall joining the Columbis House Record Club and getting The Doors - The Doors and The Soft Parade, Chicago Transit Authority, Blood Sweat & Tears II, Big Brother And The Holding Company - Cheap Thrills, Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited, and a few more that would take some serious thought. Man I was in heaven when those albums showed up. Must've been 68 or 69.
Dave Clark Five's "Glad All Over"

Iron Butterfly's "In A Gadda Da Vida" worth a mention as No.2
My grandmother and I walked to the music store about a mile from my childhood home I was about 8 or 9 yrs old. I bought "The Best of Bread" LP, it must have been 1971 or so. She liked music also. We would go there when she came to town, just her and I. She passed 4 years later when she was 84. Found memories indeed.
"Meet The Beatles" I was 6 years old and crazy about the Beatles.Then I heard The Stones cover of "Little Red Rooster" and all of a sudden "I Want To Hold Your Hand" seemed so lame!!!!!!!!
Mom bought it for me in 3rd grade "Best of Herman's Hermits".


Might have been "Incense and Peppermints" by Strawberry Alarm Clock - released IIRC a couple of years later, but I can't swear to that.

Purchases were at Sam Goody's in The Garden State Mall @ $2.79 per - the standard for LPs for many years.

I also remember buying the single "In The Year 2525" by Zager and Evans right around the same time.

Slightly OT, but how often do you get to mention buying "In the Year 2525"?

it was either Steve Miller 'The Joker' or Blue Oyster Cult 'Tyranny and Mutation' I do not remember.

fwiw BOC still remains a guilty pleasure.
Yes Fragile was the first LP I ever bought, remember that day like it was yesterday.... Ironically I spent more to buy it used than I did new then the other day....
Still have the first six albums I bought at the same time I bought my first turntable. Led Zeppelin I, Pink Floyd Piper at the Gates of Dawn, Moody Blues Days of Future passed, The Rolling Stones Beggars Banquet, Bob Dylan Blonde on Blonde, and The Doors first lp. Cheers
Kiss Alive Roses dept in NC. I'll never forget that feeling. I was just a kid, about 13 or 14 I guess. Grandma took me to the store in her minty Buick Electra 225. Great thread...deep in memory at the moment. I need to get back into vinyl.
Welcome back, my friends, to the show that never ends-Ladies and Gentleman: Emerson Lake and Palmer. It'a live triple album (still have it) of one of the best prog rock band of all time. I had friends who were a cover band of ELP (they were called Tryad) and were amazing. Glorious if a little bit hazy memories.
Rush A Farwell To Kings with my own money at the record across the street from the high school that I began attending soon after the purchase. I already had 2112 on 8 Track. I had received a number of albums including Black Sabbath Paranoid, Frampton Comes Alive, Fleetwood Mac Rumours, and Led Zeppelin II from my neighbor when her daughter went away to college sometime around my 13th birthday in 1977. My first record player was a direct drive Akai and it was Consumer Reports top choice. I thought that it could not get any better than that.
11 years old, Lowell Massachusetts, Garnick's Record Store, 1972, Steely Dan's Can't Buy a Thrill. Still own it. Still love it. Just listened to both sides the other day.

Followed almost immediately by New Riders of the Purple Sage, Panama Red & the Elton John Greatest Hits album with him wearing the white suit. Still have them both as well. Haven't listened to the New Riders in some time. Played the Elton album for a friend so he could hear what a high end rig sounds like on the music of his youth.
You guys at 6 years old listening to the Stones... even buying it for yourselves... now THAT's precocious. I don't think I had enough saved up for a record until I was at least 8. And I certainly did not have the worldly knowledge of who the Stones were until a couple of years after that.
wow!! thats a tough one to remember back that far.I just looked at some of my old albums and I have a Jan and Dean Dead Mans Curve(Liberty label)still lurking around..
I also remember going to a store with a few friends and picking up Basie Meets Bond Jazz album...
Joni James, When I Fall in Love. Mono at that. Still going strong, fifty years later.
I believe my first LP was also the Stones "High Tide and Green Grass"
I had several 45's before. The first of those being the Beatles "I want to Hold Your Hand"
Back in the mid to late 70s there was a chain of record stores in the Philadelphia area called "The Listening Booth". They not only sold records and 8 tracks but dope related paraphernalia as well. I clearly remember buying Neil Young's Rust Never Sleeps and a pack of Zig Zags. Those were the days....
Wow you guys make me feel old, well at least older. The first vinyl I bought for myself was a Henry Mancini album "More Music from Peter Gunn". Hey Shelly Mann on drums and probably other notables. I played it on my folks Magnavox Stereo in the rec room. It was the late 50s. Jump ahead 10 years and I bought my first stereo (Fisher AR Dual). I still have the album and it still sounds good.
Mine was the double live 'Around The World With Three Dog Night' that my grandmother couldn't resist buying me on a shopping outing when I was 11 . Still remains my favorite of the group and the sleeve is perhaps one of the most nicely packaged in my collection. Never get tired of this one. The live performances of these tracks totally blow away the studio versions - great stuff.
"That'll Be The Day"

Buddy Holly's third (and last) studio album on Coral Records.

Still sounds terrific.