After a solid six months or so of constant record purchases, between the autumn of 2016 and the summer of this year, my record collecting has slowed significantly. In addition to downsizing my collection slightly this year, I’ve become far more selective about what I buy. For now, I’m trying to only buy albums that are on “my list.” However, my lists and resolutions aside, I’m not above impulse-buying a mint-condition Elton John album for five-dollars only to decide to resell it. Here’s what I bought this month:
Joe Cocker’s With A Little Help From My Friends, The Soundtrack to The Graduate, Elton John’s Madman Across the Water, The Doors’ Self-Titled Debut Album, The Beatles’ Best Of 1967 – 1970, and Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band’s Live box set. (Check out the playlist at the end of this post for my favorite songs from these albums!)
This Joe Cocker record has been on my list for what seems like a very long time. Lin has been keeping an eye out for it for months, and he finally found it for me at a local record shop. This is one of those albums that I happened upon in a very roundabout way, via another Joe Cocker album whose title song is a Jackson Browne cover. With a Little Help From My Friends struck me immediately when I heard it for the first time, and it’s been a favorite since then. Every song is so good.
This Beatles album, similarly, is something I’ve had my heart set on finding. The later years are my favorite Beatles era, and this album has every single one of my favorite Beatles songs except “Dear Prudence,” “Blackbird,” and a couple of songs off the Let It Be record. Despite my love for The Beatles (especially you, Paul), this is only my second of their albums. Abbey Road and Let It Be are at the top of my elusive list.
Speaking of favorite bands who remain noticeably absent from my record collection, this is my first Doors album! I can’t speak to the causes of this phenomenon, but it’s been almost impossible for me to find even somewhat clean Doors albums for less than forty dollars. As someone who deeply loves Jim Morrison, this is deeply disappointing to me, but I’m happy to finally have this one. After all, their debut album is one of The Doors’ best.
The Graduate soundtrack is a great record too. The film is one of my all-time favorites, and the fact that Simon & Garfunkel did the soundtrack only makes it that much better.
Madman Across The Water, of course, was this month’s impulse-buy, but how could I say “No” to a mint-condition record, with the original lyric booklet still attached? Although it wasn’t on my list, it’s hard to say definitively that this was just an impulse buy. Some of these songs are so good. I may keep it.
And then there’s Bruce Springsteen. This box set has been on my list for a while. I don’t remember how I learned that this set existed, but I when I found out about it I immediately decided I wanted to own it. This album feels iconic: Bruce Springsteen’s best songs, played live over the span of a decade. I’m not even a huge fan of Bruce Springsteen’s music. However, I’ve been interested in Bruce Springsteen as a person, since I saw him on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last year when his book, Born to Run, was released, and that interest in him as a person has developed into a growing love for his music. Best of all, though: the box set I bought is pristine. I mean, to die for. Beautiful.