The Records That Mean The Most To Us

The Records That Mean The Most To Us

To celebrate Record Store Day, the vinyl that means the most to us

Benji

There’s a few. My sisters had great taste in music. Two records I remember borrowing when I was really young were Hot Rocks by The Rolling Stones and Changesonebowie. My parents played a lot of Roger Miller’s Golden Hits as well. As I grew up, the two that stuck out to me were Heartattack and Vine from Tom Waits and the Boss’s Darkness on The Edge of Town. The first record I ever bought was The Clash’s Give ‘Em Enough Rope when I was 11. I had the chance to meet Mick Jones a little later and I never do this but I went up to him and said, “I was 11 years old when I had my paper route, and The Clash is the first record I ever bought. Would you please sign this for me. He looked at me and said, ‘sure thing mate.'”

Margot

When I was 8 years old we moved to the house I grew up in. In that house, the girl who lived there before me was a teenager. She left a lot of albums, like The Rolling Stones, the Woodstock Soundtrack, a lot of David Bowie. So, I got a good head start on records because I claimed them for my own. In junior high, I was making extra money by babysitting, and I bought the first real record I didn’t inherit from that teenager – Tom Petty’s Damn the Torpedoes. I still love that album and look back it very fondly. 

Ron

Because of a friend at the time, I got to see Springsteen in a college gymnasium on the Born To Run tour. To me, he was just another guy with a song on the radio. But the live show! Hoe-Lee Crap! I then went and got the Born To Run album and was taken in by the almost-rock-opera, cinematic scope of the entire set of nine songs. And the way “Jungleland” took you from a tinkling piano…to what felt like a full symphony…to Clarence’s sax solo…and back to the tinkling piano. It really schooled me on what one could feel from the first track to the last of a truly great, well thought-out collection of vinyl.

Stacy

My first vinyl purchase was More of the Monkees for a quarter when I was a kid. From there I listened to whatever I could get my hands on! I guess some records that really resonated were: Milton Nascimento’s Courage (thanks mom), The Harder They Come soundtrack, the first Stones album, Monk’s Dream and I swear, any time I hear James Booker I can’t help but smile.

Record Store Day takes place April 13 with special releases and day-only vinyl. Find the full list of participating record stores in Colorado along with all the releases available for Record Store Day.