Waxing poetic about LPs

The wax! The tracks! The multi-platinum plaques! Good ol’ vinyl players are making a mega-comeback thanks to digi-turntables. To me, nothing has ever compared to the warm sound of records or the cool, frame-worthy LP cover artwork. The ease of running your thumbnail down the cellophane to open it up, the unforgettable whiff of that crisp, new paper sleeve, the glare of the flawless new disk. It was ceremonial! 

Whenever I peruse the aisles of vinyl at Half Price Books, I can only pine for the ones I wish I’d kept. And there’s a cultish angle to which I must also confess: a never-ending quest for old LPs by local bands with the weirdest names. The “Tux-Tones,” “The Fanatics,” “the Surfside Six.” These were albums pressed and packaged at small, local plants, a lot of them specializing in gospel groups. The Tom Hanks movie, That Thing You Do doesn’t stray from the truth.

So hail to the pioneers! Half Price Books began in 1972. Here are the top songs:

Position

Artist

Song Title

1

Roberta Flack

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

2

Gilbert O’Sullivan

Alone Again (Naturally)

3

Don McLean

American Pie

4

Nilsson

Without You

5

Sammy Davis Jr.

Candy Man

6

Joe Tex

I Gotcha

7

Bill Withers

Lean On Me

8

Mac Davis

Baby Don’t Get Hooked On Me

9

Melanie

Brand New Key

10

Wayne Newton

Daddy Dont You Walk So Fast

11

Al Green

Let’s Stay Together

12

Looking Glass

Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl)

13

Chi-Lites

Oh Girl

14

Gallery

Nice To Be With You

15

Chuck Berry

My Ding-A-Ling

16

Luther Ingram

If Loving You Is Wrong I Don’t Want To Be Right

17

Neil Young

Heart Of Gold

18

Stylistics

Betcha By Golly, Wow

19

Staple Singers

I’ll Take You There

20

Michael Jackson

Ben

21

Robert John

The Lion Sleeps Tonight

22

Billy Preston

Outa-space

23

War

Slippin’ Into Darkness

24

Hollies

Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress)

25

Mouth and MacNeal

How Do You Do

26

Neil Diamond

Song Sung Blue

27

America

A Horse With No Name

28

Hot Butter

Popcorn

29

Main Ingredient

Everybody Plays The Fool

30

Climax

Precious And Few

31

5th Dimension

Last Night I Didn’t Get To Sleep At All

32

Moody Blues

Nights In White Satin

33

Raspberries

Go All The Way

34

Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose

Too Late To Turn Back Now

35

O’Jays

Back Stabbers

36

Osmonds

Down By The Lazy River

37

Jonathan Edwards

Sunshine

38

Mel and Tim

Starting All Over Again

39

Badfinger

Day Atter Day

40

Elton John

Rocket Man

 

What’s your best vinyl find? Click here to check out media sales and promotions at your local HPB this month!

— Jim Swayze

One thought on “Waxing poetic about LPs

  1. I think my best find was the soundtrack to The Pirate Movie, almost mint condition at Sugar Land, TX HPB. Funny cos I was telling my girlfriend that I wanted to look at the soundtracks to see if they had that one or JAWS 3. Didn't find Jaws but found The Pirate Movie. Haven't played it yet, but the jacket is framed.

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