WTF Island

10-Plus Vinyl Albums You'll Always See at Thrift Stores

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Switched-On BachComposer Wendy Carlos electrified take on the classics with an analog synthesizer is a common find at junk shops. It' snot bad either, and any fan of the enigmatic Carlos or just weirdo instrumentation should own it. her site has a great write-up on the album too.

Any & All Barbra Streisand

I still can't believe so many people bough her records. That's not a knock on her as an artist, I just don't see how she sold so well and still remains relatively off the industry radar.

Boston

Chances are you will find Boston's self-titled record or Don't Look Back over the course of a weekend digging for vinyl off the beaten path. Boston sucks, by the way. People say awful things about Nickelback and Creed, but I would rather listen to those guys than Boston.

Willie Nelson

Maybe it's just Texas, but Willie's albums can be found at a regular clip. If you disagree, you just aren't looking, or you have already been snaked by another collector. Somewhere Over The Rainbow, Stardust, and a stray Greatest Hits are the most usual suspects, though I once found a clean copy of To Lefty From Willie that I still use quite a bit. As for clean-shaven Willie, that's a bigger rarity.

The Big Chill

If you can get past the yuppie smugness of Glenn Close and company on the cover, it's a decent '60s pop and soul compilation.

That Lionel Richie Album That Everyone Thinks Is Autographed

Look, I was taken by it too once. I was in a Half Price Books in Corpus years ago and saw the album in a locked bin with a tag touting it as a "Signed Lionel Richie Album!" for just $20. I asked to see it and buy it, only to discover it was just a facsimile scribbling.

I told the clerk that it was not authentic and that they should put it in with the rest of their stock. He just laughed and put it back, ignoring me. Somewhere in Corpus someone is staring at a "signed" copy of Richie's debut solo album sitting in an ornate frame on their wall, and wishing for it to never be touched by human hands.

Neil Diamond

If I had a dollar for every worn copy of The Jazz Singer I have seen in the past 15 years, I could afford to hire Neil Diamond himself to perform at my next birthday party.

Moody Blues

People seem to have bought the Moody's Days Of Future Passed by the handful upon it's release in December 1967. I was excited to find my first copy, until I found four alone at an Austin thrift store, then it wasn't so cool.

Any Great Record missing an inner sleeve

It's true. Most of the time you will find a great classic record -- say Houses of the Holy -- only to find it sans inner sleeve and scratched to all hell. At that point you are just paying for a wall piece and not something you can jam out too.

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Craig Hlavaty
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