Greetings blog readers! I decided to do a bit of a different blog post this week, as I’ve been doing a lot of beauty-related posts and really want to add a wider variety of content to the site. This week’s blog post is all about my vinyl collection, including some of my favourite records, my rules/tips on buying vinyl and starting your own collection, as well as a little bit of info about my record player and why I love it so much.
My Crosley Cruiser
Crosley are a huge brand that make a great variety of turntables to suit anyone’s needs. Although they’re not the most technical record players, they are a favourite amongst bloggers due to how aesthetically pleasing they are the wide variety of styles and colours their turntables are available in. I received my teal blue Crosley Cruiser as a Valentine’s present a few years ago and it’s still one of my most cherished possessions. It adds a nice pop of colour to my mostly monochrome room, and because it’s quite a small record player that is easy to set-up, it’s great for when I fancy chilling out on a Sunday afternoon and listening to some of my favourite records. Crosley’s turntables are available from loads of places now, including Urban Oufitters, who also sell exclusive Crosley speakers to match your turntable! Prices start at around £60, which is great if you want to start a collection on a budget.
My Favourite Records
The Smiths – Meat is Murder
I’m a huge Smiths fan, and Meat is Murder is easily my favourite album of theirs. This record was bought as an 18th Birthday present, and has probably been listened to more than any of my other records!
David Bowie – Space Oddity
David Bowie has been one of my favourite artists since my early teens (I was and am still devastated by his passing in January last year.) Space Oddity was one of the first records I got for my Crosley, and is also a record I listen to on a regular basis.
Beyoncé – Beyoncé
Beyoncé’s self-titled album was a must-have in my record collection, despite coming out four years ago -yes, four years!- it still feels as fresh as it did the first time I heard it. And as much as I love Beck, this album definitely deserved Album of the Year at the Grammy’s – I’ve got your back on this one Kanye!
Duran Duran – Rio
This is one of my older records, and by older I mean it isn’t a re-mastered version, hence it’s slightly tattered condition. If there’s one 80s pop album you need in your collection, it’s Rio. I often put this album on when I’m getting ready to go out, as it’s great to sing along to.
Amy Winehouse – Back To Black
Amy, Amy, Amy. I’ve loved this album since I first heard it aged 8. Although it didn’t make much sense to me at the time, Amy’s vocals blew me away and I’ve been in love with her and this album ever since. Rest in peace, sweet Amy.
My Top Tips For Starting Your Own Collection
If you want to start your own vinyl collection but you’re not sure where to start, apply the three simple rules I use when buying vinyl:
- Only buy records you really love – vinyl is expensive and it’s pointless buying every new album you like on vinyl, since you probably won’t listen to them all on a daily basis! Buy albums by your favourite artists, or just any album that you really love.
- Make a wishlist – I have a wishlist on Amazon that I keep updated with the records I still want to get. This is great as the list can be easily shared with family and friends for gift ideas, and is easy to sort and manage.
- Compare prices – Always keep an eye on the price of a record both online and in stores like HMV, as they’re always changing, especially during big sales like Black Friday or Boxing Day sales. It’s pointless spending £25 on a record in-store if you can get it for £15-£20 online!
And that’s it! Another thing to consider is organising your records; mine were organised in alphabetical but because a lot of record sleeves have small spines it can be difficult to read, so I’d still spend more time finding the record I wanted! Mine are now organised by colour, as I think this looks better and neater in my room. There aren’t any major do’s or don’t’s with vinyl, it’s all about personal taste.