Every week I get an e-mail from someone asking “hey Xander, what albums should I get for my vinyl collection?” Or a young college student will message me about how they want to start collecting vinyl, but not sure what to get. Never fear my fellow vinyl junkies, each week on VNYLden I will pick out three records, and explain why you should have these in your collection. I will then play a track from each of the three records that stands out. Now this may not be a hit single, but a track that stands out on it’s own merit.

Here are this weeks picks:

Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road: Elton John has a number of albums that I would consider to be a part of anyone’s collection. However, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is considered his magnum opus. With standout tracks such as the Marilyn Monroe tribute “Candle In The Wind,” to the hard rocking “Saturday Night’s Alright For a Fight,” and pop favorite “Bennie and The Jets.” This double album is a must in anyone’s collection, and is also a great starter album. Can be found at any used record shop for a decent price.

Track Played on VNYLDen: “Harmony”

Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill: Though Lauryn Hill had much success with Fugees, this was her only solo album. Hill’s poetic lyrics mixed with sounds of R&B, Hip-Hop and Reggae give this album a rare look at the world through a woman’s eyes. Many consider this record to be an autobiographical account from Hill, and though she did write the album while pregnant with her first child. With tracks such as “Everything is Everything,” “Doo Wop (That Thing), and “Ex-Factor” The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill is considered one of the best albums to come out of the 90s. Though it might be a bit pricey brand new, pick it up if you’re able to find a used copy.

Track Played on VNYLden: “Forgive Them Father”

Lou Reed – Transformer: Lou Reed was best known for his work with The Velvet Underground. However,Transformer is where he took glam rock to a whole new level. Produced by the late great David Bowie and bandmate Mick Ronson (who would later go on to work with Van Morrison, Bob Dylan and Morrissey), Transformer was considered a taboo album due to it’s sexually driven lyrics. Many felt it glorified homosexuality and may have been a little ahead of it’s time, especially with tracks such as “Walk on The Wild Side.” Though later throughout the years it’s been an influential album to many artists. But for anyone who is a fan of punk or new wave, this album is a must in your collection. It’s also very reasonably priced brand new through Amazon.

Track Played on VNYLden: “Perfect Day”

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