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Published on June 10th, 2019 | by Alan Cross

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Weekly survey: Help build a vinyl library from scratch. What should it include?

Time for your community service project of the week. Allen emailed me over the weekend with an interesting question starting a vinyl collection.

He just bought a stereo complete with a turntable. However, he has absolutely NO vinyl in the house. What records should he buy first?

There are a couple of ways to look at this. Allen could start with buying his favourite albums of all time. Or he could build a foundation of everyone’s-gotta-have-it classic albums. Or he could seek out albums that will show off the high-fidelity capabilities of his new system.

What would you suggest Allen do?





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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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