Record Articles

We have written a number of articles about various aspects of record collecting. We hope you find them to be helpful.

Why do people collect vinyl records? – An explanation about record collecting.

Acetates and Test Pressings – What are they?

Audiophile Records – Albums made to sound better than regular pressings

Beatles Albums – Information about Beatles albums from around the world

Beatles Colored Vinyl Albums – Beatles albums from around the world that were issued on colored vinyl

Bootleg Records – Unauthorized pressings including live albums and ROIR pressings

Butcher cover – The story of the Beatles’ most notorious album – Yesterday and Today

Colored Vinyl – Information about records pressed on some color of vinyl other than black

Counterfeit Records and Pirate Pressings – Information about fake rare records

Japanese albums – Why collectors seek out records from Japan

Lesley Gore records – We have a large collection of albums, singles and more by the singer.

Most Valuable Vinyl Records – The Top 10 Rarest Albums That Were Sold in Stores

Picture Discs – Information about picture discs and their history

Pink Floyd Albums – An overview of unusual records by one of the world’s most collectible artists

Stereo Records and Mono Records – Why collectors prefer one or the other

Vintage Vinyl Records – 9 Reasons Why Collectors Like Them – The reasons collectors might prefer vintage records over new ones

Vinyl Record Collecting Glossary – A collection of useful terms related to records and record collecting

Vinyl Record Storage and Care – Taking Care of Your Investment

Vinyl Records Value – What determines what your records are worth?

White Label Promo – Information about promotional releases


Blondie – Parallel Lines 1978 Dutch clear vinyl LP

Blondie - Parallel Lines 1978 Dutch clear vinyl LP

Offered for sale is a limited edition clear vinyl pressing of Parallel Lines by Blondie, issued in the Netherlands in 1978.

About this copy: This copy of Parallel Lines is a limited edition clear vinyl pressing, issued in the Netherlands in 1978.  This record is the original version of the album that plays the short version of “Heart of Glass,” rather than the longer “disco version” that later became a hit.

The cover retains its original shrink wrap and still has the hype sticker that says “Special Edition Pressed on Colored Vinyl.”

The cover is M-, aside from a tiny bit of wear at two corners.  The original lyric inner sleeve is included and it has no splits.

The record is near mint and appears to have had little, if any play.

A beautiful copy of a terrific album and about as nice a copy as you’ll ever see.

Background:  Parallel Lines was Blondie’s third album, and the one that turned them into stars.  With the help of the hit “Heart of Glass”, Parallel Lines reached #6 on the U.S. album charts and was certified platinum by the RIAA. gave Parallel Lines a rare 5 star review:

Blondie turned to British pop producer Mike Chapman for their third album, on which they abandoned any pretensions to new wave legitimacy (just in time, given the decline of the new wave) and emerged as a pure pop band. …The result is state-of-the-art pop/rock circa 1978, with Harry’s tough-girl glamour setting the pattern that would be exploited over the next decade by a host of successors led by Madonna.

In the late 1970s, record companies around the world discovered that collectors were interested in colored vinyl records (and would gladly pay a premium price for them), so they issued a number of then-new and older titles as limited editions on colored vinyl.

A number of these titles were issued in the Netherlands, where colored vinyl albums by David Bowie, the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, the Alan Parsons Project, Blondie, and others were released.


Kiss – Destroyer original Japan LP with obi

Kiss - Destroyer original Japan LP with obi

Offered for sale is an original Japanese pressing of Destroyer by Kiss, including the obi, insert, and gatefold cover.

About this copy: This copy of Destroyer is an original 1976 Japanese pressing, featuring a gatefold cover and the original obi and lyric insert.  This version features the then-current dark blue Casablanca label and the album includes the short instrumental track “Rock and Roll Party” which was untitled on original pressings an deleted from some later ones.

The cover is VG++, with just traces of wear at the corners.  The disc is M-.  No poster.

A nice copy of a hard to find Japanese Kiss album.

Background: Released as their fourth studio album, Destroyer, released in 1976, was the album that finally got Kiss their first hit.  Granted, it was “Beth,” a ballad, rather than the hard rock for which the band was known, but the album sold well and received a fair amount of airplay. gave Destroyer 4 1/2 stars:

The pressure was on Kiss for their fifth release, and the band knew it. Their breakthrough, Alive!, was going to be hard to top, so instead of trying to recreate a concert setting in the studio, they went the opposite route. Destroyer is one of Kiss’ most experimental studio albums, but also one of their strongest and most interesting. Alice Cooper/Pink Floyd producer Bob Ezrin was on hand, and he strongly encouraged the band to experiment — there’s extensive use of sound effects (the album’s untitled closing track), the appearance of a boy’s choir (“Great Expectations”), and an orchestra-laden, heartfelt ballad (“Beth”). But there’s plenty of Kiss’ heavy thunder rock to go around, such as the demonic “God of Thunder” and the sing-along anthems “Flaming Youth,” “Shout It Out Loud,” “King of the Night Time World,” and “Detroit Rock City” (the latter a tale of a doomed concert-goer, complete with violent car-crash sound effects). But it was the aforementioned Peter Criss ballad, “Beth,” that made Destroyer such a success; the song was a surprise Top Ten hit (it was originally released as a B-side to “Detroit Rock City”). Also included is a song that Nirvana would later cover (“Do You Love Me?”), as well as an ode to the pleasures of S&M, “Sweet Pain.” Destroyer also marked the first time that a comic-book illustration of the band appeared on the cover, confirming that the band was transforming from hard rockers to superheroes.

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Johnny Mathis – Johnny’s Greatest Hits sealed Columbia 2 eye label LP

Johnny Mathis - Johnny's Greatest Hits sealed Columbia 2 eye label LP

Offered for sale is a sealed stereo mid-1960s pressing of Johnny Mathis’ classic 1958 release, Johnny’s Greatest Hits.

About this copy: The copy offered for sale is a sealed rechanneled stereo pressing, issued on the mid-1960s Columbia “2 eye” label.  The record is still sealed in the original perforated inner sleeve and is unplayed and presumed to be perfectly mint.

The cover is VG++, with just a bit of wear on the edges.  This is a nice vintage copy of a classic album.

Background: It’s hard to believe today, but when it was released in 1958, Johnny’s Greatest Hits, by Johnny Mathis, was the first-ever greatest hits album.  Not only that, but the album stayed on the Billboard album charts for nearly ten years – 490 weeks, second only to Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon.

Original releases of the album were mono-only, and released on Columbia’s “6 eye” label.  Sometime later, a rechanneled stereo issue was released.