Here’s another side item that seems to crop up from time to time in my record collection – picture discs.
Picture discs have been around since the 1930s or maybe even earlier I believe. Most picture discs that were first popular were releases of children’s records but in the 1970s and 80s picture discs made a big comeback with record companies releasing some of the most popular rock and pop albums of the rock era in the picture disc format.
Though I was never a huge fan of picture discs I did enjoy some of the more popular ones that came out in the seventies like The Beatles “Abbey Road” and “Sgt. Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band” discs but I was never one of those avid collectors of the admittedly cool looking discs.
For one thing most picture discs don’t sound as good as regular vinyl issues and another they are usually much more expensive so I tend to only buy the odd shaped and interesting ones or ones that have unique song mixes or stray songs that aren’t available anywhere else.
With the advent of Record Store Day in the last ten years record companies are aiming their greedy little sights on weak aging collectors like me so every now and again I do get suckered, or shall I say tempted, into buying a new one.
Here’s a few I really like. See that Monkees disc from 2016, isn’t it purdy lol:
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James Grant was born and raised in Fort Wayne, IN. He is a freelance writer and has published over two hundred newspaper articles that focus on entertainment.
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Gene Simmons of KISS, Peter Frampton, Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, Diana Krall, Tommy James, Neal Doughty of REO Speedwagon, Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues, Buddy Guy, Richard Williams of Kansas, Steely Dan, Dewey Bunnell of America, Alice Cooper, Paul Doucette of Matchbox Twenty, Phillip Phillips, George Jones, Glen "The Kid" Marhevka (trumpet player for Big Bad Voodoo Daddy), Paul O'Neill of Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Bill Allen (Executive Director and Producer of Cirque de la Symphonie), Richard Sterban of The Oak Ridge Boys, Jim Brickman, Bryan Adams, Rick Springfield, Peter Tork of The Monkees, Clay Aiken, Chip Davis of Mannheim Steamroller, Keith Harkin of Celtic Thunder, John Rzeznik (lead singer and songwriter for The Goo Goo Dolls), Garry Peterson (drummer for The Guess Who), Tony Butala (lead singer for The Lettermen), Peter Noone (lead singer for Herman's Hermits), Gary Puckett, Graeme Edge (drummer and songwriter for The Moody Blues), Chloe Agnew of Celtic Woman, Rusty Young (lead singer and songwriter for Poco), Danny Hutton (lead singer for Three Dog Night), Gordon Lightfoot, Vivian Campbell (guitarist for Def Leppard) and Robby Takac (bass player for The Goo Goo Dolls).
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