If you visit the top vinyl sales websites such as Elusive Disc, Soundstage Direct, Acoustic Sounds among others, the quality vinyl lists are fairly similar. All the familiar suspects—RCAs, Lyritas, EMIs, Mercurys, Blue Notes, Argos, Deccas—populate the must haves. And many fabulous reissues also are cross referenced (Testament, Speakers Corner, Classic Records, etc).
I’ve been reviewing lots of cartridges and phono stages lately and have been deep diving into my vinyl collection to add a little more spice to the reviewing process.
Finding the following LPs in their original form may be difficult or expensive (vinyl as an inexpensive medium is long gone). A few, however, are on high quality 180g reissues.
Several of these LPs I discovered in the collections of other audiophiles. Basically, listen, be gobsmacked, run home like a wounded audiophile and hit Discogs hard 'till the vinyl was found. Some I even found on Amazon. Rest assured, the recordings are superb and the performances fabulous. Just be careful with price/quality ratio of originals if buying on the web.
Let us know your desert island unknown vinyl in the Comments section below. In no particular order.