Do you remember record albums? Way before digital music, before MP3 players, even before CDs, cassettes and 8-track tapes, there were records, also called albums or LPs. Like many people did in the early 90s, we got rid of our old records. We sold them at a yard sale for practically nothing. I should have taken them to a record store, but I was too lazy. The only ones I kept was my collection by The Who. I kept all the related ones by Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle, and Keith Moon too. I couldn't part with my Who collection, so I still have it. I don't even have a record player to, so they just sit here in this box, which is kind of sad.
Today is Record Store Day, which is a day to celebrate independent record stores. When I was younger, my favorite place to go was a record store. We had some pretty good independent ones where I lived. I always went right to The Who section with big hopes of finding something rare that I didn't have. I even remember going down to Los Angeles a few times for record conventions where I'd find bootlegs and imports. This was pre-Internet, mind you, so finding an import was like discovering gold back then. Now days you can find almost anything with the click of a mouse and have it delivered to your door. Back then you had to travel and then dig through boxes and boxes of records. It was a fun way to spend a Saturday. We had lots of records in my house when I was growing up. My mom played Elvis all the time. My sister loved music and was a huge fan of The Beatles. I remember she cut out an advertisement from the LA Times and hung it on the wall of our room. It was an ad for Woodstock. Yeah, the real Woodstock! My brother liked hard rock and he was usually found in the driveway working on the car while listening to Deep Purple. Ironically, the very first record album I bought of my own was The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Volume 1. Yeah, pretty weird if you think about all the other music I grew up listening to. I have absolutely NO idea what made me buy that album because I wasn't a huge fan. It's just odd how I remember it so well.
How about you -- do you remember the first record you bought?