What are the top 10 vinyl albums for every new collection?

Top 10 Vinyl Albums?

The Crew at Clocktower at Clocktower often get asked for recommendations by new vinyl collectors to help them get started with their collection. We asked the owner Roy to tell us his favorite top 10 vinyl albums to help our customers with ideas. In this article, Roy lists his favorite ten vinyl albums that he believes record collectors may want to consider. We appreciate depending on taste and who you ask everyone’s list would be different, however, some albums just keep coming up over and over and we thought to share Roy’s list because he has many years of experience running the very popular records shop. In addition to this, we also ask our customers what we should add to make Clocktower Records definitive top 20 List. 

At the end of this list, you can add your ideas and vote on ideas from our customer suggestions/

Table of Contents

  • Love - Forever Changes Vinyl Record

    1. Love - Forever Changes

    "Love - Forever Changes deserves to be number one in our top 10 list of albums for its timeless and captivating fusion of folk, psychedelic rock, and poetic lyrics that continue to resonate with listeners across generations."

  • Beach Boys - Pet Sounds

    2. Beach Boys - Pet Sounds

    "Beach Boys - Pet Sounds is our number two for its groundbreaking production, intricate vocal harmonies, and innovative songwriting, leaving a lasting influence on the landscape of popular music."

  • Tom Petty - Full Moon Fever

    3. Tom Petty - Full Moon Fever

    "Tom Petty - Full Moon Fever deserves to be our number three due to its timeless rock sound, memorable hooks, and Petty's masterful songwriting, making it a classic album that has stood the test of time."

  • The Beatles Revolver

    4. The Beatles - Revolver

    "The Beatles - Revolver secures our number four spot for its groundbreaking experimentation with diverse musical styles, sophisticated songwriting, and revolutionary production techniques that redefined the boundaries of popular music."

  • Mike Westbrook Big Band - Celebration

    5. Mike Westbrook Big Band - Celebration

    "Mike Westbrook Big Band - Celebration claims our number five spot for its exceptional jazz arrangements, rich instrumentation, and the band's ability to seamlessly blend traditional and avant-garde elements, creating a celebratory and unique listening experience."

  • Pink Floyd - Dark Side of The Moon

    6. Pink Floyd - Dark Side of The Moon

    "Pink Floyd - Dark Side of The Moon earns our number six position for its iconic concept and seamless musical journey, exploring profound themes through atmospheric rock, and solidifying its status as one of the greatest albums in rock history."

  • Bob Dylan - Street Legal

    7. Bob Dylan - Street Legal

    "Bob Dylan - Street Legal secures the number seven spot for its raw and emotionally charged performances, showcasing Dylan's poetic prowess and his ability to capture the complexities of love and life in a distinctive and compelling way."

  • Elvis Costello - My Aim Is True

    8. Elvis Costello - My Aim Is True

    "Elvis Costello - My Aim Is True claims the number eight position for its impressive debut, blending punk and new wave influences with Costello's clever and introspective songwriting, solidifying him as a powerful force in the music industry."

  • Frank Zappa - Hot Rats

    9. Frank Zappa - Hot Rats

    "Frank Zappa - Hot Rats makes the cut at number nine for its groundbreaking fusion of jazz, rock, and experimental elements, showcasing Zappa's virtuosity as a musician and his innovative approach to composition."

  • Blur - Parklife

    10. Blur - Parklife

    "Blur - Parklife secures its place in our top 10 for its infectious Britpop sound, witty and insightful lyrics, and the band's ability to capture the essence of British culture, making it a defining album of the 1990s."

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Record Store Day 2023

Clocktower Records, in the heart of Bridport, Dorset, is thrilled to announce another Record Store Day 24th November 2023. This celebration of music culture promises to be an unforgettable experience for collectors, and music enthusiasts alike. Get ready to dive into a world of exclusive vinyl releases, live performances, and an atmosphere that resonates with the pure joy of music!

The Popularity of the Event:

Record Store Day has become an international phenomenon, with music lovers eagerly anticipating its arrival each year. As Clocktower Records hosts its own event in Bridport, the excitement reaches a crescendo. The annual event has gained immense popularity due to its commitment to supporting independent record stores and promoting the magic of vinyl records. Music from all walks of life gather to celebrate their passion for physical music in the digital age.

Live Music and Performances:

At Clocktower Records’ Record Store Day Event, we take pride in curating an unforgettable musical experience. Expect live performances from local bands and artists, adding their unique flair to the celebration. As you browse through our vast collection of records, the melodic sounds of live music will fill the air, creating an ambiance that truly captures the essence of Record Store Day.

Exclusive Vinyl Releases:

One of the highlights of Clocktower Records’ event is the selection of exclusive vinyl releases available only on Record Store Day. From limited edition pressings to rare reissues and special colored vinyls, collectors and enthusiasts will be delighted with the array of musical treasures awaiting discovery. Whether you’re a seasoned collector or a newcomer to vinyl, these exclusive releases are sure to make your heart skip a beat.

Examples of Previous Exclusives:

In the past, Clocktower Records has featured extraordinary exclusives that have left music fans buzzing with excitement. Some memorable examples include:

      1. “Retro Vibes”: A limited edition colored vinyl of a classic album from the ’80s, complete with a deluxe packaging and a booklet of rare photographs.
          1. “Unplugged Sessions”: An exclusive LP featuring intimate, acoustic performances from renowned artists, available only at Clocktower Records.
            1. “B-Sides & Rarities”: A compilation of never-before-heard tracks and unreleased gems from iconic musicians, specially curated for Record Store Day.


            Clocktower Records’ Record Store Day Event on 24th November 2023 promises an unparalleled celebration of music, vinyl culture, and community spirit. The allure of exclusive vinyl releases, makes this event a must-attend for music enthusiasts of all ages. Join us in Bridport, Dorset, and experience the magic of Record Store Day as we come together to celebrate the timeless beauty of physical music!


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