OT: First Album You Ever Bought With Your Own Money

Submitted by Santa Clause on April 26th, 2016 at 5:58 PM

So, what was your first album you ever bought with cash you earned all by yourself? Mine was Led Zeppelin's first album. I bought it at a local record store when I was 15 years old and had my first job. My dad always talked about how great they were, so I found out myself. As it turns out, my dad was right, and I love to get the led out to this day.



April 27th, 2016 at 11:39 AM ^

How very Prog of you!

I have to go with 45s, as I'd bought probably a few dozen before ever buying an album. Spent some of my 5th birthday gift cash (kids today would be aghast at how little that was) on "She Loves You (Yeah Yeah Yeah) b/w "I Saw Her Standing There", and bought myself numerous more 45s by the Beatles, Stones, Kinks, the under-appreciated Tommy James, Young Rascals, and I know I'm forgetting some...
Our favorite thing to do was take a random stack and put them on without looking at which they were, so you'd never know what was coming next. Kinda create your own radio (or Pandora) station as the discs spun one after the next.

First album I recall buying was the first Santana. My parents were "hip" - a M prof and an A2 public school art teacher, so we had all the albums - all Beatles, all Stones, Hendrix, Dylan, Joe Cocker, Sly & the Family Stone, Cream, CSN... But after they took us to see the Woodstock movie we discovered an artist they didn't have - Santana was ours!


April 27th, 2016 at 1:39 PM ^

I also had a box full of 45s before I stepped up to albums.  And I think my first 45 purchase also was the Beatles -- but later vintage, I'm thinking "The Long and Winding Road"?  I can't remember which album I bought first -- King Crimson, Yes, and ELP undoubtedly were early additions to my collection, but the first was probably something pop-ier, maybe Elton John?


April 26th, 2016 at 6:23 PM ^

Judy In Disguise. John Fred and His Playboy Band



A burlesque of the Beatles' Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds, knocked the Beatles Hello Goodbye out of the #1 spot nationally.

Watch to the end and you can actually see the 45, which I purchased at the Collingswood Auction in Wall, NJ. May have been my birthday. I had on a paisley shirt, suede running shoes, and a blue fake-leather jacket.


Jack Hammer

April 26th, 2016 at 6:20 PM ^

Same here.  Then a week later bought Bon Jovi "Slippery When Wet."  Long term, my musical tastes gravitated much more toward the Beastie Boys.  For some reason as I was writing this post my inner voice sounded like the narrater from The Wonder Years.


April 26th, 2016 at 6:03 PM ^

American Pie - Don McLean. Still one of my all time favorite albums. Second was Limp Bizkit's Three Dollar Bill, Y'all. Still non idea how I convinced my parents to let me buy that. Probably because I held my thumb over the tiny parental advisory warning. I had varied tastes in my younger years.

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