How to Shop for Rolling Stones Vinyl
One of the most popular bands in rock n' roll history, The Rolling Stones are a worthy band to have in your music collection. With a catalog of music that spans decades, the Stones were pioneers when it comes to pure, unadulterated Brit rock. Founding members, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, still tour today and there are many albums to choose from if you're working on building a Stones collection.
What Are Some Popular Rolling Stones Releases?
Before you seek out rare or collectible rock n' roll releases, consider first having some of the mainstays in your album collection. From blues-influenced early albums during the Summer of Love to pure 80s rock, there are quite a few LP releases worth owning. Look for:
- "The Rolling Stones" (self-titled, 1964)
- "Their Satanic Majesties Request"
- "Beggars Banquet"
- Rolling Stones - "Sticky Fingers"
- Rolling Stones - "Some Girls"
- "Tattoo You"
- "Voodoo Lounge"
- "Bridges to Babylon"
Beyond these full-length Rolling Stones vinyl releases, you may also want to consider singles. Full releases will be on 12-inch, 33 RPM records, while singles are on smaller discs, known as 45s. Most modern record players or turntables will still easily play vintage 45s, you may simply need an insert to play the disc. Consider such singles as:
- "Wild Horses"
- "Midnight Rambler"
- "Paint It Black"
What Are Some Rare Stones LPs?
As the Rolling Stones have been around for many decades, there are definitely some album releases more rare than others. In addition, you'll also find solo releases from Mick Jagger and Keith Richards that are fun to collect for Stones fans. Finding collectible or rare releases can be difficult, because the Stones released so many LPs. For example, there are 272 different album releases of "Beggars" - from promo to reissue. Some exceedingly rare Rolling Stones rock vinyl includes:
- Early singles - Songs from their first UK release "The Rolling Stones" are quite popular.
- Promotional albums - There is one standout album referred to as "Promotional Album" that is highly collectible, but the Stones also released many other promos along the way that are quite popular.
- Imports - Rolling Stones rock import albums are hugely collectible. There is one notable Italian release from the 1960s.
- Remixes - There are some vinyl LP releases from the 1980s, some of them dance mixes, that are a huge hit with collectors.
How Do I Understand Record Grades?
If you're new to collecting vinyl records, specially classic rock, blues, and vintage LP releases, you may want to read about the vinyl grading system before purchasing older vinyl. The system is user-friendly and easy to understand, and will help you get the vinyl you want in a condition that's satisfactory.
- Mint or near mint - These are perfect or near perfect. In many cases, they are still sealed or have never been played. It is tough to find an older album in mint or near mint condition, and it increases its worth and collectibility by a tall margin.
- Excellent - This LP may have been played once or twice, but is essentially still in near-perfect condition. Expect this to play, and also expect the album, jacket, and sleeve to be in great condition as well, with no aesthetic problems.
- Very good - This grade is just a step up from "good." This LP should play on your turntable easily, but the outside cover might have a mark or tear.
- Good - This vinyl is still in playable condition, but the vinyl itself may have a scratch or two. It's obviously been played numerous times. Additionally, the cover or sleeve may have aesthetic issues.
- Fair - Most likely, this LP still plays, but it's not in great shape. Also, the outside cover (if it's included) may also be in poor or fair shape.
- Poor - This LP may or may not play on your turntable. It has numerous problems and aesthetic issues and is essentially in bad condition.