Or... How to start listening to good vinyl without it being difficult, even for a cheapskate, Pop and Rock. This list is nothing but an amusing look through my collection finding common records with uncommon sonics. These are records you can find in most any dollar bin, thrift store or yard sale that delivers an super-easy satisfactory listening experience on vinyl. No eBay required, but sometimes patience is better finding the "right" copy. This entire grocery list should set you back for less than a CD and could be considered a 'record collection' in itself. All are US pressings (non Music Club issues), all are VERY common finds. 1. Boston, S/T on Epic. PE (or) JE-34188. "wally" or "wly" scribe on the deadwax, preferably on both sides with "MASTERED BY CAPITOL". Orange Label only. Some non-Wally hand-written matrix copies are known to be nearly as good, the very beginning of "More Than A Feeling" starting from 10% into the fade in! Screw trying to play the 1/2 speed mastered copies or Blue-Label Epics from the 80's. Find a double-Wally Boston. 2. Carol King's Tapestry. Epic/ODE copies only. PE-34946. This LP, originally cut and mastered by Bernie Grundman for A&M, is usually seen trashed or in VG+ shape. Lucky for you, the Epic/ODE reissue sounds a heck of a lot better. Really natural sound for a recording with a lot of technical gremlins in it. Trust me when I say - Look for the Epic gatefold issues. You'll agree even the artwork is done better than the original. 3. Moody Blues -Days Of Future Passed, Deram, DES 18012. Try and find a copy with a machine-stamped matrix upside-down and the initials "G.K." in the deadwax. Not only will it be the original mix, but it'll blow away even a MFSL LP or any CD of this title. Because there's a lot of quiet passages, hold off for a dead-quiet M- copy. 4. Men At Work - Business As Usual, Columbia FC-37978. "JG" beside "kdisc" in the deadwax. The 1/2 speed mastered sounds overly bright with even sibilance problems in places. Just the common found US LP will do. You may like the 80's standard songs, but the rest of the album is musically precise while being highly enjoyable. 5. Simply Red - Picture Book. Elektra 60452. I'd love to hate Simply Red, but their arrangements are fantastic. Yes, the same album "Holding Back The Years" features. "sf/atl" in the deadwax, done at Specialty. Just a great record. Give it a chance. 6. Boz Scaggs - Silk Degrees. Columbia PC -33920. "TML-S" in the deadwax for MOST issues I've found. Lots of tight percussion. A no-brainer. Nuff said. 7. Steve Miller - Fly Like An Eagle - ST-11497. 2-tone Orange and red labels. KENDUN should be in the deadwax. Ones done at Capitol don't sound too bad either. You won't need no stinkin' reissue LP. This was done just about right the 1st time. 8. Jonathan Edwards - S/T Capricorn SD 862. Atlantic Pressing (some like the pink label Capricorn, but I don't). Recorded in Boston. Total time is near 30 minutes, but a very good record. Most have seen the new Jeep commercial using "Sunshine" for the music for the ad. Specialty cutting. 9. Don Henley - End Of The Innocence - Geffen/WB XGHS 24217. A DMM cutting, but what the heck. It sounds fantastic. Lots of guest artists, possibly Don's best writing ever for his solo work. Isn't Bruce Hornsby on this one? I usually find this one with the shrink STILL ON IT, never played or played once. A suck album that doesn't suck imho. 10 - The Cars - Elektra 6E-135 Solid Red Elektra (?) Cut at Sterling with RTB in the deadwax, I can only find side 2 cut by RTB. How can you live without the Cars first record! Before Rick O. produced Weezer, he and Roy Thomas Baker had the sound down! 11. Rickie Lee Jones - S/T WB BSK 3296. Mixed and mastered by Lee Hershberg. Rickie wrote most everything, and had the best in the business behind her like Dr. John, Willie Weeks, Michael McDonald and others. Once you get past "Chuck E's In Love", there's that cool Jazz influences coming through. Great sound. 12. Donald Fagan - The Nightfly. WB 23696. I happen to have a Quiex pressing, but 2 others still have "RL" in the deadwax as well. Terrific album. Sure, it was recorded, mixed AND mastered in digital, but it sounds great in analog. Weird, isn't it? 13. Rod Stewart - Every Picture Tells A Story - Mercury SRM 1-609. "Masterdisk" and "G.K." in the deadwax. It's sometimes hard to find a M- copy with BOTH SIDES scribed with "G.K.". Keep looking. Mostly orange label Mercury, but some copies were even on the "Buildings" label. 14. Linda Ronstadt - Simple Dreams - Elektra 6E-104. IMHO, this was when Linda was a full-on sex kitten and could still deliver a killer Buddy Holly line with a snarl. Arguably her peak. Session musicians abound like Waddy Watchel who worked with Zevon too. Tight album. Hate Linda? Listen to this record anyway. Important guest appearences. Not a bad song. 15. Johnny Winter - S/T CS 9826 2-eye Columbia. I've seen 2-eye copies in dollar bins and the sonics on this LP is fantastic. It will really knock your socks off. Snap it up when you see one. 100% pure blues and it really cooks. Don't stand for anything but mint. You WILL find good copies just about anywhere. Records don't have to be $30 to be awesome.