White Whales

I wanted a place to list my most wanted record list so I’m putting it here.  It’s really here for my own reference so when I go to a new record store I can have a list of what I’m looking for.  However, I’m also putting it out here so that if one of my readers finds one of them in a store they can notify me.  Or you could be cool and just purchase it for me.  I’d be OK with that.

As always, ground rules:

1. I may list something that was actually never pressed on vinyl.  I’m aware of that.  I still want it on my list in case it happens and I missed it.

2. I know I can find some of this stuff online.  I love Discogs and have purchased records there before.  I refuse to shop on eBay since I got screwed on a deal years ago and their eBay court ruled against me.  I cancelled my account and never went back.  Bullshit with eBay aside, I prefer going to an actual record store, digging through rows of vinyl, and having the thrill of finding that white whale on my own.  I’ll buy online if I have to, but I prefer actual record stores.

3. I’m not going to list singles.  I really only want Prince singles anyway because there’s always an insane 10-minute version of his songs on the singles.  I’m currently on the hunt for “America” and “Anotherloverholenyohead”.

4. I’m not adding things that are readily available everywhere that I haven’t picked up yet.  There are at least a dozen Blue Note reissues I want right now that I don’t have yet.  I know I can go to any record store and get them right now.  I’m only listing the stuff that’s been difficult for me to find.

That said, here’s my current list:

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Anything by Prince that I don’t already have

It goes without saying that if I find something by Prince and I can afford it, I’m getting it.  I’m somewhere in the neighborhood of 80 Prince records now if you count singles and albums that I have multiple pressings of.  However, there’s a chunk from Batman through the early 2000’s that I don’t have, mainly because the Prince estate hasn’t reissued them…yet.  I put The Rainbow Children here because it’s a fascinating album and extremely rare.  There are 10 copies on Discogs right now and the cheapest is $825.  That’s not going to happen for me.  However, I keep my eyes on things like Batman, Graffiti Bridge, Diamonds and Pearls, and The Love Symbol album.  Also, I’d love to see The Gold Experience and Crystal Ball show up on vinyl at some point if they’re going to keep putting out new vinyl.

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Jodeci – Forever My Lady

Yes, my white whale is an R&B album from 1991.  This album and band were a staple of R&B in the 1990’s.  To me, there were two: Boyz II Men and Jodeci.  Jodeci was Boyz II Men with but nastier.  Definitely more hip hop.  An epic lineup of slow jams on this album.  I’ve searched for nearly ten years for this and haven’t found it.  Somehow there’s never been a reissue.  The decent copies on Discogs available right now are going for $110 and $199.  I’m not spending that on one record unless I find it in a store myself and have money to burn.  Someone help me out and tell me where I can find this!

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A Tribe Called Quest – The Love Movement

Long believed to be Tribe’s last album.  Only issued once in the US when it was released in 1998.  Going for about $37 on average on Discogs.  I should pull the trigger on this one online if I find the right deal.  $37 is a solid deal and I love this record.

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The Roots – Phrenology

I got a message from Vinyl Me, Please teasing this as the February Hip Hop record of the month.  I will get to cross this off and my Roots collection will be nearly complete.

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2Pac – Me Against the World

My favorite 2Pac album.  I’ve literally never seen it on vinyl.  Even if I did, the price tag is steep.  There hasn’t been an official vinyl reissue in over 20 years.  There hasn’t been an official pressing in the US since 1996.  An original US pressing of this album is going for $140 on average on Discogs.  A little too rich for me.  I’ll hope for a 2Pac.com reissue like I got with Strictly 4 My N****z.  Or I’ll win the lottery.

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Talib Kweli – Eardrum

I have an extensive Talib Kweli collection on vinyl, but this is my favorite Kweli solo album and I cannot find it.  So many great tracks on here that I would love to hear on record.  Decent copies on Discogs are going for a reasonable $45.  A mint copy is at $300.  I’m hoping Kweli sells copies on KweliClub.com at some point.

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Jodeci – Diary of a Mad Band

Yes, more Jodeci.  I love that band.  This one is tricky.  The US pressing from 1993 comes in a generic Uptown Records sleeve.  The UK pressing has the actual album art, and I’d much rather have that.  That goes for $33 on average on Discogs, but I don’t necessarily trust it.  I’d want to see it if I was going to buy it.  Can’t believe this hasn’t been reissued either.  Timbaland was involved long before he was a household name.  Missy Elliott and Magoo appear on this album before they got famous.  Great album.  I found Jodeci’s third album on vinyl one day at Strictly Discs.  Still need the other two.

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De La Soul – Stakes is High

I’d call it De La Soul’s slept on classic, but aren’t all of their albums slept on classics?  Certainly anything post-De La Soul is Dead is slept on.  They’re all classics.  I have most of De La’s stuff on vinyl already but this one has eluded me.  This is a great album start to finish, but it’s also special because it’s the first time I heard Mos Def and fell in love with his style immediately.  The only official US issue of this album was the year it was released: 1996.  Average sale price on Discogs is $65.  Again, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that someone like Vinyl Me, Please reissues this like they did Buhloone Mindstate and De La Soul is Dead.

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The Roots – The Roots Come Alive

When VMP releases Phrenology next month, I’ll only need one more album to complete my Roots collection.  I even have the Home Grown albums.  I do not have The Roots Come Alive.  It’s not terribly expensive on Discogs, starting at about $40 for a copy, but it’s over $200 for a mint copy.  I have a request for The Roots: Release a Roots Come Alive 2 album.  This album is 21 years old.  I’ve been to seven Roots concerts.  The show has changed drastically.  If I had an updated live Roots album I’d be spinning it constantly.

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Terence Trent D’Arby’s Symphony or Damn

I will ride for TTD until I die.  Best male vocalist I’ve ever heard, hands down.  His vinyl is very difficult to find, if it even exists.  His amazing 1995 album Vibrator was never even pressed on vinyl.  The other stuff seems as if it was only pressed in Europe.  Symphony or Damn is a tricky one because there are pressings from all over Europe when it was release in 1993 but prices vary wildly.  How about someone just reissue it and I promise I’ll buy one.

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Terence Trent D’Arby – Neither Fish Nor Flesh

That’s right.  Back to back TTD.  That’s how much I love this guy.  This was a fucked up album, to be honest.  All the more reason to have it on vinyl.  There’s also some beautiful stuff on this record.  I want it so I can spin it from start to finish and take it in.  By the way, I have Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D’Arby on vinyl and my copy is trash.  It’s the only one I could find.  Calling it “Good” condition is a stretch.  I could use a new copy of that, too, while I’m at it.

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Raphael Saadiq – The Way I See It

An amazing soul album from 2008.  I’m kind of surprised it’s as difficult to find as it is.  I think this album was a few years too early before the explosion of vinyl and there weren’t many pressed.  The cheapest you can find on Discogs are pretty much exactly $100 and I just don’t want this one that badly.  Certainly worth of being pressed again.

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Miles Davis – The Prestige 10-inch LP Collection, Volume One

These Miles Prestige collections were Record Store Day releases in 2014 and 2015.  I received Volume Two as a birthday gift from my brother in 2015.  I’ve been hunting for Volume One since.  I want the entire collection.  Not only is the music great, but they’re beautiful sets with really cool packaging.  I also love 10” vinyl.  This set goes for $64 on average on Discogs but everything I see there now is $75 and up.

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Jill Jones – Jill Jones

I’ve never heard this album.  I made the mistake of stating that in a blog post on a Prince fan site.  I believe my remark was something like, “I’m not familiar with Jill Jones’s version of ‘Baby, You’re a Trip’ but I guarantee Prince’s is better.”  The guy who runs the site even warned me in advance that I probably shouldn’t admit that, but it was the truth and it was how I felt.  In hindsight, a stupid thing to say…just dismissing someone without even hearing her song.  However, I feel safe saying when comparing someone’s music to Prince’s, they’re probably not as good.  Seemed harmless enough.  Within minutes I was seeing comments like, “How can this guy call himself a Prince fan if he’s never heard Jill Jones?”  Pretty easily, actually.  Point taken, though.  I can’t find this album streaming, so I’ve been trying to find it on vinyl for the past several months.  Only issued on vinyl in 1987 when it was released.  Going for $20 on average at Discogs.  I’ve just been adamant that I want to find this one in person.  I thought for sure I’d find it at Electric Fetus when I went, but no luck thus far.

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Guy – Guy

A lot of the old new jack swing stuff I used to listen to 30 years ago doesn’t quite work for me anymore.  Guy still holds a special spot in my heart and I’d love a copy on vinyl.  It doesn’t cost much on Discogs, in fact they only go for about $8 on average.  Another one I should just get and knock off of this list.

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DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – Homebase

Not my favorite JJFP album, but it contains arguably my favorite song of all time: Summertime.  I need this on vinyl for that reason alone.  Yet another album I can’t believe hasn’t seen a reissue.  You can get a copy of this on vinyl for $28 on Discogs and I should probably just do it.  Another one of those records I’m hoping I’ll stumble across in a store instead like I did He’s the DJ, I’m the Rapper at Strictly Discs a few years ago.

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New Edition – Heart Break

This was the NE album with Johnny Gill replacing Bobby Brown.  The last album before they broke off and went their separate ways.  There are a few songs on here I really like.  There are actually copies for really cheap on Discogs – about $10 on average – but I just insist on trying to find it somewhere.  To be honest, I don’t want it badly enough to buy it online.  But, I’d love to find it in a store and claim it.