The 7 Types Of Record Collectors
Joe Long

I too am slowly recovering from the “Limited Edition Collector” type. These days I spend my time trying to fill out my collection of older music. Many of my friends inherited great collections of records from their parents or grandparents. Unfortunately all I got was a few Herb Alpert and Johnny Mathis records that were leftover after most of my parents’ collection was sold off at garage sales.

I have a bit of obsessive and completist tendencies. Some artists I have every release by (Weather Report, Led Zeppelin), and some records I’ve yet to spin (a lot of the limited edition stuff). At this point I think my collection is more curated to include the most iconic and influential albums of the artists I enjoy, but not necessarily all of their catalog. I no longer feel the need to buy an album just because I don’t own it, or because it’s a fancy color, or because only 50 were pressed. Now I just buy what I want to actually listen to. Unfortunately for my wallet, there’s a lot I want to listen to, haha!

“What really matters is what you like, not what you are like… Books, records, films — these things matter. Call me shallow but it’s the fuckin’ truth.” — John Cusack as Rob Gordon in High Fidelity

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