Four of My Favorite Albums That I Inexplicably Do Not Own
Over years I have owned thousands of records and from time to time some of them have gotten lost, destroyed or given away. Below are four records that I have loved and lost but for some reason never replaced.
1- R.E.M. – Reckoning
-What Happened: The dubbed cassette copy I got from my step dad at age 14 was destroyed by the cassette deck of my car 8 years later.
-Why I Haven’t Replaced It – Since I was in my car when it happened I drove straight to the record store to but a CD copy and found it was out of stock so I bought something else. By the time I thought about replacing it again my feelings for the band had cooled considerably and when I want to hear them today I’ll go for Murmur and be satisfied.
2- The Jam – All Mod Cons
-What Happened: Left in car of a girl I was dating didn’t think to ask for it back before having the “I don’t think this is working” discussion.
-Why I Haven’t Replaced It – I gave her the best two and a half weeks of the late autumn of 1998 and she walked off with All Mod Cons, good riddance to them both. I’m pretty sure I’ve got everything I need from this album on various compilations.
3- Neil Young – After the Gold Rush
-What Happened: Vinyl copy lent to Irish hobo, never returned.
-Why I Haven’t Replaced It – I hold out hope it will someday be returned to me.
4- Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti
-What Happened: Double CD sold for $4 in the Ass Rock Purge of 1995. In retrospect I judged this one too harshly. In the years since this is the only Zeppelin album I’ve ever thought I’d like to own again.
-Why I Haven’t Replaced It – Not willing to re-grow my teenage mullet and I suspect I might need it to truly enjoy Kashmir again.
I can think of at least a dozen more but if I ever find myself with extra cash and a desire to replace lost records these will probably be the first ones I go for.