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Finding the Jewel for My Vinyl Collection, Nirvana-Style

I love vinyl. There’s really no better way to explain it. Just drop the needle, and let the vinyl do all the talking. Sure, I love radio, and I love all the other methods of listening to music. But, in today’s world of ever-changing technology, it’s nice to be able to listen the way it all began.

I’m still new to the vinyl game. I’ve always enjoyed spending hours looking at records, taking in the covers and listening when I could. But recently I finally pulled the trigger and bought a record player for my desk at work.

The collection is growing slowly, but over the weekend at Forever Young Records in Grand Prairie (if you haven’t been, GO.), I found this:

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When I came across the original vinyl (only 15,000 were pressed, using the clear wax record) of Nirvana’s In Utero, I was stoked. Then, I saw the vinyl sleeve inside was signed on one side by guitarist Pat Smear, and the other by drummer Dave Grohl.

Had to have it. Walked out with it. Bank account was drained more than I planned, but it was a situation where I could have had several good, used records, or one I’ll hold on to forever.

I’ve yet to listen — I’m going to spin it once before I frame it. Songs like “Heart-Shaped Box” and “Rape Me” are going to take me back, for sure.

Any of you vinyl collectors? I’d love to hear what you’ve got!

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