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Cheap vinyl records September 2020: Top vinyl records on sale in rock, metal, prog and more

Cheap vinyl records September 2020: Top vinyl records on sale in rock, metal, prog and more
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Collecting vinyl has never been more appealing thanks to the resurrection of the format in recent years, but getting your hands on cheap vinyl records can sometimes be a struggle. But ahead of Amazon Prime Day, you can still grab a bargain or two – and we're here to help.

Remember the days when vinyl was written off due to the introduction of the CD? The doom mongers were out again when music streaming services such as Spotify, Apple Music and Tidal entered the fray – but vinyl has not only weathered the storm, it's blossoming once again.

Artists have been quick to embrace the format – either reissuing old favourites with added bells and whistles, or bringing out their latest releases on eye-catching and limited-edition coloured vinyl, with a host of bonus tracks, demos, live cuts and more.

In fact, last year, the British Phonographic Industry reported that 4.3 million LPs had been sold – the 12th year in a row that sales have increased.

But, as any vinyl junkie knows, the prices have been increasing along with the format’s new-found popularity, but we've come up with a list of some of the very best vinyl record deals in rock, metal, prog, alternative and more currently on the market.

And that's not all. Here, you'll also find information about what to look for when purchasing vinyl, whether buying new is better than grabbing a dusty old second hand copy, investing in vinyl, and much more.

Today's top cheap vinyl record deals

Latest UK deals

Fleetwood Mac Rumours: £15.61, now £11.99
Fleetwood Mac's 11th album was released in 1977 and has firmly established itself as an all-time classic thanks to songs including Don’t StopGo Your Own Way and, of course, The Chain.View Deal

Manic Street Preachers Resistance Is Futile: £28, now £15
The Manics 13th studio album was warmly received by fans thanks to a collection of 12 tracks including favourites International Blue, Dylan & Caitlin and Liverpool Revisited. Right now, there's £13 off this double vinyl package.View Deal

Bryan Ferry Live At The Royal Albert Hall 1974: £120, now £80
A must for fans of Bryan Ferry, this box set comes bundled with a host of extras including a signed and numbered print, a CD, replica ticket stub, eight postcards and more.View Deal

Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds: £31, now £19
This classic narrated by Richard Burton brilliantly captures the H.G. Wells tale of the Martian invasion of Earth. Packed full of memorable songs, this 2LP package also comes with a booklet containing the script, lyrics and original artwork.View Deal

ELO: All Over the World: £28, now £17
The very best of Electric Light Orchestra is celebrated on this double vinyl reissue. Tracks including Mr. Blue Sky, Don’t Bring Me Down and Turn To Stone are here, along with 17 other classics.View Deal

Def Leppard Hysteria: £21.96, now £18.75
Def Leppard’s Hysteria went though the roof when it came out back in 1987 – and it remains as fresh today as it did back then. It contains seven hit singles and made the Sheffield heroes household names.View Deal

Iron Maiden Somewhere In Time: £19.99, now £16.99
One of Maiden’s finest albums if you ask us thanks to absolute bangers including Wasted Years, Heaven Can Wait and Stranger In A Strange Land. As for Derek Riggs’ amazing cover art, it’s fantastic to see it in all its full-size glory on vinyl.View Deal

AC/DC For Those About To Rock: £21.99, now £19.99
Less than 20 notes for one of rock’s greatest albums? Seems like a bargain to us. AC/DC’s For Those About To Rock was released in 1981 – the year after the mighty Back In Black – providing one of the greatest one-two punches in rock history. View Deal

Megadeth: Warheads On Foreheads: £75.99, now £54.99
Megadeth’s Warheads On Foreheads was released in 2019 to celebrate the band’s 35-year career and is packed with fan favourites. This 4-disc package currently has 27% off the RRP.View Deal

Led Zeppelin IV: £21.99, now £16.99
Led Zeppelin’s untitled fourth album was released in 1971 and has gone on to become one of rock’s best-loved albums thanks to songs like Black Dog, Rock And Roll and, of course, Stairway To Heaven.View Deal

Metallica S&M2: £149.99, now £135.10
Metallica might have only recently released their spectacular S&M2 album, but there's now 10% off the RRP over on Amazon. This version features four coloured LPs, a Blu-ray and two CDs – and that's not all, as it also comes with a 28-page booklet, a poster, sheet music and five guitar picks.View Deal

Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets: Live At The Roundhouse: £33.99, now £31.99
Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets have just released their album Live At The Roundhouse - and already you can save a couple of quid on the vinyl. It was recorded at the famous London venue in May 2019 and is a must for all Pink Floyd fans.View Deal

Linkin Park Hybrid Theory: £136.99, now £129.99
Linkin Park are gearing up to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their debut album Hybrid Theory - and there’s money to be saved if you pre-order the deluxe version now. Along with all the tracks from the original album, the new edition will include previously unreleased demos, rarities and b-sides.View Deal

Ozzy Osbourne: Ordinary Man: £20, now £15
Ozzy's first solo album since 2010's Scream proved to be a huge hit on both sides of the Atlantic when it was released earlier this year. It was also somewhat of a departure for The Prince Of Darkness, with the Black Sabbath icon collaborating with Post Malone and Elton John on the record.View Deal

Elton John Rocketman soundtrack: £25, now £20
The soundtrack to the smash hit Elton John biopic Rocketman is crammed with 22 tracks and includes the song (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again, which scooped the Oscar for Best Original Song earlier this year.View Deal

Prince: Musicology: £40, now £20
Prince’s 2004 album Musicology has been remastered and reissued on eye-catching double purple vinyl. You can save £20 on the LP right now over at Townsend Music - and it’s well worth picking up thanks to tracks including Cinnamon Girl and Call My Name.View Deal

Black Sabbath: Black Sabbath: £20, now £15
The album that started it all back in 1970 - Black Sabbath’s self-titled debut album. It’s a must for all rock and metal fans and features a number of all-time classics such as N.I.B., The Wizard and, of course, the unrivalled title track.View Deal

The Rolling Stones Rock And Roll Circus: £65, now £47
The Stones’ album Rock And Roll Circus was originally recorded in 1968 and features guest appearances from artists including Pete Townshend, Ian Anderson, Taj Mahal, Yoko Ono and more. This 3-disc pressing boasts 28 tracks which were all freshly mixed in 2019.View Deal

R.E.M.: Out Of Time: £20, now £15
R.E.M.’s 1991 album Out Of Time was a smash hit everywhere thanks to songs like Losing My Religion, Shiny Happy People and Radio Song. This vinyl reissue was released to mark the album’s 25th anniversary and is pressed on 180g vinyl and also features new liner notes.View Deal

Tom Petty Wildflowers & All The Rest: £214.99, now £199.99
This expanded version of Tom Petty’s Wildflowers album is out next month, but you can save a bit of cash if you pre-order it now. It'll feature all 25 songs from the original sessions – the 15 tracks from Wildflowers along with a further 10 songs.View Deal

Black Sabbath The Ultimate Collection: £60, now £45
Attention Black Sabbath fans! This four disc collection celebrates 50 years of Sabbath and sees the band pick their 31 favourite tracks. And as if that wasn’t enough, the collection has been pressed on eye-catching gold vinyl.View Deal

Pink Floyd The Wall: £25.49, now £22.45
Currently, there's a saving to be made on Pink Floyd's 1979 album The Wall. It's regarded for a classic for a good reason, and at a reduced price, this should be snapped up... if you haven't done  so already.View Deal

Motorhead 1979: £190, now £142.50
This package not only gathers together Motorhead's classic Overkill and Bomber albums, it also features live cuts, b-sides, a 7-inch single, booklet, sheet music, a tour programme and five badges!View Deal

Bruce Springsteen: 1987-1996 Vol 2: £220, now £120
There's a whopping £100 off this seven disc collection from The Boss. The package contains albums including Human Touch, In Concert/MTV Plugged, The Ghost Of Tom Joad and Blood Brothers.View Deal

Depeche Mode Black Celebration: £115, now £55
Another instalment in Depeche Mode's 12-inch singles collection. If you've missed out on previous releases, this is a great place to start... especially with this massive discount.
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Pearl Jam: Vs: £31, now £19
Pearl Jam's second studio album Vs had a lot to live up to after the massive impact of 1991's Ten – but Eddie Vedder and co managed to pull out something special thanks to tracks like Animal, Daughter and Rearviewmirror.View Deal

Latest US deals

Guns N’ Roses: Appetite For Destruction: Locked N' Loaded Box Set: $999.99, now $737.99
Guns N’ Roses massive Appetite For Destruction box set is on sale right now over at Best Buy. You can save $262 on this 20 LP collection which comes with an incredible amount of bonus content, including b-sides, EPs, live cuts and more.View Deal

Fleetwood Mac Rumours: $27.29, now $23.70
Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours is arguably the band’s best release - quite an achievement given their rich back catalogue. Rumours features a host of classics including Dreams, Don’t Stop, Go Your Own Way and The Chain.View Deal

Tool Opiate: $7.49, now $5.34
Tool introduced themselves to the world with the Opiate EP back in 1992 - a full year before their debut album Undertow. It features tracks including Sweat, Hush, Part Of Me and live tracks.View Deal

Pink Floyd Animals: $29.99, now $22
Animals was Pink Floyd’s 10th studio album and features Storm Thorgerson’s striking cover art showing an inflatable pig flying above London’s Battersea Power Station. The music is just as good thanks to tracks including Pigs (Three Different Ones) and the epic Dogs.View Deal

Def Leppard Hysteria: $36.99, now $29.45
Def Leppard followed their Pyromania album with the stellar Hysteria -a record which thrust the Sheffield heroes into the global spotlight. The 1987 album spawned seven hit singles including Animal, Pour Some Sugar On Me and Armageddon It.View Deal

Metallica Master Of Puppets: $22.03, now $18.99
Metallica’s third album Master Of Puppets was the record that pushed the band over the top, making them household names in the process. Arguably their best album, it features classics including Battery, Welcome Home (Sanitarium) and the iconic title track.View Deal

The Beatles Abbey Road: $25.29, now $20.64
The Beatles classic Abbey Road album was reissued in 2019 to mark its 50th anniversary. This 180g vinyl pressing has been reduced over at Walmart, making this a must-buy for all music fans.View Deal

Anthrax For All Kings: $46.04, now $30.69
Anthrax returned with For All Kings in 2016 - the follow-up to their 2011 LP Worship Music. The album was Anthrax’s first with guitarist Jon Donais and features Evil Twin and the blistering title track.View Deal

The Doors Weird Scenes Inside the Gold Mine: $62.41, now $45.89
This compilation from The Doors was originally released in 1972 and along with classic tracks including The End and LA Woman, the record also features b-sides. This reissue is presented on double LP.View Deal

Tame Impala Innerspeaker: $61.74, now $34.49
Tame Impala’s 2010 debut album Innerspeaker is out on vinyl, with this version pressed on double vinyl. It was the record which introduced Kevin Parker and co. to the world and included Lucidity and Solitude Is Bliss.View Deal

Muse Drones: $53.45, now $34.19
Muse released Drones in 2015 and art created quite a stir. Not only did it feature Dead Inside, but it led to a headline slot at that year’s Download festival. This version spans two discs and is pressed on 180g vinyl.View Deal

Mudhoney Superfuzz Bigmuff: $46.65, now $25.58
Mudhoney’s debut EP Superfuzz Bigmuff launched in 1988 with this vinyl reissue featuring the original EP’s six tracks along with a collection of their early singles, including the classic Touch Me I’m Sick.View Deal

Buying online

What to look for when buying cheap vinyl records online

The advantages of buying records online are many. It’s convenient. You can be laser-focused. No worries about the weather. Online exclusives. No one need ever know you collect both Slayer and Westlife records...

Disadvantages include additional postage costs, risk of damage from poor packaging or rogue couriers apparently training for national frisbee tournaments. 

There are also intangible things you may miss from not visiting your local record shop – new music tips, the chance to dig through bargain bins or crates marked “New Arrivals” before anyone else. It’s tougher to smuggle records in the house without your partner noticing when buying online, especially when the postman asks you to sign for huge record-shaped parcels every day. 

However, despite such challenges the convenience of buying online is indisputable, so here are some tips to make your online experience more successful...

Where should I buy vinyl records online?

Deciding the best places to buy records depends on whether you are buying new or second-hand vinyl. When buying new, the main players in the market are as follows:

Artist’s Own Store: What better way of supporting your favourite artists than buying (often exclusive) releases directly from their website, especially if they are an up and coming band? 

Online Vinyl Specialists: Generally outlets run by large record companies. These vendors often have access to exclusive signed or limited editions. 

Generalist Internet Retailers: Well-known names such as Amazon who are efficient and offer back up should things go wrong. 

Independent Record Stores: You may prefer to support independent record shops who also sell vinyl online. There are many excellent independent stores, including Rough Trade, Brighton’s Resident Records, Manchester’s Piccadilly Records, Glasgow's Monorail Music, Southend’s South Records and Totnes’ Drift Records. While not “independent” in the same way, let’s not forget the HMV chain either. Buying records from these outlets supports the high street.

If you prefer to buy second-hand, the biggest online marketplace for vinyl is Discogs, a specialist online marketplace for record dealers and individuals which lists every version of every record you can imagine.

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Investing in vinyl

Is vinyl a good investment?

It really depends. If you had bought a first pressing of Led Zeppelin’s debut album in 1969 with turquoise sleeve lettering and Superhype Music/Jewel Music Publishing credits labels, congratulations: that record is now worth over £1000.

More recently, Royal Blood released 800 copies of their 2014 debut album on white vinyl. These copies are now fetching £75 online, while the regular version averages just £16.

However, first pressings of Van Halen’s debut album generally fetch just £5. One of the greatest debut records of all time, and it’s a fiver! So it's less about the music than relative scarcity. There weren’t many turquoise copies of Led Zeppelin’s debut LP printed, but Van Halen albums aren’t rare. Use this knowledge when considering whether to buy new or used. Sometimes an original copy is cheaper than a reissue.

New or second-hand vinyl?

New vs second-hand

One of the best things about used vinyl is that it can be cheaper. You can buy used records by many big 70s and 80s rock bands relatively cheaply because their records sold in large quantities. Part of the fun is knowing that old gatefold-sleeved Hawkwind album has probably been to more parties than you have.

Used vinyl can also have special qualities. For example, the original UK version of AC/DC’s Powerage had a different tracklist to the European release. To compare the different versions, Discogs and eBay are your best bet. 

Also, those 70s albums will be pure slabs of analogue. No digital re-mastering, no 16-bit-processing – it didn’t exist back then, so this is straight from the master tape on to vinyl. 

However, buying used vinyl can be a minefield. Not being able to see the condition of what you are buying is the biggest disadvantage to buying used vinyl online. Take time to familiarise yourself with how vendors grade albums, using abbreviations such as NM for Near Mint, VG+ (or Ex), VG and G. VG is generally worth half the value of something Mint. 

Buying used vinyl shouldn’t mean your collection is full of snap, crackles and pops. Unless you like your LPs sounding like a bowl of Rice Krispies, avoid sub-standard vinyl. “Good” in record collecting parlance is defined as having been “played so much that the sound quality has noticeably deteriorated”. So that’s “bad”, then. 

Where new vinyl can have the edge is when older records become scarce and expensive. Why spend hundreds on an early copy of Led Zeppelin II when Jimmy Page went to so much trouble in 2014 to remaster it so beautifully?

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Shipping vinyl

Is vinyl safe to ship in the post?

This is a key question. Expect vendors to use specialist record mailers that protect fragile items from damage. Search social media or look at consumer review sites such as Trustpilot if you haven’t used a vendor previously. On Discogs or eBay look at sellers’ previous feedback. Do your diligence! 

Vinyl quality

Vinyl record thickness explained

The sound of a record is affected far more by the mastering process (and dust) than the thickness of the vinyl it is pressed on. A badly mastered record won’t sound any better if pressed on “luxury” 180g vinyl than if it were on a regular, thinner pressing, so our advice is not to get too focused about record thickness. 

The cost of vinyl

How much do vinyl records cost?

In 1987, Def Leppard’s Hysteria cost £6.99, which adjusted for inflation is £21 today. This compares well to the average price of vinyl now – around £20 at the time of writing.

Expect to pay more for double LPs, and sometimes £1 - £2 more for limited editions. Sometimes the extra might be worthwhile, just to have something collectible and fun (not to mention potentially more valuable).

Coloured vinyl nowadays sounds little different to regular black vinyl. From a sound quality perspective, you may wish to avoid picture discs, which are made differently and tend to have inferior sound, even if they do look very pretty. 

For super-fans, the box set is a luxury product showcasing a particular artist or sometimes a particular album. Such items can sell for £75 plus – up to £250 and beyond! They certainly provide an immersive experience for the fans, but how much different music could you listen to for the same outlay?

Steve Carr is the author of Every Record Tells A Story: A Vinyl Handbook

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