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Cheap vinyl records July 2021: Top vinyl records on sale in rock, metal, prog and more

Cheap vinyl records May 2021: 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 that's where we come in, as we've gathered together some of the top bargains available to buy online right now.

It doesn't seem that long ago that vinyl was being written off due to the introduction on the CD – and the doom mongers were out in force again when music streaming services such as Spotify, Apple Music and Tidal entered the fray. But the good news is that not only has vinyl managed to weather the storm, but 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.

But, as any vinyl fan 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 and investing in vinyl. And below, you'll also discover our pick of the best classic albums to own on vinyl.

Classic album vinyl deals

Today's top cheap vinyl record deals

Latest UK rock vinyl deals

Guns N’ Roses: Greatest Hits: Was £32.50, now £31.28
Guns N’ Roses popular Greatest Hits album was released on double coloured vinyl. Not only is it packed with classic tracks, but it’s a thing of beauty too. It’s on sale at Amazon and although the saving is slight, our advice is be quick, as this pressing regularly sells out. View Deal

Foo Fighters: Medicine At Midnight: Was £17.41, now £15.12
There’s a 13% discount on the latest Foos album on Amazon just now. In our review, Classic Rock said: “As a modern rock melting pot, Medicine At Midnight certainly sounds like a spirit rediscovered.”View Deal

Led Zeppelin: Presence: Was £21.99, now £17.99
This edition of Led Zeppelin’s seventh studio album has been remastered, pressed on to heavyweight 180g vinyl and comes in a gatefold sleeve. EMP have cut the price by 18%.View Deal

Alter Bridge: Walk The Sky 2.0 EP: Was £24.99, now £19.99
Pressed on striking white vinyl, this Alter Bridge EP contains six live tracks alongside the new studio song Last Rites. If you’re into Alter Bridge, this is a must-buy.View Deal

Beth Hart: War In My Mind: Was £23.99, now £18.99
Beth Hart’s 2019 album War In My Mind is on sale now over at EMP on double turquoise vinyl. A brilliant album by Hart and includes the tracks Bad Woman Blues, Sugar Shack and Try A Little Harder.View Deal

Halestorm: Live In Philly 2010: Was £49.99, now £36.99
This limited edition double disc album has been pressed on marble vinyl and features 13 tracks including It’s Not You and I Get Off. Get it with 26% off at EMP.View Deal

Foo Fighters: Concrete And Gold: Was £29.99, now £19.99
And while we're talking about the Foos, there's a nice £10 discount on their ninth studio album at EMP. Concrete And Gold even featured a guest appearance from Beatles legend Paul McCartney.View Deal

Iron Maiden: The Number Of The Beast: £21.99, now £17.99
This edition of Iron Maiden's The Number Of The Beast was released in 2014 and pressed on heavyweight 180g vinyl. It’s a classic and should be picked up immediately if you don’t have a copy.View Deal

Bon Jovi: 2020: Was £24.91, now £21.79
Amazon have knocked a couple of quid off the price of the latest Bon Jovi album 2020. This is the double vinyl version and features tracks including American Reckoning and Unbroken.View Deal

Green Day: American Idiot: Was £21.99, now £17.99
This double vinyl pressing of Green Day’s iconic American idiot album has 18% off the list price thanks to the team at EMP. If you don’t own this classic, now is a great time to pick it up.View Deal

Blues Pills Lady In Gold: Was £14.99, now £5.99
Impericon aren’t messing about and have knocked 61% off Blues Pills’ 2016 album Lady In Gold. And as if that wasn’t enough, there’s also cash off the gold vinyl, silver vinyl and green vinyl versions of the record!View Deal

Judas Priest: Sad Wings Of Destiny: Was £21.99, now £15.99
Judas Priest’s second album is widely regarded as a classic - and no wonder thanks to tracks like the epic Victim Of Changes and Dreamer Deceiver. EMP have cut the price on this vinyl edition by 27%.View Deal

Motorhead: Bastards: Was £14.99, now £10.99
EMP have knocked a few quid off the the Motorhead Bastards picture disc. The record initially came out back in 1993 and features the brilliant Born To raise Hell. A great  addition to your Motorhead collection.View Deal

Latest UK metal vinyl deals

Deftones: White Pony 20th Anniversary: £129.99, now £99.99
Deftones revisited their classic White Pony album in 2020 to mark its 20th anniversary - and EMP have now slashed 23% off the RRP on the 4LP/2CD version. Get it quick!View Deal

Architects: For Those That Wish To Exist: £23.99, now £19.99
Architects released their latest studio album For Those That Wish To Exist in February this year and EMP now have the double vinyl version on sale right now. A cracking album.View Deal

Mark Morton: Anesthetic: Was £24.99, now £16.99
Lamb Of God’s Mark Morton released this solo album to much critical acclaim. It features guest contributions from a number of rock legends and this red vinyl version has 32% off at EMP.View Deal

Metallica: S&M2: Was £89.99, now £74.99
There’s a nice saving of £15 on the 4LP edition of Metallica’s all-conquering S&M2 live album at Zavvi right now. An absolute audio treat for fans of the thrash icons.View Deal

Metallica Hardwired… To Self-Destruct: £22.99, now £17.99
Impericon have knocked down the price of the double vinyl pressing of Metallica’s awesome Hardwired… To Self Destruct album by 22%. It’s packed full of great tracks and is definitely worth picking up if you haven’t already.View Deal

Slayer: Repentless 6x6.66 box set: Was £62.99, now £41.99
Slayer’s famous Repentless 6x6.66 box set has been reduced by 33% by the team at EMP. That means you’ll get a collection of 7-inch singles covering all 12 tracks from the band’s last-ever studio album. This is bound to go fast.View Deal

Slipknot: Day Of The Gusano: Was £48.99, now £46.99
OK, so there might only be a couple of quid off this record documenting Slipknot’s first visit to Mexico City back in 2015, but this isn’t just any old release: This is the triple transparent vinyl edition which also comes with a DVD. Get over to EMP ASAP!View Deal

Cult Of Luna: The Raging River: Was £27.99, now £16.99
You can save 39% on Cult Of Luna’s The Raging River EP right now at EMP. It contains the tracks Three Bridges, What I Leave Behind, Inside Of A Dream, I Remember and Wave After Wave. This version is presented on splatter vinyl.View Deal

Black Veil Brides: Black Veil Brides: Was £24.99, now £15.99
There’s a 36% saving to be found on Black Veil Brides’ self-titled 2014 album over at EMP right now. Andy Biersack and co. are on top form throughout and it features tracks including Heart Of Fire and Devil In The Mirror.View Deal

Candlemass: Nightfall: Was £26.99, now £22.99
Nightfall by Candlemass is a doom metal behemoth and should be part of everyone’s collection. It’s a huge slab of darkness and will shake the ground when played loud. Our favourite track? The Well Of Souls. Buy the gold vinyl at a reduced price at EMP.View Deal

VoiVod: Target Earth: Was £24.99, now £17.99
Have VoiVod ever made a bad album? We don’t think so, and Target Earth is a audio wonder. EMP have cut the price on the metal/prog pioneers’ 2013 record and if you don’t have it, it comes highly recommended.View Deal

Anthrax: Kings Among Scotland: Was £38.99, now £32.99
Recorded at Glasgow’s famous Barrowland Ballroom in front of a raucous crowd, Kings Among Scotland is a must for all Anthrax fans. This triple vinyl is packed with bangers - and includes the full Among The Living album. Save 15% at EMP right now.View Deal

Parkway Drive: Viva The Underdogs: Was £44.99, now £29.99
You can grab EMP’s exclusive red/orange vinyl pressing of Parkway Drive’s brilliant Viva The Underdogs for 33% less right now. Along with the vinyl, this package also features a CD. We’d recommend picking this up ASAP.View Deal

Latest UK prog vinyl deals

Pink Floyd: Live At Knebworth 1990: Was £35.99, now £28.58
Amazon have knocked an impressive 21% off the price of this double Pink Floyd live album which was released earlier this year. It’s pressed on 180g heavyweight vinyl and comes with a 16-page booklet.View Deal

Pink Floyd: Animals: Was £25.99, now £22.99
EMP have reduced the price on this 2016 pressing of Pink Floyd’s Animals. The album was been remastered and it’s well worth picking up if it has passed you by so far.View Deal

Marillion: Radiation: Was £28.99, now £24.99
Marillion’s Radiation is an under appreciated gem if you ask us. It has some brilliant songs including These Chains and Under The Sun. EMP have the double vinyl on sale now with 13% off.View Deal

Marillion: Clutching At Straws: Was £60.62, now £54.99
Marillion’s last album with Fish at the helm received a deluxe makeover back in 2018. Amazon have cut the RRP by 9% and is a must-buy as it’s received a new remix and it's packed full of extras spread across five discs.View Deal

Rush: A Show Of Hands: Was £35.90, now £26.32
Amazon have chopped 27% off the RRP of Rush’s A Show Of Hands. It was recorded during the band’s late 80s tour in support of their 12th studio album Hold Your Fire. It’s worth the price alone just to hear Alex Lifeson’s spine-tingling outro solo to Mission, presented here in all its glory.View Deal

Jethro Tull: Live At The Newport Pop Festival: £28.99, £21.99
Record live in California in 1969, this particular pressing is on sale over at EMP. They’ve knocked 24% off the price AND it’s presented on green vinyl.View Deal

Opeth: In Cauda Venenum: Was £29.99, now £27.99
Opeth famously released In Cauda Venenum in both English and Swedish – and this is the Swedish version featuring Mikael Akerfeldt in his native tongue. Save 6% over at EMP.View Deal

Enslaved: Roadburn Live: Was £26.99, now £16.99
EMP have knocked £10 from Enslaved’s first official live album which has been pressed on double green vinyl. The band’s performance was recorded at Roadburn in 2015 and includes their cover of Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant Song.View Deal

Latest UK alternative vinyl deals

Smashing Pumpkins Shiny And Oh So Bright: £20.99, £15.99
Original Pumpkins Billy Corgan, James Iha and Jimmy Chamberlin reunited for Shiny And Oh So Bright… in 2018, and while we would have liked to see D’arcy back on bass, this turned out to be a cracker. Pick up the silver vinyl at Impericon with a 24% discount.View Deal

The Glove: Blue Sunshine: Was £29.99, now £9.99
Attention fans of The Cure and Siouxsie & the Banshee - Zavvi have chopped £20 off the RRP of The Glove’s brilliant Blue Sunshine album. To have this unique collaboration on vinyl is a real treat.View Deal

Latest US rock vinyl deals

Queen: Greatest Hits: Was $83.64, now $53.98
All of Queen’s best-loved tracks collected in one compilation. At Louder, we had this on cassette back in the day and while we tend to favour full albums rather than best-of, this is well worth your money. There are 17 tracks spread across 2LP, including Bohemian Rhapsody, Don’t Stop Me Now and Killer Queen. Buy it from Walmart.View Deal

The Beatles 1967-1970: Was $172.93, now $112.29
Walmart have a great deal on The Beatles 1967-1970 compilation “The Blue Album” right now, knocking a good chunk of change from the list price. It contains some of The Fab Four’s best-loved track like Penny Lane, Hey Jude and All You Need Is Love.View Deal

The Beatles: The Singles Collection: Was $229.98, now $157.42
There’s a brilliant saving on this brilliant Beatles box set over at Walmart. The Singles Collection gathers 46 tracks which have been pressed across 23, 180g seven-inch vinyl, with the package also including a 40-page booklet.View Deal

Guns N' Roses: Locked N' Loaded: $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

Journey: Greatest Hits 2: Was $34.99, now $28.99
Part two of Journey’s Greatest Hits collection is crammed with 17 tracks including Escape, Patiently and a live cut of Mother, Father. On sale at Best Buy.View Deal

Black Sabbath: Ultimate Collection: Was $99.99, now $79.49
This 4LP set brings 31 of Black Sabbath’s best-loved tracks together. The Ultimate Collection has also been pressed on beautiful gold vinyl making this a must for rock and metal fans especially with this saving over at Amazon.View Deal

Ozzy Osbourne: Blizzard Of Ozz: Was $22.99, now $18.99
The album the kicked off Ozzy’s legendary solo career, Blizzard Of Ozz features some of his best-loved tracks like I Don’t Know, Crazy Train and Mr. Crowley. Get it over at Best Buy.View Deal

Green Day: 21st Century Breakdown: Was $47.65 now $30.16
Walmart have put Green Day’s eighth studio album 21st Century Breakdown on sale, with this version pressed on to 180g vinyl. There’s more than 17 bucks off the usual price.View Deal

ZZ Top: Goin' 50: Was $99.98, now $73.50
This celebration marking ZZ Top’s 50th anniversary is spread over 5LP and features a total of 50 tracks, including the classics Gimme All Your Lovin’, Sharp Dressed Man and Legs. There's a decent saving to be found at Walmart.View Deal

Soundgarden: Superunknown: Was $141.48, now $105.58
Here’s the 20th anniversary re-pressing of Soundgarden’s classic 1994 album Superunknown. It’s presented across 2LPs and includes a download card which transforms the sounds into glorious 320kbps MP3s.View Deal

Latest US metal vinyl deals

Deftones: Ohms: Was $22.99, now $19.99
Best Buy have knocked a few dollars from the RRP of Ohms – the latest album by Deftones. If you haven’t checked it out, now is definitely a good time. It's pretty damn good!View Deal

Latest US prog vinyl deals

Nightwish: Human. :||: Nature: Was $58.99, now $48.99
Nightwish released their ninth studio album Human. :||: Nature in 2020 and showed the Finnish outfit are still hard to beat when it comes to brilliant symphonic prog metal. Save $10 over at Best Buy.View Deal

Muse: Showbiz: Was $125.97, now $89.98
Muse took the first steps to global fame back in 1999 with their debut album Showbiz. This 2LP set over at Walmart has almost 40 bucks off the asking price.View Deal

Latest US alternative vinyl deals

James: Seven: Was $39.99, now $32.99
It's hard to believe that James released Seven back in 1992. Where do the years go? Seven is packed full of great tracks including Born Of Frustration and Sound which remind some of us at Louder of long nights camped inside the student union. Anyway, Best Buy have a neat saving on the vinyl edition.View Deal

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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