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Cheap vinyl records in May 2022: The best vinyl records on sale in rock, metal, prog and more

Cheap vinyl records in May 2022: The best 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 – that's why we've collected some of the top bargains available right now to make things a little bit easier.

And while vinyl records were largely shunned following the launch of the CD, artists and record companies have embraced the format once again – either by 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.

Sure, streaming is convenient but nothing beats buying a slice of vinyl for a brilliant musical experience. Drop the needle, take in the artwork in all its glory and settle back and take it all in. Magical!

But, as any vinyl fan knows, the prices have been increasing along with the format’s resurrection, 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

Blackberry Smoke: You Hear Georgia: £28.99, £24.99 (opens in new tab)
Blackberry Smoke’s latest album You Hear Georgia is on sale at EMP right now. This double white vinyl edition is exclusive to the website and is sure to be snapped up.

Fleetwood Mac: Boston: Was £79.99, now £44.99 (opens in new tab)
This 4LP Fleetwood Mac box set was recored over three night’s at the Boston Tea Party in 1970. It’s been remixed and remastered and you can get it with £35 off the RRP over at Zavvi.

Brian May: Back To The Light: Was £23.51, now £19.99 (opens in new tab)
Amazon have knocked some cash off the anniversary reissue of Brian May's Back To The Light album. The 2021 edition has been newly remastered from the master tapes and has been pressed on 180g vinyl.

Giraffe Tongue Orchestra: Broken Lines: £20, now £12 (opens in new tab)
Considering GTO consist of members of Alice In Chains, Mastodon, The Mars Volta and more, they can definitely be described as a proper supergroup. Townsend Music have lopped eight notes from the price of their 2016 record Broken Lines.

Foo Fighters: Concrete And Gold: £29.99, £21.99 (opens in new tab)
And while we're talking about the Foos, there's a nice discount on their ninth studio album at EMP. Concrete And Gold even featured a guest appearance from Beatles legend Paul McCartney.

Motorhead: Bastards: Was £14.99, now £10.99 (opens in new tab)
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.

Latest UK metal vinyl deals

Trivium: In The Court Of The Dragon: £50.99, £42.99 (opens in new tab)
There’s a neat 15% saving on the double grey vinyl pressing of In The Court Of The Dragon by Trivium. An absolute beast of an album, this is not to be missed. Grab it over at EMP.

Venom Prison: Erebos: Was £22.99, now £19.99 (opens in new tab)
Venom Prison released their new album Erebos in February, and if you missed out, then EMP have the red vinyl pressing available with a few quid off.

Metallica The Black Album Deluxe: £219, now £191 (opens in new tab)
This is the mammoth reissue of Metallica’s Black album released to celebrate the record’s 30th anniversary in 2021. It’s positively crammed with goodies and you can get it at Amazon right now.

At The Gates: The Nightmare Of Being: £64.99, £49.99 (opens in new tab)
At The Gates’ most recent studio album The Nightmare Of Being is on sale at Townsend Music. This particular edition is spread across 2LP, 3CD making it the ultimate version of the Swedish outfit’s seventh album.

Anthrax: Kings Among Scotland: £38.99, £32.99 (opens in new tab)
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.

Latest UK prog vinyl deals

Marillion: Fugazi: Was £43.43, now £39.62 (opens in new tab)
This is the 2021 deluxe reissue of Marillion’s second studio album Fugazi. This 4LP features a new remix along with live tracks from Montreal in 1984.

Dream Theater: A View From The Top Of The World: £32.99, £28.99 (opens in new tab)
Townsend Music have chopped a chunk of change from the 2LP/CD edition of Dream Theater's A View From The Top Of The World. Definitely one to grab if you've yet to pick it up.

Rush: A Show Of Hands: Was £32.06, now £29.42 (opens in new tab)
Amazon have chopped a few quid 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.

Latest UK alternative vinyl deals

The Mission: Collected: Was £45.44, now £39.28 (opens in new tab)
This three-disc set from The Mish brings together some of their best-loved tracks. This limited edition is pressed on 180g vinyl and comes with a host of bonuses including a foreword by Wayne Hussey. Grab it from Amazon.

Feeder: The Best Of: Was £60, now £40 (opens in new tab)
There’s a neat £20 saving on this 4LP Feeder box set over at Townsend Music. It features the 9-track Arrow album, tracks including Buck Rogers, Just A Day, Seven Days In The Sun, and a 60-page booklet.

Latest US rock vinyl deals

The Beatles: Let It Be Deluxe: $199.98, now $123.63 (opens in new tab)
Save 38% on the deluxe vinyl box set edition of the recently released Beatles album Let It Be. This is crammed full of extras including 27 previously unreleased studio recordings. 

Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin I: Was $27.99, now $21.83 (opens in new tab)
Led Zep’s classic debut album is on sale over at Walmart. It contains rock favourites including Dazed And Confused and Communication Breakdown.

Led Zeppelin: Houses Of The Holy: $24.98, now $22 (opens in new tab)
And speaking of Led Zeppelin, Walmart have also cut the price of the vinyl edition of the band’s 1973 record Houses Of The Holy. If you don’t have this in your collection, now’s a great chance to grab it.

Iron Maiden: Somewhere In Time: $51.99, now $30.54 (opens in new tab)
Save 41% on Iron Maiden’s classic Somewhere In Time album over at Amazon. It’s choc full of amazing tracks like Heaven Can Wait and the catchy Wasted Years. One bonus about buying the vinyl edition is you get to properly explore the amazing artwork, which is full of easter eggs.

The Beatles: The Singles Collection: $229.98, $182.74 (opens in new tab)
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.

Guns N' Roses: Locked N' Loaded: (opens in new tab)$999.99, now $737.99 (opens in new tab)
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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.

Black Sabbath: Ultimate Collection: $99.99, now $75.71 (opens in new tab)
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.

Latest US metal vinyl deals

Sabaton: The Great War: Was $48.99, now $31.19 (opens in new tab)
Sabaton’s brilliant 2019 album The Great War is on sale right now at Amazon with an explosive 36% off the RRP. It features tracks including The Red Barron and Devil Dogs

Anthrax: For All Kings: Was $57.89, now $36.87 (opens in new tab)
Anthrax’s 11th studio album For All Kings is on sale now at Walmart, who have taken a decent chunk of change from their list price. It features 13 tracks including Evil Twin. 

Latest US prog vinyl deals

Pink Floyd: The Endless River: Was $57.99, now $53.33 (opens in new tab)
Amazon US have cut the price of Pink Floyd’s final album The Endless River by 6% making this a great time to buy if you’ve still to pick it up. It features recordings made by late keyboardist Richard Wright.

Latest US alternative vinyl deals

The Cure: Torn Down - Mixed Up Extras: $39.99, now $32.99 (opens in new tab)
Wild remixes of some of The Cure’s best-loved songs make this curio a must-have for fans of Robert Smith and co. Best Buy have the half-speed mastered vinyl on sale now.

Cheap vinyl records: More deals

The latest vinyl deals and more (UK)

The latest vinyl deals and more (US)

Cheap vinyl records: Buying advice

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 (opens in new tab) 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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Cheap vinyl records: 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.

Cheap vinyl records: New or 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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Cheap vinyl records: Shipping

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! 

Cheap vinyl records: 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. 

Cheap vinyl records: The cost of vinyl

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?

If you're interested in vinyl, then we have more content for you right here on Louder.  We have guides to the new vinyl releases, the best vinyl record storage, the best record players around, the best budget turntables, the best portable record players and the best headphones for vinyl.

Want more? Then we also take a look at direct-drive vs belt-drive turntables to find out the difference and have a list of the best vinyl record cleaners so you can keep your collection in tip-top shape.

Steve Carr is the author of Every Record Tells A Story: A Vinyl Handbook (opens in new tab)

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