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

Cheap vinyl records March 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

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

Foo Fighters: Concrete And Gold: Was £29.99, now £19.99
The Foos ninth and most recent studio album originally launched in 2017 and features fan favourites The Sky Is A Neighbourhood, Run and The Line. Concrete And Gold even features a guest appearance from Beatles legend Paul McCartney and it could be yours for even less thanks to EMP.View Deal

Def Leppard: The Vinyl Collection Vol.2: £160.53, now £155
OK, so Amazon have only reduced this box set by by 3%, but if you don't already have it, why wait? The Vinyl Collection Vol.2 includes all Def Lep’s material from the 90s, including rarities.View Deal

Magnum: The Eleventh Hour: Was £26.07, now £22.84
Arriving before On A Storyteller’s Night, this is something of an overlooked Magnum gem. This edition has a slight drop in price at Amazon, but it’s on purple vinyl with the album containing the awesome one-two punch of So far Away and Hit And Run.View Deal

Joe Bonamassa: Tour De Force: Was £27.99, now £17.99
This Joe Bonamassa live show was recorded at London’s Hammersmith Apollo back in 2013 - one of four shows from the city the guitarist released in 2014. This edition is presented across 3LP, each pressed on heavyweight 180g vinyl and there’s a 35% saving on it right now at EMP.View Deal

Airbourne: Boneshaker: Was £21.99, now £16.99
Airbourne gave us another slab of hard rock heaven when they launched Boneshaker in late 2019 - and if you don’t have a copy, this is a great time to nab it, as EMP have crunched 22% off the price. Play this one LOUD!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

Wolfmother Cosmic Egg: Was £34.99, now £16.99
Take a trip back to 2009 and Wolfmother’s second studio album Cosmic Egg thanks to EMP. They’ve boiled the price down by 51% making this the perfect time to fry the vinyl up and enjoy the record all over again.View Deal

Latest UK metal vinyl deals

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: Load: Was £35.99, now £24.99
This reissue of Metallica’s 1996 Load album has been reissued on double black vinyl, with EMP reducing the price by 30%. Buy it, spin it, and play it loud!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

Ghost Ceremony And Devotion: Was £27.99, now £22.99
Ghost’s document of their 2017 North American tour was surprise released on streaming services before the vinyl arrived in 2018. It features 17 tracks including Square Hammer, Cirice and He Is. Save 17% over at EMP.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

Megadeth: Warheads On Foreheads: Was £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 classics. This 4-disc package currently has 27% off the RRP at EMP.View Deal

Megadeth The Threat Is Real: Was £16.99, now £9.99
The team over at EMP have taken chainsaw to the RRP of Megadeth’s 12-inch single The Threat Is Real, knocking 41% off the price. The Dystopia track is backed by Megadeth’s cover of Fear’s Foreign Policy.View Deal

Linkin Park: Hybrid Theory: Was £21.99, now £17.99
It’s incredible to think that Linkin Park’s Hybrid Theory was released 21 years ago. It’s been a hugely influential album thanks to songs including Crawling, In The End and One Step Closer and this is a must for any vinyl collection - especially with 18% off 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

Yes: Close To The Edge: Was £19.73, now £16.49
Yes pulled out all the stops in 1972 to deliver one of progressive music’s finest moments. Close To The Edge sparkles and shimmers and sounds as good now as it did almost 50 years ago. Save 23% over at Amazon.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

David Sylvian: Gone To Earth: Was £39.99, now £21.99
David Sylvian’s Gone To Earth is, we think, his finest ever solo album. The former Japan frontman brought in artists including King Crimson’s Robert Fripp for the record, which is perfect late night listening. Zavvi have reduced the price on this remastered version which also features remixes.View Deal

Latest UK alternative vinyl deals

Smashing Pumpkins Shiny And Oh So Bright Vol1: £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 Mission: Carved In Sand: Was £17.59, now £9.44
The Mission’s third studio album Carved In Sand saw Wayne Hussey, Craig Adams, Simon Hinkler and Mick Brown take another step into the big time thanks to the record’s massive singles Butterfly On A Wheel and Deliverance. Amazon have it on sale now.View Deal

Cocteau Twins: Four Calendar Cafe: Was £20.99, now £12.99
Cocteau Twins released this, their 7th studio album, three years after the spellbinding Heaven Or Las Vegas. It’s perhaps not as well known, but Four Calendar Cafe is a beautiful record and you can get it for a cut price right now at Rough Trade.View Deal

The Glove: Blue Sunshine: Was £19.99, now £10.99
Attention fans of The Cure and Siouxsie & the Banshee - Zavvi have chopped £9 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

The Beatles 1967-1970: Was $155.62, now $103.06
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 $199.97
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 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

Black Sabbath: Ultimate Collection: Was $99.99, now $77.22
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

ZZ Top: Goin' 50: Was $99.98, now $66.08
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 $108.89, now $88.99
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

A Perfect Circle: Emotive: Was $96.78, now $60.49
Walmart have reduced the price on the vinyl edition of A Perfect Circle’s stellar Emotive album. It’s crammed with covers, including Depeche Mode’s People Are People.View Deal

Latest US prog vinyl deals

Lunatic Soul: Lunatic Soul: Was $32.99, now $29.99
Riverside vocalist and bassist Mariusz Duda released his first solo album under the Lunatic Soul banner in 2008. It was a more experimental sound and paved the way for a further six Lunatic Soul records with the latest Through Shaded Woods arriving last year. You can save a few bucks on the debut at best Buy now.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

The Birthday Party: Hee-Haw: Was $27.99, now $19.99
Here’s a collection of early tracks from Nick Cave’s The Birthday Party which includes all of the Hee-Haw EP plus even more. Save $8 on it right now over at Best Buy.View Deal

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