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Cheap vinyl records in October 2021, featuring the best vinyl records on sale in rock, metal, prog and more

Cheap vinyl records in August 2021, featuring 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. 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.

On the hunt for amazing Black Friday music deals? Then check out our Black Friday record players deals and Black Friday vinyl deals pages for all the latest price drops on turntables and vinyl.

Classic album vinyl deals

Today's top cheap vinyl record deals

Latest UK rock vinyl deals

Brian May: Back To The Light

Brian May: Back To The Light: Was £23.51, now £22
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.

The Beatles: Let It Be

The Beatles: Let It Be: Was £27.04, now £25.48
The reissue of The Beatles Let It Be won’t be released until October, but Amazon are wasting no time and have knocked 6% off the single disc price already! Nice!

Alter Bridge: Walk The Sky 2.0 EP

Alter Bridge: Walk The Sky 2.0 EP: Was £24.99, now £16.99
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.

Tenacious D: Post Apocalypto

Tenacious D: Post Apocalypto: Was £26.99, now £23.99
Jack Black and Kyle Gass released their fourth studio album back in 2018. This edition has 11% off the asking price at EMP and it’s pressed on slime green vinyl. Nice!

Black Star Riders: Another State Of Grace

Black Star Riders: Another State Of Grace: £25.99, now £15.99
Get your hands on Black Star Riders’ 2019 album Another State Of Grace with 38% off thanks to the team at EMP. It features 10 tracks including Poisoned Heart and Ain't The End Of The World.

Giraffe Tongue Orchestra: Broken Lines

Giraffe Tongue Orchestra: Broken Lines: Was £20, now £12
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:

Foo Fighters: Concrete And Gold: Was £29.99, now £20.99
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.

Blues Pills: Lady In Gold

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!

Motorhead: Bastards

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.

Latest UK metal vinyl deals

Babymetal: Metal Resistance

Babymetal: Metal Resistance: Was £19.99, now £14.99
EMP have lopped 25% off the price of this limited edition red double vinyl edition of Babymetal’s second studio album Metal Resistance. It features 12 tracks including The One.

Helloween: Skyfall single

Helloween: Skyfall single: Was £15.99, now £12.99
EMP have reduced the price of the Helloween 12" single Skyfall - taken from their recently released self-titled album. It’s been pressed on orange vinyl - although since Halloween is on its way, let’s call the colour ‘pumpkin spice’ instead.

Deftones: White Pony 20th Anniversary

Deftones: White Pony 20th Anniversary: £129.99, now £79.99
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!

Deftones: White Pony 20th Anniversary

Deftones: White Pony 20th Anniversary: £51.99, now £39.99
And speaking about Deftones, EMP have also cut the price of the standalone 4LP version by 23%. It’s jam-packed with content and should be snapped up ASAP… especially at this price. 

Architects: For Those That Wish To Exist

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.

Mark Morton: Anesthetic

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.

Metallica: Hardwired… To Self-Destruct

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.

Anthrax: Kings Among Scotland

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.

Latest UK prog vinyl deals

Yes: Union 30 Live

Yes: Union 30 Live: Was £140.48, now £135.37
This five-disc collection celebrates the 30th anniversary of Yes’ Union tour. It was recorded at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in California in 1991, with this lavish package coming with four 180g coloured vinyl, a DVD, a Union program, pass laminates and is limited to jus 1000 units. Amazon have knocked a few quid off the RRP. Be quick.

Pink Floyd: Animals

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.

Rush: A Show Of Hands

Rush: A Show Of Hands: Was £35.90, now £31.02
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.

Opeth: In Cauda Venenum

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.

Latest UK alternative vinyl deals

The Cure: Torn Down Mixed Up Extras

The Cure: Torn Down Mixed Up Extras: £26.99, now £21.99
An updated version of Robert Smith and co’s classic 1990 record Mixed Up, Torn Down is more proof if any were needed that The Cure are one of the finest bands around. There’s 18% off the double vinyl at EMP.

Smashing Pumpkins: Shiny And Oh So Bright Vol.1

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.

The Glove Blue Sunshine

The Glove: Blue Sunshine: Was £29.99, now £5.99
Attention fans of The Cure and Siouxsie & the Banshee - Zavvi have chopped £24 off the RRP of The Glove’s brilliant Blue Sunshine album. To have this unique collaboration on vinyl is a real treat.

Latest US rock vinyl deals

Queen: Greatest Hits: Was $70.28, now $50.59

Queen: Greatest Hits: Was $102.67, now $66.67
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.

The Beatles The Singles Collection

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.

Guns N’ Roses: Appetite For Destruction: Locked N' Loaded Box Set

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.

Black Sabbath: Ultimate Collection

Black Sabbath: Ultimate Collection: Was $99.99, now $64.90
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.

ZZ Top: Goin' 50

ZZ Top: Goin' 50: Was $99.98, now $84.16
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.

Soundgarden: Superunknown

Soundgarden: Superunknown: Was $211.73, now $134.86
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.

Latest US metal vinyl deals

Metallica: Black album

Metallica: Black album: Was $52.03, now $49.05
The remastered edition of Metallica’s brilliant Black album is not to be missed. Even though there’s only a few dollars off the asking price at Amazon, this is definitely worth snapping up off there’s a gap in your collection.

Deftones: Ohms

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!

Latest US prog vinyl deals

Pink Floyd: The Endless River

Pink Floyd: The Endless River: Was $57.99, now $48.11
Amazon US have cut the price of Pink Floyd’s final album The Endless River by 17% making this a must-have if you’ve still to pick it up. It features recordings made by late keyboardist Richard Wright.

Muse: Showbiz

Muse: Showbiz: Was $78.28, now $61.16
Muse took the first steps to global fame back in 1999 with their debut album Showbiz. This 2LP set over at Walmart has a neat deal on the vinyl right now.

Latest US alternative vinyl deals

The Cure: Mixed Up Extras

The Cure: Torn Down - Mixed Up Extras: $39.99, now $32.99
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.

More cheap vinyl records deals

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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