I started collecting vinyl records a few years ago now, and have spent an insane amount of time running the racks at my local record store (RPM in Newcastle-upon-Tyne) to find unique records. I’m always searching for something special… something that is truly worth owning in a world where we can listen to any song we want at any time for free on YouTube or Spotify.
I don’t own all of these, but through all my research and obsessing, these are the most unique that I’ve come across…
1. Jack White – Lazaretto
Jack White’s 2014 vinyl release of Lazaretto was packed with a whole world of crazy features. Still available to buy today, the record is etched in the dead wax so that when the record spins, a hologram of a dancing angel appears to float above the record. In addition to that there are two hidden tracks (literally) under the labels, a dual groove that plays either an acoustic or electric intro to the track “Just One Drink” before joining into the full track, along with a whole host of other nerdy additions that make this one of the most unique vinyl records ever produced. No wonder it’s named the “Ultra LP”!
2. David Bowie – Blackstar
David Bowie’s final album was a masterpiece. Beautifully crafted and full of intrigue. The vinyl record was no different. Full of easter eggs and messages hidden in the artwork, it’s widely assumed that all of the easter eggs have not yet been found. Of those that have been found though, we know that when you shine a light on the record, the album casts a reflection of a star on your ceiling. Some say they’ve also seen it cast what looks like a spaceship. There’s a whole host of other easter eggs mentioned on this page that I won’t mention in case you want to buy the record and go searching for stuff yourself.
3. The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends
This is both incredibly cool and incredibly disgusting! I DO NOT own this record, primarily because there are only 10 in the world and they sold at $2,500 each (with all money going to charity). It’s not hard to understand why though… the record is filled with actual human blood from artists such as Nick Cave, Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and Coldplay’s Chris Martin. Yuck, but, wow!
These are my picks for the 3 most unique vinyl records ever made, but I know there are loads more. If you have any suggestions, leave them in the comments section below.
And if you’re interested in learning more about what I’m doing with the upcoming triple 12″ vinyl release of my album “Lifeline”, including an augmented reality enhanced artwork that changes depending on the time of day, year and weather, head over to this page to read more.
Thanks for reading!