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33 1/3 RPM {No. 1: Coloured Vinyl}

The other night I was tossing and turning, fading in and out of sleep and having wild, abstract dreams. I kept waking up thinking “33 1/3”. It happened several times, and as I would drift back to sleep the number would intertwine with my dreams. I tried to remember them, but all I was left with in the morning was “33 1/3”. Strange but cool.

I have a few hundred 33 1/3 rpm Records (LPs, Vinyl, Albums) dating back to the early 70’s, and still collect them today – old and new releases.
I’m passionate about MUSIC, and they’re some of my prized possessions. Each album in my collection is loved for its sound quality, the music, the musicians, its history, cover art, liner notes, artistry, and of course memories.
And so begins a new category on my blog to celebrate this art form… 33 1/3 rpm…

33 1/3 {No. 1: COLOURED VINYL}

Some albums contain exciting extras like posters & postcards, and some are coloured vinyl. Here are a couple in my collection:
Be Bop Deluxe‘s Drastic Plastic is opaque white & The Who‘s album Who Are You is a translucent red. (Both were released in 1978 – I bought them in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada).

BE-BOP DELUXE: Drastic Plastic (I loved/still love this album)






Listen now to a couple of great cuts off Drastic Plastic >
Electrical Language

Panic in the World

THE WHO: WHO ARE YOU (I still love this one too)

The Who-WhoAreYou-AlbumCoverThe irony of this album cover photograph is that drummer Keith Moon, who is sitting on a chair labeled “NOT TO BE TAKEN AWAY”, died just 20 days after this album was released.
His is such a tragic tale. Click on his name above to read about his life.
Watch the great video below which is from the filming of the rockumentary The Kids Are Alright for some fun stuff.
{RIP Keith Moon}



This vinyl is a beautiful bright translucent red.

The Who-red vinyl

Here is a FANTASTIC video of The Who in a recording studio setting performing the charged-up Who Are You (from the album of the same name) from the rockumentary The Kids Are Alright.
In the opening lyrics, a true story. It happened to Pete Townshend who penned this song. He had been celebrating the band’s success:

“I woke up in a Soho doorway
A policeman knew my name
He said “You can go sleep at home tonight
If you can get up and walk away”

Q: Do you have any cool coloured vinyl in your collection? Any other cool “extras”?

Until next time, 33 1/3 turning it up!

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6 replies »

  1. I love vinyl. My dad had a bunch of 33 1/3 and 45s I listen to growing up.

    I know it’s not a 33 1/3, but I made a post about a “Forgotten 45” in my blog about Beach Baby by The First Class; you might like it. Fittingly, it’s an ocean blue color.

    I’ve been looking to boost my personal collection, I think I’ll pick up some of The Who! Thanks for sharing.


    • Cool. I remember that song, and it WAS a forgotten 45! I grew up in Canada – was a teenager in the 70’s. Really interesting background on the musicians.
      I also really enjoyed your breakdown of the Beach Boys’ – Wouldn’t It Be Nice. When I listen to music it’s like a meditation and I listen intently to the things you mention. I’m now following you and look forward to more of your posts. Thx… Deb


  2. I listened to a bit of Drastic Plastic – smooth – I could paint to this music playing in the background. I’m a big Madness fan and this reminded me a little bit of them
    Thank you for sharing
    AnnMarie 🙂


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