Check out the list of our top 5 Amazing Colored Vinyl Records
1. Dopesmoker, by Sleep
The “Indica” Edition of Sleep’s 2003 album “Dopesmoker” came pressed in a fitting green and purple swirl to represent the color of the band’s drug of choice. To celebrate its 2012 re-issue, the band’s new controlling label, Southern Lord, pressed a “Sativa” Edition to complement the original. The album is considered a seminal work in the genre of “stoner metal,” which emphasizes a groovy and distorted sound to go with the groovy and distorted lifestyle. Instead of tracks, the entire album is one 63-minute song that is sometimes awesome and sometimes extremely boring.
2. Ghostbusters Soundtrack, by Ray Parker Jr.
The 30th Anniversary Edition of the Ghostbusters Soundtrack was released in limited pressing for Record Store Day 2014. The understated off-green record is interesting looking enough as it is, and features the famous film logo over the center, but it gets better: the album glows in the dark. Not only is the original hit song featured in “Ghostbusters” on the record, but several remixes including a dubstep version have been added on for the sake of modernity. The original remains an instantly recognizable classic to this day.
3. Calculating Infinity, by The Dillinger Escape Plan
The first album by The Dillinger Escape Plan, released in 1999, was designed to look like a safe on its vinyl pressing, featuring a combination lock over the center and sepia orange interspersed with the usual black, aiding in the aged look of the album overall. The band’s namesake, famous bank robber John Dillinger, probably had more than a little to do with the lock and vault theme that the aesthetics of the metal band’s debut obviously carries. The band’s music is aggressive and eclectic, and they continue to be popular to this day within their sub genre of “mathcore.”
4. Mess, by Liars
Another Record Store Day Exclusive, “Mess” by Liars had a colorful 1000-run vinyl, but not in the usual way. The band pressed strings into the clear vinyl of the album, creating an eclectic and unique look to go with the album’s ideas of meaningful mess. The process created some interesting results. In case that wasn’t enough string from you, the album also came packaged with vacuum-packed string from the art piece on the regular album cover. The band’s music can best be described as avant-garde techno-pop.
5. Plastic Infinite, by Scultpure
Most albums with unique vinyl have interesting colors, or an interesting pattern, or sometimes even holographic patterns. But it’s rare to see a vinyl with an entire animation on it. Sculpture’s “Plastic Infinite” features a zoetrope on its body, a pre-film type of animation relying on a spinning pattern and a flashing light. Spinning the album normally,it’s easy to appreciate the beautiful artwork in its own right. But when you apply a strobe flashing 25 times per minute, you end up with something much more amazing that simply must be seen in motion to truly appreciate. The psychedelic and experimental music of the band perfectly compliments their beautiful, unique and very colorful vinyl.
Jessica Kane is a music connoisseur and an avid record collector. She currently writes for SoundStage Direct, her go-to place for all turntables and vinyl equipment, including VPI Turntables.