Member Monday #48: Les Saulsbury
Member Monday is our favorite part of the Vinyl Junkies newsletter because it helps us celebrate the best part about this community: the patrons! We place the spotlight on our VJ Patrons by asking them to share what makes collecting records so special to them. This week, we’re especially happy to feature VJ Patron #431, Les Saulsbury.
What was the first record you ever bought?
I remember this very well. I bought two albums, Lionel Richie’s Can’t Slow Down and Culture Club’s Colour by Numbers, and two 45s, Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson’s Say, Say, Say and Yes’s Owner of a Lonely Heart.
What drove you to collect vinyl in the past?
I started collecting music in late ’83 early ’84 when vinyl was still the dominate format. Eventually I switched to cassette for a short time and then CD’s. I’ve bought thousands of records in my lifetime the majority being on CD.
What genres of music do you love?
I love prog music in all its forms. The weird time signatures and chord changes make for an interesting listen that takes you on a journey. There are elements of rock, jazz, classical, and many more, and the musicianship displayed is some of the absolute best. I also love power pop, funk, jazz, trip-hop and ambient.
What is your earliest memory of music?
Playing my mother’s records, pretending I was a DJ. She had Elvis, Bobby Rydell, Frankie Avalon, that type of stuff.
What is your most cherished memory associated with music?
I bought a cheap transistor radio when I was about 7 and I vividly remember waiting to hear them play Dancing Queen by ABBA. I loved that song and still do. Also my first concert which was Genesis on the Invisible Touch tour. Paul Young opened for the
6) how do you discover new artists, or do you tend to listen to the same artists? The internet is a valuable resource as is satellite radio. I miss the old radio days. You could hear so many different types of music on the same station, now most stations are genre specific.
Please make a playlist of your top ten tracks or albums of all time.
This is tough and honestly I could pick 1100 albums. That being said here are 11 albums I think are fantastic and in no order. Ask me tomorrow and I’d give you 11 different.
Beach Boys – Pet Sounds
Miles Davis – Kind of Blue
Genesis – The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
Beastie Boys – Paul’s Boutique
Aphex Twin – Selected Ambient Works 85-92
Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon
The Who – Quadrophenia
Bjork – Post
Beck – Odelay
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Blood Sugar Sex Magik
Blur – Parklife
What made you choose to step up and support this community?
After watching the OK Computer reaction I lurked around on the live streams. What I saw and heard was raw, honest and unfiltered (Sam and the music). Also the great community of people with passion for music. So ultimately I became patron #431 (I think), a wise decision.
Stay tuned for our next Member Monday post! We’ll be featuring more of the stories and collections of our Vinyl Junkies family!
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