The Collector Series: Sam’s (@fortyfive7inches) vinyl records collection

The Collector Series is a photography and interview project documenting vinyl records collectors in their most natural and intimate environment. Want to get featured on #vinyloftheday? Send us a photo of your records collection and a few words about your records collection to diana@vinyloftheday.com. We have Sam (@ fortyfive7inches ) for this week feature, read below.

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Name: Sam

Location: Vigo, Spain

Size of collection: Close to 2.200 records, counting LP and singles.

Tell us a bit more about yourself:
What started your interest in music? Is there any interesting story or history behind it?
When I was only a child of two or three years old, my parents both worked, and the person who took care of me listened to the radio all day long, and my mom always tells me I knew dozens of them by heart, so I think it was love at first sight.
It was not until school, when some of my schoolmates and I began to become interested in music beyond what they played on the radio stations of the moment, that were totally commercial tunes. Fortunate, in those days, the underground music scene in Vigo, my hometown, was growing fast and our local record stores were a mirror of this kind of environment. We still couldn’t go to the pub, so we spent the day at the record stores looking for new stuff.

How long have you been collecting? What does your collection mean to you?
I’ve always bought music, but I have to admit that with the 7 inches singles, I started to got serious when I decided to open the Instagram account.
My collection means a lot to me. If it wasn’t so, I suppose my girfriend would never allow me to occupy that space in the house.

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What’s your philosophy behind collecting records? Do you really collect 7” only? Tell us more about it and why?
I collect all vinyl formats, but I noticed that there were hundreds of Instagram accounts about vinyls, but not so many about 7″ singles, and those that were, were usually accounts that posted the singles on the turntable. Some others post vídeos with the single spinning around. In both cases, the 45’s always appear without their original sleeve. Other reason is that the most common singles are English and American, and they usually came in company sleeves. In contrast, the European editions (Spanish, French, German, Scandinavian, Italian…) came in picture sleeves, sometimes with weird artworks. That’s why I’ve tried to focus on those European releases, because it seems that many instagrammers have never seen them with a picture sleeve. Sometimes I need to get replicas of the company sleeves to show the singles as they were originally released. I also tried to use an easy layout to make it more comfortable to see as well.

Where are your favourite spots/record stores to find these 7” gems?
I usually buy in the shops of my hometown, and many times I ask my girlfriend to visit a store on some of her trips.
I also buy on the internet. These days I’ve been testing your marketplace, and I’ve already seen too many things that I would like to have.

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Share with us your current top 3 records and tell us why they are your favorite?
First off, my all time favorite record is Exile on Main Street, and of course I love all of their singles. Unfortunately, I miss one of them, which was only released in Japan and is not easy to catch. “Sweet Virginia / Rocks Off”. One day, I hope.

Secondly, I will say Eddy Arnold’s ‘Texarkana Baby’. It’s not my kind of music, but I’m especially happy to have found a copy of that single, which has in particular that it’s the first single ever pressed. It is from RCA, 1949, the year of my parents’ birth. The most incredible thing is that it’s a semitranslucient green vinyl!

And thirdly, the last record. It’s always exciting when you get a new one.

Any tips for other record collectors out there?
I suppose that when it comes to old records, which is what I collect (with some exceptions), it’s advisable to be patient, the record that one searches for, appear in the less expected place, it’s not appropriate to become obsessed.

Now that I reread my answer, it seems that I’m describing my main defect instead of advising…

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