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Our team at Aussie Vinyl is small but our passion for the music from years gone by is extensive.

There is something about the analogue warmth of the sound on vinyl, where you engage with your favourite music and the ritual of lowering the needle onto the turntable and hearing the crackle as it lines up with the track.

Some of the most unforgettable music of all time is detailed in the pages of our record guide.

You can take a trip down memory lane and relive the music of the last 70 years.

A successful pop song will stick in your mind for days. Whether they were a one-hit wonder or they have become a national anthem, love ‘em or hate ‘em, we all remember them.

People have fallen in love with a single or album and people have played songs at a funeral. Travellers have driven or flown nationally or overseas with a CD or cassette, playing songs, or had sex with songs playing in the background, or had a special occasion with these songs.

You could also say music is the bookmark to our memory. Personally I can remember where I was, what I was doing, who I was with or even how old I was when I hear certain songs.

So if this is the first time you have been interested in vinyl records or interested in picking up a book of this nature, welcome and enjoy the experience.

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Australia’s Most Comprehensive Vinyl Record Guide
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Australia's Most Comprehensive

Vinyl Record Guide

Aussie Vinyl Record Guide, the largest and most comprehensive book of its kind to be released in Australia. It has been 40 years in the making, 15 years to be compiled and this project has been driven by one of Adelaide’s largest private collectors of vinyl and music history.
It’s not only a catalogue of numbers and dates but a definitive catalogue of music released by the bands and artists who moulded the shape of the music industry all over the world for over 70 years.
It’s their history and with each publication it can be preserved in a unique way and it can now become part of your history as well.

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The aim of this book is to list and value collectable records released only in Australia from 1920-1991.
The book includes artists from Australia and Overseas that released records in Australia on vinyl singles, EP’s, LP’s, 78’s and Cassettes, not to mention Samples, Promos, Limited Editions and Test Pressings.
As a whole, the book is diverse and thorough, covering many genres with over 75,000 entries, over 18,000 artists on over 1,000 record labels. Despite the great number of independent and custom releases, I have documented as many bands and singles as I could find.
The response to the idea of having our Australian version has been tremendous from collectors, friends and fans alike, which contains a very large amount of home grown artists. Many Australian artists over the decades have in fact had releases overseas with varying success and the results can be seen in overseas publications such as “Billboard Charts” in America and “Guinness Charts” in Britain. Those who were successful may find their releases in the overseas Record Guide publications but most do not get a mention.
Arguably, many homegrown releases that made it on the Australian Charts through the sixties, seventies and eighties, are some of the best pop/rock songs ever to come out of Australia. Even 30-40 years later, they still can be heard on Australian radio today.
Vinyl is also making another comeback on another front with artists nowadays deciding to release their latest albums on vinyl, new and old artists selling vinyl releases at concert merchandising stands and record companies now re-releasing albums from decades gone by on new vinyl.
I hope you get a lot of enjoyment out of using this book, as much as I’ve had fun compiling this book. I’m sure you’ll be saying at some stage, “I didn’t know he released that” or “I didn’t realise they recorded with that artist”, because I know I did as I was compiling all my research.
No matter what your taste, this is an essential work of reference for any music fan or collector.

Winner
2017 ARSC Awards

Out of three nominated categories, the Aussie Vinyl Record Guide is the winner of the “Best Historical Research on General Recording Topics” category. We are very excited to be honored with this award.

The goal of the ARSC Awards program is to recognise and draw attention to the finest work now being published in the field of recorded sound research.



 

Testimonials

  • I have just received your vinyl record guide and would like to congratulate you on cataloguing such a massive amount of information.

    Jeff Ellis
  • Let me congratulate you on this book you have put together. You’ve done an exceptional job with the detail and comprehensive listings.

    Ken Grose
  • I saw your amazing book at the record fair today at  the Prospect Town Hall. Well done and congratulations on a magnificent publication.

    Trevor Holst

A bit of

History

Charts began to appear in Australia in 1958 with 2UE in Sydney publishing a giveaway via record stores and Top 40 charts were later published in newspapers with the sole purpose of advertising for specific radio stations.

The charts are an important guide to a recording artist’s success and, in general, outlining the career of an artist.  Growing up in the early 70’s and 80’s, magazines such as Go-Set and the Top 40 charts were my only source of regular information on artists and their releases.

The Internet in the 90’s was providing some additional information, most of which was on American and British releases along with the majority of book publications.

Recently, interest in CD’s has declined and the interest in vinyl from the past continues to grow despite the increase download / portable technology.

As collectors of all ages track down all the records they want in a particular genre, they start to broaden their horizons.

Featured

Artists

  • AC/DC ABBA  ABC  PAULA ABDUL  ADAM AND THE ANTS  BRYAN ADAMS  AEROSMITH  A-HA  AIR SUPPLY  THE ALARM  THE ALIENS  CHRISTIE ALLEN  PETER ALLEN  HERB ALPERT  ALTERED IMAGES  AMBROSIA  AMERICA  THE AMES BROTHERS  ANGRY ANDERSON

  •   LYNN ANDERSON  THE ANDREWS SISTERS  THE ANGELS  THE ANIMALS  PAUL ANKA  APOLLO 100  ARCADIA  THE ARCHIES  TINA ARENA  ARIEL  JOAN ARMATRADING  LOUIS ARMSTRONG  ART OF NOISE  DOUG ASHDOWN  ASIA  RICK ASTLEY  THE ATLANTICS 

  • WINIFRED ATWELL  AUSTRALIAN CRAWL  FRANKIE AVALON  THE AZTECS  THE BYRDS  AXIOM   THE BABYS  BACHMAN TURNER OVERDIVE  BAD COMPANY  BADFINGER  JOAN BAEZ  BANANARAMA  THE BANGLES  NICK BARKER  JIMMY BARNES  TONI BASIL  

  • SHIRLEY BASSEY  NOELINE BATLEY  BAY CITY ROLLERS  THE BEACH BOYS  THE BEATLES  JEFF BECK  THE BEE GEES  PAT BENATAR  CHUCK BERRY  BIG PIG  CILLA BLACK  BLONDIE  BONEY M  BOOM CRASH OPERA  THE BOOMTOWN RATS  BOSTON  

  • FLEETWOOD MAC  FREDDY FENDER  THE FERRETS  BRYAN FERRY  BILLY FIELD  5TH DIMENSION  FINE YOUNG CANNIBALS  ELLA FITZGERALD  THE FIXX  FLASH AND THE PAN  FOX  FRIJID PINK  PETER GABRIEL  GARY GLITTER  MARVIN GAYE  GLORIA GAYNOR  J. GEILS BAND  GENESIS  GERRY AND THE PACEMAKERS  RENEE GEYER

  • PAUL MCCARTNEY  MACHINATIONS  MADONNA  MADNESS  MAMAS AND THE PAPAS  MELISSA MANCHESTER  HENRY MANCINI  THE MANHATTAN TRANSFER  BARRY MANILOW  BOB MARLEY  MARTHA AND THE MUFFINS  MARTHA AND THE VANDELLAS  MARTIKA  DEAN MARTIN  MASTERS APPRENTICES  JOHNNY MATHIS  

  • SUPREMES  DAVID LEE ROTH  ROXY MUSIC  NORMIE ROWE  ROXETTE  ROXY MUSIC  RINGO STARR  LEO SAYER  BOZ SCAGGS  THE SEARCHERS  NEIL SEDAKA  THE SEEKERS  BOB SEGER  THE SHADOWS  SIMON AND GARFUNKEL  PAUL SIMON  SIMPLE MINDS  SIMPLY RED  FRANK SINATRA  SKYHOOKS  ROD STEWART  SLIM DUSTY

  • SONNY AND CHER  THE TEMPTATIONS  BILLY THORPE  TRANSVISION VAMP  TRAVELING WILLBURYS  TWISTED SISTER  THE VILLAGE PEOPLE  JOE WALSH  WATERBOYS  THE WHO  WINGS  STEVIE WONDER  X  YELLO  YELLOW DOG  JOHN PAUL YOUNG  JOHNNY YOUNG  ZOOT  ZZ TOP

The importance of a

collector’s guide

As a collector, I still buy more vinyl, and the more I buy, the more I want, leaving the question?  ‘Does anybody know what was released by these artists?’ and ‘Was I missing releases from my favourite artists?’  Visiting record and book shops here in South Australia and interstate over many years, talking to many collectors and shop owners, it was clear publications on Australian music were minimal with some information incomplete or missing.

For my own benefit, I decided that if I knew of any record release I did not have in my collection, I would include it in my insurance spreadsheet as a separate entry so that when I went record shopping I would have a list of wants.

The list became a vital tool as I started to buy records that I already had in my collection, due to not being able to remember the thousands of records that I already have.

The list soon became hundreds of pages and the next question was, ‘If I have trouble finding releases, surely other collectors have the same problem?’  It would be nice to have a publication that gave me the information up-front, rather than spending countless hours searching through hundreds of internet sites and book shops wasting my time. Hence the birth of The Aussie Vinyl Collectors Guide.

The Author

Thomas Balacco

Born in the early 1970’s, music has been a passion all my life, having started out with vinyl, and then cassette, then CD and then back to vinyl.  I always felt at home with the black plastic.

Watching countdown on a Sunday night through the 70’s and then the 80’s, I was always eager to see the latest clips and hear Molly’s “Do yourself a favour and buy this record”, as I felt his recommendations were in line with my taste in music.

Listening to artists such as Skyhooks, Little River Band, Master Apprentices and Sherbet growing up, I felt Australian music was as good as any music released from overseas artists.

I consider these songs, important artistic documents that have become the fabric of our culture, and also part of our national and international psyche.  Music in any genre is incredibly important in most people’s lives.