Though most involved in the record community have been collecting for years, vinyl has recently seen a "boom" through the younger generations reverting back to wanting their music in tangible formats. Because of this, almost every major artist is issuing their latest works onto wax, as well as reissuing older albums found in their discography. But to the dismay of many music fans, there are some artists that have yet to jump on board the record train.
Here are five throwback projects that need to be pressed on to wax as soon as possible.
5. Some Kind of Zombie by Audio Adrenaline
Picture it: lime green vinyl in homage to the original CD release of the same color with a gorgeous gatefold opening to a pivotal moment in the music video for "Some Kind of Zombie," and the name of the band embossed on the front, upper left corner of the cover. Sounds absolutely stunning, right? Too bad it doesn't exist. Audio Adrenaline's fourth studio album is one of the most iconic in their discography and would be the perfect start to a string of reissues from their catalog. With tracks like "My Chevette," "Some Kind of Zombie," "Lighthouse," and "Superfriend," this album deserves a glorious vinyl revival.
4. A Liturgy, A Legacy, and a Ragamuffin Band by Rich Mullins
With a reputation as one of the greatest Christian songwriters in history, reissues of Rich Mullins' discography are long overdue. A Liturgy, A Legacy, and a Ragamuffin Band would be an awesome album to get the ball rolling because not only is it a concept album featuring hit songs like "Hold Me Jesus" and "Creed," but also because it's the first time the Ragamuffin Band makes an appearance in his music. Simple would be best for this release when it comes to appearance. A two-disc version on black wax would be a perfect piece for any Christian music record collector.
3. Petra Praise: The Rock Cries Out & We Need Jesus by Petra
A good majority of this legendary Christian rock group's discography was released during a time when records were music's main format. Their first praise and worship project The Rock Cries Out was issued in 1989. But what reissue would be better for a Petra fan than a double album of The Rock Cries Out paired with their second worship project We Need Jesus? Both sides of the cover could feature the original artwork for each project, and it could open to a gatefold of photos of the band during that era in their career. If this were pressed to vinyl, it would be the crowning jewel of all praise and worship LPs!
2. Seltzer I, II, and III by various artists
The Seltzer: Modern Rock to Settle Your Soul compilations would be the perfect fit for a tri-fold recordset. Imagine the iconic cup from all three volumes on the cover of the album with embossed fizz rising from said cup in blue, green, and orange to represent the colors of the original artwork of each. And to top it all off, the wax would color coordinate as well. Cobalt blue for volume one, lime green for volume two, and a bright orange for volume three. With artists like dc Talk, Poor Old Lu, Plankeye, Bleach, Five Iron Frenzy, Seven Day Jesus, The Echoing Green, Slick Shoes, Skillet, Considering Lilly, The W's, and more featured in the set, this triple-decker would be an unforgettable release overflowing with great mid-90s Christian alternative.
1. Take Me To Your Leader by Newsboys
An entire article could be written about the reasons why Newsboys' discography from 1996 to 2002 should be issued on to record, but Take Me To Your Leader practically screams "put me on vinyl!" The cover art could be done with a metallic or pearl sheen, giving the retro yet futuristic cover new life. The wax itself could be a swirling silver and red pattern like that of a bowling ball, and the inner sleeve could feature the hysterical photo of John James with his head painted green. Though a box set of this "era" in the band's career would be incredible, seeing Take Me To Your Leader as a stand-alone issue would be something special to behold. Have I gotten your attention yet Newsboys? Make it happen!
Jessi Zilka owns a small record store in Florida. She loves music more than anything in this world (except Jesus, of course). If she's not listening to music or working at her store, she's usually out record hunting, going to Disney World, spending time with her husband, hanging out with family or friends, catching up on a favorite TV show, or curling up on the couch and watching a movie.