I feel the need to clarify something now that we’re into the 200s and there’s still hundreds more to go. I don’t buy records because I think they’ll go up in value. I think that’s an absurd reason to buy anything. (Except for maybe a house, but even that would be absurd if it was the sole reason somebody bought a house – you should want to live in it, I would think.) But as the vinyl boom sort of took off in the ’10s, people started to get the impression that these were collectors’ items that appreciated like Faberge eggs or something, and that’s generally not true. Yes, records do go up in value, but not to the extent that they’ll put your kids through college. And yes, somebody wrote that dumb article.
Still, for the past few years I’ve become somewhat obsessive about updating my Discogs collection. I don’t have everything entered into it, but I’m getting there. And I’m always fascinated by what albums are actually more valuable than I realized. I never buy them because I think they will be one day worth something—I actually have no way of knowing that, and as much as you think you can figure it out by preordering all the colored vinyl, you’ll be surprised to learn that your black standard Shearwater vinyl from 2008 is worth about $15 more than your red 2xLP Boris album.
Lost In the Dream by The War on Drugs is one of those albums. I bought it because I like the band a lot. I was going to get this even if it depreciated to 99 cents. (And at 99 cents, what a find!) But the band’s dreamy, shoegazey Springsteen-style rock has long been something that resonated with me, and Lost in the Dream is arguably their best album, the best possible mixture of Adam Granduciel’s songwriting and a big, swirling production sound.
I bought the album at The Casbah, at the last show they’ll probably ever play there (their next San Diego date is at a venue five times as big) and honestly, good for them. But they had vinyl at the merch booth, specifically the purple vinyl edition. And I probably paid more than the standard $20 or what have you, but not much more. Fast forward to four years later and it’s, according to Discogs, the fourth most valuable record in my collection at a median price of $71 (and a max of $195, but it’s not mint, so you know, it’s not THAT).
It’s cool that it’s worth something, but it doesn’t really matter. I love listening to it, and that’s why I have it.
Sound Quality: Great