Goldmine

EL­TON JOHN'S LOVE OF RECORDS

- — Gil­lian G. Gaar

GM: Gold­mine is a record col­lect­ing magazine, so our readers would be very in­ter­ested in hear­ing about your own record col­lec­tion. How many records/record­ings do you have in your col­lec­tion? How are they stored?

EJ: I have over 120,000 CDS and 15,000 pieces of vinyl. They are stored in my home shelves so I can ac­cess what­ever I want, when­ever I want.

GM: What was the first record you bought?

EJ: One of the first records I bought was “Se­cret Love”/“dead­wood Stage” by Doris Day. My mother bought it for me as a re­ward for go­ing to the den­tist to have a tooth pulled. I sold all of my very first vinyl col­lec­tion in 1989/90 to raise money so I could set up the El­ton John AIDS Foun­da­tion.

GM: What’s the most valu­able/un­usual record/record­ing you own?

EJ: An orig­i­nal press­ing of the very first Bea­tles al­bum (Please Please Me) on the black and gold Par­lophone la­bel.

GM: What are some of the most un­usual items in your col­lec­tion?

EJ: My most un­usual item of vinyl is called “Crepi­ta­tion Con­test” by Lord Win­de­sphere & Mr. Paul Boomer.

GM: Do you have a pre­ferred for­mat? (45, LP, CD, tape, etc.)

EJ: I def­i­nitely pre­fer LPS.

GM: What’s on your wish list?

EJ: Any vinyl by Lewis Tay­lor. There is noth­ing avail­able from him on vinyl at the mo­ment.

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