If someone asked what your favorite vinyl album is, would The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” or Michael Jackson’s “Bad” be your answer?
Both are among the classics featured in “Vinyl Me, Please: 100 Albums You Need in Your Collection” (Abrams Image, $29.95), a new book that waxes nostalgic over some of the greatest discs ever recorded. (As a chaser, cocktail suggestions and recipes are included with some of the albums.)
With Record Store Day coming up on April 22, you might want to be on the lookout for some of the LPs featured in the book.
ALBUM “Pet Sounds” (1966)
HOT TRACKS “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” “Sloop John B.,” “God Only Knows”
WHY YOU SHOULD OWN IT The Beach Boys’ usually sun-drenched sound had some darker shades. Before its release, the album was played privately for John Lennon and Paul McCartney, who sat and listened quietly. When it was over, they asked to hear it again.
ALBUM “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” (1967)
HOT TRACKS The title song, “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds,” “When I’m 64”
WHY YOU SHOULD OWN IT Other than the groovy cover with its sea of famous faces and 13 innovative songs, it was also the first rock album to win the Grammy for album of the year.
ALBUM Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours” (1977)
HOT TRACKS “Go Your Own Way,” “Don’t Stop,” “The Chain”
WHY YOU SHOULD OWN IT A year in the making, the result was a string of catchy songs that have become mainstays of FM radio.
ALBUM Bruce Springsteen’s “Nebraska” (1982)
HOT TRACKS The title song, “Open All Night,” “Atlantic City”
WHY YOU SHOULD OWN IT The songs on this acoustic album were intended to be demos, but the Boss instead turned them into searing stories about dark characters from social outcasts to mass murderers.
ALBUM “Bad” (1987)
HOT TRACKS The title track, “The Way You Make Me Feel,” “Smooth Criminal”
WHY YOU SHOULD OWN IT While “Thriller” might be most Jackson’s fans’ must-own, this follow-up is equally amazing and produced five No. 1 singles.
ALBUM Nirvana’s “MTV Unplugged in New York” (1993)
HOT TRACKS “About a Girl,” “On a Plain,” “Come as You Are”
WHY YOU SHOULD OWN IT Smells like Nirvana spirit as the grunge rockers performed a live acoustic concert that not only featured some of their biggest hits, but covers such as David Bowie’s “The Man Who Sold the World.”