Ten great vinyl only albums – The Beatles, Velvet Underground, The Cleaners From Venus and more

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Not long to wait now. Record Store Day is coming a week on Saturday and I’ll be spending that day hunting down  obscure 80s indie singles and long lost psych albums.

And to celebrate – well we have got in a tad early – here is a list of ten of the greatest albums that have are vinyl only and have never had a CD reissue.

Except a few of them have – but either on dodgy low quality bootlegs or in legit reissues that have never ever turned up in the UK.

Anyhow, the best way to hear them is buying the vinyl. Here’s our list. What have we missed?

The Beatles- Hey Jude

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There are actually quite a few Beatles albums on vinyl which have never been issued on CD. As well as the Hey Jude album there’s also the round of the band’s early singles Oldies But Goldies, The Beatles' Ballads and its companion Rock 'n' Roll Music and the two Rarities collections. The release of Past Masters on CD pretty much rounded up everything that the band recorded that wasn't on a digital disc, however, for a number of reasons, I am sneaking Hey Jude on to the list. Released in 1970 Hey Jude the album collected a few singles and rare recordings and was pushed out while the band’s last proper record, Let It Be, was being mastered. It is worth including here for a number of reasons. Firstly it has some great pics on the sleeve which herald from a shoot at John Lennon's house, Tittenhurst Park, which was the last photo shoot the band ever did. The album is also a great listen too and includes two of the band’s best ever B sides in Rain and the noisy version of Lennon’s Revolution - the b side of Hey Jude and a perfect complement to Macca’s soaring ballad. The album is also notable as it is the first time that Lady Madonna, Rain, and Revolution appear in stereo.