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 Weather Prophets - Mayflower £3

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This one just about makes the cut because although it has been reissued on CD twice - it has only ever come out in Japan. If you want to hear it then you need the vinyl version. Along with Primal Scream, the Weather Prophets were the great hope of Creation Records after The Jesus and The Mary Chain left the label for WEA in the mid 80s. With a blinding single, Almost Prayed already a very big indie hit it seemed that the band’s take on the Velvet Underground’s fuzz rock to which they added a bit of Creedence Clearwater Revival swagger, would propel them into the mainstream. So McGee did a deal with WEA created Elevation Records and released the first WP album Mayflower. The record has had its fair share of stick over the years (hence its bargain basement price) as the performance, when compared gtop the band’s live act and their earlier incarnation as The Loft, sounded a little too clean, sanitised and commercial. So panned by the music papers and ignored by the mainstream Mayflower sunk without a trace and has never been afforded a proper UK reissue. Which is a shame as it boasts some amazing tunes. The singles, Almost Prayed, Naked As The Day You Were Born and Why Does the Rain are as good as mid 80s indie got. The Key To My Love Is Green and Swimming Pool Blue are fantastic uptempo pop tunes while the album’s closer is a gorgeous ballad called Sleep.