Saturday, December 31, 1983

Dave’s Faves: My Album Collection in 1983

First posted 8/12/2020.

Dave’s Faves:

My Album Collection in 1983

I bought my first album – an eight track actually – in 1979. It was a K-Tel compilation called High Energy which featured a few songs which still rank amongst my top 100 of all time: Styx’s “Renegade,” Blondie’s “Heart of Glass,” and Chic’s “Le Freak.” Over the next few years, I added a new eight track once and a while.

In September 1982, I joined the Columbia House Record and Tape Club and began not just the transition of my collection from eight track to cassette, but a move to a much faster-growing collection. 1983 would be a significant year for me as I added dozens more albums to my collection, picking up something new every week or so. They would have a long-lasting effect on me as well. The albums pictured below, as well as the Beatles Magical Mystery Tour, Michael Jackson Thriller, the Police Synchronicity, and Styx Styx The Grand Illusion, still rank in my top 100 albums of all time.

By year’s end, this was what my collection looked like:

  1. Air Supply Lost in Love (1980)
  2. Air Supply The One That You Love (1981)
  3. Asia Asia (1982)
  4. Asia Alpha (1983)
  5. The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
  6. The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour (1967)
  7. The Beatles Hey Jude (1968)
  8. The Beatles 1962-1966 (compilation: 1962-66, released 1973)
  9. The Beatles 1967-1970 (compilation: 1967-70, released 1973)

  10. Pat Benatar Get Nervous (1982)
  11. Blondie Parallel Lines (1978)
  12. Blondie Eat to the Beat (1980)
  13. Chicago Chicago 16 (1982)
  14. Def Leppard Pyromania (1983)
  15. Neil Diamond The Jazz Singer (soundtrack, 1980)
  16. Dan Fogelberg Greatest Hits (compilation: 1972-82, released 1982)
  17. Foreigner 4 (1981)
  18. Foreigner Records (compilation: 1976-82, released 1982)
  19. J. Geils Band Freeze Frame (1981)
  20. Daryl Hall & John Oates H2O (1982)
  21. Daryl Hall & John Oates Rock ‘N’ Soul Part I (compilation: (1973-83, released 1983)
  22. Michael Jackson Thriller (1982)
  23. Billy Joel The Nylon Curtain (1982)
  24. Billy Joel An Innocent Man (1983)

  25. Journey Escape (1981)
  26. Journey Frontiers (1983)
  27. Barry Manilow Greatest Hits (compilation, released 1978)
  28. Men at Work Business As Usual (1981)
  29. Men at Work Cargo (1983)
  30. John Cougar’s American Fool (1982)
  31. Olivia Newton-John Greatest Hits (compilation: 1971-76, released 1977)
  32. Olivia Newton-John Totally Hot (1978)
  33. Olivia Newton-John/Electric Light Orchestra Xanadu (soundtrack, 1980)

  34. Olivia Newton-John Physical (1981)
  35. Olivia Newton-John’s Olivia’s Greatest Hits Vol. 2 (1982)
  36. Stevie Nicks The Wild Heart (1983)
  37. The Police Ghost in the Machine (1981)
  38. The Police Synchronicity (1983)
  39. Kenny Rogers Greatest Hits (compilation: 1977-80, released 1980)
  40. Queen Greatest Hits (compilation: 1973-81, released 1981)
  41. Styx Styx II (1973)
  42. Styx The Grand Illusion (1977)
  43. Styx Cornerstone (1979)
  44. Styx Paradise Theater (1981)

  45. Styx Kilroy Was Here (1983)
  46. Toto Toto IV (1982)

    Various Artists:

  47. Flashdance (soundtrack, 1983)
  48. K-Tel: High Energy (1979)
  49. K-Tel: Starflight (1979)
  50. K-Tel: Wings of Sound (1979)
  51. Two of a Kind (soundtrack, 1983)

1983 proved to be the year when my music obsession took the great leap forward. I was now an addict for life.


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