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Vinyl LPs & 45s

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WHAT RECORDS ARE WE LOOKING TO BUY?

Records have been around for a long time now and it’s still a big, wide world of records out there, so that is a tough question. There is no definitive, black-and-white, one-size-fits-all answer because the vinyl market is so varied and changes constantly. There are TONS of records out there that we would love to buy, but there are plenty more that we are not interested in. That's just the way it is.

First, What We DON'T Want

There are a lot of LPs and 45s out there that have no value to us, even in great condition. If our customers aren't looking for them, neither are we! Also, a record that was popular at one time may have sold millions of copies, meaning that there are still many, many on the market in all kinds of condition. Anyone who ever wanted one probably already has it, already got rid of it or has since bought it on CD or download.

Please bear in mind that the list below of genres that we're not really interested is not always 100% literal. Within almost any genre there are bound to be at least a few rarities and titles of interest to us. For instance, even though you see Soundtracks listed below as something we're not necessarily interested in, there are in fact some that we would love to buy. It's just that they are rather scarce and not found in most peoples' collections. Most folks have the real common titles we don't want. [But if you have an original copy of the Caine Mutiny soundtrack, we definitely want it!]

So, generally speaking, we are not interested in the following types of records (followed by some common examples):

  • • Pop Vocals (Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Johnny Mathis, Nat King Cole)
  • • Easy Listening (Mantovani, Ray Conniff, Percy Faith, 101 Strings)
  • • Readers Digest, Time-Life or other subscription series box sets
  • • Opera
  • • Classical (with some exceptions)
  • • Broadway Cast Recordings (South Pacific, My Fair Lady, A Chorus Line)
  • • Soundtracks (mainly 50s-60s: like West Side Story, Sound Of Music, Camelot, Oklahoma, The King & I)
  • • Big Band and Swing (Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw)
  • • Country from the 70s-80s (Kenny Rogers, Crystal Gayle, Oak Ridge Boys, Statler Brothers)
  • • Comedy
  • • New Age (Yanni, Kitaro, Mannheim Steamroller aka Fresh Aire, Windham Hill label)
  • • "Wave" Jazz (Spyro Gyra, Michael Franks, Yellowjackets, Kenny G, David Sanborn)
  • • 45s/7" Singles without picture sleeves that were huge hits (unless they’re promo copies...maybe)
  • • 78s (except for a select few, like pre-WWII blues or Elvis Presley on Sun Records)

 

OK, So What DO We Want?!?

Mainly but not exclusively:

  • • 60s to very early 70s rock albums, especially psychedelic & progressive music…usually, the more obscure the better
  • • LPs that were issued during the "vinyl is dead" period of the mid-90's to the mid-00s
  • • Bop, bebop and post-bop jazz of the 50s/60s
  • • Soul jazz
  • • Blues
  • • Picture sleeve 45s/7" singles
  • • Audiophile pressings (Mobile Fidelity, Nautilus, etc.)
  • • Some vintage 50s/60s
  • • R&B, soul & funk
  • • Private and independent releases
  • • Obscure folk & country
  • • Old school rap & hip-hop
  • • Obscure new wave 7" & 12" singles
  • • Punk rock
  • • Blue chip standbys like the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, and Pink Floyd, for example.
  • And particularly Import pressings of most of the above.

Even if you have records of interest to us, they still usually have to be in GREAT condition, and that includes the covers/jackets/picture sleeves. Records should be free of scratches and scuffs, and the covers should not be split or excessively worn. The more valuable the record, the more likely it can still be worth something even if it is less than perfect. The more common the record, the less likely it will be worth anything if it's not near-perfect.

Special Note: LPs in their original plastic shrinkwrap - whether still factory sealed or opened - might be worth more than usual, especially still sealed ones. Also, a common LP we would normally pass on if it's opened might be something we’d consider if still sealed.

No matter what kinds of records you have, you never know when you might have a hidden gem. Sometimes the records we buy and pay the most for are the ones you least expect!

IT'S BEST TO GIVE US A CALL AND SPEAK TO ONE OF OUR RECORD BUYERS BEFORE YOU BRING YOUR RECORDS IN TO OUR RETAIL STORE. IF YOU ALREADY HAVE A PREPARED LIST OF YOUR RECORDS, YOU CAN EMAIL OR MAIL IT TO US.

AND YES, WE REALLY DO TRAVEL WORLDWIDE FOR VALUABLE & EXCEPTIONAL COLLECTIONS.

 




We Buy
  • Craig Kallman - Chairman/CEO, Atlantic Records Group

    I have been buying from Gary and Wayne at Rockaway for over 25 years. They turn up amazing records and memorabilia and price it completely fairly. They are wonderful to deal with and have extraordinary customer service. They go above and beyond for their patrons and really look out for them. I highly recommend visiting their store if you are in Los Angeles.

  • Alice - Greece

    Holy cow....we're talking about super-fast shipping!!! And record is not just EX...it's almost MINT condition!!! Thank you,thank you,and thank you again! If you need me to leave positive feedback anywhere, please ask me to do...AMAZING service! Best Regards from Greece, Alice

  • STEVE RESNIK - MUSIC INDUSTRY EXECUTIVE

    I have been doing business with Wayne at Rockaway for more than thirty years. I have referred some thirty to forty music industry executives and friends to Rockaway to sell their collections. Not one, I repeat - Not One - has ever come back with anything other than glowing comments and results. I have found Rockaway to be the most honest and most knowledgeable company re: Rock 'n' Roll memorabilia and music of the many other companies that I have dealt with.

  • LENNY BRONSTEIN - HEAVY LENNY PROMOTIONS, LAS VEGAS

    A number of years ago as I was downsizing, it broke my heart to sell my vinyl collection which started back in 1954 and grew to almost 85,000 albums. A close friend recommended Wayne at Rockaway as honest and dedicated to the music. Well, he exceeded all my expectations from day one. His remuneration was more than fair, but what made him a real mensch was coming back a few times with an additional check for records that sold beyond his expectations. When I left Santa Monica and had to sell my nearly 40,000 cd's, he was wonderful once again. I can't give higher superlatives to Wayne & Rockaway. He cares...he knows...he respects.

  • ALLAN MASON - EXECUTIVE MUSIC PRODUCER/MUSIC SUPERVISOR

    Gary Johnson is the creme de la creme, state of the art, & guru of honesty & fair play when the subject has anything to do with LPs, 45s & memorabilia . Here is one example. I have sent many deejays & radio friends to Gary . They were looking to sell a few items. Gary 's pricing was SO FAIR & HONEST, they sold him everything. They called me & thanked me up the wazoo. Examples like this have been going on for more than 25 years--OVER & OVER again. Rockaway Records is HAPPENING!! Thanks for taking care of people the way that you do---ME INCLUDED!!

  • SPENCE BERLAND - SPENCE BERLAND AND ASSOCIATES

    Eureka! You have found him, an honest man. Wayne is not only the most honest person I have ever met, I mean ever, he is one of the nicest people on the planet, He is ALWAYS fair, honest and accommodating. He is a true expert in the business he has loved for his whole life. I have had several occasions when I found an additional check in the mail from Wayne for items I have already accepted a price for. I would always trust Rockaway. I consider him a life long friend and a brother.

  • MICHAEL OCHS - MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT PHOTO ARCHIVIST

    What I can say about Rockaway is that they've been my go-to dealers for well over two decades. Not only have I always found them to be fair and honest; but, after recommending them to innumerable friends, I've received nothing but thanks. I continue to recommend them unconditionally.

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