The LP Starter Kit 

BW Staffer's Offer Their Picks for Essential Albums

Kids these days--long written off as a "lost cause" by curmudgeons--are turning in a large number of Christmas requests for turntables, meaning there may still be hope.

But the problem these whippersnappers are running into is that, unlike that Internet they are always chattering on about, music is not immediately available at the click of a mouse on a turntable. They have to have a physical copy of the record they want to hear.

But one can't walk into an Idaho Youth Ranch and start buying old Olivia Newton-John albums all willy-nilly. Curation is key.

Keeping that in mind, here are some essential suggestions from Boise Weekly staffers on what should go into an LP starter kit.

Andrew Crisp, staff writer

•Abbey Road, The Beatles

•Houses of the Holy, Led Zeppelin

•Pet Sounds, The Beach Boys

George Prentice, news editor

•At Folsom Prison, Johnny Cash

•Revolver, The Beatles

•What's Going On, Marvin Gaye

Harrison Berry, calendar guru

•Electric Ladyland, The Jimi Hendrix Experience

•Master of Reality, Black Sabbath

•The Crane Wife, The Decemberists

•Siamese Dream, Smashing Pumpkins

•The Whole Love, Wilco

Josh Gross, new media czar

•Good for Your Soul, Oingo Boingo

•Hello Dolly, Louis Armstrong

•Switched-on Bach, Walter Carlos

•Complete Collection, Robert Johnson

•The Very Best of The Ventures, The Ventures

•Wu-Tang Forever, Wu Tang Clan

•The Shape of Punk to Come, Refused

Sally Freeman, publisher

•Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen

•Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd

•Horses, Patti Smith

•London Calling, The Clash

•Ramones, Ramones

•Raw Power, Iggy Pop

•Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles

•Thriller, Michael Jackson

Tara Morgan, A&E editor

•Rumours, Fleetwood Mac

•Some Girls, Rolling Stones

•Milk-Eyed Mender, Joanna Newsom

•Patsy Cline Showcase, Patsy Cline

•The Band, The Band

•The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, Bob Dylan

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