According to the rules of resale, anything that is older than 20 years but less than 100 years is considered vintage. Who made these rules you ask? We have no clue, but we’re here to follow them. Below are some of the biggest vintage album anniversaries in February 2020, starting with 20 years and working in 10-year increments backward to 1970.
Did we miss some album anniversaries? Yes, definitely. We selected a few from each year primarily based on Collection totals but also included some notables that aren’t in many Collections when applicable. Oh, and no compilations nor live albums. It’s not perfect, so tell us which ones should be here in the comments.
Albums Turning 20 in February 2020
Release Date: February 8, 2000
Wu-Tang Clan member Ghostface Killah’s second album. Solid RZA production throughout. Inspired by a trip they took to Africa. It debuted at number seven on the Billboard 200 and was certified Gold a month after the release date. The original vinyl pressing is relatively rare.
Release Date: February 22, 2000
The first Yo La Tengo album to make it to the Billboard 200 chart. Very well received, And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out one has landed on a ton of “Best Albums of the 2000s” lists. There is a sold audiophile first pressing too. Yo La Tengo is known for their fantastic covers and they don’t disappoint with an astral rendition of “You Can Have It All.” Recorded in Nashville, TN, the liner notes read, “When in Nashville, visit Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack,” and we couldn’t agree more.
Release Date: February 28, 2000
A tumultuous part of Oasis’s history, three band members left while the album was still in production. Noel Gallagher eventually said he regretted releasing the album, as his transition from illicit to prescribed drugs interfered with his writing. Nonetheless, it charted well. Another example of when having the first vinyl pressing pays big.
Release Date: February 29, 2000
Another relative flop from a well-known band, Machina/The Machines of God was the fifth studio album and second lowest-selling release by The Smashing Pumpkins. Drummer Jimmy Chamberlin made a well-publicized return and bassist D’arcy Wretzky unexpectedly left the group during production. Billy Corgan later admitted, “I ended up in a broken band with a half-ass enthusiasm towards finishing a project already started,” so you can see why this was perhaps not their strongest performance. There are some bright spots on the album, and it has never been repressed, so copies of the first pressing with a 24-page art booklet regularly sell for more than $150.
Albums Turning 30 in February 2020
Release Date: February 7, 1990
Debut studio album from Primus. “John The Fisherman” and “Too Many Puppies” are standout tracks. This album is a great indicator of the grunge that would infiltrate much of 90s rock. Stay away from the 2002 Prawn Song reissue, it has received a slew of negative reviews.
Release Date: February 12, 1990
Widely distributed and easy to find. Ranked number one on the Billboard 200 for more than five months, largely due to “U Can’t Touch This.” First hip-hop album to be certified diamond by the RIAA with over 10 million sales and remains one of the best-selling hip-hop albums ever released.
Release Date: February 16, 1990
Exemplary death metal album by one of the pioneers of the genre. More melodic and societally-themed than previous albums. A lot of turmoil around this album, with multiple members coming and going around production and release. Both the first-pressing and the 2014 box set are rare collectors items.
Albums Turning 40 in February 2020
Release Date: February 5, 1980
The first Ramones album produced by Phil Spector, it managed to become the highest charting album for the band. There was reported conflict between the Ramones and Spector, driven by Spector’s perfectionism, but by reading Spector’s biography, he most likely doesn’t remember a thing about this whole ordeal. The album cost about 20X more than their previous one, Road to Ruin.
Release Date: February 7, 1980
The track “Rapper’s Delight” was the first rap single to become a Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and has been sampled hundreds of times, including by Biggie Smalls, Snoop Dogg, and De La Soul. In an insane turn of the events, we can also “thank” The Sugarhill Gang for the chorus of “Aserejé” by Las Ketchup. But don’t blame them too much, they don’t deserve it.
Release Date: February 22, 1980
Highly-influential debut album from this early synth-pop group. Interesting design with the inner-sleeve visible through the cover and a few different colored sleeve-variants released in the first batch. Since you started singing it in your head as soon as you saw this record, no, “Enola Gay” is not on this one, sorry.
Release Date: February 25, 1980
The album that finally knocked The Wall off of the Top LPs chart. The cover art hasn’t aged that well. Has the music? Highly debatable.
Albums Turning 50 in February 2020
Release Date: February 1, 1970
It’s pretty unusual to think that between this record and Toy Story there’s only one degree of separation. Indeed, that Newman is Randy Newman and he composed all the songs on Nilsson Sings Newman. If you’re as madly in love with that bright cover as we are, you might want to know that Dean Torrence was the artist behind it.
Release Date: February 9, 1970
Heavy-hitting soundtrack to Michelangelo Antonioni’s movie “Zabriskie Point.” Contains tracks by Pink Floyd, The Kaleidoscope, The Grateful Dead and more. Never a bad time to recommend the movie as well, you’ve never seen the Mojave Desert the way Antonioni filmed it (NSFW though).
Release Date: February 13, 1970
The debut studio album from Black Sabbath, recorded in just one session. Original pressings with an erroneous copyright warning, which more than 2,000 Discogs users have in their Collection, sell for a median price of $322.
Release Date: February 24, 1970
Debut album by the American funk legends. A key link between 1960s soul and 1970s funk.