Collector Interview: Armin P.
Posted on May 10 2016
Armin is a collector with impeccable taste in music. Armin got into vinyl in the mid-70s in Iran, and was soon hooked on everything from disco to rare jazz, classic rock and new wave. Armin uses a combination of record dividers to get his vast collection of over 6,000 records (and counting), including a set of 6 panel A-Z Stencil Dividers and several custom stencil dividers including Maxi, Disco, Nuwave and Electronic.
Size of your collection:
Getz/Gilberto: '76, 1976
This is a recently found live recording from the duo in San Francisco that was released in 2016! Everyone knows the famous Getz/Gilberto collaborations, this is more of the same except recorded live which is extremely rare for Gilberto.
- Lynn Stanley: Interludes, 2015, fantastic album which was recorded using Frank Sinatra’s Microphone. Unbelievable audio quality!
- Don Ray: Garden of Love, 1978.
Another impeccable disco album by Cerrone's right hand man, Don Ray. Don Ray was responsible for some of Disco's most beautiful arrangements including all of Cerrone's productions such As "Kongas: Africanism" as well as collaborations with Alec Constandinos' flawless LPs "Romeo & Juliet" and "Love & Kisses".
I was a teenager in 1978 when Disco ruled, so naturally my response is Disco but my collection includes a large collection of rare Jazz LPs from the 1950's and 1960's as well as Classic Rock, New Wave and Electronic.
Best party album:
- Dinner Party: Getz/Gilberto (LP by same name)
- Cocktail Party: Sinatra's Sinatra
- I can make anyone and everyone dance by playing a "Chic" or "Nile Rodgers" production, old or contemporary since Nile is still producing some of the most popular dance and pop records.
- "Giorgio Moroder: From Here to Eternity", if there ever was a perfect album this is it!
- Shakatak: Nightbirds
- Imagination: Body Talk
- George Benson: In Flight
- Grover Washington: Winelight
- Rosanne Cash: The List
- Roxy Music: Flesh & Blood
- Bryan Ferry: Boys & Girls
- Pink Floyd: Wish you were here
- Toto: Toto (their first LP)
Last record you purchased:
Album you're in search of:
How long have you been collecting records? How did you get into it?
Where do you hunt for vinyl?
- I specifically love the "Disc Union" in Shinjuku for the Jazz and Rock selections. The Jazz offering is out of this world, from newly pressed Japanese classic Blue Note titles to mint, used LPs. The Japanese are very meticulous in EVERYTHING they do, so when they label a used record as mint you can take their word for it. I also find the Tower Records in Shinjuku an excellent place for new records (yes Tower still exists in Japan). I have tried most Disc Union stores in Tokyo and keep going back to the Shinjuku area they have the best selection, at least for my taste. I have spent entire days in the few stores there picking up records!
- "Honest Jon's" on Portobello road is a great place for Jazz as well as Reggae records, they also have their own record label with some amazing music from around the world, also worth mentioning is their impeccable mail order/online service!
- "Love Vinyl" in East London. Great little place for new dance records as well as small but decent “used” section.
Any thoughts you'd like to share about your method of record organization, how you store your collection or use your record dividers?
Anything extra you want to share about your collection, set up, turntable, your equipment, listening room, plans for the future, etc?