Back when I was into that kind of music, I would always go for the colored vinyl limited editions, half speed mastered audiophile pressings, and the Japanese imports. Someday someone will come along and offer me some bucks for these old disks and I will gladly take it.
80s vinyl in the US was ATROCIOUS. It sounded like scrambled eggs. I would return the same record to the store three or four times to find a copy that wasn't warped. The absolute worst was David Bowie. His whole catalog sounded like crap on RCA. I had to buy all the Mobile Fidelity and imports.
I mostly collect 50s and 60s vinyl now. BIG difference. It often sounds better than the equivalent CD release because the masters weren't beat to hell and the pressings were lavished with care. You can't really know what an LP can sound like if you just listen to New Wave and Prog Rock.
Edited by bigshot - 9/16/13 at 7:04pm