Best Vinyl of 2017

Best Vinyl of 2017

Every December,  magazines, websites, music bloggers, "social mediaites", and music fans all convalesce around one thing; "Best Of Lists". Blind Tiger Record Club is no different. Just like all of you that gather around tables at the local coffee shop or bars to discuss the best music of 2017, we have been laboring and debating our picks as well.

Before you jump into ours, here are the selection parameters we used that will help give context to the list. First, our list only considers music released on Vinyl. There are several projects that appear at the top of many "Best Of" lists that we did not consider because they were not released on vinyl in 2017.  
Second, although the albums were all chosen based on the music, we did use some of the aesthetic qualities such as album weight, multiple disc presentation, color variant, and album art to separate any close picks for the lists. Third, we chose these titles from our previous curated efforts throughout the year but juxtaposed them with editorials we respect. Fourth, you will see that our list is separated by genre. In most "Best Of" lists, all the music is put together. We opted to keep ours separated to better represent B.T.R.C. and the curated design we present in our Record Store. Lastly, these albums are presented in no particular order. All the albums on each list are considered one of the best  vinyl releases of 2017.    

So, without further ado, we are very excited to present the "Blind Tiger Record Club Best Vinyl of 2017"

Best Singer/Songwriter Albums of 2017

  • Robert Plant - Carry Fire
  • Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit - The Nashville Sound
  • Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile - Lotta Sea Lice
  • Margo Price - All American Made
  • Hiss Golden Messenger - Hallelujah Anyhow
  • Julien Baker - Turn Out the Lights
  • Lilly Hiatt - Trinity Lane
  • David Rawlings - Poor David's Almanack
  • Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors - Souvenir

Best Alternative/AAA Albums of 2017

  • The War on Drugs - A Deeper Understanding
  • J. Roddy Walston & the Business - Destroyers Of The Soft Life
  • Portugal the Man - Woodstock
  • The Killers - Wonderful, Wonderful
  • The National - Sleep Well Beast
  • Manchester Orchestra - A Black Mile to the Surface
  • Cold War Kids - LA Divine
  • Beck - Colors
  • Dan Auerbach - Waiting on a Song

Best Rock Albums of 2017

  • Foo Fighters - Concrete & Gold
  • Queens of the Stone Age - Villains
  • Matt Mays - Once Upon a Hell of a Time
  • Royal Blood - How Did We Get So Dark?
  • U2 - Songs of Experience
  • Ryan Adams - Prisoner
  • Nothing More - The Stories We Tell Ourselves
  • Benjamin Booker - Witness

Best Country Albums of 2017

  • Turnpike Troubadours - A Long Way From Your Heart
  • Tyler Childers - Purgatory
  • Steve Earle & The Dukes - So You Wannabe An Outlaw
  • The Cadillac Three - Legacy
  • Gregg Allman - Southern Blood
  • Chris Stapleton - From A Room: Volume 2
  • Little Big Town - The Breaker
  • Lee Ann Womack - The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone
  • Midland - On The Rocks
  • Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real - Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real

Best R&B/Soul/Blues Albums of 2017

  • Robert Finley - Goin' Platinum
  • Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Live in 1960
  • Fantastic Negrito - The Last Days of Oakland
  • Son Little - New Magic
  • Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings - Soul of a Woman
  • Curtis Harding - Face Your Fear