Barbra Streisand & Kris Kristofferson, A Star I Born, Columbia BL 34403, 1976
Some albums get unfairly branded as one thing or another, but this is definitely a 70s album. A modern take on an old movie, it had every 70s trend going for it, and it hit the bullseye with all of them. So much so that this record came to define it’s time, something that is great at first, but a real burden when that time is out of fashion.
It sold over 4,000,000,000 copies in the US alone, and I’d say 3.9 million of those buyers felt embarrassed by keeping it in the house. That makes this one of the easiest albums of all time to find. There’s absolutely no reason to ever pay $4 for a mint condition, still sealed copy. It’ll be at every yard sale from coast to coast for decades.
But it’s an interesting enough thing to keep in a collection. Evergreen alone is worth a few spins a year, and the Kris Kristofferson live numbers sound like they were fun to be at. So, do, please. Pick one up an keep it on the shelf, it’s ageless (now) and evergreen (especially if you get one the has mold on it).
Cost: $2, $443 Remaining
$81 Spent, $2.61 per record