It starts here – your vinyl collection that is! Donate before midnight on Thursday, to win top-notch turntable, complete with a vinyl prize pack handpicked by some of your favorites CKUA announcers. The Gramophone has generously provided a TEAC turntable (TN-400S-MR) with built in converter and USB out, plus an additional cartridge for a total package (valued at $700)! The turntable can connect directly to your existing home stereo system, making it easy for one lucky winner to get into the world of vinyl without a hefty investment.

Oh yes. It looks that good. (Image: Teac)

Of course, you’ll want some music to listen to on your new turntable. The Gramophone has provided a copy of Bill Evans Trio: Waltz for Debby to christen your new TEAC turntable. We also asked our announcers to pick out 10 must-have records, which are included in this fantastic prize pack (vinyl valued at $300). Here’s a glance at their selections:

Miles Davis: Kind of Blue

Selected by Terry David Mulligan
“Changed jazz. Changed me and many others. Continues to sell, be played and is passed from generation to generation. Cuts through the air like a knife.” – Terry David Mulligan

Mississippi John Hurt: Today!

Selected by Holger Petersen
“His ‘rediscovery’ album of 1964 after decades of inactivity. John Hurt was a bluesman and songster whose warm, gentle finger-picking and vocal style was formulated on a front porch singing for family and friends. He wrote insightful songs with a sense of humor.” – Holger Petersen

Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here (Remastered)

Selected by Baba
“Even though Floyd’s 1973 album Dark Side of the Moon is a monumental artistic landmark, in 1975 the lunacy went darker with ‘Wish You Were Here’. Less drama, more depth.” – Baba

The Beatles: “The White Album” (in Mono 2XLP)

Selected by David Ward
“Every collection should have a Beatles album and this one has it all: great songs, all four members well represented, many music styles represented (rock ‘n’ roll, country, English dance hall, blues, avant garde, anthems, etc.), and it doesn’t hurt that you get a lot of music ’cause it’s a double album!” – David Ward

The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Anniversary Edition 2xLP)

Selected by Lionel Rault
“Popular music will be measured in future generations as pre and post Sgt. Pepper’s. The Beatles redefined the idiom and redrew the boundaries of what was possible. Essential listening!” –Lionel Rault

Joni Mitchell: Court & Spark

Selected by Monica Miller
“An album that had so much to say when it was released in 1974, is still revealing itself to me hundreds of listens later. After all, one of the main themes, the individual struggling with notions of freedom, is a life-long pursuit. The songs on Court and Spark are all sung with extraordinary beauty and the arrangements are nothing short of stunning.” – Monica Miller

The Pogues: If I Should Fall From Grace With God

Selected by Lisa Wilton
“Every song on this record makes you want to dance a jig and/or imbibe great quantities of Irish Whiskey. This exhilarating album blends the best of melodic Celtic folk music with gritty, fast-paced classic punk. It also includes the best Christmas song of all time, Fairytale of New York.” – Lisa Wilton

Muddy Waters: Hard Again

Selected by Cam Hayden
“This recording, made shortly after Muddy started working with Johnny Winter, also features Pinetop Perkins, James Cotton and Bob Margolin… a real blues supergroup with one foot in traditional Chicago post war blues and the other in rock ‘n’ roll.” – Cam Hayden

The Band: Music from Big Pink

Selected by Roy Forbes & Grant Stovel
“Asking myself the question, ‘In my opinion, what’s the one album that everybody — absolutely everybody, regardless of their musical proclivities — has to have in their collection?…’ Well, I just kept coming back to Music from Big Pink. Four youngsters from Canada and one from Arkansas showed the world how you can take blues, folk, rock’n’roll, country, funk, plus a dash of the mythic lyricism of their old boss, Bob Dylan — and create something utterly new and breathtakingly personal. The fresh-yet-ragged power of that album is still galvanizing to this day.” – Grant Stovel

“This fascinating, mysterious groundbreaking LP has remained a touchstone for me since I first heard it in early 1969. “Big Pink” is a desert island beauty that belongs in every serious music collection.” – Roy Forbes

Alex Cuba: Lo Unico Constante

Selected by Lark Clark

“With the release of Lo Unico Constante (The One Constant) Alex Cuba has become the leading Canadian singer/songwriter working in Spanish.  Alex says, ‘Although I come from Cuba, I feel like a Canadian.  I’m proud of what I’ve done here.'”