So, what records have I put up as Christmas decorations this year?
No need to update the record display as I already prepared my Halloween inspired trio last week. Today is the day so I will keep it up for the rest of the week.
So, on with the post for today, which recounts yesterday’s outing to the Belmont Swap Meet, my first such outing for a while. How did I go?
First up, what is going on with the prices of second hand records these days? CDs are cheaper. It wasn’t until I reached the last aisle of the carpark that I found people selling their records for less than $5. Meanwhile CDs were all either one or two bucks.
Also, Cliff Richard fans were in abundance. I had no idea Cliff has done so many records. Just about every seller had Cliff albums to sell. I thought Cliff fans were meant to be life long devotees? Perhaps it is the grandchildren who are selling the records?
So what did I get? I finally got a copy of Led Zeppelin III with working rotating picture display wheel.
Also got some Otis and Detroit Spinners
As welll as The Roches and Phil Seymour, one of power pop’s missing heroes . The guy who sold me this remembered seeing Phil on Countdown back in the day as he had a hit song in Australia from off this album.
It was also a good day for Reggae with a Bob Marley find and some Aswad.
Casino Royale, the soundtrack from the film from the 60’s, is an album that I have long been after, not from some fondness for the film you understand but for the Bacharach music.
Also, I finally bought Rod Stewart’s Blondes have more fun. Yes it is the epitome of his 70’s blonde period but for only a buck I don’t have much to complain about and also now that I own it perhaps I will stop coming across it.
I also came an album by Rita Jean Bodine but it was her first album which I already have and not the second album that I am trying to find. The hunt continues.
On the CD front I picked up Tom Jones’ blues album that was released last year, a steal at $2.
And yes, my Christmas music obsession continues with the purchase of a Christmas CD featuring some Rosemary Clooney and Johnny Preston performances.
I also picked up a Flying Dutchman funk jazz compilation for a dollar, Flying Dutchman being a 70’s jazz label. This would be about the third such Flying Dutchman jazz funk compilation that I have, and yes there is some repetition with the tracks featured here also being on the other compilations but there is also some stuff I don’t have. Who knows; if I keep buying these I might end up with all the tracks from one Flying Dutchman album spread out across a half dozen compilations.
Now, to put aside some time to listen to all this stuff.
I just don’t have enough Toussaint related vinyl to do the display that I said last week that I was trying to create. I could have if when I found that Dr John album earlier this year the owner hadn’t lost the record inside! Toussaint produced that one and it would have helped me to do a Toussaint triptych, but oh well.
What vinyl treasures have I assembed for this week’s display?
The theme this week is all about having an album title that is a pun or subtle joke on the artist’s name.
Wow! I almost missed this concert. I just happened to look in the West Australian and saw a notice that the Dirty Dozen Brass Band were unable to play in Perth but Allen Toussaint would still be. I nearly dropped the paper in shock.
The one and only Allen Toussaint was coming to Perth?
I bought tickets as soon as I could.
The concert was Friday 7 October and it was brilliant. Fantastic. Out of this world. Oh, I am so glad I went and so glad Allen came to town.
I am now trying to assemble a Toussaint inspired vinyl display but in all my collecting and hunting I have never come across a Toussaint album but I do have a few produced by him and a few New Orleans music related albums so I will try and put something together using those.
For now, here are some photos and a clip of what was a fantastic concert.
Of late @lunacinemas has been tweeting about Woody Allen and I have been loving it. The spur is Woody’s upcoming Midnight In Paris which will be out soon. As a show of support to all this online Woody Allen affection I thought I would make this week’s vinyl triptych all about Woody. Read the rest of this entry »