Vinyl mark down

July 2, 2012

Went back to the Belmont swap meet for the first time since my holidays ended and what did I find? Remember that guy with the suitcase full of records for $5 each? If not, see here.

Well, he was back but now he only had a box of records and the price was reduced to $3 each.

At that price I found a few items to bring home.

Greatest Hits Vol2 by Elton John

I always said I would buy this the next time I saw it; I just can’t remember why since I have all the songs anyway.

Before The Rain by Lee Oskar

Yes, I do have it on CD but how could I pass the chance to have it on vinyl?

Crimes of Passion by Pat Benetar

On the very day that I bought this album I then kept on hearing “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” from the Rock Of Ages OST. Kismet, I say.

Everyones a winner by Hot Chocolate

Look up to us!

Mad Love by Linda Ronstadt

I do love some Linda Ronstadt and on this album she sings 3 Elvis Costello songs

Take My Time by Sheena Easton

Take My Time by Sheena Easton; and my partner was just talking about her the other day. Kismet, again.

Love Someone Today by Sister Sledge

Love Someone Today by Sister Sledge; this album gives credit to who made the jumpers that you see the sisters wearing here on the cover. Cool.






What I found on my holidays part 2

June 18, 2012

I made it to the Belmont swap meet twice during my holidays but only once as a buyer. During the first weekend of my holidays my fiancée and I went there as sellers and sold a fair amount of stuff including clothes, some of my books, furniture and even a lamp shade that we have tried to sell at the markets on numerous occasions now and this time it finally sold. When I go to sell I try not to buy and I was successful this time. I didn’t even look at another stall.

My second visit, towards the end of my time off, was a buying visit and I came home with a good haul.

It was not until I was halfway through the markets that I finally found something worth buying. Initially the records at this car park bay did not promising. His records were not even in a box. They were stacked up in a haphazard pile on the ground and from a distance I could see a few well worn LP corners. However, I know from experience, that you still have to look, just in case. This was one of those times when it was worth it. The second record from the top was this gem.

 This is soul by various artists

The condition of the packaging was great (no water damage on this item) and it had the correct LP inside. The seller was selling all his records for a buck each.

At that price I kept on digging to see what else there was.

There was this Soft Cell album.

 The art of falling apart by Soft Cell

It is an LP with bonus tracks that are on a long play 45 included inside.

Also there was an Anne Murray album, that, even though I am no Anne Murray fan, since it had a cover like this, was in good condition and going for a dollar, I just could not pass it by.

Annie by Anne Murray

Lastly there was this album. I had no idea who Lani Hall was but a quick look at the songs on the back revealed she was doing renditions of two of my favourite Elton John songs (Tiny Dancer and Come Down In Time). With that magical price of a dollar what harm was there.

Sun Down Lady by Lani Hall

This album really does live up to the title of “Sun Down Lady” as it is truly a sun down type of album to play when kicking back during the last few minutes of the day. Beautifully mellow and relaxed with great arrangements and some wonderful singing by Linda. Turns out Linda was a vocalist with Brasil ’66 before cutting this as her solo debut. I might have to check out some Brasil ’66 offerings that feature her. A find like this reassures me to keep looking because there is great stuff out there and sometimes at a great price.

The next seller offering records was just a few bays away. These records were in a neat pile and were in an open suitcase. They were all from the 1970s and featured more Leo Sayer albums than I can remember ever seeing in the one place. I had already starting to put aside some of what he had to offer before I remembered to ask him how much he wanted for them. I guess I was spoiled by having just paid a dollar each for records so I was thrown a bit when told $5 dollars each. The seller did add that he would offer a discount if I bough a few. Since I didn’t have a lot of cash set aside for this day’s outing I started to drastically whittle down what I intended to buy from this seller.

I won’t dwell on what I put back but believe me I could have easily bought more than the four items I did select.

Everything on offer was in very good condition and so after much deliberation I bought

  • a Bob Welch era Fleetwood Mac album (Bob would commit suicide about two weeks later), Heroes are hard to find by Fleetwood Mac
  • Heart’s first albumDreamboat Annie by Heart
  • a solo offering from Graham Bonnet (no, I hadn’t heard of him either but I thought to take a chance) Graham Bonnet
  • and a Ross Ryan album. This last one I picked up as I keep on seeing a CD release of his “My name means horse” in JBs and so wanted to find out what he is like.A Poem You Can Keep by Ross Ryan

Having picked out four records the seller was good to his word and let me have them for $18. All in all, I think I got some great records but I do prefer my prices lower.

What I found on my holiday part 1

June 13, 2012

During my recent holidays I spent some time Op Shopping, some of them at locations a little bit further out of my regular orbit. I confess that I unfairly malign the state of Op Shops today; I go around thinking that the good old days of uncovering that fantastic find in an Op Shop are no more. Upon reflection, that really isn’t true. I still locate fantastic finds in Op Shops. For example last year I came across Cucumber Castle by the Bee Gees. Plus earlier this year I found a Japanese CD of the Jackson Sisters, which even had the Obi Strip. Believe me, that was a wow find. However I think it is fair to say that these fantastic finds are becoming rarer. People just don’t donate that much stuff anymore. Furthermore, I suspect that with the vinyl revival that is taking place, that those people who were going to just give away their records have already done so. But still, there is that occasional fantastic find.

Like this; two Morgana King records from her Reprise years. I found them together in an Op Shop in Belmont. I kept on looking in case there was a third.

Gemini Changes by Morgana KingBoth albums are in great condition and what makes this discovery even more significant is that one of the albums It’s A Quiet Thing is actually on my wish list. Yes, I have a music wish list and it never stops growing but I do get to cross items off it now and then and with this find I crossed off It’s A Quiet Thing by Morgana King. Yay!

Its A Quiet Thing by Morgana King

BTW, as a word of explanation, Morgana King was a jazz vocalist who later did some acting (she was in The Godfather). Her style is sometimes referred to as an acquired taste, but I like her. I first came across her via a fantastic find in an Op Shop a few years back.

In an Op Shop in Vic Park I found this intriguing item.

Your Kind Of Party by Linda and NoelJust from the cover I knew that this was something special. I had no idea who these people were but I could just feel that this was a unique find. Apart from the friendly title, the record features extremely earnest liner notes and no last names of the artists except on the song writing credits of the LP itself. I found a few pages online that refer to this album and to be honest it is good. I am not sure that I would ever play it at a party but I am glad I found it. If you want to know a bit more have a look here (include a better quality shot of the album cover). I have also included a track from the album below. There is a great description of the album on YouTube where the track is from so go have a read here.

More holiday finds still to come…

Record Store Day

April 24, 2012

I am normally a second hand vinyl type of guy but I thought to go along to Record Store Day over the weekend. I probably should have treated it like I do second hand record sales and lined up for the opening because by the time I got there at 10am, an hour after 78 Records had opened all the good RSD releases were gone. Still, they had 15% off their vinyl so I got two records. One a Magic Sam album, Magic Sam being a Blues artist from the 60s whom I have been meaning to buy for a while.

Magic Sam

Magic Sam; well worth the effort of going to Perth and not getting any RSD releases but still coming away with something

The other was an album by Latimore. I had heard of this album due to my Al Kooper phase from a few years back, when I went and bought a lot of his albums as expensive Japanese imports. It was the only way to get them at that stage and then Raven Records went and made them all available as cheap 2fers, too late for me though. Anyway, in the course of my Al Kooper studies I came across this album and going at 15% off I now own it.
I remember talking about Al Kooper at home and my fiance kept on doing a double take as when you talk about Al Kooper all she could think of was Alice Cooper. In print they look vastly different but when said aloud they do sound similar.


Latimore; He never did become one of those famous one name artists

Dada Records did not have any RSD releases that I could see nor did Fat Shan but the latter store did have a few discounts on their second hand records and so I got a Pointers Sisters record from their early Blue Thumb days when there was four of them.

Pointer sisters

Stepping out! In those shoes?

Since the event of RSD I have made contact with Moogy’s Moible Record Store and may have a lead on getting my hands on some of the exclusive RSD releases. Stay tuned!

Crate Number Three

April 16, 2012

Once you get on a record buying spree it is hard to stop. I had not been to the Belmont Swapmeet for months and now I’ve been two Sundays in a row.

I tried to play it cool. I looked at a few items, a record here, a book there, but I held off on buying anything. I had a strict budget this time.

It was at the fifth row of sellers that I found what it was that I was holding out for. A seller with three crates of records with the enticing sign of LP Records $2.

I started the flicking through. Crates 1 and 2 didn’t have much but what did impress me though was the condition of the records. They all had plastic sleeves and they were all catalogued. The owner had affixed post it notes to the spine ends of the plastic sleeves with details of the title and artist along with some sort of identifying system. This person was a pro.

I can’t cross fingers while flicking through records but if I could I would have because I wanted no one else to come along and start trawling through crate number three ahead of me and mercifully no one did. And it was in crate number three that the treasures lay.

The first two crates had unremarkable country and classical and a few pop gems that I already have plus some John Denver of which I will say no more. But Crate Number Three is where I blew my budget. I even scrapped up another dollar coin from my pockets and explained to the seller that I had $22 worth of records and only $21 for it. The very nice lady allowed this and I cut short my visit to the markets. No point in looking at everything else if you can’t afford it.

So what items from her Husband’s collection did she sell ( she told me it was her Husband’s collection – she asked if I had noticed the cataloguing – I certainly did)?


A close up of the cataloguing system here showing how JD Souther was classified. I don't get what the system was (numbers and letters?) but I do admire it.

And what items did I manage to pick out? First what didn’t I get. I always remember the ones I miss. I still mope about the time I missed a Little Feat album for a buck (what was I thinking?) and so this time due to budget constraints I had to put back a Paul McCartney album and a George Baker Selection album. The first I figured I would likely see again and the latter, honestly, I was only interested in the cover. It was a weird shot of George in a row boat with a lady dressed up like Scarlett O’Hara. Perhaps Google it if you are interested.  

The interesting thing about the items on sale and that I came away with is that they were all of a limited time. The collection covered the late 70s to early 80s with only a few exceptions, one being an early America album, back when there were three of them.


America, after they came through that desert on that horse, what was he called again?

I got two Bonnie Tyler albums. Both of them have ‘interesting’ covers.


Electronic landscape or laser beam through the head? You decide!

I got a few doubles for the same price as the single LPs; one George Benson collection and the other a Bee Gees hits. Yes, another Bee Gees compilation, this one deals exclusively with their late 70s period. I also got Spirits Having Flown. For all my frequent blogging about Bee Gees I actually don’t have that many of their albums, but I have plenty of compilations. Also I read today that Robin Gibb is very unwell. Sad news.

Bee Gees

Do I need another Bee Gees Greatest Hits? YES!

You all know Charlene right? I’ve hummed her song but I’ve never seen her album before, until now.


You don't have to dress like a drag queen to sing along to this song, unless you want to of course.

I got an EmmyLou Harris album with a gorgeous cover and continuing the trend of lady singers I picked up a record by Karla Bonhoff.


A mighty fine shot of the simply wonderful EmmyLou

To finish off there was a greatest hits by The Commodores and an offering from J D Souther. All in all a very impressive haul.


I didn't know Apollo Creed used to sing with Lionel Richie

Santana morning

April 13, 2012

Well, where have I been? I never intended to be away from my blog for this long, but in the meantime I have not had any adventures in vinyl hunting until Sunday just gone. Maybe Easter Sunday brought the sellers out or maybe it was just because I had been away from the scene for so long. Either way I came away with quite a sizeable haul from the Belmont swap meet.

Simple Minds

If you buy one album on Easter Sunday it should probably look like this

The sounds of the 1980s were the flavour of the day (how is that for mixed metaphors) with selections from The Vapours, The Stranglers, Simple Minds, Merle Haggard, The Flirts and even Topper Headon.


'ear, what is this?


How many albums by a former drummer for The Clash do you own?


Merle, Haggard as always

I also got a Stars of 69 that features Long John Baldry and a cover that I just could not pass by.


"And will I get another gold star if I pose for the camera like this?"

Crazy Horses by The Osmonds is one of those albums I often hear about, both positively and negatively. So for $1 I thought to give it a shot.

Crazy Horses

For a second there I thought Crazy Horse did an album called The Osmonds

I even bought some books. I am starting to worry now that seriously I have reached that stage where I have more books than I can possibly read in the remainder of my lifetime but oh well, I am going to try. I got two Frank Herbert short story collections and the book “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?” which I have wanted to read ever since I saw the film (boy, what a devastating film that was).

worlds of Frank Herbert

And yes, I did buy one book for the cover but also the title and hey I just might try and read it in this lifetime. It is called Santana Morning. And I bet you were waiting for me to mention a heap of Santana records that I had bought.

santana morning

Treats in time for Halloween

October 31, 2011

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.

Led Zeppelin III

Led Zeppelin III with Spinng Wheel! Note: Not the song by Blood Sweat & Tears

Also got some Otis and Detroit Spinners

Detroit Spinners Smash Hits

The Detroit Spinners are big fans of the Ladies Baseball League

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.

Phil Seymour

Good thing your shirt does not clash with the background

It was also a good day for Reggae with a Bob Marley find and some Aswad.

Uprising by Bob Marley & The Wailers

So Bob, how big was that fish you once caught?

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.

Casino Royale OST

Hey I could almost include this record cover in my Lost Library Thing feature Girls With Guns

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.

Blondes Have More Fun by Rod Stewart

Do I really need to make a comment here?

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.

Praise & Blame by Tom Jones

Who to praise and who to blame for someone selling this for two bucks?

And yes, my Christmas music obsession continues with the purchase of a Christmas CD featuring some Rosemary Clooney and Johnny Preston performances.

Christmas Collection

I just can't stop buying Christmas music...

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.

Flying Funk

Flying Funk is what they called this compilation, and yes I do give a Flying Funk for jazz funk.

Now, to put aside some time to listen to all this stuff.

Nurds by The Roches

I don't know about you but nowadays whenever I hear the word Nerds I think of Liz Lemon