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.

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

It’s just all part of the game

February 7, 2011

Went record hunting yesterday at the Belmont swap meet and came away with the debut album by the Specials (why was Elvis Costello chosen to produce that album? Never really thought of him as being a ska man Was it because his first album cover featured a two tone like design? Just a thought), as well as an album by Basil Brush with music by George Martin (could it be that George Martin?). Almost brought home a soundtrack to the Black Hole, but in another case of misplaced records this sleeve (complete with a booklet of photos from the film) contained the Supremes’ Christmas album. Now how did someone get those two mixed up? Read the rest of this entry »

All the ladies get down

November 15, 2010

I always check my stats at this blog, and consistently, time after time, the most viwed page is this one, where the vinyl triptych featured three album covers where the band in question was sitting down. Why has this page proven to be so well viewed? Is it because of the bands? Are there legions of Free followers online? Does Ten Years After have a massive online community of fans? Is Manfred Mann king of the web?

Or is it the subject matter, sitting down, which brings viewers to that page? On the odd chance that maybe, just maybe, the topic of sitting down is the lure, here is a companion piece to that vinyl display. This time the covers are all of ladies down on the ground.

Skintight by Ohio Players

Love Me Again by Rita Coolidge

Playing Possum by Carly Simon

Onto the topic of record hunting and I had a succesful visit to the Belmont Swap Meet on Sunday. Didn’t have much money to spare but what I did have got me through, with some records priced at 50cents and others for a dollar. 

For a buck each, I picked up two prime examples of 70’s country rock with the debut album of Firefall and the second release by the Ozark Mountain Daredevils, plus, from the same seller, Juke Joint Jump, by the always fun Elvin Bishop and a Sonny and Cher compilation. Amongst the other items from this seller was Desitively Bonnaroo by Dr John, or at least the cover was. I looked inside and that was it. I looked in the box of records hoping to see the record by itself, but no, nothing. I almost went through every other record to see if it had been put in the wrong cover, but time was getting on.

How do people lose a record? I mean, when you pick up an album, straight away you should be able to tell from the weight, or lack of, that there is something missing.  However, it was at a Belmont Swap Meet that I discovered the hard way that just because there is a record inside, that does not mean it is the right one. I remember a few years ago now, coming home with what I thought was 3+3 by the Isley Brothers; only inside it was a Jackson Browne record. Ever since I have checked before any sale that the record inside is the right one.  

I also got two Christmas albums, one by Jim Reeves with arrangements by Chet Atkins and the other a sampling of artists from the A&M label singing festive tunes. These were 50 cents each. My Christmas music collection continues to grow.  

The seller who horrified me at Halloween with his mold covered records was back again, with the same mold covered records, but the Mothers of Invention album was gone, so someone braver than me must have picked it up to give it a whirl.

There was one seller with a great box of records, including titles by Queen, Alice Cooper and Jethro Tull, and even a double live album by Dory Previn. I knelt down to have a look and asked him how much he wanted for them. He said twenty dollars. I thought he might have meant the whole box or perhaps I misheard him so I went on to ask him why he was selling them and he answered how he now had everything on CD, and he had not played these for ages and had only been storing them and so it was time to pass them on. Then I asked him again how much, and he clarified it for me; twenty dollars, each. I wonder if he sold any of them yesterday.

Also amongst my great finds was a Rod Steward biography from back in the 70’s with heaps of illustrations. From this same seller I picked up a tour programme of Rod dated 78/79. Sadly, when I got it home I discovered that many of the pages were missing. So now, not only do I check all records inside the covers I must also check all pages of second hand books.