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.
Both 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!
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.
Just 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…