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


Other Covers, Other Worlds

August 25, 2010

This week on Lost Library Thing we look at some Science Fiction covers. Generally Science Fiction covers come in two types. There is “Dull” and there is “umm, it’s a bit much”.

First, here is a typical example of Dull.

See the Spaceship. The Spaceship is red.

I’ve read this one and while it was an okay read the cover was truly uninspiring. You could argue that it was related to the story in that yes, there was a spaceship, but no details were ever given of the colour of said craft. Really, it is just a generic and truly Dull Science Fiction cover that could be used on any number of Sci-Fi books, and probably has.

Then there is the “umm, it’s a bit much” cover.

I have read this one, and I really wished the cover had been different. At the time I was working as a tour guide and when there was no tours, we all just sat around and read books. One day I read this. My fellow tour guides just gave me crap all day for it. One even said that I had paid too much for this book (you can clearly see the second hand price tag on it). I tried to defend the worth of the book by pointing out that the author also wrote Mists of Avalon and that she is a highly regarded author. However, nothing I said could overcome the cover. Umm, it’s a bit much.

To be fair the book was about a crashed spacecraft, so the cover does relate to the story contained within, but at no stage did anyone get into skimpy barbarian chic lingerie.