Finally, after years of looking, today I found it at the Belmont swap meet.
Finally, after years of looking, today I found it at the Belmont swap meet.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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)?
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.
I got two Bonnie Tyler albums. Both of them have ‘interesting’ covers.
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.
You all know Charlene right? I’ve hummed her song but I’ve never seen her album before, until now.
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.
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.
Sunday gone was the last Belmont Swap Meet for the year. I came away with one book, one record and one CD; that sounds like a blues song. I’ve since been listening to that CD all week. I spotted this CD amongst a lot of dreck in a small box at a stall I had already passed and just happened to be walking past again. It was the familiar Raven Records logo on the CD spine that caught my eye. Now, my basic policy is to buy anything that Raven Records puts out. Generally I love pretty much everything this reissue label has ever done, with perhaps the exception of a Roy Hamilton compilation and Christy Moore 2fer; I haven’t given those a second listen yet, but I digress. Basically Raven is a label that I trust.
And this CD on this day was a double CD called Del Shannon: A Complete Career Anthology 1961 – 1990. The woman selling it let me have it for $2.
Now, like most people, I knew Del for Runaway, that song with the wo-wo-wos and the why-why-whys and that strange but compelling piano/organ solo. Turns out, thankyou informative Raven booklet included with the CD, that this part of the song was done on an early synthesiser called a Musitron.
But what else did Del sing? Quite a lot as this CD shows. He worked with Tom Petty in later years, which I never knew, and also Jeff Lynne, and then as I read it came back to me.
I remembered a night in the early 90’s, well before I got into seriously into music, I happened to watch “Hey Hey It’s Saturday” (in my defence, so too did a majority of the nation back then; and I was young). I recalled Daryl Sommers doing an introduction to a music act; Daryl said “Remember the song Runaway? That guy is back with a song called Walk Away!” And sure enough up next was Del Shannon with what was his 90’s come back single, a song awash with the stamp of Jeff Lynne and Tom Petty. I never heard it again until I bought this CD. And sadly Del took his life shortly after this.
Apart from Tom and Jeff another significant music figure that Del worked with was Andrew Loog Oldham and included on this compilation were some songs they did together that were heavy on Beach Boys influence. For me these songs are the stand out tracks and I have one of them here today for the Friday song.
The only copy of it that I could find online was part of a medley of so using TubeChop I have edited it so that just the song Friendly With You is played. Apologies to whomever put this clip on YouTube as a medley. To hear the song click on the first link below.
With Andrew, Del also recut Runaway, as a string laden ballad which gave me chills with it’s stabbling violins. Interesting, but not as good as the original. A copy is also below.
Plus, continuing the Del obsession for the week, I’ve also found that Hey Hey It’s Saturday performance, sadly without the introduction.
Perhaps it was because there was a record collector meet on eslewhere yesterday that the pickings at the Sunday swap meet were so few. I did come away though with Derek and Clives’ first album (I’ll play that one loud to annoy the neighbours) and a Bee Gees compilation. This particular Bee Gees record has four band members on the cover. That’s right – four! It wasn’t always only the 3 brothers Gibb. I wonder whatever happened to that fourth guy… Read the rest of this entry »
Those were words that I never thought I would say while record hunting, but I did. I have so many almost vinyl triptychs, where I have two records with a similar cover but lack the third, and that Cliff album that I saw over the weekend would have completed one such display, but oh well. Read the rest of this entry »