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.

 

 

 

 

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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

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)?

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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

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.

Bonnie

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.

CHARLENE

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.

EmmyLou

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.

Commodores

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


Christmas Vinyl Display 2011

December 21, 2011

So, what records have I put up as Christmas decorations this year?

The Ventures Christmas Album

Someday At Christmas by Stevie Wonder Christmas In Blues by Various Artists


Dem Bones

October 24, 2011

Halloween; a great excuse for a vinyl display. And so I have gathered together some records with a skull and bones connection for the creepy occasion.

Steppenwolf 7

 

Danse Macabre

 

Oxygene by Jean Michel Jarre


It’s all in the name

October 17, 2011

I just don’t have enough Toussaint related vinyl to do the display that I said last week that I was trying to create. I could have if when I found that Dr John album earlier this year the owner hadn’t lost the record inside! Toussaint produced that one and it would have helped me to do a Toussaint triptych, but oh well.

What vinyl treasures have I assembed for this week’s display?

The theme this week is all about having an album title that is a pun or subtle joke on the artist’s name.

Sonny Side Of Cher by Cher 

The Evolution Of Mann by Herbie Mann

 

Dark Attack by The Darts