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Vinyl – June 2014

I acquired way too many records in June. And not on purpose either…

A few weeks ago while helping out a family member with their garage sale, I was gifted three records from their home. As I was looking at the gifted albums a customer of the garage sale approaches me.

“Hey man, you a record collector?”

“Sort of. I have my selective tastes but I’m into a lot of genres.”

“I got two or three boxes of records at my place if you want to go digging through them. You might find something worth while.”

My girlfriend and I wrap up the day a few hours later and head over to the man’s home.  He greets us outside his home as he tunes up his car in the driveway.  He leads us to his backyard and drops one box at a time on his patio table.

“Feel free to take your time and when you’re done let me know if you see anything that interests you.”

The gentleman was very nice. Considering we had just met him only a few hours earlier, and only for about 3 minutes, he was already  offering us water and chairs to sit in so that we’d be comfortable. My girlfriend and I began to dig though his two boxes.  Most of it was music I actually liked – The Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, etc. The rest included artists like The Beatles, Van Morrison, Pat Benatar, Allman Brothers, Doobie Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Credence Clearwater Revival, Big Brother and Holding Company, Bad Company among others.

Unfortunately, most of the records were in VG condition. Some were even warped, like Highway 61 Revisited by Bob Dylan, or Revolver by the Beatles. I put aside three piles while digging through the boxes.

Pile 1: Not interested

Piles 2: Possibly worth keeping

Pile 3: Definitely worth keeping

After spending about 40 minutes going through 100 or so records, we had reached a definitive number of we wanted. 14 Records grand total.

“How much do you think is a fair price for all those?”, he asks.
I was hesitating to throw a figure out. I’m terrible at pricing records and we were looking for a deal. I said $45 seemed fair for the 14 albums.  The albums themselves weren’t necessarily rare, or even in good condition, which is why $45 seemed appropriate. My selections included most of the Grateful Dead he had, some Lynyrd Skynyrd, Cheap Thrills by Big Brother and Holding Company, Abby Road by The Beatles, and a few other albums. Most of the albums I wanted were worth probably no more than $1.

“Huh. That’s it, just those 14?”

“Yeah.”

He hesitated and flipped through the records we wanted. He takes the records and stacks them up, slams them on the box of other records, and says, “Tell ya what, make it $50 and you can take everything.”

We didn’t decline. We took everything for $50 and were thrilled about our deal. In retrospect, I think I would’ve had the bad end of the deal to ask for $45 for our 14 albums. Most of the albums were not in the best shape.

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We brought them home and I went through them like it was Christmas Morning. It took me several days to determine the value of over 100 albums from the boxes. Most were worth donating to Goodwill since they were so beat up. I was surprised to discover that a handful of albums were worth more than I had expected.

Below are the four most valuable albums we came across from the two boxes thus far…:

Toe Fat – Toe Fat

WHO????
WHO????

I had no idea who this progressive rock group from the UK were. Apparently, they were Uriah Heep’s first band before becoming Uriah Heep. Average price for a copy is between $30 to $45. I hate to admit, the copy we found in the box is pretty beat up. Probably worth closer to $20. Copies have previously sold close to $100.

Chris Isaak – Heart Shaped World

Chris Isaak - Moody Sink and Pensive Thoughts (LP)
Chris Isaak – Moody Sink and Pensive Expressions (LP)

This album was only released on vinyl once and has been out of print for about 25 years. Most copies of this album sell between $30 to $50. The highest sold was about $135. Too bad our copy is in VG condition. Probably worth $25 or so if I had to guess. Not that we plan on selling this one…

Grateful Dead – Grateful Dead

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At first glance, I thought my copy was a NM first pressing, but after looking into it a bit more, I was disappointed to find out the copy from the boxes is actually a second pressing. Even so, second pressings in NM condition typically sell anywhere from $35 – $75.

Tom Petty and the Heart Breakers – S/T

Tom Petty and the Heart Breakers - Duck Face (LP)
Tom Petty and the Heart Breakers – Duck Face (LP)

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ first self-titled album was produced many times on several labels – including Shelter Records, MCA Records, and Island Records, Warner Brothers Records, and ABC Records. Our specific release of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers was from ABC Records and included a picture collage insert of Tom Petty. This version was apparently a “limited edition” release and also had a different label from all other releases. In near mint (which is what we have), and with the photo insert, it’s valued between $50 to $80.

And then there was the least valuable album that came from the boxes…

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In VG+ / VG shape, this copy of Jesse Colin Young’s album Song For Juli is currently being sold on Discogs for $0.02. Ironically, international shipping from the UK to the US for this album will cost you $15.

The one oddball from the boxes worth mentioning is a copy of Bad Company’s self-titled debut album.

Bad Co - Enron (LP)
Bad Company – Enron (LP)

What makes this album different? Side B for this album does not include a single piece of text on the label.

About 70% of the records in the boxes were not worth keeping. Either they were too beat up and scratched, or they featured music we didn’t enjoy. We’re still deciding on whether or not to sell the records in bulk to a record store, or to attempt liquidating them via eBay. Or, to just donate them to Goodwill.

Past that, I bought only one other album in June.

John Williams – Jurassic Park: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

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I loved this movie growing up. The music for the film is good, but it’s not something I would necessarily listen to on a regular basis. Unless of course it looked like this:

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Mondo, the record label who published this album, released two variations and three versions of this record. The version I purchased was known as Variation A. Variation A came in the sleeve shown above and was randomly inserted with either black vinyl (version one, 3000 copies produced), or “Dilophosaurus splatter” vinyl (version two, 2000 copies produced – the version I own). The Dilophosaurus splatter design of the vinyl should be an obvious connection for any fan of the film.

Above:

Variation B  featured a different sleeve design and the vinyl was produced with transparent golden wax, with a mosquito label in the center.

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Limited to 1000 copies, and sold out within 20 minutes. By the time I tried ordering a copy after being stuck in traffic on my way to work, they were all extinct. The amber vinyl with its mosquito label should be another easy connection in reference to the film…

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These records originally sold for $35, direct on the label’s website. They’re now sitting on eBay for really stupid amounts of money.

Now available in 10 easy installments of $25.
Financing now available in 10 easy installments of only $23.50! But hurry, this offer won’t last!

Tracklist

A1 Opening Titles 0:33
A2 Theme From Jurassic Park 3:27
A3 Incident At Isla Nublar 5:20
A4 Journey To The Island 8:53
B1 The Raptor Attack 2:49
B2 Hatching The Baby Raptor 3:20
B3 Welcome To Jurassic Park 7:55
B4 My Friend, The Brachiosaurus 4:16
C1 Dennis Steals The Embryo 4:50
C2 A Tree For My Bed 2:12
C3 High-Wire Stunts 4:09
C4 Remembering Petticoat Lane 2:48
C5 Jurassic Park Gate 2:04
D1 Eye To Eye 6:37
D2 T-Rex Rescue & Finale 7:40
D3 End Credits 3:26

Vinyl – April 2014

April was great for my record collecting (and my wallet) because I was able to part with more records than I was purchasing them. My multicolored Stills-Young Band bootleg For What It’s Worth – Summer 76 Tour (one of the crown jewels of my collection) finally sold on eBay, and I traded in a few records to a local record store for store credit.

It was a really mediocre record anyway.
It was a really mediocre record anyway.
But it sure looked awesome.
But it sure looked awesome.

A few weeks ago I mentioned that I’d be attending the KUSF Rock n’ Swap event in April, but after thinking about it, I decided it was probably best to pass. My spending allowance on LPs was pretty high last month as it was.

That said, I did bring home a few releases.

Mod Lang Record Shop – Albany, CA

This first one I picked up spur-the-moment. Casually passing through Albany while running errands I saw this tiny sign on the sidewalk and did a double-take. I’d never heard of Mod Lang. I parked and headed in.

Better not be loaded with mud and dust.
Better not be loaded with mud and dust.

Inside Mod Lang was an eclectic selection of LPs and CDs of all styles. Despite the great selection, it was kind of a mess. It reminded me a lot of Jack’s Record Cellar on Scott and Page in San Francisco. Dozens of boxes filled with records and piles of clutter (old Rolling Stone magazines, newspapers, cardboard cutout promotional displays, etc.) It was still an excellent shop. About half of the merchandise actually is organized and is displayed in a proper shelf, but many of the boxes are yet to be shelved or are simply left sitting in aisles. I overheard the manager talking to another customer that she had just received a bunch of records that had yet to be shelved – she explained that the shop isn’t usually clogged with boxes.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to sound like the boxed clutter is bad. I enjoy digging, anyway. It’s all part of the fun.

After about 15 minutes of box digging, I had three albums worth mentioning. Among them, a copy of the Pink Floyd dual bootleg Nocturnal Submission: Robot Love from Beacon Island Records.

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Pink Floyd – Nocturnal Submission: Robot Love (dual bootleg album)

I already own a copy of this, so I saw no reason to pick it up. This dual bootleg is actually two separate well known Pink Floyd bootlegs  packaged in a single album.  The two albums are Best of Tour 72 and the original release of Nocturnal Submission: Robot Love from The Amazing Kornyphone Record Label.

Pink Floyd - Best Of Tour 72 (live at The Rainbow Theatre February 20, 1972)
Pink Floyd – Best Of Tour 72 (live at The Rainbow Theater in London, UK on February 20, 1972)

Best of Tour 72 is well recognized among Floyd fans and vinyl collectors alike as being one of the earliest (and best) live recordings of Dark Side Of The Moon. In fact, when this bootleg was first being sold in 1972, customers who purchased this album occasionally mistook it for being an official release from the band – on top of the fact that this album was manufactured almost an entire year before Dark Side Of The Moon would be officially released. The recording quality is excellent. To this day, it is still debated if the recording is sourced from the BBC Radio or if it was recorded directly from the soundboard, or if it’s from an excellent audience recording. This LP features a concert recording from The Rainbow Theatre in London on February 20, 1972. A handful of the songs recorded during this performance were never released on Dark Side Of The Moon (like the song entitled ‘The Mortality Sequence’, which was scrapped and replaced with ‘Great Gig In The Sky’). Below is the entire recording.

The other album shares the exact same title Nocturnal Submission: Robot Love. This record was originally from The Amazing Kornyphone Record Label and was also released in 1972.

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Pink Floyd – Nocturnal Submission: Robot Love (compilation bootleg featuring live performances and B-Sides ranging from 1969 to 1971)

This bootleg features live performances from Pink Floyd at KQED  Studios in San Francisco on April 29, 1970, BBC Radio in London on September 30, 1971, and a few B-sides not available to the US market during their initial releases in the UK (‘Point Me at the Sky’, etc…)

So anyway, the dual LP bootleg of Nocturnal Submission: Robot Love from Beacon Island Records is basically a “buy one get one free” package containing two classic Pink Floyd bootlegs. Like I had mentioned earlier, I already have a copy of this release so I didn’t bother buying it again. Plus, it was also in worse condition than my personal copy.

The other album I found at Mod Lang was a copy of The Grateful Dead bootleg Captain Trips, etc. from The Impossible Recordworks label.

Grateful Dead - Captain Trips, etc.
Grateful Dead – Captain Trips, etc.

For $20, I kindly declined buying it. It was in decent shape, but I was more content buying a copy of The Grateful Dead’s Fillmore West.

The Grateful Dead - Fillmore West (Trade Mark Of Quality - Smokin' Pig Labels)
The Grateful Dead – Fillmore West (Trade Mark Of Quality – Smokin’ Pig Labels)

This two disc set was offered to me for $12.95. The general condition of the four sides is VG+. At it’s best, it’s Near Mint. At it’s worst, it’s VG. It’s a pretty enjoyable performance from The Dead playing at Fillmore West’s final night of operation in San Francisco on July 2, 1971.

Tracklist

A1 Had To Move
A2 Me And Bobby Mcgee
A3 You Lied You Cheated
A4 I Know You Rider
B1 Playing In The Band
B2 Got No Chance Of Losing
B3 Ain’t It Crazy
B4 Me And My Uncle
B5 Railroad Blues
B6 Sunshine Daydream
C1 Sing Me Back Home
C2 Momma Tried
C3 Big Boss Man
C4 Casey Jones
C5 Johnny Be Good
D1 Sugar Magnolia
D2 Dedicated To Owsley

Apparently the tracks on this bootleg have been rearranged in a separate sequence than how they were originally recorded. Additionally, there are  a handful of songs that were performed but were not included on this release. The real kick in the teeth is that the audio from this bootleg is off pitch – The band sounds slightly speed-up and cartoonish. There’s no real way of knowing the recording quality of a bootleg until you play it back.In either case, I ripped a personal copy of the record, cleaned it up, and resold it on eBay a week later for a little more than $30.

A week or so later I returned to Mod Lang on the weekend and dug through a few unorganized shelves. I came across this:

New York Dolls – Dolls Live: Dallas ’74

This is a New York Dolls bootleg entitled Dolls Live: Dallas ’74. According to the final edition of Hot Wacks (last published around 1992), there are only about 6 vinyl bootlegs of New York Dolls known to exist. It’s from a label known as Smilin’ Ears. The spine of the sleeve claims the record was manufactured in Venezuela. Bootleggers in the 1970’s often claimed their records were manufactured in far-off locations like Venezuela, Luxembourg, or Brazil as an attempt to throw off investigating authorities.

The sound of the recording isn’t particularly great. It’s muddy and noticeably softer sounding (quieter) than most concert recordings of rock and roll / punk bands. Discogs member bryan.white.9 said it pretty well when he gave a review of this bootleg:

Obviously recorded with a handheld cassette player, this bootleg recording documents a show at the legendary Mother Blues club in Dallas, Texas during [their] final 1974 tour, featuring the original line up. The Dolls were supporting the popular Texas band The Werewolves and facing a hostile/apathetic crowd. The band sounds discouraged, as the audience taunts them with cries of “We want the a Werewolves!” through their show, but gamely perform their set. The very poor sound quality of the recording and the “end of the line” feel of the performance-supporting a band most listeners have never heard of-make this a hard recording to recommend. I have no idea whether this was one of the shows performed in red leather & Soviet paraphernalia but it would go a long way towards explaining the audience’s hostility; Dallas in 1974 would have been the worst possible venue for such gear. Fantastically rare, this live album has practically nothing else to offer.

Tracklist

A1 Pills
A2 Frankenstein
A3 Lone Star Queen
A4 Don’t Start Me Talkin’
A5 Lookin’ For A Kiss
B1 Personality Crisis
B2 Vietnamese Baby
B3 Bad Girl
B4 Give ‘Em A Great Big Kiss (Kiss Me)

At the counter I was offered the bootleg for $8 after a $10 trade-in store credit (I gave away some records from last month’s failed backyard rummage sale). The recording quality is really mediocre. It was admittingly purchased mainly for the rarity factor. I’ll probably flip it on eBay in a few weeks. Most copies have previously sold on eBay between $25 to $100.

All in all, Mod Lang Records is an excellent shop. They carry new music too!

 Record Store Day 2014 – April 19, 2014

I didn’t particularly care for this year’s Record Store Day (RSD). I had no interest in spending part of my weekend participating in the festivities. Out of the 75+ exclusive releases, only two actually appealed to me. The first release being Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin’s double 10″ EP Songs From Common Ground. The other release was a 7″ split featuring Jason Lytle (frontman for Modesto based indie rock group Grandaddy) and Neko Case entitled Satellite Of Love. Both of these titles I ordered from eBay at face-value without having to even get out of bed Saturday morning. I realize it defeats the purpose of RSD to buy RSD releases from eBay, but honestly, I wasn’t interested in dealing with aggressive crowds and long lines early in the morning for two titles.

While browsing the exclusive RSD release titles online, one release from Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band entitled Solar Live 11.15.13 particularly caught my attention:

Someone must really love Little Feat (or TAKRL)

I imagine most people who see this album probably won’t recognize that this cover is directly copied from (or at least paying homage to) a Little Feat bootleg entitled Electrif Lycanthrope (Be-Bop Deluxe)  from The Amazing Kornyphone Record Label (TAKRL).

Little Feat - Electrif Lycanthrope (Be-Bop Deluxe) (TAKRL bootleg from 1970s)
Little Feat – Electrif Lycanthrope (Be-Bop Deluxe) (TAKRL bootleg from 1970s)

I see no resemblance between the two.

Last year’s 2013 RSD had a similar release trying to appear like a Trade Mark Of Quality (TMOQ) bootleg with a paper insert. This one was from The Greenhornes entitled Live At Shake It Records  –   Fall 2001. Note the “Shake It Mark Of Quality” logo in the bottom right corner:

Below is the original Trade Mark Of Quality (TMOQ) logo – sticker’d or printed on every original TMOQ release back in the 1970s – as well as some examples of typical TMOQ releases featuring this logo (just because).

Original Trade Mark Of Quality Logo
Jimi Hendrix – Broadcasts
Bob Dylan – While The Establishment Burns
Pink Floyd – Omayyad
Led Zeppelin – Going To California

You get the point…

It’s kind of funny how some official releases in the last few years have been packaged to look like bootleg records taken right from the 1970s. 

Vinyl – March 2014

I was excited for March for a few reasons – new job, got a huge tax refund, planned a trip in a few months from now. But more than anything in March, I was excited for three separate vinyl rummage sales.

The Newark Music Swap Meet – Newark, CA – March 23, 2014

We were told about this sale by a gentleman over at Dave’s Records on San Pablo in Berkeley. He told us about the sale the day before it took place. I had heard from other collectors before that the Newark Music Swap Meet is not very good. Even so, on an open Sunday with nothing really going on, Hannah and I decided to make an afternoon checking it out.

Upon arrival, I suddenly understood why. It was probably the most underwhelming sale I’ve ever attended. Granted, we showed up at around 1 PM when it first opens at 7 AM and closes at 2, but there were only about 8 individual sellers and most of what they sold was either overpriced or in terrible condition. Hannah found a copy of Neil Young’s Harvest for only $1. The cover was split down the bottom of the sleeve and the record was very visibly warped.  Figures.

Even the atmosphere inside the hall was not very pleasant. Contrary to other swap meets I’ve attended, there wasn’t the sound of bustling people chattering or the sounds of 60s surf rock playing over a portable turntable speakers. Instead, the hum of fluorescent lights and distant microphone feedback from a poorly connected house PA system was the tune. Okay, sure, I’m slightly exaggerating  – there actually were people chattering, but it was a dull roar compared to inaudible bartering and shouting.

We didn’t see anything particularly worth buying. I did find a sealed copy of a Runaways bootleg entitled Live In Concertfrom Wizardo Records. But for an asking price of $35, and not knowing a single song of theirs, I couldn’t justify the purchase. Besides, sealed records like that are really only good when purchased as a bargain since their best value is being resold still sealed.

We eventually made our way to one of the final tables. A middle-aged couple from the Central Valley with four crates were  mainly selling classic rock and some 60s psychedelia. I wasn’t seeing anything particularly interesting, up until I asked if he had any Pink Floyd (the bread and butter of my vinyl collecting). He presented to me a copy of the bootleg Dark Side Of The Moo from Trixie Records.

Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moo
Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of The Moo

If you didn’t recognize this cover instinctively as a well known Pink Floyd bootleg, than you probably wouldn’t even know this record has anything to do with Pink Floyd at all. The labels on the vinyl itself reference The Screaming Abdabs, a name briefly used by the band prior to 1966.

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The Screaming Whats…?

This bootleg isn’t really a bootleg. It’s more like a pirated LP containing rare B sides and studio outtakes from 1967 to 1970. In fact, there is only one genuine studio outtake on this album which is Track A6: Scream Thy Last Scream. The rest are just a collection of officially released B-sides. Probably the best part of this record, at least for me personally, is the cover itself. I dig how it’s similar to the theme of Atom Heart Mother’s cover which also features a cow – yet it’s subtle and doesn’t have any text all over the place much in the way that most bootleg covers do. Plus, the photographer got the attention of this cow, which was then immortalized in a photo and used for an illegitimate record cover. For some reason, I find humor in that. As far as the content of this bootleg goes, the music on this record is mostly from an era of Pink Floyd that I’m not too crazy about (mid to late 60s). To be honest, I find a lot of these songs to be pretty nauseating. I can’t say I’m excited to hear a poor quality outtake of this:

See? Told you it’s nauseating.

Fortunately a few songs on this album are actually worth listening. My two personal favorites are The Crumbling Land and Point Me At the Sky (which sounds similar to Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds by The Beatles)

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Tracklist

A1 Astronomy Domine 4:08
A2 Candy And A Current Bun 2:43
A3 Apples And Oranges 3:01
A4 It Would Be So Nice 3:41
A5 Interstellar Overdrive 3:04
A6 Scream Thy Last Scream 4:44
B1 Heart Beat, Pig Meat 3:09
B2 Crumbling Land 4:12
B3 Embryo 4:39
B4 Point Me At The Sky 3:37
B4 Come On Number 51, Your Time Is Up 4:57
B6 Mademoiselle Knobs 1:50

Such is the case when buying vinyl bootlegs – you never really know what the quality of the recordings will sound like until you fork over $$$ and listen to them at home.

At the same table, Hannah found an excellent copy of The Beatles’ album Rubber Soul. It’s in great shape and looks like it had never been played before.

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The Beatles – Rubber Soul (German release on Odeon Records – 1C 062-04 115)

Her specific version is from Germany on Odeon Records (year of release is unknown). She already had a copy of Rubber Soul, but her other release is from the United States on Capital Records. The US releases left out many hits from this album which other versions from other countries contained in their releases. For example, songs like Drive My Car, Nowhere Man, What Goes On, and If I Need Someone were all excluded from US releases.

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Odeon German Release:    Side 1 – Contains missing songs Drive My Car and Nowhere Man
US Capital Release: Side 1
US Capital Release: Side 1
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German Odeon release:    Side 2 – Contains missing songs What Goes on and If I Need Someone
US Capital release:   Side 2
US Capital release:    Side 2

After buying our albums and chatting with the sellers for a few minutes, we left. There’s a good chance that unless I arrive at 7 AM at the next Newark Music Swap Meet that I probably will not return to this event.

 

Cavern Discos’ Rummage Sale – Albany, CA – March 29, 2014

Two years ago while browsing the garage sales section on Craigslist I came across a post from a gentleman who was planning on selling about 9000 records he had in storage. The ebay record store Cavern Discos, which specialized in funk, disco, and soul records, was officially kaput and the owner needed to liquidate all of his surplus records sitting in storage. So he posted an ad publicly on craigslist saying that he will be selling all of his records in his backyard and that every record was worth $3 each – regardless of rarity, condition or actual value. On the day of his sale about 100 people came into his backyard and tore apart his boxes of records (and his garden).

So flash-forward two years. A week before the sale, the owner of Cavern Discos sent me a message and told me that the very last of his records were moved from storage and were ready to be sold. It would be the exact same sale as last time – except this time the records were now to be sold at $1 each.

Saturday rolls around – and it’s pouring rain. California has been in its worst drought on record and the one time I actually was hoping sunshine and dry conditions I get the exact opposite. I arrived at the sellers house about 20 minutes before the sale starts. Unlike the last sale two years earlier, there was no one anxiously waiting around his front yard. I figured this was because it was raining and no one wanted to deal with the conditions. In actually what had happened was the buyers were waiting in his back yard and were helping set up two outdoor tarps and a bunch of plastic floor protectors to help keep the records and the buyers dry.

It’s about 10 minutes before the sale when the seller says, “Okay, it’s pouring and it’s freezing. So let’s just start now. Everyone go to my shed and pull out one box and drop it down on the plastic floor protectors under the tarps, and then you can start your digging there.” So I went into his shed, since I was actually the closest to it, and pulled out a box of about 100 records. It was heavy but it contained probably some of the best conditions of records I could have hoped for. The ones I picked out were mostly in near mint condition. After going through a few boxes it started to get kind of chaotic. Too many people, not enough protection from the rain, and not enough boxes for each person to causally browse though. It didn’t take long before it became more unpleasant than it already was.

"No really, take your time going through that dust box of records. I'll just chill here in the rain until you're done."
“No really, take your time going through that dusty box of records. I’ll just chill here in the rain with everyone else until you’re done.”
"DUDE, STOP TRACKING IN MUD TO THE TARPS. YOU'RE GETTING MY OBSCURE 60'S BRAZILIAN PSYCHEDELIA 45s MUDDY."
“DUDE, STOP TRACKING IN MUD INTO THE TARPS. YOU’RE GETTING MY OBSCURE 60’S BRAZILIAN PSYCHEDELIA 45s MUDDY.”

Inside the shed wasn’t much better.

Uhh... I think I'm done with this sale.
“Can you move over just a foot or two so I can squeeze by and get out with my records?”                 “Absolutely not.”

Nothing smells quite like a room full of wet, sweaty middle-aged men kicking up record dust. Fun fun fun!

So after 20 minutes, I realized that this sale was a waste of my time. I left with 11 records, but only had to pay $9. My selections, in brief description were:

Grateful Dead – Workingman’s Dead

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I’ve never really listen to the Grateful Dead, but when they come on the radio on 94.1 KPFA on Wednesday nights, it’s pretty fun music. The condition of this looks like it’s G and it was missing the original cover when I found it, but to my amazement it plays like it’s VG+. For a dollar, this was a bargain.

Various Artists – Record Store Day 2008

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I don’t know a lot about this album. All I know is that I found it brand new, sealed for $1 and it had artists like Bruce Springsteen, Rage Against the Machine, Patti Smith, Pearl Jam and others. Apparently copies of this have sold on ebay recently for about $50.

Terre Thaemlitz – Raw Through A Straw / Tranquilizer

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I recognized her name from a few ambient songs that I heard from SOMA FM’s internet streaming station Drone Zone. Good ambient musician (although she’s kind of avant-garde and out there). Also, this vinyl is totally transparent.

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Eazy-E – Eazy Duz-It / Ruthless Villain (DEMONSTRATION ONLY)

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The picture above is of the regular, studio 12″ release. The version I have has a label just like the above photo, but also reads, “DEMONSTRATION – NOT FOR SALE” just below where it reads Eazy-E. I’m not particularly a fan of rap, but a near mint Eazy-E demonstration disc for $1? Sure, why not.

Kiln – Sunbox

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Not going to lie – this was a total impulse buy. I’ve never heard of this group, and their music is downtempo techno / IDM. But it’s got a white label with a hand stamped little ghost on it. I thought it might be cool, or at the very least valuable. I’m still not entirely sure if either of those are true, but on ebay someone is currently selling the non-white label release for $40. Again, not a great purchase.

The Doors – The Doors

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Coincidentally, I bought a copy of this two years ago from the same backyard sale, except this copy is in a lot better shape. It’s also a stereo release. The other copy I bought was a quadrophonic release (which I also suspect may be a counterfeit release). Even in mediocre shape, an original stereo release of this album is valued at about $20 starting price.

Bob Dylan – Nashville Skyline

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It’s Dylan for a dollar. Not a bad investment. Except this was a bad investment, because the condition looks VG+ but sounds like G+. Odd how that can happen.

Super Mysterious Test Pressing – ????

Too lazy to take a photo of this one, but it’s a test pressing of a 12″ hip-hop record.  Another bad impulse buy. I saw a test pressing, with no real indication of it’s origin or even it’s genre, and I didn’t think to ask questions about it since it was chaotic and pouring at the sale. It could have been jazz, or some soul, or maybe something with value none-the-less. I bagged it and thought “at the very least, I’ve wasted $1.” I later found out it’s a test pressing from hip-hop artist Mr. Lif’s 2002 single New Man Theme. Even in near mint condition, it’s garbage.

Funkstörung – Post.Art

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I bought this mainly because it was white marbled vinyl. It’s IDM / electronic music. Another bad impulse buy.

Pink Floyd – Animals

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This definitely would have been the best of my purchases, had it not been in such terrible shape. It looked VG when I bought it, but it’s actually G+. Oh well, it’s an album I’m really not crazy about spending a lot of money on anyway. Fortunately for me this mediocre purchase only cost me $1.

David Bowie – The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars

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For the 11 albums I bought, this was definitely the best purchase. It’s in VG shape, but it’s got excellent replay value. I wasn’t familiar at all with Bowie’s work, but I figured this was a good excuse to start.

All in all, the backyard rummage sale was a waste of my time. I plan on reselling the majority of these albums either on ebay or to one of the local record stores. Given that this sale was a joke, I was looking forward to the next day…

 

March Beat Swap Meet (#5) – Berkeley, CA – March 30, 2014

Might be fun...
Might be fun…

So Hannah and my father and I met outside the door for this event. Having never heard of it previously, I thought it might be fun for a Sunday afternoon. Getting in the door cost $5 and a canned good. I went to the store and bought five cans of expensive Progesso canned soup knowing that a good chunk of those attending would offer Hormel re-fried beans and other junk no one would actually want to eat. I give the Swap Meet that much – it was nice of them to ask for canned food as a requirement to get in the door. I think that’s an excellent way to have people actively donate food.

Once inside, there were about 8 vendors selling records. This was great, up until I realized that the sellers are almost exclusively selling rap and hip-hop only. It was disappointing to say the least. We went from table to table hoping to find some variety but did not find much. We left no more than 20 minutes after arriving. Considering Discogs was a major sponsor of this traveling swap meet, I was imagining a giant cafeteria sized swap meet with all sorts of different collectors with different specialties. Oh well.

We were bummed out with the Swap Meet, so we had lunch and decided to go to Amoeba and Rasputin on Telegraph Street closer towards UC Berkeley. Rasputin proved to offer a more enjoyable experience. In the Pink Floyd bin, I found something of interest.

Pink Floyd – Raving and Drooling

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Pink Floyd – Raving and Drooling

This is a bootleg from The Amazing Kornyphone Record Label (TAKRL) featuring a performance of three songs from November 17, 1974 in Great Britain. I had been looking for a copy of this for a few months and was finally able to buy a copy at a reasonable price. The condition was VG+ but it sounds VG for the most part. The recording itself is pretty bad. It needs some thorough equalizing. Even so, it’s definitely worth owning. Raving and Drooling sounds amazing. Shine On You Crazy Diamond is also amazing.

Tracklist

A1 Raving And Drooling 10:37
A2 You’ve Gotta Be Crazy 12:12
B1 Shine On You Crazy Diamond 23:06

March had some promising swap meets and a rummage sale that was impressive the last time it occurred two years earlier, but failed to really provide. It was still fun to attend these events. Today’s April 1st and the next KUSF Rock n’ Swap Record Event is  in about two weeks. Hopefully there will be a lot more to brag about then…