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    Have you ever been taken aback by finding a tasty record in the most out of the way of places?Last week I was at a tiny record fair in a church hall.The place had 3,count 'em,3 dealers along the walls.Oh well,it's only 50p I thought.So I bypass the one selling CDs and go straight to the one who's got singles divided into Beatles,Rolling Stones,Cliff Richard and 60's.Nothing much,maybe the Johnny Morris one talking about the health of your dog.
    Then I peruse the LP's.Buried among the usual familiar stuff I notice a copy of The United States of America.Got to be the re issue.Nope.Original U.K. issue,vinyl in Mint- condition,slight ding on one side of the cover.Dealer lets me have it for half the marked up price.Result!
    It just shows,you've got to keep on trawling even in the the most unpromising places.  
    Back to Neuuuuuuuuuu!

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    There is a tiny record shop near me where the guy who runs it never changes his stock, and I mean never, he doesn't actually buy new records in, he just sells what he has.
    First time I went in I found a mint copy of the Bohannon lp Stop and Go which is by far his most sort after lp for £3.

    The next time I find a mint copy of Love Serenade by Profesor Earl Lett and Study. Great lp, but to be honest I didn't know a lot about it. At the last Brillo meet Gerald told me that it was worth around 500 and sure enough about a month later I saw a copy on a dealers list for that price. I still go back to the shop and find odd bits and pieces but nothin to match these two.

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    • #3
      Ah! Hamilton Bohannon, i picked up an lp of his last week at a booter for a quid the lp in question is 'keep on dancin' on the Dakar label (a Brunswick offshoot) from '74 not knowing much about this dude, other than he was an arrabger for Motown records, i was pleasantly surprised as it's bloody good, tracks like 'Rap on mr dj' 'Truck stop' 'The fat man' 'South african man" are well groovy and remind me a bit of Sly and The family... also out of the same box pulled 'Trip one' by Rotary connection from '67 on checker records, which i'm guessing might be their first lp?, anyway it's a psych/soul affair with some ahem 'artistic' touches, loads of phasing and upfront drums. 'Amen' the first track is my current fave sounds a bit like monsignor Axelrod..
      derelicts of dialect

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      • #4
        Was the US of A LP in a paper bag ?
        That's how it was originally issued, in a brown paper bag,
        like from the market

        CONGRATULATIONS ! That's Joe Byrd's 1st rekkid

        Jack

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        • #5
          Nah.This one was a U.K.issue.
          Back to Neuuuuuuuuuu!

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          • #6
            I love these tales... on soulstrut there are a few great threads filled with hair parlors, behind toilets, BBQ joints, and clock shops. And those are just the ones I believe!

            The easiest for me to remember are the off one-off dealers at flea markets and pawn shops. Old ladies trucking around jack mcduff and rusty bryant (geezers got the funk&#33. Teenagers with one of the first steve reich LPs for a buck... a Melinda OST in an (unplugged) old walk-in freezer. Eddie Curtis for $2 in a pawn shop filled with 80s hair bands? My local thrift turning up fela kuti "music of" was pretty crazy too, but that's just because the thrift sucks so hard.

            Keep em coming!!

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            • #7
              when your talking about weird places and odd situations to find records you can't forget the Homeless record dealer who works up and down the US west coast.
              I ran into him at the Stark Reality record release party, but I have heard tale of him selling in Phoenix, San Francisco, and Seattle.

              The oddest place I found a good LP was in a record store that specialized in Big Band and dixieland music of the 30's & 40's. I walk in one day to find S.O.U.L. "What is it" for 0.10. Still my best find ever.

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              • #8
                Once at this carshow at some plains near my parents house, me and my bro found this guy with a hanger full of records. It was all elvis records and 50's rockabilly stuff, but after flipping through pretty random, we found a minty mint OG copy of Marwa Whitneys "It's my thing" for £1.
                Another time me and my bro went to check out this basement that had a shitload of records. It was mostly classical stuff, and everything was on the floor. He had acouple of ok stuff (some james last stuff and some other easy lps), but we found the Black Motion Picture experience lp and Alice Babs - Music with a jazz flavor. Had a little chat with the owner too, and he told us that the basement used to be a bordello, and that he himself collected records with pornographic covers.

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                • #9
                  I picked a copy of "Rubhyiat of Dorothy Ashby" in Rio for about fifty pence. I'd never heard of it - figured it would be a bit Alice Coltrane-ish.
                  Well, imagine my pathetic display of smug self satisfaction when I got home and checked the price!

                  Oh! and the sound of course.... (is that the right order?..)

                  Mwaaaahhhaaahahahahahahahaahahah

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                  • #10
                    A while back I was looking through a guys collection with a view to buying a few pieces and ended up going through two boxes of jazz stuff in his toilet. Appropriately it was mainly crap.

                    Also I found my copy of Led Zep 4 (which is the copy I still use when playing out etc) sticking out of a skip in Aberdeen.
                    "..hole...road...middle thereof"

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                    • #11
                      Some friends of mine took over a pub a while back and the woman that was running it before them left a box of records in the kitchen. There's a few interesting bits in there including 'Shaft In Africa' which I haven't managed to blag yet. 'She might still want them.' Gah! I may have another go tonight.

                      A couple of weeks ago I spent forever going through the 50s/60s seven inches at a local record shop and found The Equals 'Funky Like A Train' (it came out in 1976). I've been after that for about 13 years. God bless my hard working fingers.

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                      • #12
                        my best find was in a charity/junk shop on an ex military base in suffolk, run by an ex vicar, there was 1 box with a few records in it, i picked an LP out, thought it looked interesting, put it back, then decided for 25p i'll take a chance, when i purchased the record i remember the the ex vicar looking at the record, and grimacing at the long haired band members on the sleeve, the record was by '9.30 fly' best described as a psych/folk/prog record a bit like 'jefferson airplane' or 'the trees', sadly the shop is no longer there.
                        I want to go to the land of ooog!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by [b
                          Quote[/b] (happy monster @ 17 July 2003,19:06)]my best find was in a charity/junk shop on an ex military base in suffolk, run by an ex vicar, there was 1 box with a few records in it, i picked an LP out, thought it looked interesting, put it back, then decided for 25p i'll take a chance, when i purchased the record i remember the the ex vicar looking at the record, and grimacing at the long haired band members on the sleeve, the record was by '9.30 fly' best described as a psych/folk/prog record a bit like 'jefferson airplane' or 'the trees', sadly the shop is no longer there.
                          Whats all this?

                          Suffolk you say?

                          Are you a denizen of this fine County Mr Monster?

                          I'm in Newmarket myself
                          He also contributed songs for the Jim Henson movie vehicle 'Muppets From Space'.

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                          • #14
                            i found a stack of sealed US soundtracks in a toy shop just outside Detroit. 'soul of nigger charley', 'shaft in africa', a lot of blax heat and some tasty 60s funky jazz like Hawaii 5-0. ten bucks each. originally i'd only gone in because he had some old Star Wars figures in the window. there's serendipity at work...
                            http://www.blaxploitation.com
                            Chops for show, groove for dough.

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                            • #15


                              "These are the records you are looking for...".
                              You freeking scientologists are all the same, quible, dribble and then demand ice creams. Ohhhhhhhhhhh.

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