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  • Benicio Del Toffo
    started a topic August Finds 2015

    August Finds 2015

    Or, in my case, August's Gloop.

    I'll start it off this month then (While sadly under-performing at 'Only Connect'. Even though it's clearly easier now that it's on BBC2, I'm still quite abysmal at it.)

    Been so busy at work lately that I've hardly been online, never mind this forum and my vinyl hunting has been similarly curtailed. I'm not sure I like being a grown up with responsibilities and stuff!

    So, I'd initially intended on a comprehensive 'capturing' of my recent finds, but have decided to spare you and just put in the 'highlights' (I've picked up a fair few VV / VG+ classics to go in the next round of freebies, but who needs to see Amazonas, Brazilian or Well Kept Secret again?).

    I attempted a CSC recently, but it went so badly in terms of finds and my own existential crisis (at being back in my home town on the day the last pit closed) that it would have just come across as a bleak odyssey, a sort of 'Heart of Darkness' with loads of swearing and too little vinyl. Anyway, I got the above on a stall on a flea-market in Retford (North Notts). I'll probably hang on to Crucial as, I'll be honest, there's very little music that has that Proustian effect on my as these early electro LPs. Takes me right back to my childhood, think I'd have been 11. Some of it's cheesy now, but a lot of it still sounds like a window into a dystopian future, Cybotron in particular hasn't aged a bit.

    Found the above in a branch of BHF who, I don't know if this is a national policy, have suddenly started carrying vinyl again. Seems like they're being a bit optimistic on pricing as every branch I've been in seems to have set £2.99 as the baseline on almost everything. This was £1.99 if I remember rightly. As you can see, it's a bunch of library sessioners doing some pretty straight jazz. It's not bad, bit pedestrian for me (as you might guess from the standards being covered). Always good to stumble on summat you've never seen before though.

    50p chazza finds. The Beach Boys LPs looked fine in the shop, but sounded like a cement mixer when I landed the needle. Shame. Never seen the instrumentals LP before and it's not really the kind of thing I'd pick up, but you read the credits and see some Brian Bennett action and this track by some chancers called Thunder Company 'Ridin' On The Gravy Train'. I've been coming on this forum for how many years? And I've never heard of this track, which I'm guessing is common knowledge to the rest of you? I can only apologise for my ineptitude. If there's anyone as naïve as me out there, get a cheap copy of this LP as the 7" is apparently harder to come by.

    More charity shop finds. I doubt I need to introduce the top pair. The bottom one is one of those VV / VG+ classics that you pay for without making eye contact with the assistant as there's a degree of residual embarrassment, then you get home and find that it's a right banger. Dance Band of the Black Watch, if you're interested. I'm sure the North of the Border contingent are already all over this, but there's some firing versions of 70s rock / pop tunes, breaks and grooves and all sorts. One of the best quids I've spent this year (and I've spent a few).

    Most of these were from a quick post-work raid on Rob's Records. Think 'Wood Beez' was the final piece of my Scritti jigsaw. I'm unnaturally proud of myself for resisting getting a copy off eBay (I was admittedly tempted by the quick fix), despite a long standing frustration at not turning one up in the wild. Random Amphonic library, with Vic Flick doing his guitar 'thang' to pay tribute to various eras and players. Good 'Shaft' tye wah-wah tune and some other decent grooves, but probably one better suited to a library collector than me. The Paul Mille one promises much, but is really a one-tracker (though the track 'Return To Amazony' is bloody good). And a spare cheap 'Metronomie' off, which needs a clean but looks like it will do very nicely.

    Anyone within fleeing distance of Nottingham will be pleased to know that Anarchy Records has opened up again, a couple of doors up from where it used to be. Jill will be in there Monday to Saturday 11.00 - 18.00. Same random and varied stock as before (loads of vinyl, loads of ephemera), almost all at bargain prices always worth going in for a browse. Some VV/VG+ fodder here - Morgan label sampler with The Excursion 'Yuggy Buggy' being the stand-out for me. The most VG+ friendly Buffy LP? Some very parpmongous Fabs covers, not without its charms. And a spare of the Amazing Dancing Band, again, very representative of this forum.

    Black Funk was picked up to rehome round here, I figure that someone's bound to want some reggae action. FNM are one of my long-time fave bands, decided I needed the live album to blast out (I've had the CD ages of course), their new album is the bollocks, if anyone's wondering! First Natural Hair Band was bizarrely cheap off, I was the sole bidder, which made me suspicious, but it's flawless condition - happy days. Oh and the EWF was picked up in a chazza to give as a freebie. This was a nostalgia purchase as it was one of my very first funk albums when I started collecting. One of the seeds sown many, many years ago that set me off on this path. Always makes me smile to see it in the racks. And it's a great album.

    The question now is, how much attention can I continue to displace onto record collecting now that the football season is upon us? Hmmmmmm........*

    *Not that United have a cat's chance in hell of winning owt!

  • cratedigger
    My lunchtime treat today at the charity shop near work that keeps on delivering. They have started to price up some records to £4(Beatles comps) or even £8(battered Never mind the bollocks) but gems like this goes under the radar and gets the usual 80p price tag.

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  • Beater Pan
    Not comedy, but a signed Val Doonican for a quid, yeah I'll have that! Val Doonican - Making Tracks:

    Plus a good one for the (word) pun thread right there!

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  • AlanP
    hey man, I mostly stuck to the that left hand side, not so much bending for my busted knees and back. all got a bit manic trying trying to sift thru as many as could as quickly as I could - three for $5 plus a discount at the end was a damn fine deal for mine. just one more day would have seen me thru, then the dad-in-law busted four ribs and damaged a kidney and all bets were off. did I mention the craft beer for $12 a sixer? didn't make any sense against a kebab for $15 so I stuck to drinking.

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  • amidar
    I picked up that Jim Horn lp at a boot earlier in the year. Funky Swamp is about right and its in the mixer for a place on my end of year swap.

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  • Benicio Del Toffo
    Seeing as it's raining its arse off in Notts this lovely Bank Holiday, I've been confined to quarters. Which has at least given me enough time to have a vinyl sort-out. Finds, Trades and Freebies (coming soon) all progressed.

    So, quick round up for all you lovely people. Same sources as ever, a moderate amount of eBay (trying to stick to my new rule of one 'Wants'-related splurge per month, usually around pay-day), regular visits to Rob's Record Mart, the odd trade on the board and some good trading down the market.

    These lot were off the internet (think it was a combo of Discogs and eBay). Very, very reasonably priced Palais Anthology from, long-time want and I think I've been outbid at much higher prices than I got this one for, so I'm well chuffed with this (incs the heavily sampled Hal-Lucy-'n-o'-One Step'). Another long-time want was the Roy Phillips LP, but now I've heard it in full, I'm not convinced. Let's hope it's a grower as it's not much of a show-er! The two Lesiman LPs are from the same series as the recent Morricone / The Group reissue and are equally stunning, just phenomenal music from start to finish. Is it largely the same players as The Group? Sounds very similar. Can't recommend these highly enough anyway. Really solid listen, loads of variety, hardly any need to skip a track (and you get the albums on CD thrown in). Get on them if you haven't already.

    Top two of these were chazza finds. The Fred Waring (I'd prefer Eddie Waring, but he's guilty by association now) LP is exactly the kind of nonsense that VG+ cherishes. Easy listening with groovy psych flourishes, the usual covers ('Kites Are Fun', 'Ode to Billy Joe' etc) definite keeper. I'm quite open about knowing precisely nowt about Bolly and basically don't touch it if it's more than a quid. This one's quite 'traditional', will be available to a good home as soon as I get round to doing the next batch of freebies. The Friedich Gulda jazz LP was from a random wander into Rob's, turns out that it's not my kind of thing, so if anyone wants to trade me summat for it, feel free to shout up. The Studio G was a trade with Col. Thanks Sir, you're a gent.

    I had a sizeable amount of credit to use up down the market and I also took that load of CDs down there to punt on. Don't know about you lot, but I don't like having credit hanging about for long, I'd rather use it up ASAP and then move on to the next trading session. So, I made a right effort to burn this latest lot up. Had only ever had knackered copies of 'Candy' before, so nabbed this minty one. Had forgotten just how good it is - so many great tracks. Proper underrated methinks. The Coxsone LP is OBVIOUSLY not for me. I just grabbed it to trade on here as it's in incredibly good condition, again, feel free to shout up if you want to take it off me. Astrud Gilberto meets CTi is a lovely session. It's great to think that she was recording this as I was being born (Feb 1971). Stand-out track for me is 'Brazilian Tapestry', but there's plenty of loveliness on here. Pretty sure this used to be my copy of 'Mission: Impossible' anyway, but who cares? I decided I needed it back in the fold. Could do with getting 'More Mission: Impossible' and 'There's a Lot of Lalo...' too. Raising one's Schifrin game is never a bad thing.

    Some cheapies from a batch of Easy Listening LPs at Good Vibrations in Nottingham. Had Los Dourados on my Wants list for ages, but it was one that I wanted to find for a quid in the wild, rather than drop a tenner on eBay, so job done! Think I'll keep two of the others, with only the 'Latin Ole!' one being a touch too parpmongous for me.

    Top two of these were off the market. Original Tropicana is a spare. The Jim Horn LP is great, some ace swampy funkiness on here, can't understand why I've never seen this before?! Bottom two were from Anarchy at the weekend. Think they'll both end up in the freebies pile, but I had to satisfy my curiosity.

    These were also from Good Vibrations. The English Congregation 'Jesahel' is just a tad too overwrought. The version of 'Love Song' is tempting me to hang on to it for the moment. Spare Jack Parnell to put in the freebies selection in case someone wants a nice bit of canon fodder. And I just can't resist the nostalgia kick of vintage Paisley Park releases, even though Linn drum overdose is a genuine danger.

    These all came from a Friday evening, post-work visit to Rob's. Don Nix is much more country-fied than I was expecting, not my kind of thing at all. Billy Stewart is another that's been on my Wants for ages, after someone recommended it on here yonks back. Again, I wasn't up for spending much on it, so finding it Rob's was great. Groovy tunes, trademark Chess / Cadet production and a thumping breakbeat - summat for everyone. I'm guessing The Fireballs is well known round here? Snotty R'nB, psych touches, with a great version of GOMLW (with a breakbeat). Can't go wrong really.

    These were from the same visit to Rob's. It was one of those 'paydirt' sessions, where I'd got some spare cash and made a real effort to go through more racks than usual. Never gonna pass up Kraftwerk 12"s, perish the thought. Appaloosa is strange, but really good. Baroque psych, with Al Kooper all over it. And a VV / VG+ classic in 'Beat Party', which is one you don't see much these days. In great condition and, even though it wasn't 50p, it was still a bargain. Happy days.

    Summer's over. Get the knitwear out. Buy more records.

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  • giantchicken
    Originally posted by candiman View Post
    Nice Enough To Eat. Knackered cover and bad heat damage renders the first two tracks unplayable but Nick Drake and King Crimson tracks and the rest seem ok. The coincidence of reading an old post on here about this album only 24 hours before I found this was probably the reason for shelling out 25p for it.
    Blimey - you wait ages and then two turn up at once - I posted it in my finds upthread - but my photo didn't come out. Thought the one I found was ropey enough but yours sounds even worse - although apparently 'Twentieth Century Schizoid Man' is indestructable!

    Originally posted by candiman View Post
    Paul Desmond Plays Simon & Garfunkel. where have I seen that before?....

    ...a terrible record actually and one I've just added to the 'charity shop' pile this afternoon - I shall be reporting on progress in the 'taxonomy' thread later!

    Originally posted by candiman View Post
    Leo Sayer – Just A Boy, Thunder In My Heart, 2xLP Compilation.
    I’ve noticed a penchant for 70s pop/rock lately. My mum passed away last month and I wonder whether this has triggered a nostalgia trip back to my teenage roots.
    This reminded me of a moment in 1991 - I was working as a temp sub-editor on 'Q' magazine, and the assistant editor John Aizlewood was playing through the review CDs that had come in that week on the office stereo. A Leo Sayer compilation had just come out and on it went. The low level office hubbub subsided and there was an awkward silence....people took quick sideways glances , as if to see how others were responding. The editor Paul Du Noyer rose from his seat and walked towards the stereo, quiet, but with a thoughtful expression on his face.....the tense silence became unbearable and against my better judgement, I found myself suddenly blurting; "He was gonna be the future of rock'n'roll y'know!"

    Mr Du Noyer fixed me with a surprised look. I was expecting to get my coat, but it seemed the humble temp sub-ed had broken the ice - and soon the office was alight with tales of how early Leo Sayer had actually been quite good and how a few had even hung on to their copies of 'Silverbird' and 'Another Year' and even gave them a spin every so often...and so it was official - it was OK to like Leo Sayer!

    Is that the Pickwick double comp? -horrible sleeve but pretty much all the early Leo you could reasonably want....

    Sorry to hear about your mum, Candiman - it's tough news to deal with and if a bit of 70's nostalgia is all it's invoked then you're doing alright I reckon... it takes a bit of time to sort it out in your head but it all works out eventually....

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  • amidar
    That Dr Feelgood singles comp takes me back to my youth, borrowed it off my mates dad on tape and was loathe to give it back. Its pretty solid until you get towards the end, even at 14-15 years of age I knew 'See you later Alligator' was at odds with something like 'Roxette'.

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  • candiman
    An August compendium of charity shop and car boot fare (not many visits this month).

    Jim Rafferty – Don’t Talk Back. Gerry’s brother. Reminds me of Emmit Rhodes at times. Worthwhile in places.

    George Benson – Weekend In LA. Always been a fan. I’m not usually a fan of live albums but usually safe with jazz and nothing worng with this one. Nice Sunday morning listening.

    City Boy – Young Men Gone West, The Day The Earth Caught Fire. I remember, and bought, 5705 back in the day but had no idea they had released so many albums. Played West and to me it sounds like a cross between 10cc and early Queen, with just a dash of Steely Dan in places. Generally enjoyable.

    Janis Ian – Aftertones. Must stop buying Janis Ian albums. Her more fragile numbers (think At Seventeen) are OK but all in all dull.

    Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band – Stranger In Town. It was in excellent nick so must have been why I bought it.

    Porter Band – Helicopters, Mobilization. I was hoping for Polish punk post/punk. Reading up on Porter Band it seems Helicopters was hailed as Poland’s first real New Wave album. All I hear is an amalgam of Dire Straits and Thin Lizzy (except for the last track which could be described as New Wave, it sounds vaguely like Talking Heads). By 1982 they had obviously been listening to The Stranglers, especially Jean Jacques Burnel. Although not what I had hoped for pretty solid albums actually.

    Lyle Lovett – Pontiac. Always have Lyle pigeon holed as Country but he so much more than that. Filed and can keep Joshua Judges Ruth company.

    Lesley Rae Dowling. Again enough on here to keep my interest without resorting to needle dropping. Elton John’s ivory tickling was obviously an influence.

    Lee Fardon – Stories Of Adventure. Not to my taste but seems I might make a few pounds on flippage

    Four Tops – Catfish. Strung Out For Your Love is the track which I already have on a slightly crackly 45. Side 1 is OK but things tail off on side 2 after Strung Out.

    Bohannon’s Best – Have many of these on 45 so not sure why I bought this. Saves digging out the 45s I suppose.

    Salena Jones – Where Peaceful Waters Flow. Seen Salena mentioned around here before. This one is generally all very bland although I do like Excuse Me and to a lesser extent Imagine Me Without You and Nature Boy - her take on this sounds sort of half-hearted but it still attracts.

    Johnny Pineapple & His Orch. – Hawaiian Party. Someone who goes to the lengths of naming himself Johnny Pineapple deserves to have his records bought. I might even play it one day.

    Treasure Chest – 88 Spicy Tales Told by Captain Kidd. Quick fire lame stand up “jokes” and, believe me , they are not spicy. Yes, I know I only bought it for the cover anyway and even that is water damaged (or at least I presume it’s water!).

    Dorita y Pepe. South American ditties with guitar. Nothing grabbing me.

    Nice Enough To Eat. Knackered cover and bad heat damage renders the first two tracks unplayable but Nick Drake and King Crimson tracks and the rest seem ok. The coincidence of reading an old post on here about this album only 24 hours before I found this was probably the reason for shelling out 25p for it.

    Paul Desmond Plays Simon & Garfunkel. I was not sure S&G getting the Paul Desmond treatment would work. Herbie Hancock makes some appearances. It’s a bit hit and miss but worth it for Scarborough Fair.

    Gillan, Box Of Frogs, Dr. Feelgood Singles, Ziggy, Aladdin. To be moved on, although Dr. Feelgood may hang around. The Bowies are nowhere near 1st presses but must be some profit on 30p each.

    CD motherlode. One particular car boot I frequent seems to offer up CD motherlodes of interesting stuff with some regularity. I could easily have bought more but as I was feeling pleased with myself for just having had something of a purge of my CDs tried to restrain myself from too much restocking. 50p a pop. Some really good stuff in here – Midlake, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Nina Nastasia in particular which had all found their way onto my Amazon wish list when they were first released.


    Leo Sayer – Just A Boy, Thunder In My Heart, 2xLP Compilation. One of the blogs I follow featured Moonlighting recently. The blog author confessed his love of that record and other early Leo stuff. It was good to hear Moonlighting again, it is a good record. I also liked early Leo and I think I actually saw him live in 1974 (as a support I think?). I was thinking how few Leo Sayer records (especially singles) I had come across in the wild which is odd considering how many records he sold in the 70s. Of course a couple of days later I find all 3 of these albums in a charity and shop – and buy them all!! Furthermore I have played Just A Boy and enjoyed all of it and enjoyed Side 1 of Thunder too (which includes Easy To Love which passed me on release – probably already in Leo denial by then). (Haven’t played the comp yet). Since then I have seen Leo Sayer albums everywhere. Leo’s deep uncoolness must have conditioned my brain to completely ignore his records to the extent I flipped past them without seeing them. Now I have acknowledged my latent Leo love they have once more become visible. I’m on the lookout for Silverbird now (although I’m sure I haven’t seen that at a chazza or a car boot).
    (I’ll get me coat).

    I’ve noticed a penchant for 70s pop/rock lately. My mum passed away last month and I wonder whether this has triggered a nostalgia trip back to my teenage roots.

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  • smashingcheesegromit
    couple o recent bits from booters..

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  • treeboy
    Rookie Ricardos is my favourite shop in that area of SF. Did you stay firmly in the boxes "out on the floor" or did you get to venture into the cupboard sized room on the LHS of the shop?
    Man, I need to go back to SF. Still some big trees to check out.
    Lemonade Charade is a goodie

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  • AlanP
    managed to get two days digging time in San Francisco last week, got myself to Ameoba, Groove Merchant and Rookie Ricardo's (my winner on the day) where I got lost among the bargain boxes. highly recommended as it has four turntables on hand and an owner with a fine line on banter.

    grabbed 100 in the end - all 45s to keep the baggage down - with a few failed punts at the listening postless Ameoba (annoying) and even came back with record money unspent (that was annoying too).

    my highlights:

    Inside and Out, Dave Clark 5

    Hideaway of Your Love, The Lemonade Charade

    Happenings Ten Years Time Ago, Yardbirds

    Wayne Newton, Coming on too Strong

    Esther Phillips, Fever

    One Monkey Don't Stop No Show Pt 2, Honey Cone

    It's Obadacious, Buddy Johnson

    Ooh Poo Pah Doo, Nino Tempo and April Stevens

    Lady in the Rain, Lowell Fulsome

    You Can't Love 'em All, Mel Torme

    Boom Boom, CCS

    Angela, Prof Morrison's Lollipop

    You're Falling in Love, Liz Damon's Orient Express

    Shim Sham, Billy Bobbs

    Four Paces East, Don Ralke

    The Puzzle Song, Shirley Ellis

    Hot Tamales, Noble "Thin Man" Watts

    Do the Hula, Pua Almeida and His Sunset Serenaders

    There's a Screw Loose, Ronnie Hawkins

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  • giantchicken
    Originally posted by Funky Charly View Post
    A Russian rock classic. What I like the most is the cover. The previous owner seems to prefer pussies to kitties.
    It's probably not the first time it's been said on this forum Charly, but I prefer the original version!

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  • Funky Charly
    This summer`s been hotter than the records I`ve found. Still, some finds from a local antique shop and the people who haven`t been that reluctant to dial my number and offer some records I suggest looking through in the Internet,

    Moscow 78 jazz fest, LP 1. I haven`t listened to the record yet but this one you should grab when you can.
    Christo Kidikov - S/T. Expected this one to be nothing but a cheesy pop recording. It actually is. Although I was happy to discover a B-boy break. Budget beats are still beats.
    Žentour - You Drive Me Crazy. Chezh new wave. It still needs to be heard out.
    Time Machine. A Russian rock classic. What I like the most is the cover. The previous owner seems to prefer pussies to kitties.
    Originally it looks like this

    Džässfestival «Tallinn-67». I like it when I pick some groovy soviet jazz on the sly. The most enjoyable piece is Z. Namyslovsky's Quartet performance!

    The Mirror of the Soul - Pugacheva`s kickstarter. A spare copy coming in a different Tashkent pressing plant cover.
    Jury Morozov - Idioteka. This man never fails to crash-test my set-up for due reproduction of killing hard prog rock he deals cold-blooded. The recording has everything in it I like in rock above all - less singing & more drumming and guitar licking.
    Liliana Petrovich on Melodiya. There`s a funky beat, so I took the record . All in all, a typical Jugo pop rock. Divas a go-go.

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  • Agnes_Guano
    Originally posted by spirito santo View Post
    Haha awesome, even Duane Dibbley (and his Thermos) is on there! I've been a big Red Dwarf fan since the early 90s, but I've never even seen that cover before.
    The single came with a competition to win a day (and night) out with Danny John-Jules. I don't know if it's ever been claimed so keep trying!

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