Wayne’s Crate

A collection of posts from Wayne regarding music, records or recent finds.

Be Boppin – Westfield, NY

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Bot­tom Line: Make a Trip
Price: 5/5
Selec­tion: 4/5
Atmos­phere: 5/5

BeBoppin4This is not your typical record store, it a cross between an antique store, junk store, record shop and your coolest friends house. John has amassed a massive amount of records and is willing to part with most of them. Listen to our conversation with owner John Stratton on The Single v. 15.

When you walk in the door of the big old house, there is a jukebox on the right and knickknacks piled everywhere, or what he calls “memories”. Sometimes there are a few crates of records at the base of the stairs or in the room to the left with the cash register and wood burning fireplace he uses to heat the first floor in the winter. The walls are filled with rock posters and framed album covers of people like Arthur Lee, Moondog, Jon Spencer, Mississippi Fred McDowell and Man or Astroman. The majority of the first floor includes a sporadic but interesting curation of vintage artifacts. A first time visitor may stop after a walking through a few rooms on the ground floor, and be happy to flip through a 100 or so records in boxes lying around. Don’t make that mistake!

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Ask John if you can go downstairs or upstairs to check out the records. As long as your are not an asshole, he will say yes and turn on the lights and give you a tour. The basement is filled with racks and shelves of LPs and 45s. Most of the records are organized by genre, but you never know what you might find.

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Once you finished in the basement, take a walk up to the second floor and dig the 2-3 rooms of wall-to-wall vinyl. Prices are always fair, but don’t start flipping shit online or you won’t be allowed back in the door. This store is worth the trip. Tell John, you found him on Hoolu and Wayne from Vinylminers sent you.

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Great Escape Records – Nashville, TN

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Bot­tom Line: Don’t Go Out of the Way
Price: 2/5
Selec­tion: 3/5
Atmos­phere: 2/5

Great Escape Records has four locations around Nashville, Bowling Green and Louisville. For decades the stores have been dealing records, tapes, CDs and books in the area. The store is the standard 80’s-90’s big box music shop style, this particular location had a large quantity of vinyl, but seemed to be more focuses on games and comics. In the general stacks, there were some decent records, but also a lot of common stuff. The bluegrass section was probably my favorite part of the store, I found a few interesting regional artists.

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They also had a small box (50-80) of “collectable” albums behind the counter. Many of these were Beatles and Zeppelin, and some other interesting stuff. I was happy to find a copy of Hawkwind Space Ritual, the price was good, but not great, about what you would pay on Discogs or eBay. I typically like to buy records in the “wild”, but made a rookie mistake and checked the vinyl and not the sleeve. When I opened the fold out sleeve a few days later, I found it was full of mold and funk. I was a little disappointed to pay top dollar for a record that the resellers didn’t even take the time to clean it up a bit.

I would stop by again, if I was in the area, but won’t go out of the way to make a trip.

 

Lost Weekend Records – Columbus, Oh

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Bot­tom Line: Make a Trip

Price: 4/5
Selec­tion: 4/5
Atmos­phere: 5/5

Lost Weekend Records is located in Columbus Ohio, just north of downtown and near Ohio State University. I love stores near universities because there always seems to be an unpredictable selection of eclectic used albums. The shop is on the ground floor of a big old house. When you first walk in you will find a nice selection of recent arrivals, which appears to be pretty active, there were several nice albums in the boxes during my trip.
The rest of the genre bins are located in a few small rooms throughout the ground floor. There are plenty of records and the space feels cozy but with enough room for several people to dig.
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I have to say the best part of the store is the owner Kyle and a stream or regular clientele coming through the shop. Kyle is very knowledgable about the local music scene and the records in his shop.
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Jerry’s Records – Pittsburgh, PA

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I would bet that every vinyl collector in a 100 mile radius has been to Jerry’s (or at least really wants to go). I’ve made this trek thousands of times, and recently recorded a podcast episode with Jerry.  When you first walk in the building and climb the 1 1/2 story stair case you will be greeted by stacks and boxes of fresh acquisitions and castoffs for the next vinyl giveaway (which contains more vinyl than the entire inventory of other records shops I frequent), turn the corner and enter the main room. This is were the fun begins.
It is amazing with amount of pressure and exposure, there are still a ton of great records to find and explore, but it can also be an intimidating place to dig, with towering walls of vinyl, rooms and secret cubbies, rows and rows of bins, and thousands of boxes of 45’s.
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Here are my tips for digging at Jerry’s.
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  1. Unless you have an encyclopedic memory, I would make a list of some of the more interesting records your are looking for; think of things most other people aren’t looking for.
  2. Expand the genres you look for. The popular genres like rock, punk and soul get a lot of action (though you can still find good records), consider looking beyond the high traffic sections and explore some blues, bluegrass, gospel, instrumental and even comedy. You can find some real gems.
  3. Don’t expect to find the classics. Jerry’s carries all used vinyl at reasonable priJerrys-08ces (typically between $5 – $8) with high traffic, so The Beatles, Clash, Marley, Pink Floyd, Dylan, Stones are going out as fast as they are coming in, and more obscure bands like Joy Division rarely last 10 minutes on the shelves. With that said, you can get lucky if your timing is right, always check the new arrival bins first. You never know what you might find, but usually there is something good, especially mid-week during the day.
  4. Collectables are very limited. Jerry’s does not have a high priced or collectables section, so it is not a place to expect to go and drop $50 to $200 on a rare record. Jerry wants to get music on to turntables, not vinyl into cases. Don’t expect to dig up some rare gem like the Chocolate Watch Band, but the shelves are stocked with odd, interesting and unique records. Spend some time exploring and getting out of your comfort zone.

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Hopefully you find this info useful and get a chance to explore the shop sometime. Every time  I’m in the area I like to drop in an spend a little time soaking it all in, great people and great atmosphere. It is worth the trip, but I would budget an hour at least and possibly four or five.

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A Clockwork Orange Record Shop Albums

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Stanley Kubrick was one of the greatest film directors of all time, his attention to detail and appreciation for music are well documented. In the film A Clockwork Orange, Alex (the protagonist) visits a record shop after a night of ultra violence with his droogies. I’m not sure why, but reviewing the records in the film never crossed my mind until recently. I wrote several essays about Kubrick in college and have always been a vinyl hunter, I’m not sure why I didn’t pay more attention to the record store scene. What surprised me even more was that nobody else has either. I searched the web and consulted a few texts I had on Kubrick and the best I could find was John Coulthart’s blog, in which he identifies 12 records visible in the scene.

Kubrick was aware of every aspect of his films, everything was intentional and had meaning. I thought the albums selected to be visible would probably carry some sort of commentary or insight into the themes of the film, unfortunately I have not been able to identify every record in the shop, but it does not appear that the records were purposefully selected. The shop used in the film was the Chelsea Drug Store in London, and it was a record store during the time filming, which was between September of 1970 and April of 1971. As you can see from the albums I identified from the film below, most are from 1970 or 1971, suggesting that they were just pulled from the shelves of the drug store. It is interesting that two records are present in two parts the scene, Pink Floyd’s Atom Heart Mother (released in October of 1970) and two different versions of the 2001 A Space Odyssey soundtrack. Looking at the tracks on Atom Heart Mother, a few stand out – Breast Milky, Mind Your Throats Please and Remergence, which broadly follow the plot of the film. Another interesting detail is the Magical Mystery Tour album (number 34 on the list) was not released in the UK until 1976, but released in the US in 1968, this seems to indicate the selection may have been a bit more intentional.

The following are the albums I could identify, I hope to be able label them all at some point (any help would be appreciated). There appears to be 42 visible albums throughout the scene, I was able to identify 28 (well 16, plus the 12 from John). The Discogs database was a tremendous resource in this effort, I filtered the results by LP’s from 1970 or 1971 that were pressed in the UK, this cut the search from 600,000 to about 8000 albums. I paged through the cover images looking for matches, often only partial elements of the cover were visible in the film. Even if there isn’t some larger hidden meaning with the albums in the Clockwork record store, geeking out and collecting the albums in the film could be fun.

CWO-good-011) Canned Heat – Livin’ the Blues ($13) – 1969

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2) Keef Hartley Band – The Time is Near ($14) – 1970

 

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5) Area Code 615 – Trip in the Country ($20) – 1970

6) Freedom – Freedom ($30) – 1970

7) New York Rock Ensemble – Roll Over ($4) – 1970

8) Pink Floyd – Atom Heart Mother ($15) – 1970

9) Various – Rock Buster ($4) – 1970

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11) Tim Buckley – Lorca ($10) – 1970

 

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12) Incredible String Band – U ($8) – 1970

13) Johnny Winter – First Winter ($16) – 1970

14) Iron Butterfly with Pinera & Rhino – Metamorphosis ($22 or $2) – 1970

15) Rare Bird – As Your Mind Flies By ($44) – 1970

16) Rare Earth – Get Ready ($10) – 1969

17) Liverpool Scene – Heirloon ($20) – 1970

18) Tangerine Peel – Soft Delights ($50) – 1970

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 19) Hot Hits 2 ($3) 1970

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 CWO-good-0522) 2001 A Space Odyssey Soundtrack ($5) 1968

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23) Troubadours Du Roi Baudouin, Les – Missa Luba ($2) – 1965

 CWO-good-0724) Stray – Stray ($21) – 1970

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26) Crosby Stills, Nash and Young – Deja Vu ($23) – 1970

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29) Theme Music for the Film 2001: A Space Odyssey and other Great Movie Themes ($1) – 1970

30) John Fahey – The Transfiguration Blind Joe Death vol. 5 ($35) – 1968

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32) The Who – Tommy ($35) – 1969

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34) Beatles – Magical Mystery Tour ($9) (not released in UK until 1976)

35) Neil Young – After the Goldrush ($15) – 1970

36) Pink Floyd – Atom Heart Mother ($15) – 1970

37) Booker T & MGs – Melting Pot ($12) – 1970

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40) Mungo Jerry ($9) – 1970

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DIY Vinyl LP Crates

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I built these wooden crates to fit my record shelves, I purposefully did not build the shelves too high because I wanted to be able to add records on top that I could flip through. I find it much easier to browse through records facing forward, rather than sideways on the shelf.

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The crates are designed to interlock, so the can be stacked without fear of tumbling over. I use them to sort new records I want to listen to before adding to my collection, stuff I want to put together as a mix, records that are in constant rotation or sometimes I grab a section I haven’t listen to in a while and put it in a crate. I find I’m more apt to grab and play something from the crate, rather than pull it from the shelf.

Here are the details for construction. It is pretty simple and inexpensive. They cost about $10 each for the economical version (using cheap pine lumber), and would probably take about 30 minutes to build with the right setup.

Materials:
  • One 8 foot – 2×1 pine board
  • Two 8 foot – 1×3 furring strip board
  • Brads
  • 24 – 1 1/4 inch wood screws

If you are using furring strips or rough lumber, I would sand the boards before you cut them. You need to cut 6 – 1×3 boards into 16 1/2 inch pieces and 6 into 9 1/4 inch pieces (or how ever deep you want the crate. Cut 4 – 2×1’s into 13 1/2 inch segments (for the “posts”)and 3 more into 9 1/4 inch pieces (or the same depth as your 1×3’s).

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I found it easiest to build the rectangle 1×3 sections first, and then add 2×2 vertical boards. Measure down 3/4 of an inch on the top rectangle and mark a line for four “posts”

Initially I just used the brad-nailer to build the crates, it made if very quick to build, but I soon found out that I needed a little more support to hold the weight of the vinyl. I added the wood screws to each connecting board. To make it look a little cleaner, you could add wood putty and then sand and stain.

There you have it. Easy to build stack-able record crates.

Monster Music & Movies – Charleston, SC

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Monster Music is a legacy remaining from an era of large music and film department stores. They do a good job of making it feel like (and maybe it is) a small independent shop. The store carries a large selection of new and used vinyl, along with CD’s and DVD’s.
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The environment is spacious and records are organized into various categories. The used stock had plenty of quality records, but the prices were fair (or a little on the high side for me), so I only looked for records I knew I wanted to purchase – and had a price in mind I was willing to pay. Unfortunately, I did not find anything that fit those criteria.

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The shop has a listening station (need to provide ID to get the needle), so I tested out a few albums that appeared to be interesting, but didn’t find any I could not live without.

I’ll stop back in the store when I visit Charleston again.

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“A” Train – Southern Star Records

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aTrain-backThe A Train band was a complete gamble when I picked it up. I liked the instruments in the band and the photos of the members were intriguing. It was also interesting that Larry Nix at Ardent Records mastered the record.

It turns out that A Train was a regional band from Louisiana in the 70’s – 80’s and had a very active following. This release was on Southern Star records. The band on this release included:

Buddy Flett, Guitar and Vocals
Bruce Flett, Bass
John Howe, Alto Tenor Sax, Flute, Lead Vocals
Chris McCaa, Piano, Moog
Michael Johnson, Congos and Percussion
Alan Toorain, Drums
Joe Spivey, Fiddle

There are a lot of songs about love lost and a few found. This record would make Michael McDonald and Coco proud. The two bookending instrumental tracks are the highlights of the album.

Here is a news reel from 1980 or 1981 highlighting A Train.

 

My Take On the Album Tracks

Time Stops: An smooth instrumental jam, that features a steady bass line and a few mini guitar, keyboard and sax solos. It sounds like an elevator ride in Boogie Nights to me.

Trip on Your Lip: Very 70’s lounge sounding, smooth vocals backed by bongos.

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Baby Please: Kicks off with a ripping sax solo and transitions to a yacht rock vocal. Just Ok to me, but a Big in Japan.

When I Call Your Name: Soft jazz, with lyrics in the same vein as Terry Jacks and Harry Chapin, a great song to watch the sun reflect off of crystal water and reflect on the past.

Lyric highlight: “You are better off without me, cause I live in a jungle and its getting pretty wild”

I Don’t Want to Lose You: It has a nice little guitar then synthed out organ breakdown at 2:30.

When Did You Lose Your Love for Me: An upbeat song of lost love, belted out by John Howe. It features some nice jazz guitar work, filled in with bongo riffs.

Color of Your Hair: A song of love found, oh wait… now it is lost again.

Lyric highlight: “The color of your hair is all the gold I’ll need.” Enter soft piano solo.

Puerto Rican Hotel: Nice keyboard and percussion intro, you can hear a sample in this one. Builds slow and smooth. In my opinion, this song is the best effort on the album. It is all instrumental and the keyboard solo at the 4:30 mark is worth the wait.

$100 Dig in Pennsylvania

A few years ago, Egon, wrote a piece for NPR’s Funk Archeology about picking NYC on $100 a day. He ended up with 5 slices of vinyl for $100 dollars total. I have a deep appreciation for Egon and the artists he has helped to expose, and he is digging a much different level than I am, but I thought on my recent trip across the sparsely populated state of Pennsylvania I would try my own $100 a day challenge.

On my adventure I popped into eight thrift, junk, second-hand and antique stores (which I have mapped out over the years) and 1 private reseller. I have to say it was a much more successful trip than I expected. I ended up with 23 albums, the most I paid was $15 for an LP. Here is what I picked up, they are organized in order of my excitement level:

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Townes Van Zandt – High, Low and In Between ($15)

This is an album I did not expect to find – a mint, or any, copy of Townes on Poppy records. I have been looking for Townes for many years and this is the first one I have come across in the wild, and it was almost the one that got away. I dug it out of a second hand store that had most of their records priced, but there were a few boxes underneath a table that did not have prices. Most of the records in the boxes were junk, but this one was stuffed in the middle.

When I brought the record to the counter, the owner was reluctant to sell it to be because it was not priced and might go for a lot on eBay. Most of the records were between $5-$8 and I had a little pile of other things (listed below), so I offered $15 for the record and with a little negotiation the owner agreed. I was super pumped. The thought of leaving this one behind was heartbreaking.

 

2014-01-26 14.01.44Television – Marquee Moon ($3)

A classic, master piece. A few years ago I gave up hope that I would find a reasonably priced original and purchased a used copy of the 4MenWithBeard’s re-issue. Today, that all changed. This is a beauty.

 

2014-01-26 14.03.29Television – Adventure ($3)

Right next to Marquee Moon, was this prefect copy of Adventure. Finding this style of music at discount prices is rarely achievable these days. It was a bit of luck.

 

2014-01-26 13.51.25Miles Davis – Tribute to Jack Johnson ($5) 
I don’t know an tremendous amount about jazz, especially beyond the icons. This Miles record is very accessible to rock n’ roll converts. John McLaughlin, rips away on the electric guitar throughout the 1st (and only) track on side one, and too my knowledge it is the only album that has rock tones.

 

2014-01-26 13.54.23Bloomsbury People ($10)
This is an album I took a chance on. I thought I recognized the cover, but could not remember it was for good reasons or bad reasons. I liked the psych feel and  have had luck finding psych folk bands on the blue swirl MGM label, so I rolled the dice. The band was from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The most notable person in the band is Sigmund Snopek III, who later when on to be a sideman and member of the Violent Femmes.

From the first listen, I’m very happy with the purchase. The album has range, it is difficult to place it in a single category.

 

2014-01-26 14.00.10Gil Scott-Heron – Pieces of a Man ($5) 
This is a great album. Everyone knows it. I’m glad I have it in my collection.

 

2014-01-26 13.59.01Here Comes Shuggie Otis ($5)
Shuggie is a master blues-funk guitarist, and this was the only LP of his I was missing from the collection. His father Johnny wrote many of the tracks and played on several backing instruments. Shuggie was 15 when this was recorded.

 

2014-01-26 13.59.24Kenny Burrell  & Art Blakey – Live at the Five Spot ($5)
This is a nice combination. The guitar of Burrell and the drums of Blakey. This is a nice copy on Blue Note.

 

2014-01-26 13.59.47Art Blakey – Buhaina ($5)
Blakey is an icon of jazz. I have been aware of his name for a long time, but never spent a significant amount of time with his work. I hope to continue to add Blakey records to my collection. His drumming is amazing.

 

2014-01-26 14.00.58Hawkwind – Hall of the Mountain Grill ($10)
The last album with Lemmy Killmister, and the influence is apparent. Up until this point, I did not have any Hawkwind on vinyl.

 

2014-01-26 14.01.21Hawkwind – Warrior on the Edge of Time ($7)
The Warrior album is a solid album full of space rock jams, it did not receive a great critical review and Lemmy had left the band, but I still think it is a solid effort.

 

2014-01-26 13.54.55Earth Opera ($5)
I did not know this band, but knew the a few of the members – Peter Rowan and David Grisman. I’m a fan of both, and appreciate their solo work. All of the songs are written by Rowan. I’m expecting a progressive bluegrass – psych folk rock style, but can’t wait to sit down and listen to this record. Both men are mighty young in the photos.

 

2014-01-26 13.53.02Box Tops – The Letter/Neon Rainbow ($1)
This is Alex Chilton’s first album with the Box Tops, unfortunately none of his work is part of the album and most of the material was recorded by session musicians.

 

2014-01-26 13.55.40Miles Davis – Water Babies ($7) 
This material was recorded in 1967-68, but unreleased until 1976 when it was compiled on Water Babies. It features some jazz greats, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock and Ron Carter.

 

2014-01-26 14.02.08Tom Verlaine – Dreamtime ($3)
This is Tom’s second solo album after Television collapsed. Good stuff.

 

2014-01-26 13.58.42Lee Michaels ($1)
I’ve been slowly picking up LPs sampled by the Dust Brothers on Beck’s Odelay. (Don’t Want No) Woman is sampled in Hotwax and Novacane.

 

2014-01-26 13.55.18Herbie Hancock – The Prisoner ($2) 
This is an early Hancock on Blue Note. That is all I know about this record.

 

I picked up the following on a whim. They are interesting to me for one reason or another. Most were pretty cheap and I’m sure they will not all stay in the collection.

 

2014-01-26 13.56.11Cherokee ($1)
The cover is interesting, but the record is rough shape. I thought it would be border-line 70’s soft country rock, but took a chance that it could be more interesting. The track “Funky Business” gave me hope.

It turns out, this band was once the The Robbs, the house band for Dick Clark.

 

2014-01-26 13.56.39Batdorf & Rodney ($1)
This looked interesting because of the long haired rockers on the back and Asylum label. I don’t have too high hopes for the record overall.

 

2014-01-26 13.52.34Bobby Bridger ($1)
A folk rock gamble. The inclusion of a 12-string guitar, acoustic guitar and steel guitar intrigued me. This was recorded in Nashville in 1972.

 

2014-01-26 13.51.57Balcones Fault ($1)
This is another record in which I was interested in the instruments, congas, guitar, drums, sax, trumpet, keyboards…. It was also released on Cream Records, which I’m not too familiar with. My only concern it was released in 1977, I’m afraid it might be too disco-y.

 

2014-01-26 13.50.51Woody’s Truck Stop ($2)
Todd Rundgren was in this band early on, but is not on this release. It is blues-rock and just OK. The record was released on Smash Records.

 

2014-01-26 13.53.48Dog Soilder ($2)
The cover was interesting, and I’m somewhat familiar with Keef Hartley. Expecting some OK blues rock.

Antique Extravaganza

On a trip across the state, I made a pit stop at a few small antique shops, actually I was only killing some time before a local thrift shop opened, to nose around for vinyl. I find antique stores to be hit and miss, and more times than not, they are miss. When I entered the first store I noticed a small box of 20 – 30 records on the floor, the majority of the records were standard early rock and country, Herman’s Hermits, Beatles, Elvis….. and all marked at the high end of “book” value, which is very standard at antique stores. Most of the time the sellers are not music or vinyl fans, for example in the stack was a copy of Simon and Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water with a price tag of $10 and a note that it sells for $25-$40 on eBay, if you spend some time in vinyl shops or second hand stores, you will quickly find out that the Simon & Garfunkel is not too difficult to find.

As I made my way to the back of the store, I noticed a raggedy box marked $.50 each with another stack of records in it. This was more my speed. Many of the records were hip-hop, soul, folk and reggae. The following are the highlights I picked up from the box.

2013-10-12 15.37.07John Martyn – Solid Air

This is one of best records I picked up on this trip. I really like the style of the music, it is a solid effort cover to cover. I’m a little surprised, and somewhat embarrassed, that I never heard of John Martyn. He is a british folk artist that really pushed the boundaries of folk on this record. The cover of Skip James “I’d Rather Be the Devil” and the tribute to John’s close friend Nick Drake – “Solid Air” are my current favorite tracks, but I’m sure the more I listen to this album I will find other favorites.

2013-10-12 16.03.59John Renbourn – Sir John Alot of

I recognized John Renbourn from his work in Pentangle, another British folk band, but was not familiar with his solo work. It is a solid record, in the very British folk way.

 

 

The Mustangs – The Wonderful Side of

The Mustangs are a Caribbean band from the Bahamas. I find this album to be hit and miss. There are a few of the songs are in a reggae style, which I like, and many of the song are more of a standard crooner island style, lacking the backing bass or rhythm. I find the island style songs a bit bland.

2013-10-12 15.52.17Atlantis – Rebellious People

Atlantis is very similar to the Mustangs, another band from Bahamas with a few reggae style songs and a bunch of soft island jams.

 

 

 

I left the first antique shop a happy camper, with low expectations for the second store, when I walked in the second store I immediately noticed piles of records stack up in a corner booth. A few hundred were in sleeves with prices, but most were pilled on the floor. I was expecting to see a lot of Perry Como and Big Band music on the floor, but to my surprise the majority of the records were rock and roll. After an hour of flipping, hauling and kneeling, I pulled these from the stacks:

2013-10-12 15.51.27The Clash – The Clash

Ok, The Clash = great, and this album is one of the best, I’m so bored with the USA. I have been hunting for this album for many years, and have been unwilling to shell out the $20 for a new reissue. It seems like one of the records that necessitates a original copy in the collection. This one is mint in the shrink wrap, I was supper pumped and the rest of the records were just gravy on top.

 

2013-10-12 09.14.32The Godz – Contact High

The are an interesting lo-fi band, which I was vaguely aware of before buying this record. I think I remembered this album from YouTube wormhole sessions. It might be my favorite album from the day. The album is very raw. I’m not sure if it is true, but I could see how they could be an influence of Robert Pollard and Guided By Voices.

Check out the Self Made Music blog, Gapple Gate Guitar and Ugly Things Magazine for more information about the Godz record.

2013-10-12 09.17.36Warm Dust – Peace For Our Time

Warm Dust is a jazz infused, prog rock band. There are a few interesting tracks on the record. I was drawn to the LP by the Timothy Leary quote included on the back of the dust jacket. It is a very political album, with narration about historical war tactics. The music features driving bass, keyboards and sax on many of the tracks. It is a pretty funky album.

 

 

2013-10-12 09.18.27James Brown – Soul On Top

This is a great James Brown album, upbeat and full of attitude. It is on the red King label.

 

 

 

2013-10-14 08.13.42White Witch – White Witch

This is a solid rock – glam/prog rock album. I’ve had my eye out for it, but never saw it for a decent price. I really like the range of the songs on the album.

 

 

 

2013-10-14 08.15.04Appaloosa – Appaloosa

Appoaloosa is a jazz-folk band, which was produced by Al Kooper. The songs are interesting, and musicianship is impressive. You can learn more about this album at Richie Unterberger’s site.

 

 

2013-10-13 16.23.17United Natural Grass – United Natural Grass

This is a regional bluegrass band from the mid seventies. I love the coordinated stare out of the frame. The album contains several quality covers of great bluegrass songs.

 

 

 

2013-10-14 08.14.21Emitt Rhodes – Mirror

This is one of Emitt Rhodes better alubms, he is very Beatlesk in his delivery and style.

 

 

 

I also picked up these three albums, which I need to spend some more time with. Overall it was a great day.

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Here is the full gallery of covers.

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Gallery of Sound – Wilkes-Barre, PA

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Bottom Line: Stop if Near By

Price: 4/5
Selection: 2/5
Atmosphere: 3/5

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The Gallery of Sound is a throw back, and I’ll bet legacy, independent music store, located in Wilkes-Barre PA. It is a classic “mall” music store with CD’s, DVD’s, records and various band merchandise. When you walk in it feels fairly large and spacious. I would guess at some point the record inventory was completely wiped out, but is now back. The Gallery has a couple rows of used records, I would guess between 3000 – 5000, mainly in the rock genre. It would be easy to flip through all the used LPs in 30 minutes. The selection was a bit common, but the prices were very reasonable. I’m guessing they get better stuff and it disappears quickly. They also had a few hundred new LPs, and I found the best stuff in the discounted new record bin, which contained dead stock from previous record store days.

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I took a chance on Tom Rush’s fourth album Circle Game and Bob Seger’s Seventh album Seven. I’m not a huge fan of either artists, but the hoped the Seger album was far enough away from Night Moves and Against the Wind and the Rush was early enough to contain interesting folk rock. I also picked up a new reissue of The Soft Boys – Can of Bees for $11. Can’t beat that.

Overall, I would go back to the Gallery of Sound if I lived near by, or was driving past the exit (located 2 minutes off Interstate 81), but would not go too far out of my way to visit the shop.

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The Well…. Again

It has been awhile since I wrote something in this space, and with summer winding down it is a good time to gather up some vinyl, a Pumking and prepare for the fall. I made a stop at a local spot, I like to call the Well – it always seems to produce a few great records at reasonable prices. Yesterday was a good day. I don’t want to divulge too many trade secrets, but I picked up this stack for about the price of a tank of gas.

I’ll start things off with the Beefheart. I have been tempted to spend a decent amount at shows for this record in the past, but held out hope that I would find it in the wild for a good value. It is one of last Beefheart records I really wanted to add to my collection. It is a pretty solid record throughout and has a deconstructed blues feel. This is a perfect original Blue Thumb copy.

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I also found a string of punk-heavy rock-glam classics. The Runaways albums have been avoiding me for a long time, I’m glad to add these to the bins. They are not in perfect shape, but play without a problem. The Richard Hell is a classic punk album. I love it, another Sire masterpiece from 1977. If you are unfamiliar with Richard Hell and the Voidoids, they emerged from the early New York CB GB punk scene with the Ramones, Television, New York Dolls and Dead Boys.

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Another album I was really stoked to find in this bunch was an original copy to The Soft Machine’s first album. It is complete with die-cut spinning wheel cover and banned image of the female buttocks on the front and inside the gatefold. This is a master work by Kevin Ayers and the group. I had a seventies reissue of this record, but the original artwork and cover design are impressive and great testament to the beauty of vinyl.

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The final block of records I picked out included the best Kool N’ the Gang record,  Wild and Peaceful, before the band just looked to create hooks and disco rhythms; a few jazz-fusion Lps to extend my jazz knowledge, and the last two simply based on the covers. The Rail and High Cotton I knew nothing about, but could not pass them up at $1. I’m pretty sure High Cotton is bad soft southern rock, but you never know until you drop the needle.

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