I ventured out on a little road trip to take a chance on an all vinyl garage sale; the sale was advertised as a local collector trimming down his collection – 1000’s of LPs starting at a $1. I was a little skeptical of “collector” and “$1”, but decided to make the trek anyway. My fear was there would be several hundred junk records for $1, either bad music or in horrible condition, with boxes of “market” priced “good” records. The sale was about an hour away, so I was not interested in traveling to find LPs I could pick up at the local record shop or have the postman drop of at my doorstep. A partially exposed corner or Captain Beefheart Safe as Milk in the photo on the ad was the tipping point for me. This raised another fear – How many vinyl hounds would be drawn to the Beefheart? Damn, the sale had already started, what if I missed the best of it.
It turns out the sale was pretty solid. They weren’t giving away albums, but there were deals to be had. I ended up picking up a nice little stack of records that leaned toward the folk/songwriter genre. Many of these were $1 – $2, but only in OK shape. There will definitely be some surface noise, but when are you going to find a Love record for a dollar that does not look like a wavy Lays potato chip.
I spent the most on the Television ($10) and Pretty Things ($8) records. The Live R Than You’ll Ever Be is a bootleg of the Rolling Stones from 1969, the Google machine tells me it was on of the first ever rock bootlegs – behind Dylan’s White Wonder, which has recently slipped through my fingers, but that is a story for another post. The final tab was $40, which made me very happy.
FYI, the Beefheart was still there, but priced at $25 (as it should be). I already have a copy, but I’m always on the look out for my bros!