"I'd buy that for a dollar!" Great purchases for a buck or less

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I found the Russian Futurists debut album at a store for 92 cents. A pristine vinyl copy of Jimi Hendrix's "In the West" for 99 cents. For a shiny quarter, Donald Fagen's "The Nightfly". The blue 10" vinyl version of Eels' "Electro-Shock Blues", 2 copies, a buck apiece.


Gear! (Gear!), Tuesday, 30 September 2003 05:39 (11 years ago) Permalink

Tweet 'Southern Hummingbird' - I think that it was mislabelled or something, in the sale bin at JB HiFi. Cheaper than downloading/burning it!

Michael Dieter, Tuesday, 30 September 2003 05:52 (11 years ago) Permalink

No, I got my copy of Tweet for $2 from JB too. Vast overstock, it seems, based on nobody buying the album after the single did well. It was worth a couple of times more than that just for the single, and also "Drunk".

edward o (edwardo), Tuesday, 30 September 2003 06:15 (11 years ago) Permalink

Original pressing of the first Neu! album in a suburban junk shop 10 years ago. Only cost me a pound!

NickB (NickB), Tuesday, 30 September 2003 07:39 (11 years ago) Permalink

I got the first three Slowdive vinyl EPs at a store in Montreal for a dollar each. Yee-ha! I'm sure there's some Slowdive-haters out there who are ready to post some witty remark, bit I don't care - those EPs were fab.

Rob Bolton (Rob Bolton), Tuesday, 30 September 2003 07:50 (11 years ago) Permalink

oooh - I also remember buying a bunch of the early OMD singles in a charity shop for 25p each a couple of months ago...

Rob Bolton (Rob Bolton), Tuesday, 30 September 2003 08:02 (11 years ago) Permalink

Shangri-Las singles on Redbird Records, 50 cents each! Woo!

kate (kate), Tuesday, 30 September 2003 09:47 (11 years ago) Permalink

stuff just bought for a quid each. new futureshock album, broadcast 'noise made by people' promo copy, and palace of pleasure on Sunday Best ..
the best thing recently is Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band live album from 1960's.
fine copy. no scratches. perfect sound. and superb old school soul music. pumped up. all for a massive 50pence. charity shops ...
god bless em.

mark e (mark e), Tuesday, 30 September 2003 10:38 (11 years ago) Permalink

First Randy Newman LP (in the original clouds cover!!) and a white label test pressing of the first Kraftwerk LP, 20p each from the late-lamented Goldhawk Road Record & Tape Exchange.

harveyw (harveyw), Tuesday, 30 September 2003 11:06 (11 years ago) Permalink

I think probably 95% of what I've ever bought has been really cheap. I try to avoid paying over £6 for a CD and/or vinyl if possible and it usually works, if you're patient and/or diligent. Also buying cheaply is a great way of investigating bands/artists you might never have considered investigating before.

Dadaismus (Dada), Tuesday, 30 September 2003 11:26 (11 years ago) Permalink

... that should read "over six pounds"

Dadaismus (Dada), Tuesday, 30 September 2003 11:30 (11 years ago) Permalink

well chuffed with the sunday best cd, 'palace of pleasure'. mad off the wall orb-like dubbed up ambience mixed with gorgeous melodies and all sorts of extra sonic fun.
well worth the coin. has this actually been released in the uk ?

mark e (mark e), Tuesday, 30 September 2003 11:40 (11 years ago) Permalink

the vinyl soundtrack to "Scarface" at the WFMU record thing last october. only a buck.

Kingfish (Kingfish), Tuesday, 30 September 2003 11:56 (11 years ago) Permalink

I picked up a very cheap copy of Donald Fagen's Nightfly - though mine was a buck, not 25 cents. I also got a somewhat worn copy of Randy Newman's Sail Away for a buck.

o. nate (onate), Tuesday, 30 September 2003 13:00 (11 years ago) Permalink

That Goldhawk Road R&TE was the business. My best find in there (amongst many good ones) was probably a nice original gatefold copy of the Upsetters "Return of Django" LP for 20p. I think Harvey was there that day.

Tim (Tim), Tuesday, 30 September 2003 13:22 (11 years ago) Permalink

Oh God it sounds like the best record store ever

Andrew Thames (Andrew Thames), Tuesday, 30 September 2003 13:28 (11 years ago) Permalink

Raybeats~Guitar Beat
Body Meta~ornette
Best of The Troggs

thomas de'aguirre (biteylove), Tuesday, 30 September 2003 13:32 (11 years ago) Permalink

The Gordian Knot--Tones LP (Awesome Nancy Sinatra-discovered sixties group; AMG calls it a sought-after collectors item, fifty cents)
The Lovin' Spoonful--You're A Big Boy Now OST (fifty cents)
Whipping Boy--We Don't Need Nobody Else CDEP (one dollar)
Gary Numan--The Pleasure Principle 8-track (one dollar)

Sarah Pedal (call mr. lee), Tuesday, 30 September 2003 13:42 (11 years ago) Permalink

Unbelievable Truth's - Building single (limited to 1000) - 50 pence
Mark Gardiner's shifty disco single (limited to 1000) - 50 pence
Animals that Swim - I Was the King, I Really Was the King - 1 pound
Rex - C - $1 Canadian
Mansun - Six - $1 Canadian

so, um, nothing great, but didn't break the bank either.

Jonathan (Jonathan), Tuesday, 30 September 2003 13:48 (11 years ago) Permalink

How nice to see the Gordian Knot mentioned! That LP really is the business.

harveyw (harveyw), Tuesday, 30 September 2003 14:24 (11 years ago) Permalink

Nearly all of my best Classical albums were each less than a greenback. Lot's of Blue Angel and Columbia Masterworks titles, too -- Estate sales, mostly.

I got a pristine mid-50's Oscar Petterson album on Clef for around a buck.

....Much more - those are the first that come to mind.

christoff (christoff), Tuesday, 30 September 2003 14:24 (11 years ago) Permalink

Body Meta~ornette

Great deal! I just paid $10 for the Artist House LP of this on E-bay.

o. nate (onate), Tuesday, 30 September 2003 14:29 (11 years ago) Permalink

ABCADERIANS -'Smiling Monarch' 12" on Factory for 50p in Oxfam

Last weekend a mint copy of Hambi and The Dance LP 'Heartache' for 50p. (Collectors Recds, Kingston)

Dr. C (Dr. C), Tuesday, 30 September 2003 14:52 (11 years ago) Permalink

I love scrounges like this. My fave result I think remains Roy Montgomery's Songs From the South Island.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 30 September 2003 14:57 (11 years ago) Permalink

Eno&Fripp "No Pussyfooting"
Mr Fingers "Introduction"
First Divine Styler solo record

Jay Vee (Manon_70), Tuesday, 30 September 2003 15:34 (11 years ago) Permalink

Wow, someone else has actually heard that record? Yeah, "If Only I Could Fly" is one of my favourite songs from the era.

I'd put the record up on slsk, but it's only on vinyl...

Sarah Pedal (call mr. lee), Tuesday, 30 September 2003 15:56 (11 years ago) Permalink

Metal Urbain "Panik" 7", Metal Boys 7", and Pil's "Death Disco" 7", all for $1.00 each at Jerry's Records in Pittsburgh, PA. And at a church flea market in Cleveland, OH, a sealed copy of a live double album by Curtis Mayfield, also $1.00.

"No New York" at Jerry's for $3.00. Not a buck, but not too bad, either.

Stephen Boyle (SBoyle), Tuesday, 30 September 2003 16:34 (11 years ago) Permalink

Plan 9 here in Richmond has a giant $1 vinyl section, and I can't remember everything I've bought there but here's some:
Lovin' Spoonful - Incense and Peppermints
Tommy Roe and the Shondells - some album with his hits and then being interviewed in between the songs, which is pretty hot
Neil Young - Decade

NA (Nick A.), Tuesday, 30 September 2003 18:03 (11 years ago) Permalink

Dammit, I mean Tommy Roe (which is the one with the interviews) and Tommy James and the Shondells. I am a dumbnuts.

NA (Nick A.), Tuesday, 30 September 2003 18:13 (11 years ago) Permalink

Latest: Voodoo Queens - Supermodel Superficial (on red vinyl) for 99p on ebay.

Ben Dot, Tuesday, 30 September 2003 23:33 (11 years ago) Permalink

Charity shops do indeed rule...

OMD - Architecture & Morality
Replacements - Pleased To Mee Me
Miracle Legion - Me & Mr Ray (Anyone else actually like this?)
Laurie Anderson - Big Science
Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour
Gang of Four - Hard (Eeek!)
New Order - Substance

And dozens of classical things: Debussy, Penderecki, Ligeti, Bartok et al

...on vinyl for a round 50c or $1 ea.

Nag! Nag! Nag! (Nag! Nag! Nag!), Wednesday, 1 October 2003 04:38 (11 years ago) Permalink

i've bought heaps of 7 inch singles for A$1 and more than the occasional CD, but nothing that especially sticks out in my mind.. a couple of the 45s were on the Sarah label but that's about as exciting as it gets really.

the surface noise (electricsound), Wednesday, 1 October 2003 04:40 (11 years ago) Permalink

the best thing recently is Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band live album from 1960's.

this is the record my folks would take to every party they ever went to when i was a kid...handclappinsomethingsomrthingfonkybuttlive? the whole first side is like an intro..."geno! geno!"

mine might be the vinyl of parliaments chocolate city 50c aust in ashwoods!

gaz (gaz), Wednesday, 1 October 2003 07:31 (11 years ago) Permalink

Doors - LA Woman lp
Grease Soundtrack 2lp
Hendrix Smash Hits lp
McCartney - Tripping the live fantastic 2lp
ELO- Out of this world 2lp
Tom Tom Club (cassette)
and two books = £1.25

Charity shops, ahhhh

mark grout (mark grout), Wednesday, 1 October 2003 08:47 (11 years ago) Permalink

Almost all my hundreds of awesome 80's albums. Flea markets & cutout bins rule. Just yesterday- the first 3 Eurythmics, Ministry, Platinum Blonde, Gen X, Crowded House, Red Rockers & a few more. Favorite scores ever, maybe the first 3 Wire albums! How about favorite albums found in the trash?

sucka (sucka), Wednesday, 1 October 2003 21:48 (11 years ago) Permalink

Found Randy Newman's Good Old Boys and Nico's Drama of Exile, both in the same day, for a buck each.

Josh Timmermann (Josh Timmermann), Wednesday, 1 October 2003 22:57 (11 years ago) Permalink

I once purchased a "Go West" album and a "Head East" album for a buck a piece just to see what the clerk's reaction would be. He didn't even seem to notice. This really pissed me off for some reason so i kind of subtley flipped him off on my way out.

Applepie Baseball, Thursday, 2 October 2003 01:20 (11 years ago) Permalink

Neil Young - "On The Beach" vinyl

$1 in a record store in Key West about 10 years ago. The same store wanted $18 for a Men At Work album. I took the Neil record up to the counter: "You don't want to buy that, it is crap." I begged to differ.

retort pouch (retort pouch), Thursday, 2 October 2003 02:32 (11 years ago) Permalink

(I mean, I actually had to persuade them to sell it to me. It wasn't even out on display, I found it while searching thru some boxes at the back of the store. "You can have it for a dollar." HAH!)

retort pouch (retort pouch), Thursday, 2 October 2003 02:35 (11 years ago) Permalink

i just found the loch ness mouse's "key west" for a couple of bucks, it's nice which is surprising since they are norwegian. it's almost like the how the hang-ups might sound if they weren't dreadful.

keith (keithmcl), Thursday, 2 October 2003 02:39 (11 years ago) Permalink

Rolling Stones "Between The Buttons"
Buzzcocks "Singles Going Steady"
X "Under The Big Black Sun"
all of Simon & Garfunkel's albums
Kerosene454 "Situation At Hand"
AC/DC "Back In Black"
Grateful Dead "American Beauty"
Kinks "The Great Lost Kinks Album"
tons of Joni Mitchell records (good ones, even!)

Ian Johnson (orion), Thursday, 2 October 2003 05:52 (11 years ago) Permalink

3 years pass...
I got a slew of dollar winners at various points during the EMP trip:

The Spacious Mind, The Mind of a Brother
The Seers, Psych Out
Converge, No Heroes
The Ladies, They Mean Us
v/a, Enraptured -- Sunday, Sept. 14, 1997
Juned, Juned
The Iditarod, The River Nectar (original Hub City pressing)
v/a, The Long Secret -- A Harriet Records Compilation
Cut Copy, FabricLive 29
v/a, Eyes of the Beholder III (lots of random demi-freak/psych stuff -- Rivulets, Devendra, et al)
The Wildhearts, The Wildhearts Must Be Destroyed

...plus some other dollar stuff which I have yet to judge is any good or not, but give me time.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 26 April 2007 02:58 (7 years ago) Permalink

river wolf, Thursday, 26 April 2007 03:03 (7 years ago) Permalink

to attempt to post how many great records i've gotten this way would be way too insane. all y'all should go to eastern europe, the only place where it's sometimes hard to find records for more that 5$ american.

the table is the table, Thursday, 26 April 2007 03:05 (7 years ago) Permalink

You know that Chuck Berry 28-track comp? I got it on vinyl for $4 (when I went up to the counter, the clerk realized that she made a mistake when marking it).

Tape Store, Thursday, 26 April 2007 03:06 (7 years ago) Permalink

thanks for that, river wolf.

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Thursday, 26 April 2007 03:14 (7 years ago) Permalink

the church: priest = aura and gold afternoon fix
laurie anderson: bright red
electronic: s/t

nothing I didn't own at some point in the past but couldn't pass them up for this price again

akm, Thursday, 26 April 2007 06:17 (7 years ago) Permalink

the original promo 12" of blur's POPSCENE in generic FOOD RECORDS sleeve and on one sided vinyl. on day of purchase (6 months after release) = a quid, 3 years later = priceless!

pisces, Thursday, 26 April 2007 11:53 (7 years ago) Permalink

Black Grape - "It's Great When You're Straight... Yeah" (ALWAYS a winner)
Gerling - "Bad Blood!!!"
Tricky - "Nearly God"

Stevie D, Thursday, 26 April 2007 12:00 (7 years ago) Permalink

Human League "Dare" 20p
Sheila B. Devotion 'Spacer' 10p

The Real Dirty Vicar, Thursday, 26 April 2007 12:09 (7 years ago) Permalink

really, you never even heard their famous gary glitter cover? they were from philly.

scott seward, Monday, 12 August 2013 03:24 (1 year ago) Permalink

i used to have all their albums but i don't anymore. they did some cool stuff. definitely one of the better american industrial rock bands. and they were pioneers of sorts here.

scott seward, Monday, 12 August 2013 03:32 (1 year ago) Permalink

scott seward, Monday, 12 August 2013 03:35 (1 year ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

Bought about 1000 records for $400 from a guy with a garage full of 'em last week. Real straight-up dollar-bin stuff, most of which I turned around on the weekend for a small profit, but kept a bunch of stuff I didn't yet have in my collection, among them:
Minty copies of All Mod Cons and London 0 Hull 4
some J Geils I hadn't yet bought for a dollar (tho somehow I missed "Showtime" & got scooped by my own customer!)
The first two Sylvain Sylvain albums
A couple of T-Bone Burnette records
About all the Hall & Oates anyone could ever want
ZZ Top - Fandango

Also finally took the opportunity to listen to Carole King's "Tapestry" - not gonna be my cuppa on a regular basis, but was surprised by how "Rumours"-like it was in the way that I seemed to know every damn song on the thing without ever having consciously listened to it. I can see why it sold so many copies.

Some nice hitherto-unknown-to-me discoveries, too:

Eiichi Fujii Trio - Blues for Powell
Melodic, acrobatic fast-tempo trad bop. Very enjoyable party jazz.

The Headboys - S/T
Skinny-tie pub rock from Scotland. A quite-good power-pop record - better than The Knack by a mile.

Three records by Angel City
Australian hard rock band, solid fist-pumping stuff.

A great comp on Arion Records called "Songs and Dances of Morocco". Very little of the ululating that bugs me about so much Arabic music, lots of great intricate hypnotic instrumental stuff.

Has talent, needs to figure out how to improve (staggerlee), Monday, 14 October 2013 20:08 (1 year ago) Permalink

Same show I've mentioned before. Getting iffier for me every time--my vision's a little time worse every year, so trying to inspect records in (intentionally, I'm sure) less than perfect light becomes less and less reliable. Also couldn't find two of the tables I always go to.

3/$5 -- John Cougar Mellencamp: Scarecrow (good start--already had it at home)
John Cougar Mellencamp: The Lonesome Jubilee

(Those are the only two pop records I bought from this guy. His pop stuff looks fine at first, then you get home and look closer. His old jazz, though, tends to be immaculate.)

Merritt Brunies & His Friars Inn Orchestra, 1924-26
McKinney's Cotton Pickers: Volume 2 (1928-1929)
McKinney's Cotton Pickers: Volume 3 (1929-1930)

(Damn, didn't realize I was without Volume 1--don't think it was in the pile.)

The K.C. Five and the Stompin' Six
Tabbo Smith: Volume One, 1928-1929
Tabbo Smith: Volume Two, 1929-1938
New Orleans Rhythm Kings/Original Memphis Melody Boys: Dixieland in Chicago

$5 -- Bee Gees Greatest (the RSO disco-heavy double)

$10 -- James Taylor (debut on Apple--best thing I got all day, great shape, bought it off a guy I used to work with in a downtown record store)

Also a couple of DVDs for $5, American Graffiti and The Brood.

Highlight of the day was an absurd conversation with my old publisher, who got out of the book business a few years ago and now has a table at the show every year.

Geoff: "So how are your parents?"
Me: "Dead!"
Geoff: (looks a bit puzzled; he met them once a long time ago, he knows this and has obviously forgotten, he's getting a little on himself) "Oh...and your mom? Where is she living now?"
Geoff's son: "They're dead, dad--she lives underground now. I don't think this conversation could get any more awkward."

Didn't bother me at all, it was very funny.

clemenza, Monday, 21 October 2013 22:40 (1 year ago) Permalink

I included that Headboys LP mentioned 2 posts up in this, fwiw:


And there's plenty of Angel City talk on ILM's now defunct Rolling Past Expiry Hard Rock threads.

xhuxk, Sunday, 27 October 2013 01:02 (1 year ago) Permalink

RECYCLED READS, Sep 14, 50 cents each
Thomas Dolby -- The Flat Earth (EMI EP 1984)
Billy Joel – Streetlife Serenade (Columbia 1974)
Billy Joel – Turnstiles (Columbia 1976) -- assumed these two B.J. LPs were awful, just like everybody always says they are, and sure enough they are -- guess I just had to verify that for myself.
Kano – “I’m Ready”/”Holly Dolly” (Emergency 12” 1980) – oops, already had this.
Randy Newman – Land Of Dreams (Reprise 1988)
Betty Wright – Mother Wit (Ms. B 1987)
(Various) – Good to Go (Island 1986)
Ken Emerson – Doo Dah!: Stephen Foster And The Rise Of American Popular Culture (Simon & Schuster hardcover 1987, $2)

ANTONE’S, Oct 6, $1 each
Firesign Theatre – Not Insane (Columbia 1972) -- totally incoherent; the old Rolling Stone Record Guide reviewer who liked all their other albums way more was right. I felt so ripped off that I wound up passing up 3 of their probably better albums for $1 each today.
Jackson Southenairs – Lead Me (Malaco 1983)
Merilee Rush – s/t (United Artists 1977)
Shannon – Let the Music Play (Mirage 1984)

AUSTIN RECORD CONVENTION, today, $1 each + $5 entrance fee
ADC Band – Long Stroke (Cotillion 1978)
T-Bone Burnett – Truth Decay (Takoma 1980)
Chilliwack – Lights From The Valley (Mushroom 1978)
Bruce Cockburn – The Trouble With Normal (Gold Mountain 1983)
Freddie Fender – Are You Ready For Freddy? (ABC 1975)
Aryln Gale – Back To The Midwest Night (ABC 1978)
Hurricane Jones - s/t (MSI 1981)
Les Variations – Moroccan Roll (Buddah 1974)
Harvey Mandel – The Snake (Janus 1972)
Manfred Mann’s Earth Band – Nightingales And Bombers (Warner Bros/Bronze 1975)
Microdisney – Crooked Mile (Virgin 1987) - Still slightly curious what British critics used to see in these guys; even more curious about why every dozen years or so I pick up one of their albums for a dollar when I know it's going to make me shrug just like the last one did.
Giorgio Moroder – From Here To Eternity (Casablanca 2xLP comp 1985)
Ohio Express – Chewy, Chewy (Buddah 1969)
Mitch Ryder – How I Spent My Vacation (Seeds & Stems 1978)
Bob Seger System – Mongrel (Capitol 1970) -- backup copy, but I was only about 98% sure I already had this.
Michael Stanley Band – You Break It…You Bought It! (Epic 1975)
Ultravox – Vienna (Chrysalis 1980)
Was (Not Was) – What Up Dog? (Chrysalis 1988)

xhuxk, Sunday, 27 October 2013 01:15 (1 year ago) Permalink

so glad you finally picked up the arlyn gale album! best record show albums definitely adc band, chilliwack, arlyn gale, les variations, bob seger, harvey mandel.

scott seward, Sunday, 27 October 2013 01:35 (1 year ago) Permalink

all the firesign records BEFORE that one are way better. including the double album of their radio show stuff. so, the first four albums and the double radio show comp. are really good.

scott seward, Sunday, 27 October 2013 01:39 (1 year ago) Permalink

i listened to a bad proctor and bergman album last week too. What This Country Needs. live at the Bottom Line. pretty unfunny. their first duo album is much better.

scott seward, Sunday, 27 October 2013 01:44 (1 year ago) Permalink

Picked up Sir Army Suit by Klaatu today so I can play "Mister Manson" when I DJ. Fifty cents. Probably overpaid.

shortbread, offal and heroin (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Sunday, 27 October 2013 03:41 (1 year ago) Permalink

xpost. Microdisney have a few great tracks scattered around (Birthday Girl, Peel version of Everybody is Dead, etc.) and the idea that they were the new Steely Dan might have seemed appealing at the time...that's my guess. At this point I feel as if it was a good concept for a band, but the music needed to be better. And either I don't get the nuances of the lyrics because I'm from the wrong country, or they aren't as good as people thought they were either.

dlp9001, Sunday, 27 October 2013 11:18 (1 year ago) Permalink

Love Love Love Microdisney. Love Your Enemies/We Hate You South African Bastards! has turned up on spotify recentley.

this is how a punch sounds, like ditch, like quich (soref), Sunday, 27 October 2013 11:34 (1 year ago) Permalink

Ha -- Only in England could a band with no discernible vocal personality or aptitude for rhythm whatsoever be anointed "the new Steely Dan." (Except, I thought the new Steely Dan was already China Crisis! Who weren't much better, judging from the dollar LP I bought by them a couple years back.)

Scott -- One of the $1 Firesign LPs I passed on yesterday was definitely How Can You Be Two Places At Once.... Oops.

xhuxk, Sunday, 27 October 2013 16:41 (1 year ago) Permalink

bands i never listened to: stump, microdisney, cactus world news, screaming blue messiahs.

scott seward, Sunday, 27 October 2013 17:26 (1 year ago) Permalink

I actually like Screaming Blue Messiahs a lot. (First album at least -- second one isn't bad.)

And I just realized there actually is a band with a late '80s LP in yesterday's record convention pile who I wouldn't think it crazy at all to compare to Steely Dan. But they're not Microdisney; they're Was (Not Was).

xhuxk, Monday, 28 October 2013 00:30 (1 year ago) Permalink

I thought Crack The Sky was the new Steely Dan in the 70s.

nickn, Monday, 28 October 2013 00:33 (1 year ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

BREAKAWAY, Nov 9, $1 each
John Anderson – I Just Came Home To Count The Memories (Warner Bros. 1981)
Ian & Sylvia – The Best Of (Vanguard 1968)
KC and the Sunshine Band – Do It Good (TK 1974 – supposedly that’s its title, but it looks self-titled and I’ve also heard it called *Queen Of Clubs* to match its cover art)
Harvey Mandel – Baby Batter (Janus 1971)

The Beloved – Conscience (Atlantic 1993)
Toby Keith – Boomtown (Mercury 1994)
Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation (Geffen 1993 pressing, rec. 1988)

RECYCLED READS, Dec 7, 50 cents each
Pauline Black With Sunday’s Best – “Pirates Of The Airwaves” (Chrysalis 12-inch 1984)
Kate & Anna McGarrigle – Pronto Monto (Warner Bros. 1978)
Tracy Nelson – Tracy Nelson (Atlantic 1974)

WATERLOO, Dec 14, $1 each
Beach Boys – Shut Down Volume 2 (Capitol 1964)
Black & White – Don’t Know Yet (Atlantic 1989)
Joe Gruschecky and the Houserockers – Coming Home (Lightyear CD 1998)
Kaleidoscope – Side Trips (Epic 1967)
Nancy Martinez – Lay It Down (Matra Quebec 1983)
Michael Murphy – Cosmic Cowboy Souvenir (A&M 1973)
Nuclear Regulatory Commission – Reactor (Official 1980)
Quicksilver Messenger Service – Happy Trails (Capitol 1969)
War – All Day Music (United Artists 1971)

SIG’S LAGOON, Houston, Dec 26, 50 cents each
Coleman Hawkins & The Trumpet Kings – Swinging Sounds Of The 40’s (Trip Jazz 1974)
Rheingold – Fan Fan Fanatic (Harvest EP 1982)
Shandi – Shandi (Dreamland 1980)
Hank Thompson and the Brazos Valley Boys – The Best Of (Capitol 1963)
(Various) – Foxes (Casablanca 2xLP OST 1980)

END OF AN EAR, today, 50 cents each
Jeff Dahl – Ultra Under (Triple X 1991)
Dick Gaughan – Live In Edinburgh (Celtic Music 1985)
I Mother Earth – I Mother Earth (Capitol 10-inch blue vinyl EP 1993)
Jelly Bishops – Kings Of Barstool Mountain (Last Time Round EP 1988)
Material – Memory Serves (Elektra Musician 1982)
New York Rock & Roll Ensemble – Faithful Friends… (Atco 1969)
Ohio Express – Mercy (Buddah 1969)
Rex – Rex (Columbia 1976)
Shnazz – Shnazz (Shadow 1980)
Toure Kunda – Natalia (Celluloid 1985)
(Various) – KSJO Best Of The Bay 1982 (KSJO 1982)
(Various) – Salt & Tabasco: Dance Music Styles From Cuba, The Caribbean & Brazil (Mango 1990)

ANTONE’S, today, $1 each
Tyrone Brunson – Sticky Situation (Believe In A Dream 1983)
Horslips – The Book Of Invasions: A Celtic Symphony (OJM 1976)
Interview – Big Oceans (Virgin 1979)
Skyy – Inner City (Salsoul 1984)
Michael Stanley Band – You Can’t Fight Fashion (EMI America 1983)

xhuxk, Saturday, 28 December 2013 21:55 (1 year ago) Permalink

mostly keepers?

a lake full of ancient spices (los blue jeans), Wednesday, 1 January 2014 16:45 (1 year ago) Permalink

Almost all! Several of the most recent finds are still sinking in, though. And I'm still on a fence about that Tracy Nelson album that Christgau gave a C- to.

Favorites so far: KC & Sunshine, Mandel, Kaleidoscope, Martinez, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, War, Rheingold, Foxes (esp. the very disco-metal side 3 w/ Angel and Keith Forsey), Material, Rex, Schnazz, Skyy, Stanley Band.

NY R&R Ensemble isn't nearly as heavy as their followup from 1970, so that's definitely kinda disappointing. And I'm regretfully starting to realize I respect Dick Gaughan's Socialist-leaning Celtic folk more than I actually enjoy listening to it. (I've got 2 albums by him, both live -- Not sure I've ever even heard a studio one.)

xhuxk, Wednesday, 1 January 2014 19:55 (1 year ago) Permalink

Er...SCOTTISH folk, I meant.

Horslips are the Celtic ones. Music if not vocals on the album I just got sounds sufficiently Tull-like so far; seems like it could use more Lizzy, though (compared to the stuff by them I've liked most in the past; e.g., "Sure The Boy Was Green" off Aliens.)

xhuxk, Wednesday, 1 January 2014 20:11 (1 year ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

BREAKAWAY, Jan 24, $1 LPs
Dion and the Belmonts – Wish Upon A Star With (Laurie 1961)
Charlie Dore – Where to Now (Island 1979)
Foxy – Foxy (Dash 1976)
Kid Creole and the Coconuts – Wise Guy (Sire/Ze 1982)
Pamala Stanley – This Is Hot (EMI America 1979)

Cutthroats 9 – Cutthroats 9 (Man’s Ruin 2000)
Dysrhythmia – Pretest (Relapse 2003)
Mordred – In This Life (Noise/BMG 1991)
Neurosis – Souls At Zero (Alternative Tentacles 1992)
...plus, at $2, Peter Shapiro – Turn The Beat Around: The Secret History Of Disco (Faber and Faber hardcover 2005)

BREAKAWAY, Feb 15, $1 LPs
Tyrone Brunson – Fresh (Believe In A Dream 1984)
Rocky Burnette – Son Of Rock & Roll (EMI America 1980)
Lou Christie – Lightning Strikes (MGM 1966)
Darling – Put It Down To Experience (Charisma 1979)
Howard Devoto – Jerky Versions Of The Dream (IRS 1983)
(Various) – Everything New Is Old…Everything Old Is New (Ambient Sound 1982)

PIRAHNA’S (Round Rock), Feb 22, $1 LPs
Laurie Anderson/John Giorno/William Burroughs – You’re The Guy I Want To Share My Money With (Giorno Poetry Systems 2xLP 1981)
A Split Second – Kiss Of Fury (Antler Subway 1990)
Donnie Iris – The High And The Mighty (MCA 1982)
Jermaine Jackson – Feel The Fire (Motown 1977)
Randy Newman – Little Criminals (Warner Bros. 1977)
Pop Maru – Pop Maru (Wasp 1983)
Trammps – The Best Of (Atlantic 1978)

Garage sale in Round Rock, Feb 22, $1 CD
Gary Allan – Used Heart For Sale (Decca 1996)

OFF THE BEATEN PATH, Milwaukee, March 12, $1 LPs
Patty Duke – Don’t Just Stand There (United Artists 1965)
Eddie Kendricks – Eddie Kendricks (Tamla 1973)
Mass Production – Believe (Cotillion 1977)

BULLSEYE RECORDS, Milwaukee, March 12, $1 LPs
El Chicano – El Chicano (MCA 1973)
Georgia Satellites – Open All Night (Elektra 1988)
The Inmates – First Offence (Polydor 1979)
Grace Jones – Fame (Island 1978)
Grace Jones – Muse (Island 1979)
The Scooters – Young Girls (EMI America 1980)
Rhythm Method – Paquet De Cinq (Transcity EP 1982)
S.S. Fools – S.S. Fools (Columbia 1976)
Steppenwolf – Monster (Dunhill 1979)

Some random nameless thrift store, Milwaukee, March 13, $2 (!) LP
The Passions – Thirty Thousand Feet Over China (Polydor UK 1981)

xhuxk, Tuesday, 18 March 2014 22:03 (1 year ago) Permalink

Oops -- Steppenwolf obv. '69, not '79.

xhuxk, Tuesday, 18 March 2014 22:10 (1 year ago) Permalink

The Inmates – First Offence (Polydor 1979)

This is a really cool record! They cover "Dirty Water" by the Standells but change the references to be about the Thames, I think. Good garage/pub rock thing.

Marty Paich - Jazz City Workshop
Ben Webster - The Consummate Artistry of...
Bennie Green - Blows His Horn, Soul Stirrin'
Blues Image - s/t
Ray Charles - Genius + Soul = Jazz
The Seeds - A Web of Sound
Soft Cell - Non Stop Ecstatic Dancing
The Gap Band - IV

The jazz LPs look pretty thrashed but sound great (they're "deep groove" pressings).

Drunk Horse - Tanning Salon/Biblical Proportions, s/t
Forte - Stranger Than Fiction
AMSG - Anti-Cosmic Tyranny
Vasaeleth - All Uproarious Darkness
Grave Miasma - Odori Sepulcrorum

brains hangin (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Wednesday, 19 March 2014 07:17 (1 year ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

At the Pasadena City College swap meet.

$1 each:
Stephen Stills - first album
Renaissance - Prologue
Julie Drsicoll & Brian Auger - Jools
Melanie - first album

50 cents eah:
Bob Newhart - The Button-Down Mind Of
Bob Newhart - The Button-Down Mind Strikes Back!

Also got the REM book, Talk About The Passion, for 50 cents.

nickn, Sunday, 6 April 2014 21:08 (11 months ago) Permalink

4 weeks pass...

Went to 2 thrift stores outside of the city and CLEANED UP, with LPs mostly going for 50 cents apiece. I also found a set of 7 Peanuts comic paperbacks from 1970, each for under a quarter. Plus a first edition of "Pet Semetary" for $1.50! The LPs:

Steppenwolf "At Your Birthday Party"
The Ventures "Hawaii Five-O"
"Midnight Cowboy" OST
Aretha Franklin "Lady Soul"
Henry Mancini "The Pink Panther"
Elvis "In Hal Wallis' Blue Hawaii"
Jefferson Starship "Winds of Change" (actually I found a "Ventures Perform Telstar" LP with no jacket that I snuck in here
Chubby Checker "For Twisters Only"
The Dave Clark Five "Return!"
Mike Oldfield "Tubular Bells"
"Snoopy's Christmas"
"24 Original Happening Hits" (w Love "My Little Red Book" & The Seeds "Pushing Too Hard")
Enoch Light "Presenting" (on Tiara)
Eagles s/t

▴▲ ▴TH3CR()$BY$H()W▴▲ ▴ (Adam Bruneau), Sunday, 4 May 2014 05:02 (10 months ago) Permalink

I wanna play a video game that looks like this.

▴▲ ▴TH3CR()$BY$H()W▴▲ ▴ (Adam Bruneau), Sunday, 4 May 2014 05:06 (10 months ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

ANTONE’S, May 10, $1 each
Grinder Switch – Redwing (Atco 1977)
Werewolves – Werewolves (RCA 1978)

WATERLOO, May 10, $1 each
Big Chief – Drive It Off (Repulsion Germany 1991)
Lotti Golden – Lotti Golden (GRT 1971)
Phil Harris – America’s Happy-Go-Lucky Good Time Singer (RCA Special Products 2xLP 1990)
Polyrock – Polyrock (RCA EP 1980)
Process and the Doo Rags – Too Sharp (Columbia 1985)
Garland Jeffreys – Rock & Roll Adult (Epic 1981 w/ bonus 7” EP inside)
Andy Fairweather Low – Spider Jiving (A&M 1974)
Ruth Ruth – Laughing Gallery (Ventrue/American CD 1995)
Wishbone Ash – Live Dates (MCA 2xLP 1973)
Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons – Step Lively (Columbia 1981)

END OF AN EAR, May 17, 50 cents each
Bryan Adams – “Heaven”/”Diana”/”Heaven (Live)”/”Kids Wanna Rock (Live)” (A&M EP 1985)
Archie Campbell – The Cockfight And Other Tall Tales (RCA Victor 1966)
Clout – Six Of The Best (Epic 1980)
Code Blue – Code Blue (Warner Bros. 1980, inside translucent blue ziplock album bag)
Earl Thomas Conley – Blue Pearl (Sunbird 1980)
Earl Thomas Conley – Fire And Smoke (RCA 1981)
Earl Thomas Conley – Somewhere Between Right And Wrong (RCA 1982)
DB Cooper – Dangerous Curves (Warner Bros. 1981)
Dragon – Are You Old Enough (Portrait 1977)
Dirk Hamilton – Thug Of Love (Elektra 1980)
Jesters Of Destiny – In A Nostalgic Mood (Metal Blade EP 1987)
Nils Lofgren – Nils Lofgren (A&M 1975)
Magnum – Kingdom Of Madness (Jet 1978)
Rezillos – Can’t Stand The Rezillos (Sire 1978)
Rockets – Love Transfusion (Tortoise International 1977)
Turkey Bones & the Wild Dogs – No Way Before The Weekend (Big Beat U.K. EP 1985)

xhuxk, Sunday, 18 May 2014 19:47 (10 months ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

BREAKAWAY, May 24, $1
Dust – Hard Attack (Kama Sutra 1972)

BREAKAWAY, June 21, $1 each
Razzy Bailey – Makin Friends (RCA 1981)
Dirty Tricks – Night Man (Polydor 1975)

WATERLOO, June 21, $1 each
Labelle – Nightbirds (Epic Quadrophonic 1975)
Tuff Darts - Tuff Darts! (Sire 1978)

FRIENDS OF SOUND, July 15, $1 each except*
Freddie Cannon - Freddie Cannon (Warner Bros. 1964)
Doug Clark and the Hot Nuts – On Campus (Gross 1963) * - $2
Focus – Focus 3 (Sire 1972 2xLP)
David Lasley – Raindance (EMI America 1984)

WATERLOO, today, $1 each
Good Rats – Tasty (Rat City 1978)
Damita Jo – Sing A Country Song (Mercury 1962)
Matthew & the Mandarins – s/t (EMI Singapore 1978) -- C&W band from Singapore!
Moon Mullican – Sings His All-Time Hits (King 1958)
Mort Sahl – Iconoclast: The Future Lies Ahead (Verve 1958)
Rachel Sweet - ..And Then He Kissed Me (Columbia 1981)
Target – Captured (A&M 1977)
Chuck Wagon & the Wheels – Please Pass The Gas (Wagon Tracks 1979)
Buck White & the Down Home Folks -- s/t (County 1972)

xhuxk, Saturday, 2 August 2014 19:43 (7 months ago) Permalink

I noticed a quad album in there — do you have a quad converter?

austinato (Austin), Saturday, 2 August 2014 20:44 (7 months ago) Permalink

About a week ago, from the Poo-Bahs free bins outside their front door:

Roger Miller - Golden Hits
Grieg - Peer Gynt (Prague Symphony)
The Moog Machine - Christmas Becomes Electric
Judy Henske - High Flying Bird
Arthur Fiedler/Boston Pops - Greatest Hits of the 60s
Leonard Bernstein - An American In Paris & Billy the Kid (RCA Victor Symphony)

I'm ashamed to say I haven't played any of them yet.

nickn, Sunday, 3 August 2014 06:45 (7 months ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

Wau, what is the Singaporean C&W like? Ex-pats?

los blue jeans, Friday, 19 September 2014 03:01 (6 months ago) Permalink

I can't say for sure, but judging from the LP cover photo (see link below), I assume they are actual Singaoreans -- Not American Ex-pats. Though they do cover several familiar American C&W songs: "Lucille," "City Of New Orleans," "Margaritaville," "Lovesick Blues," etc.


And no, I don't have a quad converter. Not sure I'd even recognize one if I saw one.

xhuxk, Sunday, 21 September 2014 02:04 (6 months ago) Permalink

BREAKAWAY, Aug 23, $1 each LPs
Aurra – Live And Let Live (Salsoul 1983)
Blackbyrds – City Life (Fantasy 1975)
Rick James Present The Stone City Band – In ‘n’ Out (Gordy 1980)
Rosalie Sorrels – Miscellaneous Abstract Record No. 1 (Green Linnet 1982)
Grady Tate – Movin’ Day (Janus 1974)

RECYCLED READS, Aug 23, $1 each CDs
Babasonicos – Mucho (Universal Music Latino 2008)
Bruce Cockburn – Christmas (Columbia 1993)
Michelle Shocked – Arkansas Traveler (Mercury 1992)

RECYCLED READS, Sep 20, 50-cent each LPs
Johnny Adams – Room With A View Of The Blues (Rounder 1987)
Ray Barretto – Tomorrow Live (Atlantic 2xLP 1976)
Brides Of Funkenstein – Never Buy Texas From A Cowboy (Atlantic 1979)
Crusaders – Ghetto Blaster (MCA 1984)
Bobby Fuller Four – Best Of (Rhino 1981)
Carlene Carter – Musical Shapes (Warner Bros. 1980)
James P. Johnson – The Original (Folkways 1973)
Steve Kuhn- Mostly Ballads (New World 1987)
David Lasley – Missing Twenty Grand (EMI 1982)
Moon Martin – Street Fever (Capitol 1980)
Thelonious Monk – Monk (Pausa Jazz Origin Series c. 1982)
NRBQ – At Yankee Stadium (Mercury 1978)
Osmonds – The Plan (MGM 1973)
Carl Perkins – Rocking Guitarman (Charly U.K. 1975)
Lou Reed – The Blue Mask (RCA 1982)
Rochereau – Tabu Ley (Shanachie 1984)
Roches – Keep On Doing (Warner Bros. 1982)
Will Rogers – The Wit And Wisdom Of Will Rogers In His Own Voice (Caedmon 2xLP 1969)
Artie Shaw – The Best Of (MCA 2xLP 1975)
The Sheppards – The Sheppards (Solid Smoke 1980)
James Blood Ulmer – Freelancing (Columbia 1981)*
Tom Verlaine – Tom Verlaine (Elektra 1979)
(Various) – Atlantic Rhythm and Blues Volume 2 1952-1955 (Atlantic 2xLP 1985)
(Various) – Freedom Songs: Selma, Alabama (Folkways 1965)
(Various) – Jazz Odyssey Volume 1 The Sound Of New Orleans 1917-1947 (Columbia Special Products 3xLP 1964)
(Various) - Less Than Zero (Def Jam 1987)
(Various) – The Real Calypso 1927-1946 (Folkways 1966)
(Various) – Send Your Children To The Orphan Home: Calypso Songs Of Social Commentary And Love Troubles (Folkways 1981)
(Various) – Urgh! A Music War (A&M 2xLP 1981)
(Various) – Where Was Butler: A Calypso Documentary From Trinidad (Folkloric 1987)
(Various) – Winners & Losers: Campaign Songs From The Critical Elections In American History Volume 2 1896-1976 (Folkways 1980)

RECYCLED READS, Sep 20, $1 each CDs
Toby Keith – How Do You Like Me Now?! (Dreamworks 1999)
Madonna – Erotica (Maverick 1992)
(Various) – Play Me A Polka: Tex-Czech Polkas (Rounder 1994)

* -- oops,already had a copy of this one

xhuxk, Sunday, 21 September 2014 02:09 (6 months ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

Really lucked out at the Value Village tonight. Records are listed as $1.99 but it's half-off day and the clerk messed up anyways so I paid less than a dollar for each of these:

Dio "Holy Diver"
Alice Cooper "Love It To Death"
Alice Cooper "Welcome to My Nightmare"
Ozzy Osbourne "Blizzard of Oz"
Metal Church "Metal Church"
Suzi Quatro "Your Mama Won't Like Me"
Steve Martin "A Wild and Crazy Guy"

©Oz Quiz© (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 30 October 2014 02:14 (4 months ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

Thrift store buy, "The Early Twentieth Century," a 5-LP set of music by Bartok, Gershwin, Milhaud, Schoenberg, Stravinsky, etc. Looks as if it has never been played. Marked $3 but bought on half-price Thursday.

nickn, Sunday, 21 December 2014 00:14 (3 months ago) Permalink

Found (and purchased) this morning at a Goodwill in Westport, CT (all lp's)

Love-Four Sail
The Tony Williams Lifetime-Ego
Duke Ellington & John Coltrane
Herbie Mann-London Underground
Herbie Mann-Push Push
The Sufi Choir
Talking Heads-Stop Making Sense
Pharoah Sanders-Jewels of Thought
Terje Rydpal-What Comes After
John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band
David Holland Quartet-Conference of the Birds
Soft Machine-Soft Machine Six
Pharoah Sanders-Karma
The Tony Williams Lifetime- (turn it over)
Brian Auger's Oblivion Express
John McLaughlin-Devotion
Sam Rivers-Sizzle
Cecil Taylor-Nefertiti, the Beautiful One Has Come
Miles Davis-Get Up With It

Merry Christmas to me.

kwhitehead, Monday, 22 December 2014 20:55 (3 months ago) Permalink

Impressive. Good condition?

nickn, Monday, 22 December 2014 22:46 (3 months ago) Permalink

Yeah I would've walked out of that place with a giant smile on my face. California thrifts are all terminally picked over so it's rare to find even one good thing.

GUARD YOUR EARS!!! ...with Gorman's. (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Monday, 22 December 2014 23:39 (3 months ago) Permalink

good scores kwhitehead. especially in a goodwill!

dave holland's conference of the birds and miles' get up with are two of my all-time jazz records, those are amazing

marcos, Monday, 22 December 2014 23:45 (3 months ago) Permalink

I've had a quite a year at the area Goodwills. Seems to me there was quite a bit of attic/basement cleanout happening in the New Haven area. The condition of many are quite good and the remainder are dingy but serviceable. I plan on giving them all a good cleaning.

kwhitehead, Tuesday, 23 December 2014 00:07 (3 months ago) Permalink

Oh, and regarding Gooodwill record shopping, it's all about the timing.

kwhitehead, Tuesday, 23 December 2014 00:11 (3 months ago) Permalink

went to one record fair where I could not find anything to buy. twas so dispiriting! felt like I'd wasted my day, until I flipped through a $1 box and found the Metroplex 12" of Eddie 'Flashin' Fowlkes - "Goodbye Kiss":

didn't want to take any chances on further luck - snatched it up and I'm outta here...!

Paul, Tuesday, 23 December 2014 00:15 (3 months ago) Permalink

that's the one I usually remember first, but I also bought my copy of Metro's 1976 self-titled LP for $1:

I got it thanks to a mention by Ted White in reference to Lou Stathis' wake.
also picked up their second album, produced by Mike Thorne.
when I hear "Criminal World" I wonder if the insistent pulse inspired the drums & guitar in "I Should Have Known Better".

Paul, Tuesday, 23 December 2014 00:30 (3 months ago) Permalink

©Oz Quiz© (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 1 January 2015 20:23 (2 months ago) Permalink

i would not hesitate to buy that for a dollar

breakfast josiah (los blue jeans), Sunday, 4 January 2015 02:37 (2 months ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

First dollar-bin dig in a while. The bins round these parts have been very dry of late; everything that used to be a dollar is now $5+ due to the vinyl boom. Was pleasantly surprised today by:

Love Tractor - This Ain't No Outerspace Ship
The Tubes - The Completion Backwards Principle
Big Country - Steeltown
Squeeze - Sweets From a Stranger
Angel City - Darkroom
Dire Straits - EP
Graham Parker & the Shot - Steady Nerves
and best of all: Keith Jarrett - Staircase (jacket and sleeves a little rough but vinyl is 100%)

hardcore dilettante, Friday, 20 February 2015 02:40 (1 month ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

Score! $2 ea:
Bill Frisell - Rambler
The Jazz Butcher Conspiracy - Distressed Gentlefolk

hardcore dilettante, Thursday, 26 March 2015 20:05 (3 days ago) Permalink

Distressed Gentlefolk is great! Any Love Tractor for a dollar is a steal! Good finds!

My last good dollar find was the Grateful Dead's Terrapin Station, but that was months back.

austinato (Austin), Friday, 27 March 2015 02:14 (2 days ago) Permalink

Had a blast listening to Distressed Gentlefolk last night for the first time in many moons. Almost every song is a modest gem.

hardcore dilettante, Friday, 27 March 2015 04:03 (2 days ago) Permalink

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