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Uh, that'd be Oliver Lake -- not Olive.

xhuxk, Saturday, 28 April 2012 21:50 (five years ago) Permalink

jesus, that fiends album...so goofy.

scott seward, Saturday, 28 April 2012 22:34 (five years ago) Permalink

I've mentioned this flea market before on this thread, a guy who alternates (arbitrarily, I'd say) between over-charging and giving stuff away. Today he had about 20-25 sealed albums sitting on top of his 5/$10 bins. Almost all of them were MOR from the '60s. I asked him where they came from (an estate sale), and if they were also $2 each (yes). I bought 15:

The Unsinkable Molly Brown O.S.T.
Robert Goulet: My Love Forgive Me
Ann-Margaret: Bachelors' Paradise (serendipity squared: there's a birthday thread that just went up for her on ILX)
Sergio Franchi: Our Man from Italy (never heard of him)
The Jane Morgan Album
Jane Morgan in Gold
Engelbert Humperdinck: Engelbert
Barbara Streisand: My Name Is Barbara, Two...
Marty Robbins: R.E.D.
Jerry Vale: It's Magic
Jerry Vale: Have You Looked Into Your Heart
Roger Williams Plays the Hits
John Gary: Choice
Kate Smith: A Touch of Magic
Vic Dana: Red Roses for a Blue Lady

There's a temptation not to open them, but a) I open everything, and don't resell anything, and b) except for maybe the Streisand, Ann-Margaret, and Marty Robbins, they're worthless anyway. (Nine still have their original price tags--they were all bought at Simpson's for $3.33.) I left a few Goulets and Vales behind, also a Mike Douglas and Merv Griffin; I felt stupid buying so much stuff I really have no interest in. (Translation: I'll be back next week to see if they're still there.)

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clemenza, Sunday, 29 April 2012 22:41 (five years ago) Permalink

Those are great--I've got the first, third, and fourth, plus the New York volume. (You actually got them on vinyl?)

clemenza, Monday, 30 April 2012 00:19 (five years ago) Permalink

i got in-real-life rickrolled on vinyl for 25cents, but the 25cent frank yankovic record with a sticker saying "rare! $75" crossed out on the front made up for it.

Philip Nunez, Monday, 30 April 2012 00:24 (five years ago) Permalink


Nah, all CD, but they're well out of print and generally fetch pretty high prices (assuming the people selling them know what they're selling). And understandably. The UK comps in particular are fantastic.

O Aquaman (Deric W. Haircare), Monday, 30 April 2012 00:25 (five years ago) Permalink

I've been working my way through all those sealed MOR albums I listed just above, and, halfway through, I've been surprised that not one of them thus far has had an inner sleeve. Probably 99% of the '60s albums I've ever bought have been used, so by the time they reached me someone had included a sleeve. I'd never really given this any thought: when did the inner sleeve become standard practice? Late '60s?

clemenza, Wednesday, 2 May 2012 00:56 (five years ago) Permalink

Do you mean any sleeve, or a custom (band or just label) sleeve? I can't remember ever seeing a new LP without a sleeve unless it was a kid's record, or a very low-budget local label type thing. And my older brother was buying LPs in the mid 60s, though I didn't start until 1972.

nickn, Wednesday, 2 May 2012 01:32 (five years ago) Permalink

Just a plain white paper sleeve:


I thought for sure the Engelbert album would have one--it came out in '69. I haven't opened the Streisand yet. I'm wondering if they were more liable to be issued with rock LPs.

Sometimes I just have to pause and take notice of where life has brought me: pondering the history of inner record sleeves on a Tuesday night.

clemenza, Wednesday, 2 May 2012 01:55 (five years ago) Permalink

maybe they were record-club versions?

los blue jeans, Wednesday, 2 May 2012 02:56 (five years ago) Permalink

they might have been resealed by a dodgy mobbed up distributor. distros would take record store returns and reseal them and sell them back to stores as dollar bin records. you can usually tell if on the back cover there is a seam running the length of the record in the middle. they sometimes didn't bother putting sleeves on them.

scott seward, Wednesday, 2 May 2012 03:51 (five years ago) Permalink

i've seen sealed records from the 60's and 70's that didn't even have covers. just generic 12 inch covers and full-length major label records inside. they might get a big batch of somewhat defective records without sleeves or the covers might have been damaged in shipping and they figured, hell, maybe someone will pay 50 cents for the record anyway.

scott seward, Wednesday, 2 May 2012 03:54 (five years ago) Permalink

but what I wanna know is .. what's up with 'sealed inner sleeves' ?? those perforated circular plastic covers over the actual LP. was that actually a thing at some point??

Stormy Davis, Wednesday, 2 May 2012 04:07 (five years ago) Permalink

I've bought two in the last year ... a Dave Clark Five greatest type thing and Ricky Nelson's 'Million Sellers'. both LOOK great, so i'm inclined to believe its was a thing. and not a scam

Stormy Davis, Wednesday, 2 May 2012 04:09 (five years ago) Permalink

Scott: I know records get resealed, but as I mentioned earlier, most of these ones have the original price tag still affixed; also, I'd be surprised if anyone was taking the time to reseal Robert Goulet or Jerry Vale albums.

clemenza, Wednesday, 2 May 2012 14:39 (five years ago) Permalink

I bet Vale was pretty mobbed up though

los blue jeans, Thursday, 3 May 2012 01:38 (five years ago) Permalink


wow, lucky catch on those power pop CDs.

skip, Thursday, 3 May 2012 02:26 (five years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

$1 each, End of An Ear, May 19
Charlie – Fight Dirty LP (Polydor France 1979)
Flash – In the Can LP (Capitol/Sovereign 1972)
Journey – Journey LP (Columbia 1975)
Ritchie Family – African Queens LP (Marlin 1977)

$1 each, Waterloo, today
Big Chief – Platinum Jive CD (Capitol 1994)
The Big F – Is CD (Chrysalis 1993)
Dog Soldier – Dog Soldier LP (United Artists 1975)
Fabian – The Very Best Of LP (United Artists 1975)
Nazareth – The Fool Circle LP (A&M 1980)
Uriah Heep – Sweet Freedom LP (Warner Bros. 1973)

xhuxk, Monday, 28 May 2012 21:56 (five years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

library book sale today. all a dollar a piece. i went late at noon and the sale was over at 12:30, but apparently there weren't a lot of adventurous music fans at the sale! i got some other stuff too for the store. like reggae and jawbox CDs and stuff like that. i might keep a bunch of these. my kinda music! i like schnittke and i never see his CDs or records. it was raining schnittke at the greenfield library!

Henry Threadgill – Very Very Circus – Live at Concepts (Taylor Made Records)

Schnittke – Quasi Una Sonata – Rostropovich (Sony) (super bit mapping, don’t you know)

Gorecki – nr.3 fur sopran und orchester (Koch Schwann)

Felipe Diaz – Latin Jazz Quintet (Palladium) (dolphy appearance I’ve never heard)

Diabolical Masquerade – Nightwork (Avantgarde) (Katatonia side-project. I own this, so maybe I’ll put this in the store. Great record.)

Arthur Kroker/Steve Gibson – Spasm (new world perspectives) (introduced by Bruce Sterling!)

David Diamond – Symphony no. 2 & 4 & Concerto for Small Orchestra (delos)

David Murray Special Quartet (Tyner, Hopkins, Jones) (DIW)

Schnittke – Concerto Grosso no. 1 (DG)

The Ligeti Project 1 – Melodien/Chamber Concerto/Piano Concerto/Mysteries of the Macabre (Teldec)

Archie Shepp & Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen – Looking at Bird (Steeplechase)

Messiaen – Die Fruhen Orgelwerke (Dabringhaus Und Grimm)

Charles Mingus – A Modern Jazz Symposium of Music and Poetry (Bethlehem)

Gary Bartz – Libra/Another Earth (Milestone)

Henry Threadgill – Song out of my Trees (Black Saint)

Henry Threadgill & Make a Move – Everybodys Mouth’s a Book (Pi Recordings)

Schnittke – Hymns/Denisov – Chamber Symphony (Melodiya)

Schnittke – Symphony no.3 (Melodiya)

Helen Merrill & Ron Carter – Duets (Emarcy)

Ilona Maros – Swedish Contemporary Vocal Music (Phono Suecia)

Frank Morgan – Love, Lost & Found (Telarc)

Henry Threadgill’s Zooid – Up Popped The Two Lips (Pi Recordings)

Chico Buarque – Chicocanta (Philips)

Piano Magic – Low Birth Weight (Rocket Girl)

Gene Ammons & Sonny Stitt – We’ll Be Together Again (Prestige)

David S. Ware – Surrendered (Columbia)

Schnittke – Cello Concerto 2/Concerto Grosso no.2 (BIS)

Schnittke – Symphony no. 4 (Melodiya)

Elliot Carter – The Minotaur/Piano Sonata/Two Songs (Elektra Nonesuch)

David Diamond – Symphony no. 3/kaddish/romeo and Juliet/psalm (Delos)

Bright Sheng – H’un (Lacerations) and other works (New World )

Stravinsky – Les Noces/Mass (DG)

Schnittke – Concerto Grosso No.2/Concerto for Viola and Orchestra (Melodiya)

John Harle, saxophone – Nyman, Bryars, Westbrook (Argo)

Nico – Desertshore (Warner Archives)

Gavin Bryars – The Sinking of the Titanic (Point)

Thad Jones/Pepper Adams Quintet – Mean What You Say (Milestone)

Jacqueline du Pre – A Lasting Inspiration 2 disc set (EMI)

Corigliano – Symphony no. 1 – Barenboim/Chicago (Erato)

Messiaen – Turangalila-Symphonie (DG)

Ken McIntyre – The Complete United Artists Sessions (Blue Note) (Two disc set signed and inscribed by Makanda Ken McIntyre and his business card inside the case!)

scott seward, Saturday, 16 June 2012 19:57 (five years ago) Permalink


Impetuous hybrid (Matt P), Saturday, 16 June 2012 20:51 (five years ago) Permalink

i would totally be jealous if someone had come in my store and said look what i got at the library book sale! cuz its not usually that exciting. and me being me i can't help but think about what people DID buy before i got there. but maybe there were just no mod classical or jazz fans around cuz i can't believe they would have left some of these sitting there.

scott seward, Saturday, 16 June 2012 20:59 (five years ago) Permalink

$1 for the first 5, $0.75c for each addtl, plus a 30% employee discount = about $0.70 each

Jomanda - "Got A Love For You"
Herbie Hancock - "Autodrive"
Paul Hardcastle - "19"
Whitney Houston - "How Will I Know"
Crush - "Jellyhead"
Crystal Waters "100% Pure Love"
AB Logic - "The Hitman"

Delbert Botts, D.D.S. (Stevie D(eux)), Sunday, 17 June 2012 03:00 (five years ago) Permalink

got depeche mode's 101 on cd for a buck last week at a thrift store.

akm, Sunday, 17 June 2012 14:59 (five years ago) Permalink

Stevie D probably feeling like the Monkees following Hendrix at their early shows.

And note to self: Check my library's sales.

nickn, Sunday, 17 June 2012 20:43 (five years ago) Permalink

$1 each, Piranha, yesterday
Rick Nelson and the Stone Canyon Band – Garden Party (MCA 1972)
Soft Cell – Non Stop Ecstatic Dancing (Sire EP 1982)
Tony Williams – The Joy Of Flying (Columbia 1979)

40 cents each (5 for $1.99 = $10 total), Waterloo, today
Curtiss A – Damage Is Done (Twin/Tone 1983)
Angel City – The MCA/Angel City 2-Pack (MCA 2xLP radio-station promo 1984) - with interviews, bonus live stuff
Gary U.S. Bonds and the American Men – Standing In The Line Of Fire (Phoenix 1984)
CJ & Co. – Devil’s Gun (Westbound 1977) - probably already have this, but got it just in case
Dyan Diamond – Dyan Diamond (MCA 1978)
Divinyls – What A Life! (Chrysalis 1985)
Foghat – Fool For The City (Bearsville 1975)
Foghat – Live (Bearsville 1977)
Clarence Fountain and the Five Blind Boys – Changed Man (Waiji 1989)
The Gentrys – The Gentrys (Sun 1970)
Guadalcanal Diary – Walking In The Shadow Of A Big Man (Elektra/Asylum 1985)
Joy Of Cooking – Closer To The Ground (Capitol 1971)
Lemon – Lemon (Prelude 1978)
Looking Glass – Looking Glass (Epic 1971) - w/ "Brandy"
McFadden & Whitehead – McFadden & Whitehead (Philadelphia International 1979) - w/ "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now"
Moby Grape – Grape Jam (Columbia 1968)
The Neon Judgement – Games Of Love (Play It Again Sam EP 1989)
Henry Paul Band – Anytime (Atlantic 1981)
Michael Quatro – Dancers Romancers Dreamers & Schemers (Motown 1976)
Stories – Stories (Kama Sutra 1973) - definitely already had this, but this copy looks cleaner
Sun – Destination: Sun (Capitol 1979)
Nolan Thomas – Yo Little Brother (Emergency 12-inch 1984)
3-D – 3-D (Polydor 1980)
Xavier – Point of Pleasure (Liberty 1981) - w/ "Work That Sucker To Death"
(Various) – Strength Magazine Presents Subtext (Strength/London 2xLP 1999) - w/ Aceyalone, Lootpack, Del The Funky Homosapien, A-Trak, Rob Swift, Divine Styler, etc.

xhuxk, Sunday, 17 June 2012 22:35 (five years ago) Permalink

Stevie D probably feeling like the Monkees following Hendrix at their early shows.

And note to self: Check my library's sales.


Delbert Botts, D.D.S. (Stevie D(eux)), Monday, 18 June 2012 01:42 (five years ago) Permalink

that's a great quatro record, chuck. but i like them all. and that is my favorite gentrys album. one of my favorite ROCK albums for that matter.


scott seward, Monday, 18 June 2012 02:43 (five years ago) Permalink

That Gentry's record really Rocks! It's a shame that I see it collecting dust in so many records shop for under 5 dollars.

JacobSanders, Monday, 18 June 2012 02:55 (five years ago) Permalink

i got a bunch of sealed records for a bunch apiece today. a lot of late waylon, willie, jerry jeff. a cumbia record on tico (two copies), linda cohen 'angel alley' (two copies), some folkways educational records, a couple bluegrass records, some doo-wop comps... it was a good day for the dollar bin.

one dis leads to another (ian), Monday, 18 June 2012 03:28 (five years ago) Permalink

errr, for a buck apiece. not a bunch.

one dis leads to another (ian), Monday, 18 June 2012 03:28 (five years ago) Permalink

i got a he-man picture disc for a dollar

one dis leads to another (ian), Monday, 18 June 2012 03:38 (five years ago) Permalink


Blown out of the water by the opening act. Scott's finds were very impressive, yours, while good, couldn't hold a candle to them.

nickn, Monday, 18 June 2012 08:12 (five years ago) Permalink


Delbert Botts, D.D.S. (Stevie D(eux)), Monday, 18 June 2012 22:52 (five years ago) Permalink

fleetwood mac - bare trees
lena lovich - flex

wack nerd zinging in the dead of night (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 18 June 2012 23:07 (five years ago) Permalink

that's the spirit! and if you ever find yourself in greenfield, ma i've got a basement full of twelve inches you would LOVE!


scott seward, Monday, 18 June 2012 23:11 (five years ago) Permalink

Made some rather good thrift purchases this past week. Off the top of my head (all were a dollar or less):

Al Green — The Absolute Best (2cd; got this to trade in for store credit, as it was only 29 cents)
John Corigliano — Symphony No. 1
Walter Piston — Symphony No. 6 / The Incredible Flutist / New England Sketches

John Lennon — Double Fantasy
Roger Kellaway — Cello Quartet
Rolling Stones — Between the Buttons
Will Ackerman — Passage
Daniel Hecht — Willow
The Waterboys — A Pagan Place
General Public — All the Rage

I know there's a couple others but they are not at my disposal just now. Still getting through this stuff.

Austin, Wednesday, 20 June 2012 03:21 (five years ago) Permalink

Cecil Taylor - The Garden
Cecil Taylor - Looking Ahead
Cecil Taylor - Jumpin' Punkins
Ornette Coleman - Change of The Century
Ornette Coleman - An Evening With Ornette Coleman
Thenonious Monk - Monk's Dream
The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery
The Master Musicians of Joujouka - Apocalpyse Across the Sky
Czukay, Wobble, Leibezeit - Full Circle

...and more. 16 CDs, $4.00!

(In Sarnia, Ontario yet!)

Race Against Rockism (Myonga Vön Bontee), Sunday, 1 July 2012 02:49 (five years ago) Permalink

I remember liking Jumpin' Punkins - real early stuff ('61).

timellison, Sunday, 1 July 2012 03:12 (five years ago) Permalink

2 AUSTIN GARAGE SALES, JUNE 30, $2.50 total
Donald Fagen – The Nightfly (Warner Bros. 1982)
Annie Haslam – Annie In Wonderland (Sire 1977)
Osibisa – Woyaya (Decca 1971)
Temptations – Sky’s The Limit (Gordy 1971)

VINAL EDGE, Houston, July 6, $1 each
Altered Images – Collected Images (Epic UK 1984)
Dirk Hamilton – Alias I (ABC 1977)
Mothers Finest – Iron Age (Atlantic 1981)
The Osmonds – Phase III (MGM 1971)
Robert Palmer – Secrets (Island 1979)
(Various) – Castle Donnington: Monsters Of Rock (Polydor 1980) (w/ Rainbow, Scorpions, Saxon, April Wine, Touch, Riot)

CACTUS MUSIC, Houston, July 6, 50 cents each
Andy Pratt – Resolution (Nemperor 1976)
Sharon Redd – s/t (Prelude 1980)
Steeleye Span – Parcel Of Rogues (Chrysalis 1973)
(Various) – Razormaid! (Razormaid 3xLP c. 1989 maybe?) (DJ comp w/ Beat Professor, Cetu Javu, Mory Kante, Bigod 20, Ofra Haza, etc. + a 12-inch clear-vinyl 45-RPM “Newbeat Medley”/”Hardbeat Medley”)

xhuxk, Monday, 9 July 2012 03:13 (five years ago) Permalink

Got a sealed copy of this on vinyl for $2 today:


Electro-Shock Rory (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 9 July 2012 03:53 (five years ago) Permalink

40 cents each, End Of An Ear, except in the one case noted. (40-centers were marked down from $1-bin price since I traded in about $135 worth of records, otherwise for cash)

END OF AN EAR, today
Bap – Vun Drinne Noh Drusse (Musikplatten 1982)
Blotto – Hello! My Name Is Blotto What’s Yours (Blotto EP 1979)
Delfonics – Super Hits (Philly Groove 1969)
Jon Hendricks – Tell Me The Truth (Arista 1975)
Grand Funk – Survival (Capitol 1971)
Iron Butterfly – Heavy (Atlantic 1968)
The Kings – RSVP (Dizzy EP 1982) - was sealed, but not anymore
Lucifer’s Friend – Sneak Me In (Elektra 1980)
Missouri – Welcome Two (Polydor 1979)
M:Pat – Misantropen (Råpunk 10" EP c. 2001) -- looks Scandinavian. Also misanthrophic.
Rene & Angela – Wall to Wall (EMI 1981) -- cutest couple-with-keytars picture ever on the back cover
Riot – Riot Live (Elektra EP 1982) - $2; supposedly "limited edition"
Carlos Santana – Havana Moon (Columbia 1983)
Billy Stewart – Remembered (Chess 1970)
Billy Swan – At His Best (Monument 1978)
The Troggs – The Troggs (Pye 1975) - liner notes by Greg Shaw, but I don't have high hopes. Said to include a reggae remake of "Wild Thing."
Edgar Winter’s White Trash – Recycled (Blue Sky 1977)

xhuxk, Sunday, 22 July 2012 01:23 (five years ago) Permalink

Blotto – Hello! My Name Is Blotto What’s Yours (Blotto EP 1979)

no way, I just bought the LP with the same name/cover art. I don't like it, but maybe the EP is better.

los blue jeans, Monday, 23 July 2012 23:42 (five years ago) Permalink

Curtiss A – Damage Is Done (Twin/Tone 1983)

ha i have that...Minneapolis's cultest cult rocker....xhuckx his masterpiece is on Big Hits of Mid-America Vol 2, Twin Town comp, the song "Land of the Free" billed as Buzz Barker (w/the Suicide Commandos as his backing band)...this live recording is all i could find, not the best quality


wack nerd zinging in the dead of night (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 23 July 2012 23:49 (five years ago) Permalink

i think this is a dif version?

wack nerd zinging in the dead of night (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 23 July 2012 23:50 (five years ago) Permalink

have you ever written about the suicide commandoes? they seem like they could be up your alley

wack nerd zinging in the dead of night (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 23 July 2012 23:51 (five years ago) Permalink

No! I own nothing by them. But I'd figure they'd probably be up my alley too.

After two or three listens, though, that Curtiss A album is pretty much a snooze. I'll give it one more try.

Blotto seem like an EP-sized band to me (haven't listened yet), though I guess I should hear their bar-band and metal parodies someday.

xhuxk, Tuesday, 24 July 2012 00:57 (five years ago) Permalink

$1.50 each--all of it British stuff from the '40s. Never heard of any of these people.

Oscar Rabin & His Band: Especially for You
Roy Fox & His Band: Whispering
Joe Loss & His Band: Begin the Beguine
Jack Jackson & His Orchestra at the Dorchester Hotel, London
The Golden Age of Jack Payne with His BBC Dance Orchestra
Harry Roy & His Orchestra: May Fair Nights
Geraldo & His Orchestra

Different Geraldo.


clemenza, Monday, 30 July 2012 19:16 (five years ago) Permalink

WATERLOO AUG 2, $1 each
Gibson Brothers – Cuba (Island U.K. 1979) - turns out I already had the U.S. pressing of this {same songs), but wasn't positive at point of purchase.
Good Rats – Birth Comes To Us All (Passport 1978)
D.C. Larue – Forces Of The Night (Casablanca 1979)
D.J. Rogers – Love Brought Me Back (Columbia 1978) -- tied at #2 with Funkadelic and Beefheart on David Jackson's Pazz&Jop ballot that year, behind Ornette.
(Various) – Fatal Beauty soundtrack (Atlantic 1987) – w/ Levert, Shannon, War, System, Debbie Gibson, Madame X (my favorite track so far -- apparently they were a Klymaxx spinoff), etc.

BREAKAWAY AUG 11, $1 each
Bryan Adams – Bryan Adams (A&M 1980) -- his debut; didn't even hit the Billboard 200.
April Wine – Harder…Faster (Capitol 1979) -- had no idea they ever covered "21st Century Schizoid Man."
Carolyne Mas – Carolyne Mas (Mercury 1979)

xhuxk, Sunday, 12 August 2012 03:59 (five years ago) Permalink


^^suicide commando's greatest song

Jandek at the Disco (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 22 August 2012 23:39 (five years ago) Permalink

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