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morning thrift digs - 1.03.09

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Jan. 3rd, 2009 | 02:35 pm

It must have been a pretty sad selection at the ol' thrift store if records were 4/$1 and I could only muster about 75 cents worth. But, oh the joy.



Richard Thompson - Live! (more or less)
I'm inexplicably giddy about this one. I've only been a Thompson devotee for a few years and have no knowledge of this, apparently a repackaging of the barely imported I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight with two sides of additional live material. I could listen to the man sing and play all day.

Michael Schenker Group - MSG
I love to stumble across something like this nestled amongst the Andre Kostelanetz and Herb Alpert vinyl. I've had this on CD for ages, but basically once I found the Richard Thompson set I was just fishing for three more items to round out my dollar. Looks like not much has changed in 25 years as I found myself sitting on the floor next to a turntable listening to Schenker. I always wondered how Stephen Stills came to sing background vocals on Never Trust a Stranger. Probably money.

Keith Jarrett - The Koln Concert
Four sides of unaccompanied solos from the notoriously asinine Jarrett. So far sides one and two range from being rhythmically interesting and lyrical to borderline Windham Hill.

Johnny Oahu & His Orchestra - Hawaiian Magic
I can't tell you how many years I've been searching for this title. In records stores and pawn shops from coast to coast I've dug through probably 9,000 crates of ... oh never mind. I just liked the cover and, y'know, it was only a quarter.

But that's not all!

When my buddies and I used to go music digging in Omaha (seemingly every weekend) we had a running joke (recently hinted at in a LJ comment) about who would inadvertently come across the first copy of Debbie Harry's Kookoo. Today I came upon a total of seven copies - some still sealed.

Left to right: Kookoo, Kookoo, Kookoo, Kookoo, Kookoo. Not pictured: Kookoo, Kookoo.

So did I buy all the copies to send to my old friends? I guess they'll just have to watch their mailboxes.

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from: anonymous
date: Jan. 4th, 2009 02:22 pm (UTC)
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My friends and I always ran across cutout copies of Devo's "Shout" record at Camelots, etc.. Eventually, I was the one who gave out and bought one of them. Oddly enough, we never saw another one in a cutout bin after that. Maybe that sell pushed "Shout" out of the cutout bin status...perhaps Robert Casale bought the rest to use as target practice or to brush up on his record flinging skills (remind me to tell you the story of a drunken neighbor)...

Horrific album, considering what amazing albums they released before that. Ok, the cover of "Are You Experienced?" was ehhhhhhhhh.........it was alright.


I don't think I've ever seen a vinyl copy of "Shout" for sale anywhere after that. Weird. I'm the "deatheater" of bad Devo albums.

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date: Jan. 7th, 2009 05:34 pm (UTC)
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"wondered how Stephen Stills came to sing background vocals on Never Trust a Stranger. Probably money."

Probably drugs.

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