What’s In The Record Bag Sept 2017

Yes, it is time for another edition of “What’s In The Record Bag”. After getting skunked the last few times I attended my local record fair, I finally got to not only shop instead of giving impromptu lessons and lectures, but actually managed to pick up a few selections.

What?…….By now you guys know I’m a bit weird and listen to many different genres and here is more proof. Every record library or collection needs a bit of exotica in it, doesn’t it?

Ever since I recently listened to their LP titled “Ghosts” (review to come on that), I see a Strawbs LP and I must at least consider picking it up if I do not have it. Yes, the band is that good. This one is a true promo with white label and all. Does that make it super special or super high quality? No, not really. It just increases the chances that it has been played perhaps once or there may be something that did not make it to the final mass production, but that is rare. Usually it’s just a record like all the rest.

I really only picked this one up in the hope that it is better than the copy I currently have, we’ll see.

Sorry about the blurry picture, but the white part of the cover was giving my camera fits. I did not know about this LP by Lighthouse, it appears to be a live double album, so I could not resist.

That’s the thing with shopping used records folks, it can often times be a gold mine because much of the stuff you see will never be re-issued and besides, where is the fun in paying $30 for a new single record anyway? By buying used you are also saving bits of history and significance.

What’s In The Record Bag – March 2017

Yes, it’s back, the monthly installment of “What’s In The Record Bag”! After being skunked the last two months I finally was able to pick up some records this month. Just so you know there will not be an installment in May and possibly June as I will not be shopping for records those months this year.

Anyway, let’s see what is in this month’s bag:

 Some things never change, like my pick ups of strange compilations. Well, what do you want for a dollar?

 Ok, not the greatest of label pressings, but for a dollar beggars can’t be choosers.

 The late Keith Emerson’s first band. This was recommended and for $2, why not?

 Yup, there I go again picking up another strange compilation record, but this was free, so I had to.

 Hmm, we have been here before haven’t we. Yes, it’s another compilation from Capitol Records and doesn’t have a strange title or cover.

 Finally, one from my wish list!

 Picked up on recommendation. Not the expensive pressing that Michael Fremer has, but should be good enough.

I want to end this installment by telling you what I saw when I walked in to my local record fair today. The first dealer I came to was cleaning his records with Murphy’s Oil, which is a wood treatment as most folks know! This was a new cleaning method to me and another WRONG one!!! This guy tried to tell me how harmless it is to records and even tried to tell me how it leaves nothing behind and that it was chemical free. I’m surprised I did not go off on this idiot. I stated the facts about what he was doing and explained to him that what he was using does indeed leave residue on the record. He acted like he knew it all and studied it. I went into some detail about what happens when a record is played and that even a little oil from your fingers can mess up your stylus. I even pointed out the obvious by pointing to his bottle of Murphy’s Oil and water looking like a lava lamp to tell him that is what is left behind on the record. At that point he looked like someone caught red-handed and went into false experience and study against my two solid years of scientific study of record cleaning and more years of experience. I could take no more and left telling him “use it at your own risk”. He had two customers all day. So even lay-folk knew enough to avoid purchasing from him and that what he was using was wrong. Unbelievable! He is obviously a member of the lighter fluid crowd as well I imagine.
Folks, please stick with the science based, tried and true methods for cleaning your records, the music and money you save could be your own.


What’s In The Record Bag?: November 2016

Yes, it is that time again, time for another installment of “What’s In The Record Bag”! This is the last one of the year. We will pickup again in January 2017.

So this last 2016 episode contains a nice little haul of 13 records, so let’s see what’s in the record bag: Continue reading