What’s in the record bag – November 2017

Hello everybody, it is time for another episode of “What’s in the record bag”. This time is for November 2017. I just returned from my local record fair. After months of being skunked or very slim picks, I finally did pretty well this time. So let me show you what I picked up. Continue reading

What’s in the Record Bag – October 2017

“Howdy” folks as they say, it is time once again for another installment of What’s In The Record Bag, this is for October 2017. I went to my local record show today and here is what I picked up:

Don’t mind the writing on the cover, it is actually on the plastic sleeve, so no harm done.
Some of you may know of Tangerine Dream. Vinyl copies of their LPs are not easy to find and not at a friendly price usually whether new or used. I paid $12 for this one, which is the most I have ever paid for a single LP. However, I did so for the reason I just stated, I very rarely see these in the wild so with the seller knocking 20% off, I had to do it. The other underlying reason I picked this up is that i am using the same theory I use with Mannheim Steamroller: Mannheim Steamroller on CD is almost not worth it, rather fatiguing in my opinion and experience. I discovered the vinyl version of one of their LPs one day and it was a completely different experience, a richer, fuller, more dynamic sound, especially the American Gramophone label. So also have a couple of Tangerine Dream LPs on CD which sound ok, I am anticipating listening to this one on vinyl to see if the same theory for Mannheim Steamroller applies to Tangerine Dream.

I have been discovering how good this group was/is lately and ran across this LP. Yes, it is a cut out, but I don’t care about that. (I would like to know why it is done though, the reasons I have found thus far are not acceptable). This happens to be a promo white label, which is also why I picked it up. Records like that tend to be in very good condition and this one was no exception, looks to have been played maybe once or twice at most. This is typical of promo copies.

Yes, I do have a stereo version of this LP, but in my travels I have discovered the mono version to be superior in sound. This is the mono version! Finally, got one! It has a couple of scratches, but they appear to be surface scratches. Also, while one usually can’t really hear surface scratches, mono records filter out such things better somehow. So I will clean this and see how it fares.

For $2 I had to get this to complete the Neil Diamond section in my library. It is not big and I have nowhere near all his works, but I have about as much as I care to now. This was an early LP that was popular. Neil Diamond was trying to be cool I think, I’m not sure, but there is the infamous “The Pot Smoker’s Song” which only appears on this official LP. (It may be on other compilations or what have you, but I don’t know).

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.