What's All This Then

Why should I care what this guy has to say?

The correct answer is that you shouldn’t. We’re all entitled to our opinions. Develop your own. I try to be sane and rational, but that may change with the level of caffeine intake. I’m just telling my stories in the hopes they may amuse and/or inform others. And... I Confess... I'm showing off my bitchen collection a bit.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Capitol Records has the Best Inner Sleeves - Or So They Say

Read these instructions carefully. I never realized that you were supposed to press the inner sleeve against you body to open it.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

The Audition Record

Early record stores operated a bit differently than what we got used to in 70's.   The bins were filled with empty jackets.  You had to take your potential purchase up to the counter where they filled it with the record.  

They also had listening booths where you could have a record played for you prior to purchase.

For large retailers, record companies would supply the store with an audition copy to be played in the booths. 

In my youth, there were a few of these types of stores around.  One was Whitwood Music in the Whitwood Mall in Whittier. California.   When I went with my mom to the mall, I could go to Whitwood Music and hang out in the listening booth while annoying the clerk with requests.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Sandy Nelson - Teen Age House Party

Sometimes I'll pick something up for the cover alone.

Sandy Nelson - Teen Age House Party (Imperial 1962) 

I found this years ago at J-Mars (RIP) in Las Vegas.   The record is pretty hacked, but just love the cover.  These teenagers seem to be about 12.    Just kids dancing, except for that ginger kid second from left.  It looks like he just pulled the plug on the record player.  Probably because nobody would dance with him.

Sandy Nelson was a session drummer who put out instrumental albums.  From 1962 to 1966 they came at a clip of about 6 per year.   In 1963 he was in a car accident which resulted in a foot amputation.  He soldiered on with just a little less high-hat.

As the liner notes say - 'here you can enjoy an entire evening of listening and dancing - all to the happy Sounds of that favourite of all teenagers - Sandy Nelson - the incomparable drummer'   This of course if you define an entire evening as under 30 minutes.

This was my first Sandy Nelson record.  Years later, I found about 10 of them in near mint condition for a quarter each at a thrift store.   I snatched them up.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Beat Swap Meet Comes to Grand Park - Los Angeles.

A beautiful Sunday in September.  A record swap meet comes to Grand Park - in the shadow of Los Angeles' iconic City Hall.

I took the subway downtown.   The train was packed with Dodger Fans, Rams Fans, DACA protesters, etc.  So nice to see people using the train for transportation rather than accommodation.

The subway exit is right in the middle of Grand Park and gives a great view of City Hall. 

Grand Park was created when the city decided to move parking lots underground and create a public space between City Hall and The Music Center.   It's been a huge success and hosts celebrations on New Year's Eve and Fourth of July, etc.

Turn the other way, and we get a view of why I came down here.   Seems the all-vinyl Beat Swap Meet has made its way to Grand Park.  

The selection of vendors was quite diverse with Latin and Hip Hop fairly represented.   Probably about 50 vendors total - many of whom were just guys with old records.  I use the Frampton Comes Alive test when deciding to crate dig.  If I see it for $15 I'll dig.  If I see it for $40 I'll pass.  They pressed millions of those things.  Supply far outdoes demand on that title.

This guy had Europe '72 (second row left) for $45 (probably reasonable as it was the green Warners label with booklet).  The Bowie Bootleg Dollars in Drag  (third row second from right) was $150 (probably reasonable as well.  Fewer than 2000 were pressed).   I got few things from this guy.

I'm always on the lookout for trends.  It seems the hot items this season (at least here in LA) are blaxploitation soundtracks.  'Coffy' was playing from one vendor when I got there.  I saw the Truck Turner soundtrack for $40.  I held it and pondered, but ultimately put it back.

Stereotypes abounded.  If I ordered a 'record geek' from central casting and posed him in a photo, I don't think I could have done better than this.

I was merely trying take a quick photo of the Velvet Underground covers in various states of peel  This guy just happened to be there.

I came away with a few titles.    No record over $10.   Three are from the 3 for $5 crate.

I hope this swap meet is a regular deal.  Come back.  I'll go.

Monday, November 6, 2017

West Coast Punk - What? Records EP

What Records? was one of a handful of independent labels capturing the LA punk scene in the early. days.   Other releases on the label were the first single from The Germs and the first single from The Dils.

This particular release featured one song each from three local bands.

What Records? EP (1978)

The copy I have is a reissue of the 1978 release.  The label is pretty much identical to the original save for the additional legal stuff.

Side A features The Eyes performing 'Don't Talk To Me'    This was co-written by Eyes member Charlotte (don't look at me I'm famous) Caffey who later found sound compromised mainstream success in the Go-Go's.    They spelled her name wrong on the reissue.  Not so on the original.

Side B gives us '(The Original) Neutron Bomb' by The Controllers.  A rockin' little tune not to be confused with 'We Got the Neutron Bomb' by The Weirdos.  I saw them a few times, more often than not on the same bill with X.   They had a charismatic African American woman on drums who went by the name of Mad Dog.

Also included in 'Victims' by The Skulls.  Don't remember much about them.  I probably saw them at some point.  Most of the punk shows I attended 1978-1980 consisted of four bands.  Even my youthful short/long term memory forgot most of them at the time.