February 15, 2006
One of the great things about collecting vinyl records is that you
can get some really good music for cheap. I
mean cheaper than the time you waste downloading MP3s.
Consider how many records were stamped out as commodities from the
1950s through the late 1980s. And now many people regard their records as
trash, as they replaced them fifteen years ago with worse-sounding cds, and now are
dumping them onto their ipods as even worse (exponentially so) sounding MP3s! This is not to mention many of the artists who put
out great, undiscovered music which now sits in the cutout bins of history, if it
hasnt hit the dumpster yet. Especially
great are some of the indie records from the 80s, many to be found as college radio
stations dump their collections. With a good cleaning and a new inner sleeve, there is
much great music to be had for next to nothing. Heres just a very small sampling of
Classical. Tons of this stuff can be had for next to nothing,
usually in great shape at yard sales, thrift stores, etc.
Ive gotten a bunch in case I ever need it, and throw it on sometimes
to feel smart. Probably havent paid more
than $0.25 for any one record.
Aretha Franklin, This
Girls in Love with You, Soul 69, Spirit in the Dark. Yard sale, $0.10 each
in excellent condition.
Thin White Rope, Exploring
the Axis, The Ruby Sea, Sack Full of Silver, In the Spanish Cave, Moonhead. Great 80s guitar band, very Television-like
guitar interplay, spooky vocals, incredibly underrated in America. Lead singer went onto a
Botany career at UC Davis. This is about 80% of their catalog. $1.00 each
Ramos Pool Hall, solid indie guitar-pop from Arizona; reminiscent of Soul
Asylum, Gin Blossoms, Husker Du. $0.25
Flaming Lips, Telepathic
Surgery. Freakout stuff from future greats. $0.25
Chris Mars, 75% Less Fat.
Pissed-off pop from former Replacements drummer.$0.25
for You. Pure pop debut LP from these New Jersey/New Mersey greats. Two copies, $1 and $0.25
Posies, Dear 23.
Sugary pop from Seattle, this was their big major-label debut which some consider their
best. I prefer both Failure and Frosting
on the Beater, but this aint bad. Two
main guys (Auer/Stringfellow) would go on to complete the eventual Big Star reunion. $0.25
Lou Reed, Transformer,
Blue Mask. Got these from a guy down the road who had digitized his collection. $3.00
Talking Heads, True
Stories, Remain in Light. Same guy, $3.00
Just with these last two Ive scratched the surface of the
$4-6 used record store finds, which Ive loaded up on.
Posies Failure? X See How we Are? John Cale Vintage Violence, Slow Dazzle, Helen of Troy, Honi
Soit? Rockpile Seconds of Pleasure? XTC Most all of their stuff up through Oranges and Lemons? Just Scratching the surfaces
Ive just listed of a fraction of my collection of 600
records or so. Id guess that my average
cost for an LP is around $3. For every ten I
get for $6 or less (including those for a quarter, or free even) I might buy one or two at
$10-15, with the very odd record running up over $20.
In defense of value-priced cds Ill say that I have
found a few great bargains in cutout bins, like Television self-titled from 1991, Elliot Smith Figure 8, and Smithereens A Date With
for $1 each.
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