Salut from Reckless!!!
This blog was written to the sounds of Robert Fripp and Brian Eno.
It’s been a really full on week so far. Exactly what didn’t need after Static Shock Weekender (which was absolutely amazing by the way!).
Firstly there was a huge leak from upstairs over the weekend. Loads of water was streaming in as we opened the shop, and a fair bit of stock was damaged. So this week has mostly been taken up by assessing the damage and clearing out any wet stock. This has obviously been a right nightmare so we needed a few things to boost the staff morale. This came with a collection from Kent. An absolutely banging collection of all things weird. There were about 1500 titles in total – split between CDs and Vinyl.
The collection spans Progressive Rock, Psychedelia, Blues Rock, Classic Rock, Kosmiche, Garage, Canterbury, Folk, African, Funk, Fusion, Jazz, Avant Garden. Just here in my pricing pile are classic titles from artists like: Frumpy, Agitation Free, Uriah Heep, Spooky Tooth, Kingdom Come, Taste, Man, Three Man Army, Incredible String Band, Cream, Country Joe & The Fish, The Rolling Stones, John Lee Hooker, Ragnarok, Colosseum, Led Zeppelin, Family, David Bowie, The Who, Sweet Smoke, The Pentangle, Caravan, Atomic Rooster, Jefferson Airplane, The Savage Rose, Brian Eno, King Crimson, Grateful Dead, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, New York Dolls, Patti Smith, The Kinks, Lou Reed, Janis Joplin, Yardbirds, Groundhogs, Lord Such, Ginger Baker, Felt Kuti, Jimi Hendrix, Exuma, Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart, Vanilla Fudge, John Martyn, The Pretty Things, Robert Wyatt, Jobriath, Art Ensemble Of Chicago, The Beatles, Ravi Shankar, Can, Kapingbdi, Kevin Coyne….
Its a really cool collection. Quite a few of the titles have really interesting Psychedelic scribbling on the inner sleeves (only if they are plain sleeves) – some of them are really cool. There are a lot of super obscure records in here too; from all genres. Lots of beautifully garish sleeves. The CDs are totally similar, and include lots of nice Box Sets as well as some DVDs. Its a really great collection and will go out as soon as we can price it up!
We had a nice small selection of Punk records come in yesterday: all very clean. Cock Sparrer, Sham 69, Sex Pistols, Cockney Rejects, The Business. These will go out ASAP.
Loads more of that UK Garage has gone out this week. As well as a lot of Jungle and Drum & Bass. Scott was also pricing up some original Rap rarities; including titles from Souls Of Mischief, De La Soul and Lord Finesse.
Some more Metal has gone out this week (and also a fair bit has come in!). The stuff coming in has mainly been Relapse-ish Doom-ish bands like Rwake, High On Fire, Sleep – and some more Black Metal.
Probably one of the rarest records we had in this week was a UK original copy of Distance Between Us by Don Bradshaw-Leather. This is an absolutely mad LP. Championed by the underground. Its a wild wall of sound that takes you on all sorts of journeys. I don’t know if its on the Nurse With Wound list but it has that vibe. Also in the same collection were rare titles from Richard Thompson, Mythos, Krokodil, Ike Quebec, Betty Davis, Ash Ra Temple etc. Unusual pile of LPs!!!
Lots of interesting collections coming up. I’d get down the shop – and fast!
This weeks Top Ten is from Walter Garber AKA Veloziped! Thanks Walter!!!
1) M People – Moving On Up (Unreleased KDJ Edit) (NDATL)
2) Black Boxx – Final EP (Ferrispark)
3) Secret Society – Lonely Hearts Club (Secret Society)
4) SW./ SVN (SUED 18)
5) DJ Fett Burger – Track One (Mongo Fett)
6) KH – Question (Text)
7) The Disciples of Jovan Blade – Take Me Away (Mojuba)
8) Tolouse Low Trax – Rushing Into Water (Themes For Great Cities)
9) Young Seth & Omar-S – Deep (Tuskegee Music)
10) Funkadelic Vs. Moodymann – Let’s Make It Last (Westbound)