This blog was written looking out to sea listening to this:
Sweltering week – and we’ve been working really hard to get loads of bits out. Al has been working on overdrive and getting loads of the huge 45 collection out. Full runs of certain artists have been going out from Stereolab to the Stereophonics. I got the first batch out of the Island Funk collection which included tonnes of great Reggae including some pricey titles from Owen Gray, Keith Hudson, I Roy, Jah Walton, Scientist etc as well as some pricey (and not so pricey) Steel Band bits. I got a good bunch of these up on the Instagram too so check the pics on there. Nice copy of Cold Fact by Rodriguez went on the wall too. Tonnes of Highlife and Afrobeat went out too – all originals. For the hardcore crew a full run of Reinforced picture discs. I believe Sean got a load of decent Classic Rock processed too. The CD team also smashed out a really great mix this week. We’ve had more deliveries of new Reissue vinyl too – all classic albums.
Buying has been off the chain this week;
- Massive – perfect – Heavy Metal collection came in first thing on Monday. All very clean. It went from early Black Metal to Hard Rock to Hardcore; loads of super cool records! Mostly originals as well. These titles just don’t come in like they used too – I remember a time when you could easily get any random Thrash LP or Earache titles for peanuts at any provincial record shop but it just doesn’t really happen much these days! Bathory, Suicidal Tendencies, Metallica, Voivod, Slayer, King Diamond, Megadeth, Guns N Roses, Vio-Lence, W.A.S.P. , Motorhead, Exodus, Dark Angel, Iron Maiden, The Misfits (some nice original LPs), Rock Goddess, Judas Priest, Venom, Status Quo, Saxon, Gwar, Subhumans, Sex Pistols….I demand thee mosh m’lud!
- Killer 90s Rap collection. All incredibly clean; mostly in shrink with Hype Stickers – all originals. LP’s and 12″s from Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Group Home, Wu Tang Clan, Missy Elliot, The Beatnuts, Jay Z, EPMD, Busta Rhymes, 2Pac, Big L, Cypress Hill. Also a really rare Michael Jackson LP (must be a 90s one) and a load of heavy UK Steppers Roots anthems from Jah Shaka, Bim Sherman, Vivian Jones, Shades Of Black, Aqua Levi etc. Also on a rap tip we had a load of MF Doom LPs in this week.
- Really good collection of left-of-centre Rock from people like Talking Heads, Brian Eno, Devo. Also in the same collection loads of Modern Classical and Minimalism from Steve Reich, John Cage, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Philip Glass, Ligeti, Penderecki, Varese. And a huge box of UK Conroy Library 10″s including a couple of pretty rare Musique Concrete ones.
- Another copy of the first Sisters Of Mercy 45. This is very rare!!!!
Some very exciting collections on the horizon!!!!
Till next week.