Ola meus amigos!
This blog was written to the sounds of:
Busier buying week than normal – lets have a butchers:
- Sean was out at a really great collection in Fulham late last week. Roughly 250 LPs and big vinyl box sets. Almost all in as new condition – loads were still sealed! The collection consists of Indie Rock, Classic Rock, Soundtracks, Post Rock, Jazz, Electronica and Modern Classical. Lots of titles on Erased Tapes especially (Nils Frahm, Olafur Arnalds, A Winged Victory For The Sullen, Lubomyr Melnyk etc). Also big box sets from Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, Can, LCD Soundsystem, Destiny computer game soundtrack (which is really pricey!), Light In The Attic titles, Jazz reissues (Bill Evans, John Coltrane, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald etc), Arcade Fire, plenty of Late Night Tales/Back To Mine compilation LPs etc. Loads of these have gone out – and they’re selling really quickly.
- Scott was out to look at some more records from a guy who sells us a big batch of records roughly every 6 months. Last time it was Disco and Boogie this time it was more US House – including tonnes of Trax Records, Nu Groove and DJ International. There were also some nice Italo House bits (which we don’t get enough of), Old School Electro, UK Acid House, Breakbeat, Freestyle and Bleep titles. 400 records roughly – and no rubbish.
- A very nice lady who was selling some Jazz titles (and donating the money to a butterfly charity) sold in some excellent titles from Chet Baker (a really rare and beautiful LP and a great EP), Miles Davis 10″, Ella Fitzgerald, Charlie Parker, Stan Getz and many more. About 15 LPs and about the same amount in EPs.
- Thousands of CDs came in this week. Including two huge batches from the same seller (both batches had over 1000 CDs!). Mostly standard Pop and Rock titles – including tonnes of classics from Led Zeppelin, Van Morrison, Pentangle, Cream, Joni Mitchell, Queen, Iron Maiden, Nirvana, The Who, Kool & The Gang, Sly & The Family Stone, Gillian Welch, The Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash, Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Deep Purple, The Velvet Underground, Black Sabbath etc. There was also a super rare U2 CD that has sold for over £500 in the past. Apparently there are only 10 copies in existence. I believe the seller has more titles so watch this space.
- More on the CD front – 600 Jazz CDs came in. From Free Jazz to Beebop to ECM. This collection will have you scatting all round your living room.
- Charles brought in a tonne of super cool CDs including loads of Improv, Avant Garde, Folk, Reggae and a Melvins CD set that is hand numbered out of 90!
- Al donned cowboys boots and ventured out to the Wild East to buy a collection of mainly Country & Western LPs. The Johnny Cash section is going to be bulging for a while and also loads of Outlaw stuff (Merle Haggard / Waylon Jennings), cult favourites (Porter Wagoner / Mike Nesmith) and Trucks ‘n’ Trains (Dave Dudley / Hank Snow). Nearly all in good nick and the vast majority will go out for under £5. In amongst the C+W was a decent UK mono ‘Pet Sounds’ and some other UK original classics (Simon & Garfunkel, CSN+Y, Dylan, ELO etc. etc.) along with some oddball stuff like the ‘cool’ James Last LPs, Argo Steam Sound LPs and some lesser seen kiddy records (Suitable for sampling). Alan has already been beat juggling with these titles and really getting the party going at Reckless.
- Sean sold a load of nice LPs in including Gloria Taylor, Can, Faust, Throbbing Gristle, Sandy Denny and “The Best Of” The Beatles on vinyl.
- Lots of smaller piles of records came in including LPs from Lee Perry, Sun Ra (really rare and pricey 3 LP set), Soul Jazz compilations, Royal Blood, Pete Doherty, 13th Floor Elevators, King Gizzard, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, The Stooges, Factory Records box (gigantic!), Ride, Stereolab, Creedence, Sex Pistols, CSNY, Chuck Berry, Jeff Beck, Laurie Anderson etc.
- One of my pals who’s moving back to London brought in two huge stacks of vinyl for his deposit and he had some amazing records. Classical, Jazz, “World”, Reggae, Library, Avant Garde, Ambient, Ethonographic, Classic Rock etc. Some amazing original titles from Jackie Mittoo, Mike Westbrook, Clem Alford, Folkways, Negril, David Oliver, Nebu, Belgium, Alpha & Omega, Hatfield & The North, Third Ear Band, John Fahey, Strange Nursery etc. Lots of interesting titles which I had never heard of that you can imagine Music From Memory reissuing. Still only put a bunch of these out so watch this space.
- More brutal Metal came in from one seller – CDs and Vinyl. Lots of obscure Death, Power, Black Metal. Some fairly sought after bits from Nifelheim, Rigor Mortis, Possessed, Venom, Pagan Altar etc. The sort of music that makes me shout Yeah Boiii very loudly.
- More Jungle (of course): Randall, Orca, Skanna, Grooverider, DJ SS, Tayla, Source Direct, Photek.
- Toru was of course bring loads more Jazz titles in. Plenty of super high quality Japanese Jazz reissues of classic albums.
- Top notch Rap CD collection came in – loads of great albums from Three 6 Mafia, Brother Lynch Hung, Mac Dre, Snoop Dogg. 75 of the bad boys – my kind of shiznit,
- Some rare Beatles titles came in with an Arnold Lane by Pink Floyd. Which was nice.
Loads more great records and cds came in this week – we spent a lot of cash this week!
A) More Classical LPs
B) 90s Techno / Trance 12″s
C) Rock and Pop CDs
D) CD Box Sets (lots of nice ones actually)
E) Avant Garde / Folk / Afrobeat / Jazz LPs
F) Indie 45s and LPs
G) Electro vinyl and House bits
We’ve got a few nice collections coming over the next few weeks so keep checking that Instagram or – as ever – get down the shop!
This weeks Top Ten is from Dan Buck Joyce from Dirty Sanchez!
- FUGAZI “13 SONGS” Always loved Fugazi, still do, their music is so timeless, and their message is as relevant today as the early 90s when I used to listen to them. Margin Walker has been on my playlist recently.
- PUBLIC ENEMY “IT TAKES A NATION OF MILLIONS TO HOLD US BACK” Public Enemy were massive when I was growing up, and I always wanted to see them play liver, luckily I worked on the house of Vans campaign and my dreams came true, Flavor Flav even gave the wife a spuds.
- GANG STARR “STEP IN THE ARENA” I had this album on loop for an eternity, I’m sure if I listened again it would all come straight back. In fact I think I might dig out my copy.
- CROSBY, STILLS & NASH “S/T” I grew up in a small village in Cornwall where there were only 20 houses, so I spent my weekends with my friends sat around an open fire listening to my mums music collection. This was a real road trip soundtrack. My friends had a clothing company called Siesta in the 90s, we used to go on the road selling the clothes out the back of the car. This album reminds me of those times.
- PETE ROCK & CL SMOOTH “MECCA AND THE SOUL BROTHER” The majority of my music taste came from American skate videos, I can’t remember where I first heard this, but it defined a time for me that was so fresh and progressive, hip hop was at its best and so was skateboarding.
- THE PHARCYDE “BIZARRERIDE” This was another album influenced by Mike Carrol and the SF skate scene.
- WU TANG CLAN “36 CHAMBERS” Then from out of nowhere came the Wu Tang Clan. This album really was like nothing I had heard before and really made such a big impression on hip hop. The flow and the lyrics were straight from another dimension and it was so original. Wu Tang forever.
- THE NOTORIOUS BIG “READY TO DIE” Biggie, NYC, mid 90s.
- MASSIVE ATTACK “BLUE LINES” Massive Attack “Blue Lines” is probably one of the best albums of all time, it doesn’t age. It’s an album that will go down as one of the greats.
- STEVIE WONDER “SIGNED, SEALED AND DELIVERED” Stevie Wonder inspired all of the above.
Nice one cheers Dan!
Thanks to you for reading, till next week