My Record Store Adventures!

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Re: My Record Store Adventures!

Post by Tinkaroo » 19 Jan 2019 20:14

vinyl master wrote:
19 Jan 2019 19:55
Oh, and I did go back to David's little shop and added a few more buttons to my 80's collection...I also found a very nice copy of Looking Glass' self-titled 1972 LP, the one with this classic on it...

That was a nice find and a great song too! =D>

How is the rest of the album? :-k

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Re: My Record Store Adventures!

Post by vinyl master » 19 Jan 2019 20:29

Tinkaroo wrote:
19 Jan 2019 20:14
vinyl master wrote:
19 Jan 2019 19:55
Oh, and I did go back to David's little shop and added a few more buttons to my 80's collection...I also found a very nice copy of Looking Glass' self-titled 1972 LP, the one with this classic on it...

That was a nice find and a great song too! =D>

How is the rest of the album? :-k
That's what I wanted to find out, Tink...Maybe the rest of the album's songwriting would hold up to "Brandy"...It's not bad...Here's another example...



Did you know that "Brandy" was actually the b-side to this tune, at first??? :-k



The story goes that program director Harv Moore of WPGC, Washington DC's #1 station at the time, played the b-side in rotation for a couple of days and in his words, "the switchboard lit up like a Christmas tree"...At one point, it was the number one song in DC without a single copy of the record sold...Epic rush re-released a single (with "Brandy" as the a-side) soon after airplay of the song took over the nation...When Harv celebrated his 10 year anniversary with the station a year later, Looking Glass returned the favor by playing the song at a bash in his honor...
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Post by vinyl master » 19 Jan 2019 20:30

Here's another one from the album...


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Re: My Record Store Adventures!

Post by vinyl master » 19 Jan 2019 20:30

You might like this, too, one of their follow-ups...


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Re: My Record Store Adventures!

Post by vinyl master » 19 Jan 2019 20:42

And if you like any of those, you'll probably dig this classic, too...


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Re: My Record Store Adventures!

Post by Tinkaroo » 19 Jan 2019 20:58

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19 Jan 2019 20:42
And if you like any of those, you'll probably dig this classic, too...

I remember when those songs first came out, as did a lot of great music. You should watch the video of Looking Glass doing the song Brandy live. Apparently the lead singer Elliot Lurie is still in the music business producing for movies and still performs.

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Re: My Record Store Adventures!

Post by vinyl master » 19 Jan 2019 20:59

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I was at the new location of Grimeys in Nashville a couple of weeks ago. I don't have a way to share my photos, so here's a good one of the inside off the internet. The day I was there it was really crowded. I thought I'd died and gone to 1973.

https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2018 ... meys10.JPG
Love that, ! Isn't that an old church building they moved into? :-k

Something about those places has such a vintage feel...I think the natural woodworking in the interior has something to do with it...

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Re: My Record Store Adventures!

Post by vinyl master » 19 Jan 2019 21:03

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19 Jan 2019 20:58
You should watch the video of Looking Glass doing the song Brandy live. Apparently the lead singer Elliot Lurie is still in the music business producing for movies and still performs.
I saw that, Tink...



Doesn't Elliot remind you a bit of Alice Cooper's lanky frame? :-k

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Post by vinyl master » 19 Jan 2019 21:08

Thinking about all these songs got me thinking about this one, too...


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Re: My Record Store Adventures!

Post by Tinkaroo » 19 Jan 2019 21:21

vinyl master wrote:
19 Jan 2019 21:03
Tinkaroo wrote:
19 Jan 2019 20:58
You should watch the video of Looking Glass doing the song Brandy live. Apparently the lead singer Elliot Lurie is still in the music business producing for movies and still performs.
I saw that, Tink...



Doesn't Elliot remind you a bit of Alice Cooper's lanky frame? :-k
Yes a bit like him without the makeup.

I was reading a bit on I'm Eighteen the first hit for Alice Cooper from 1970 and there is a Detroit and Canadian connection to that song.

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Re: My Record Store Adventures!

Post by vinyl master » 20 Jan 2019 02:04

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BTW, Third man is not very well marked: https://www.google.com/maps/@36.1523311 ... 312!8i6656
Ah, but sometimes, the best places are the ones OFF the beaten path! :wink:

Buried treasure isn't supposed to be EASY to look for...That's why you have to do a lot of digging! :lol:

Remember, if everyone knew where the secret treasures were, they wouldn't be SECRETS anymore, would they? :-k

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Re: My Record Store Adventures!

Post by Big B5515 » 28 Feb 2019 06:43

Now that I've managed to log my phone onto VE and post from it, I thought I'd share a few pictures of the record section at Sander's antiques of Morgantown, which I try to visit occasionally. While I went back to double check some 78s, and diamond discs I saw, I haven't found the patience to look through their Lp and 45 bins in a couple years. Some a bit pricy at $5 an album, but I had found good titles and / or clean copies In the past as well. Some higher value albums are kept under the front checkout counter.
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Re: My Record Store Adventures!

Post by vinyl master » 28 Feb 2019 08:19

Looks like a fun place, Big B...Even at those prices, I wouldn't mind going through their stock...One never knows what they might find...and since I like mid-century stuff, too, I'm sure I'd find something I like there... :D

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Re: My Record Store Adventures!

Post by vinyl master » 07 Mar 2019 20:51

OK, guys...Are you ready to go on another record store adventure??? :wink:

Well, if you are, have I got one for you, but you're gonna have to put on your walking shoes for this one! :lol:

I had the chance a couple of days ago to visit a local legendary landmark and I thought I would tell you guys all about it...You've seen my previous adventures here, so this time we're starting in a little burg I've not had much chance to explore in depth...The city of Mount Clemens, Michigan! :D

And I've got plenty of pics! So, care to join me??? :-k

First off, I thought you guys might like to see a little of the place and do some sightseeing...

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It is located along the banks of the Clinton River and it looks beautiful in winter, doesn't it? :-k

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There are many landmarks and artwork throughout the city, too...

For example, here is the largest visible landmark, the Macomb County Building...

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Nearby, is the County Administration Building...

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Then, there is the monumental County Courthouse where many high-profile local trials have taken place...

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Walking around, one gets the sense of the history of the place...In the old days, it was known worldwide as "The Bathhouse Capital Of The World"...I believe only one of those bathhouses is left, but a fascinating legacy for the city and many people came from all over the world to take advantage of the mineral baths here...

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Now, up those stairs is a very cool statue, a muscled head of JFK...

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There are a lot of bars and quite the nightlife in Mount Clemens, too...Here is a former club, The Vault, that has some very distinctive vintage architecture...It was designed by architect William Kessler and was once known as The Bank Nightclub and formerly an actual bank, Mount Clemens Federal Savings & Loan, for years...

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Here's another shot of Cass Avenue looking towards the County Building...

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One of the city's most identifiable works of art is this mural on the side of The Emerald Theatre, called "The Believer"...

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Artist fel3000ft talked about the piece's significance in this article...

https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/ ... /95624146/

It is only one piece of art in a string of works that has brought some new life back to the area and rescued it from the (supposed) dead...

Speaking of The Emerald Theatre, this is the venue where a young kid from the burrough of Romeo named Robert James Ritchie got his start...You may know him better by his stage name Kid Rock!

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As we continue to walk...

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...We come across another statue called "The Apple Of My Eye", created by Janice Trimpe...People love this artwork of a little girl and her grandfather playing a game of checkers...This is how it usually looks in the summer...

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...but many people have taken to keeping both of them warm in the winter! Notice the scarf on the grandfather and the socks on the little girl's feet and blanket over her head... :D

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Nearby is the place I want you guys to see, but first, let me backtrack...I did want to check out another local thrift shop first, so on we go to Second Hand Rose...

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Let's walk in together, shall we? :wink:

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So, I walk in and I see...Is this what I think it is??? :-k

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Drat! It's only got some shelves for a china cabinet... :( :lol:

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There were other cool things there, though...Anyone wanna make their own beer?

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Maybe fill up a bottle with the harder stuff? By the way, what IS it about this city and JFK anyway??? :?

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Here's an interesting cabinet made by the Imperial Company of Grand Rapids, MI. Have any of you guys ever seen a "Music Minder"? Was this for storing 78's or something? :-k

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If any of you can tell me more about that one, I'm all ears! :D

Anyway, I was off to search for the records and here they are in the back...

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Not much, but I did pull away with the following four LP's for 50 cents apiece...

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I'm a fan of Jo Stafford, needed a better copy of the "Mr. Lucky" record and I hear that the Kathy Dalton record is some really good 70's folk-rock...

I found these two jazzy 8-tracks, too...

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It was a fun place, but no bones about it, I had some fishing to do... :wink:

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For RECORDS, of course! :lol:

And the place to go for records if you're a music lover in the heart of Mount Clemens is a little venue known as Weirdsville Records...

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It's an interesting place, to say the least...

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But, see, I'm one of the weirder ones, so I fit right in... :wink: :lol:

Check out this bit of odd poetry I found on the door...

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There were records...

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and covers...in the windows!

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This is what the outside looks like in the summer, too...

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Of course, if you think the outside is odd and weird, you should see the inside! :D

Owners Davey and his wife Lisa allowed me to take a few pics and I had a wonderful conversation with them...Here is the dollar rack and jazz section (Oh, and sorry if some of the pics came out blurry...I was a little excited! :oops:)...

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I like their liberal use of record dividers everywhere made from actual vinyl!

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Here's a look towards the front...

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And then, the 45 rpm section in the back, with crates of vinyl overflowing in this place! 8)

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In fact, when one of my other favorite local record stores, Rock-A-Billy's, closed up, Davey and Lisa bought out the rest of their inventory from Bill, the guy I mentioned earlier...

There was even this jukebox in the back...

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And if you need a turntable repaired, they have a person they turn to and a section for that...

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A bit cluttered at the moment, but that's the kind of thing I like to see...A treasure around every corner, too! :wink:

To me, a record lover's paradise! :mrgreen:

Of course, you know the place is weird and lives up to it's name when you find records like these in the stacks! :D

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=koWBvvD7qZk

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=362HmnMgiB8

But, you wanna know what's really weird about this place? :-k Some of the records Davey doesn't like get priced at $6.66... :evil:

And take a look at THIS stunt he pulled some time back...Even got the attention of Herb himself! :lol:

https://boingboing.net/2017/10/18/this- ... rries.html

Oh yeah, baby! \:D/

He also is really into comedy records, garage rarities and surf novelties...They even sell accessories like 45' adapters, record sleeves and whatnot...It really is an eclectic place!

And to top it all off, for $10 an hour, anyone can rent a block of time in the vinyl room he has set up with two turntables and broadcast their own radio show, which streams on the old Internet...If any of you guys want to take a listen to past shows, check this out...

http://www.weirdsvilledetroit.com/
https://www.spreaker.com/show/weirdsvil ... adios-show

I may want to even try that sometime...With my eclectic collection, it could get very weird...but it could be very wonderful at the same time! Let's just say I'm keeping it in mind for the future! :wink: :-k

But, back to the matter at hand, I spent quite a few hours scouring the place and came away with some great records! =D>

To start, a record store is just not worth it's salt if it doesn't have a decent dollar bin, so I plucked quite a few from there...Lots of soul, jazz and pop to choose from, as well as your standard pop/rock classics...For $1.00 apiece, how can you go wrong??? 8-[

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I had Paul's "Visions" album and thought I would give that one a try...A little more fusion-y, but cool!

Of course, I do buy albums for the cover, on occasion, like this one from a band called Trillion...

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Here's one from Cal Tjader...

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...and for some reason, I didn't have a decent copy of Bread's first one...

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I do collect radio station-related memorabilia and records, so I was chuffed to see these ones in the dollar bins...

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Of course, more interesting earthy down-home jazz...This one had Kenny Burrell on it, so that alone piqued my interest!

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And this one is great, as Stevie Wonder wrote some songs for it! Maya Rudolph's mom, too! :D

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGrEx9bMqe4

Here's one by a band I know little of, but I had one of their 45's...

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pc_ooal4vrQ

Talking about Al Stewart earlier on another thread, I thought I'd pick up a better copy of this one...

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Same with this one...

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Now, this is great pop, featuring Martin's Top 40 hit, "The Salt In My Tears"...

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tg-TWFX1OOE

I'm not gonna show you the whole cover, since there are some explicit drawings on the cover, but I can tell that the last owner was NOT a fan of Steve Winwood...

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Fortunately, I am! :wink:

Next, we have a great LP from The Dells...

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uH42TJdNKig

More jazz...

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And I've always been a Swing Out Sister fan...While I have the CD's and several 45's, I thought it would be good to own their big hit album on vinyl...

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In fact, here's a great instrumental version of "Breakout" I heard recently...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jc0dSx1_YiE

David + David were known for their big hit "Welcome To The Boomtown", but I'd never owned the full album...

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97wvwuHUMCw

And just for fun, I'm trying to see how many LP's I can find with those 70's highback peacock chairs on the covers! :lol:

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Here's another girl I know nothing about, but more funky jazz, I guess...

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0jWGPEw32o

I like to take risks on unknowns and for $1.00, why not??? :-k

I have the Blackjack stuff and many of his solo albums in some form, but I did not have this one, an early entry into the rock category...And I kid you not, I have a compilation album that features him in with a bunch of metal acts... :shock:

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NukzQZM-1Qk

https://www.discogs.com/Various-Metalma ... se/4773264

Another guy on that "Metalmania" comp was Tommy Bolin, and although I have "Teaser", this was a better copy of his second solo album...

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUFsQHWOA_M

Thanks to "King Of The Hill", I think many more people know about Chuck Mangione now...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5vyZKY7SB0

Of course, I knew about him long ago...So, I was stoked to find THIS oddity...

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There was even a bin where one could pick up assorted album covers (no records) for 50 cents! So, I got these three...

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Again with the peacock chairs...
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Not bad for the "El Cheapo" bins, but I also picked up some good jazz and R&B...

Going back to Stevie Wonder, this is one album from Syreeta I didn't have and it has some good Stevie covers on it, as well...

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pca3TdoVaPA

Here's one from the great Dizzy Gillespie & Lalo Schifrin...A promo, I believe...

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZgit2ErXuE&t=110s

And speaking of funky jazz, here are three more originals that I was super-stoked to find in decent, playable shape...

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bYYyicjjQk

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IJ77MquKcw

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3E9vx5vVck

I also dig 80's pop from Japan, and I don't know if this one is good, but I'm taking a chance on her anyway...

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It wasn't all jazz and pop, though...I did find a classic or two...My vinyl mentor got to see Roy in his prime and said it was one of the best shows he'd even been to in his life...I will say that his MGM stuff is as good as his Monument stuff and if you see this album cheap, pick it up like I did! :D

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2l44n3oT6k

There were some 45's, too, like these...A major early rap single at the time...

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZDUEilS5M4

...An interesting red record featuring Dave Brubeck and some other stellar jazzmen...

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06u6wwwKlno

...and then, one of my favorite funk tunes...

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMVqAJcX9I4

I even added a reel tape to the collection...

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He had a few more, but they weren't all priced yet...Another reason to go back there at some point...Of course, I was looking for some stickers and buttons, too, so I'll have to go back there when they make some more! I've been trying to pick those things up at every record store I go to...I did get this one, though...

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Finally, I never saw I would see this one in the single racks, the 12-inch version, too! :shock:

To this day, Mr. Adams disavows himself of this record, but yes...That's "Mr. Summer Of '69" himself! :D

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4aI1Z167s8

Wild, eh? :crazy:

I did find a few more that I will be gifting away, too, to some friends, but all in all, I think a very fun outing and a great day to do some record shopping...and who says you only have to do it once a year and in good weather??? :-k

Whaddya think, guys??? :-k

If you like these adventures, I will keep doing them and there are still places on my list to go visit...I just need to replenish the ol' wallet now! #-o
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Re: My Record Store Adventures!

Post by Tinkaroo » 07 Mar 2019 21:33

That looks like a fun day out plus lots of cool finds too.

Did you end up buying the Bryan Adams album? I hadn't heard that one before and it's probably a collectors item.

You can often find some nice items in the dollar bins if one is willing to take the time.

My latest attempt at looking for records in the thrift shops yielded nothing. I did come across a nice copy of a Kim Carnes LP but already had it. Hopefully once the weather improves we can look forward to some yard sales.

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