It Never Hurts to Ask

Some King Crimson & Sly Stone recordsWow…had a GREAT score at a local thrift shop yesterday. This is a little place off the beaten path that I remembered going to a few years back but hadn’t been to in a while. When I went in I saw they had CDs, but no LPs that I could find. I grabbed one CD and was going to leave it at that, but as I was checking out, I thought I’d ask if they had any records. The woman I talked to asked someone else, who called someone else, and finally I was brought out to a barn in the back, a crate of records was pulled out, the heavens parted, and… well, now we’re getting ridiculous. But you crate diggers know what I’m talking about, that magic moment when you discover something really good for really cheap. Not that these were original Beatles mono LPs or anything, BUT, there was some really good stuff. When the crate first came out and I saw the spine of a King Crimson record I knew this could be good. Here’s what I got:

  • Alice Coltrane – World Galaxy (Impulse)
  • Duke Ellington & John Coltrane (Impulse Stereo…looks like 2nd pressing?)
  • Herbie Nichols – The Bethlehem Years (Bethlehem)
  • Tony Bennett & Count Basie – Strike Up The Band (Roulette)
  • Oscar Peterson/Stephane Grappelli – Quartet (America Records …French import)
  • Nina Simone – Emergency Ward promo EP (RCA Victor white label promo)
  • Roberta Flack – First Take (Atlantic …yes, this one is pretty common, but I’ve wanted to check it out for a while now)
  • King Crimson – In the Wake of Poseidon (Atlantic US)
  • King Crimson – Lizard (Atlantic US)
  • King Crimson – Earthbound (Island UK pressing)
  • King Crimson – Larks Tongues in Aspic (Atlantic US)
  • Sly and the Family Stone – Life (Epic)
  • Sly and the Family Stone – Small Talk (Epic)

Herbie Nichols, Alice Coltrane, Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Oscar Peterson...The covers on some of these are a bit chewed up, though many are at least VG and the Peterson/Grappelli, King Crimson – Earthbound and Bennett/Basie are more like NM. And most of the records themselves appear to be in VG+ to NM condition. Can’t wait to play ’em! The woman asked me if 75ยข a piece was okay and I actually talked her up to a buck a piece. In the end I paid $12 for the 13 LPs.

The Verdict: SCORE!
My Cost: $12 for 13 records

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2 Responses to It Never Hurts to Ask

  1. DJ Phoenix says:

    Hey pal!! Great blog, really enjoyed reading it, thanks for that. keep up the collecting, nice to see so many folks passionate about music/collecting.

    Excellent blog my friend.

    • Tim says:

      Thanks Mr. DJ! It’s a labor of love…you probably have the same disease as I do so you know how it goes… ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Thanks again for your comments.

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