Welcome to the latest addition of ‘what’s J been buying this time’. Well, couple of new records over the last month and I’ve also decided to buy less. See I discovered while shuffling them around that I got a bunch that I haven’t yet listened to and a bunch that I actually don’t have much interest in listening to. I guess that’s what happens when you see records that have a reputation (yeah, I’m looking at you Bad Company and Bridge Over Troubled Water). Anyway, here’s the records that have found their way into my collection over the last month.
Stevie Ray Vaghan & Double Trouble – Texas Flood (£5.99) and Van Halen – Van Halen (£3.99)
Both of these were purchased from Mixed-Up Records at the start of the month. Really pleased that I picked up Texas Flood – a pretty special record and this copy is in pretty good condition. That Van Halen album is crackin’, too. I don’t imagine it’s a special find, but I’ve been enjoying this one loads and it’s a nice addition to the collection.
Peter Gabriel – Peter Gabriel 4 / Security (£5), Frank Sinatra – Songs For Swingin’ Lovers! (£2), and INXS – Listen Like Thieves (£3)
Funny thing is, I hadn’t really intended on buying these three when I spotted them in the Record Fayre a couple of weeks ago. I did intend on buying the Sinatra album for three reasons: 1. it’s brilliant; 2. I already have In The Wee Small Hours and this would complete my ‘must have’ Sinatra collection; and 3. despite the cover being tatty, the record was in really good condition and it was £2.
So why did I buy all three? Well, I picked up the others while I mulled them over … and I found myself spilling them onto the floor. A right racket, too. So I could hardly put them back. Urgh. Luckily there was no damage – they all play fine, though the Gabriel record has a load of surface noise. Oh, and those of you who said that Listen Like Thieves was better than Kick – you might be onto something (that’s for another post).
Duke Garwood – Heavy Love and Stone Temple Pilots – No. 4 (birthday gifts from my wife)
Delighted with these. Garwood’s Heavy Love is an early front-runner for my album of the year. It really is pretty special – his voice is way out front and it’s both dusty and hypnotic (it’s also mixed by Lanegan and Alain Johannes). The Stone Temple Pilots album is, in my opinion, their last truly great album. Actually the first time this has been available on vinyl, so gotta love those folks at Music on Vinyl.
Nilsson – Duit On Mon Dei (£3)
The most recent of the additions. Truth be told I have never heard this. One of those Nilsson records that got painted with the old ‘diminishing returns’ brush. It’s been on my ‘wantlist’; more out of curiosity than anything else. Anyway, I spotted it in a little book and record store over in Glasgow’s West End for £3 and decided to buy it. The record itself is in pretty excellent condition and the ‘unipak gatefold’ is intact despite looking a little worn. Quickly established itself as one of my favourite Harry Nilsson albums.
As always, you can expect to read about these here in due course (when I get to know them real good).