Not quite the end of July, but I don’t figure I’ll be buying any records before the month is up (though I did go pre-order Mark Lanegan’s Houston and I’m considering Keith Richards’ Crosseyed Heart, too – but they don’t count, right?).
Anyway, July’s been an odd one over these parts – the weather here has been right changeable. Though always warm, there’s been rain, heavy rain, monsoon rain and occasionally a bit of a breeze making a welcome change to the humidity. The last few days have even had a bit of a chill about them. My hayfever has been a son of a gun, too. Bah. Anyhoo, in conditions like this the only place I’m safe is indoors. Indoors preferably meaning at home; but occasionally (like 5 days a week) that indoors is an office. To my relief, indoors can also mean a record store. Hurrah!
The Cars – Shake It Up (£2.99)
Bought at the Record Fayre at the end of June, actually (after the June round-Up). I decided to buy this after reading Mr 1537’s assessment of it
. Now, you may remember me mentioning previously that I had started listening to The Cars pretty heavily after that post – picking up the debut, Candy-O and Heartbeat City on vinyl – but I was never a big fan of Shake It Up and held off revisiting it. Blargh. It also managed to secure second place in my wife’s “worst albums you have brought into this house” list.
Frank Sinatra – Sinatra at the Sands (£3.00)
Yes! Couldn’t believe my luck! A really pretty nice original copy of Sinatra at the Sands.
There’s something really pretty special about this one, so I was pleased at finding it for just £3. I also learned something about how they made some doubles back in the day, as I was baffled as to why side 2 isn’t side 2, but side 3. Turns out that’s something they done for playing on a record changer. A few marks, but they weren’t troublesome at all and it’s really quiet.
Queen – A Day at the Races (£3.00)
The only other Queen album I was interested in picking up (I have A Night at the Opera) and I managed to nab this fairly nice copy at the Record Fayre just a few days after reading that 1537 guy’s assessment of it
(honestly, I need to stop reading his opinions on records). Anyway, I think someone had decided they don’t like Queen anymore, cause there was quite the selection of Queen albums. I wasn’t that interested in the others, though. I still haven’t listened to this yet!
Michael Nesmith – Pretty Much Your Standard Ranch Stash (£7.00)
I’ve been after this one a while. Spotted in a good few months back (probably this time last year) when I bumped into Blabber ‘n’ Smoke
‘s Paul in Missing. Decided to weigh it up, as I was also interested in a couple of other records that day. When I went back it was gone. Bah. This copy is in just about perfect nick. Sounds really rich, too … in that nice gatefold sleeve. Wee extra inside it, too – a ‘promo shot’ of Mr Nesmith.
Prince – Purple Rain (£4.00)
I’ve been interested in this one for a while. After all, it’s an album that folks wax lyrical about – “Prince … blah blah blah … Purple Rain … blah blah blah”. Never really gave it much time myself. A few things happened recently that meant when I seen this I decided to finally give it a listen. Somewhat underwhelmed, though. Can’t imagine I’ll be keeping hold of this one.
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Deja Vu (£1.00)
Sometimes the bargain crates at Mixed-Up are worth looking in. There’s a lot of records that are clearly hoofed, but sometimes they just need a wee bit of a clean. This copy is tatty and the record has a lot of marks, but at a £1 it was worth a punt. I was expecting a serious case of the rice crispies, but it’s surprisingly quiet. Hurrah!