I love records. Discovering new ones and re-discovering old favourites. I’ve said this before, right? This month I’ve ticked off a couple of ‘need to hear’ records and, more importantly, nabbed a few of my grail list items (one of which is somewhere in Royal Mail’s system as I type). Not particularly difficult to get hold of, I guess, but those grail items aren’t ones that I have seen on any of my crate digging expeditions. My friend Craig Hughes (musician and right grumpy bastard and he who writes about tapes of the music and moving pictures variety) also threw a couple of records my way. So, here we go.
David Bowie – Diamond Dogs (£2) and Elton John – Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy (£2.50)
from Record Fayre
First David Bowie record I’ve added to the collection. The sleeve is right tatty and, being just a standard reissue, there’s a definite air of ‘no thrills’ about this copy, but I’m happy with that. Bursting with character and stories. The record itself is surprisingly very good. But anyway, I hadn’t heard this album before (I know!), so I figured it was a nice find.
This is the third Elton John album to be added to the collection. I’ve only given it a cursory listen and it was enjoyable enough, though the quality dropped off a bit on side 2 (maybe just a bit too pedestrian?) The record and sleeve are both in good condition and there’s a poster and lyric book inside.
Johnny Cash – At Folsom Prison
£7.99 (incl. postage) from Discogs
I’ve had so many versions of this – standard CD, expanded reissue, and the deluxe version from a few years back – but I still needed to get the LP. Never spotted a copy, though. So I decided just to grab this when I spotted it on Discogs. Such a great album and it remains my favourite of the prison albums. Especially on LP.
Steve Fisk – 448 Deathless Days
£4.99 (incl. postage) from Discogs
Couldn’t believe my luck when I found this one so cheap. A really brilliant piece of 80s experimentalism and a surprisingly cohesive listen. Both the sleeve and record are in really excellent condition.
Mark Lanegan – Houston: Publishing Demos 2002
£21.25 (incl. postage) from Amazon
I was really excited about this one, especially given that last year’s Phantom Radio had me longing to hear another dusty Lanegan album. This certainly done the trick. The material here is brilliant and the album cover (by Jon Langford) is pretty striking. It’s a nice heavy record housed in a gatefold sleeve complete with credits and lyrics.
Jerry Reed – Ko-Ko Joe and Waylon Jennings – Most Wanted Nashville Rebel
I met up with Craig Hughes for some coffee drinking and chat covering a range of topics. He brought along a couple of records that he thought might appeal to me. I have seen that Jerry Reed album a couple of times and I’ve always thought the cover is utterly brilliant, but I have never heard a Jerry Reed album (I know!). Craig was right, though – totally appeals to me and I enjoyed this a whole lot.
As for Waylon, aside from Highwaymen and the Waylon and Willie album with Willie Nelson, I’ve heard very little (again, I know!). This is a pretty swell 2LP collection from 1980 and a good starting point for someone who isn’t all that familiar with his work.
I’m also waiting on a copy of The Gutter Twins’ Saturnalia after spotting a copy on Discogs for £20. Couldn’t let that pass me by. I’ll up a picture or two when it arrives …