Last Sunday, we returned to the Pasadena City College swap meet, after a long absence. Ever since they moved the ‘record collector’ part of the show up into the parking structure, it hasn’t been the same. Still with a bit of persistence, I found some oddball vinyl stuff last Sunday – alas, no 7” singles!
HISEMAN, JOHN – A NIGHT IN THE SUN, KUCKUCK DE LP ’82 solo album by the drummer of Colosseum and Tempest; recorded in Brazil, $6
LOVE AND MONEY – STRANGE KIND OF LOVE, FONTANA UK LP British pressing, gatefold cover, never seen a copy before! Weird letter from the ‘radio promo’ label folks to “Hip FM DJ’s” included – imagine sending an LP to a radio station in 1988!, $6
MENTAL AS ANYTHING – BRAIN BRAIN, A&M US 12″ promo-only 12” single in a plain black sleeve; Long version / short version, $2
MENTAL AS ANYTHING – IF YOU LEAVE ME CAN I COME TOO?, A&M US 12″ promo-only 12” single in a plain black sleeve, $2
MERCURY, ERIC – s/t, MERCURY US LP promo ’75 amazing R&B LP (I am only missing one Eric Mercury LP now), and this is still not on CD in 2011, $4
PROPAGANDA – DR. MABUSE, ZTT UK 12″ W/PS (12 ZTAS 2) I never saw a copy of this before, only ever the Japanese version (Polystar JPN 13SI-238) $6
YELLO – I LOVE YOU, ELEKTRA US 12″ promo-only 12” single, cover rubber stamped “Special AOR Mix” – 3 tracks, $2
I was told (by 2 different people, no less) that the records I was looking through belonged to a single individual, one of whom was designated “a reviewer”.
Also found a few cheap CD’s:
ABDELLI – AMONG BROTHERS, REALWORLD US CD, $2
GILMOUR, DAVID – ABOUT FACE, COLUMBIA US CD re-mastered, sealed, $5
GILMOUR, DAVID – s/t, COLUMBIA US CD re-mastered, sealed, $5
LOTTKE, LEO – CHEWING PINE, BGO UK CD ’75 album, $3
V.A. – SUMMER OF LOVE Vol. 1, RHINO US CD, ’92 CD of late 60’s hits, $2
I have to be honest, I don’t buy many CD’s at swap meets. But I am a sucker for inexpensive Realworld label CD; the Gilmour titles got re-mastered when all the Pink Floyd titles got re-mastered, I guess – and I do like those albums. I got the Leo Kottke for it’s Procol Harum cover version. And the Rhino compilation CD is a nice effort, with some off stuff on it – there are maybe 6 tracks here that I did not already own on CD.
So, last Sunday was a good day for my record collector persona. I literally do not know where I could’ve found any of this stuff in a store, much less for the prices paid (in cash) at the swap meet. Makes me want to go to more swap meets!