9 albums for £16

Digging in a box of Charity Shop records:

Well, my visits to off-the-beaten-track charity shops and junk stores around my local area is dominating my posts at the moment. Of course, I’ve bought items from these types of places in the past but it has tended to be books and magazines. I’ve rarely even bothered looking at the boxes and racks of records.

My situation changed in the summer when I quit more job and took early retirement. I no longer feel the need or have the funds to go out and spend my hard-earned cash on expensive albums or importing obscure 45s from around the globe.

My sights are now firmly fixed on searching for cheap records, performers and groups that I have no prior knowledge of what they sound like. As long as they’re only a couple of quid I’m prepared to take the album home with me, research the item and write about it on my blog.

This week I’ve bought my first ever Bob Dylan LP. His “Nashville Skyline” long-player on the original UK CBS label from 1969 seemed a decent deal at £5. Why not give it a listen I said to myself!

The Del Shannon and Roy Orbison LPs were £2 each from Scope and the British Heart foundation, charity shops situated in Washington Galleries. They had been in the racks for a few weeks, unwanted, unloved, perhaps even unsellable. Are there any Del or Roy fans around nowadays?

I had a walk over to Concord this morning, a small shopping area on the outskirts of the town centre, only a few mile away. Imagine my surprise when I discovered “Second Impressions” – an old school family run business which buys and sells pre-loved household furniture, electricals and other goods such as CDs and records.

I was straight in there and flicked through three boxes full of LPs. There were numerous Elvis and Barry Manilow records. The usual second hand fodder, mostly 1970s chart favourites. but thankfully I came away with a handful of swag for £7. I’m pleased with them all, especially the Gene Vincent and Duane Eddy pieces. Most of the records I bought were ‘tagged’ S. Samson.

As is customary, I have washed every record using my Spin Clean, then sprayed them all with Shimmer vinyl Record Cleaner. Each and every record has been improved by at least one grade and I’d happily grade them all in EX condition.

Coming Home Today:

  • Bob Dylan – “Nashville Skyline” (CBS 63601) May 1969
  • The Tremeloes – “Reach Out For” (Embassy EMB 31031) 1973
  • Duane Eddy – “Have ‘Twangy’ Guitar Will Travel” (London Records HA-W 2160) 1958
  • The Searchers – “Sugar And Spice” (Marble Arch MAL 704) 1967
  • Gene Vincent – “Born To Be A Rolling Stone” (Masters MA 11101183) 1983
  • The Shadows – “Walkin’ With The Shadows” (Music For Pleasure MFP 1388) July 1970
  • 12 Tops – “Today’s Top Hits” (Stereo Gold Award MER 104) January 1973
  • Roy Orbison – “Greatest Hits” (Telstar STAR 2330) October 1988
  • Del Shannon – “The Best Of” (Contour 2870 323) July 1973

I’m going to make a post on each album and select the most appealing cut. Keep checking in for those updates. The amount of records I’m buying at these charity shops means that my reviews will extend well into next year.

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