12 March 2015
Old Records Department
What I love most about buying old records from stores that sell old shit is the randomness. You just never know what you are going to find, how old it is going to be, how fine its condition, how much you are going to enjoy listening to it and what sort of value might be assigned to it.
A few such recent purchases dated from 1970 or thereabouts, an album and a couple 45s. The album is Melanie's. Has a great cover of the Stone's "Ruby Tuesday" - one of my favourite songs - on it as well as another cover and some Melanie originals. Great singer and songwriter. Never got to see her perform in person. When you open the record up there is a picture of Melanie, a bunch of schoolkids and a big peace symbol made out of bricks at their feet.
Love you Melanie!
Those were different times, motherfuckers.
Both of the 45s are Made In Fucking Japan. First one is Crosby, Stills and Nash's "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes." Picture sleeve. Plays as new. Worth $12 or so these days. Worth more than that to read the b-side "Long Time Gone" misspelled as "Long Time Gome" on the label.
Love you Japs!
Second one is Serge Gainsbourg's "Goodbye Emmanuelle." Comes with a little poster of Emmanuelle star Sylvia Kristal. The value of the thing, due in no small part to its soft porn history, is apparently in the $300 range.
Love you Sylvia Kristal, even though you are dead!
The three of them cost me $4.