I last caught a Recordland $1 Sale in late September 2016. Not a bad haul of just 32 records. This year I had a time limit of 2 hrs and managed to score 36* vinyl treasures. I could have grabbed a couple more – but on quick inspection, the vinyl was in pretty bad shape – ironic as some I did acquire are in almost pristine condition – I don’t think they were ever played!
Recordland is a little out of the way for me, I have to drive through downtown Calgary, then into Inglewood. Also, second-hand records (vinyl and covers) at Recordland are generally in “fair” to “good” condition. I’ve since discovered several LPs and EP’s (packed into Rrecordland shelves) that I’ve previously bought online (via Discogs) that I could have saved some money on, but it’s VERY doubtful these would have been in such good condition. Some diehard collectors swear that the search is half the enjoyment and makes the discovery all that sweeter. Investing the time in a secondhand store to “perhaps” find a great record vs. quickly locating a record online, in great condition, but with additional shipping is very efficient and difficult to fault. Whenever I buy vinyl online from Discogs, vinyl/covers are always rated at “Very Good +” or “Near Mint or even “Mint” (if the price/shipping price is right) and they’ve always been in great condition.
Seems that’s always been the trade-off. Still, I’ve found some hard to find gems at Recordland, not in the best condition, but I really should try to make more regular visits. (*Actually, after a quick count, it would seem I have 37 records – I owe Recordland a dollar when I return for my next dig.)
Two 12 inch singles this time:
“Mirror Man” – The Human League, what can I say a fan since High School. To be honest, I had high school crushes on Susan Ann Sulley and Joanne Catherall, but I liked the music too!
“Madam Butterfly” – Malcolm McLaren, introduced to this album in the 80s by a girlfriend, I always felt I had to despise Malcolm since the Sex Pistols imploded. I have since bought the album on vinyl, but hey – this EP just jumped out at me. Love this song.
“Abandoned Luncheonette” – Hall & Oates, to be honest, I only bought these albums because we’re going to the concert this week, and I had to google the single of this debut album (“She’s Gone”).
“ooh yeah!” – Hall & Oates, … again – but at least I recognised the hit “Everything Your Heart Desires” …
“Crime of the Century” – Supertramp, caught myself singing “Give a Little Bit” the other day, which reminded me to buy more Supertramp (I only have “Breakfast in America” on vinyl) so when I saw these I grabbed them. Seems “Even In the Quietest Moments…” is the album I wanted, but still enjoying “Bloody Well Right” and “Dreamer” on this album …
Famous Last Words” – Supertramp, … and “It’s Raining Again” on this.
“The Raw And The Cooked” – Fine Young Cannibals, was released while I worked in radio and I noticed I only had an EP of “Good Thing” in my record collection. Had to grab this. Tracks include; “Ever Fallen In Love” (cover of the the Buzzcocks song) and the big hit “She Drives Me Crazy”.
“Fine Young Cannibals” – Fine Young Cannibals, and the debut featuring tracks; “Johnny Come Home”, “Suspicious Minds” (Elvis Cover) and ‘”Blue”.
I didn’t have any Blondie, so … “Automerican” – featuring; “The Tide Is High”
Blondie – “Eat To The Beat” – featuring: “Dreaming” and “Atomic”
Blondie – “Parallel Lines” – featuring: “One Way Or Another” and “Heart Of Glass”
And the remainder I’ve dropped here. Various “Oh, I should grab this” (which I’m glad I did) and one complete “I should buy this, I’m sure I’ve heard this band” (which turns out I didn’t) plus several guilty pleasures and a couple that I knew my wife would like. 😀 The Flock of Seagulls was an intentional double-up because the other copy I previously purchased has a beat-up cover.
Not sure if any of these Albums bring back your memories from the 70s/80s but most have a connection with my musical history, even if it was listening to “War Of The Worlds” soundtrack in class. I was kind of surprised to realise the YELLO album “One Second” was released 1987 – Boris Blank and Dieter Meier always seemed so ahead of their time.
Thanks again to Recordland – can’t wait to come back from another vinyl dig!