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Scabrous Birdseed
10-07-2007, 11:18:29
Inspired by Fergus's revelation about finding Colossal Youth on vinyl for 10p, let's hear about your greatest finds in the cheap-record bins, in thrift stores and in randomly auctioned-off piles of old records.

What are the best records you've found? What are the most unexpectedly good records you've found? What are the records that you've searched for forever before finally finding? And have you ever found any conventionally expensive records enormously undervalued?

Resource Consumer
10-07-2007, 11:33:15
I am still looking frantcally for a less than stratospherically prices Girls at Our Best CD. Otherwise, nothing that I have found fits quite into that category

C.G.B. Spender
10-07-2007, 11:44:47
Hans Vandenburg "Comemrcial Break" CD 2,5 EUR. Almost impossible to get, I would have paid 20 EUR for it.

I sound like a gay twat.

SlowwHand
11-07-2007, 04:34:04
Those two are obscure, it would seem. I know people all over the world that are into music, and no one has either.
It appears you each are on true quests. ;)

Lazarus and the Gimp
11-07-2007, 05:03:57
It took me months to find "Metallic KO" by Iggy and the Stooges- finally bought for 50p.

Debaser
11-07-2007, 07:53:43
I've got a really strange CD of alternate mixes from the Stooges Funhouse sessions. Not seen another one like it anywhere. Not sure if it has any worth, wouldn't have thought so, probably just some dodgy bootleg.

I also got mint condition copies of Michael Jackson's Thriller, and the Doors long out of print Weird Scenes Inside the Goldmine compilation, both on vinyl, for 10p each in a car boot sale a few years back.

Scabrous Birdseed
11-07-2007, 08:38:01
It's not this one, is it:

http://www.rhinohandmade.com/browse/ProductLink.lasso?Number=7707

Because if it is I'm really envious.

Debaser
11-07-2007, 09:27:09
No, it's a single CD in a CD single sized case. It's Japanese, or at least has some Japanese writing on it.

I'll try and dig it out sometime soon.

Scabrous Birdseed
11-07-2007, 11:17:18
It's slightly off-topic, but I just walked past a thrift store on my lunch hour and bought the first two Pet Shop Boys albums, a supposedly mediocre Cars album, an album by the highly fashionable Albert Hammond (who I've never listened to) and two eighties R&B classics for about 4 altogether. I've no idea if any of it is any good.

Funko
11-07-2007, 11:18:46
My brother is supporting Albert Hammond's son, Albert Hammond Jr tomorrow.

Scabrous Birdseed
11-07-2007, 11:20:12
Does every ex-SUM member except you have a successful rock band?

Funko
11-07-2007, 11:41:26
Only 2/5 do.

Scabrous Birdseed
11-07-2007, 11:48:11
Let's face it, they were more talented than the rest of you and deserved better. :)

Funko
11-07-2007, 11:52:53
Oh, absolutely.

C.G.B. Spender
11-07-2007, 12:08:23
Oh, crap. They were not talented at all. Some of them were just lucky!

Debaser
11-07-2007, 17:19:36
Originally posted by Scabrous Birdseed
It's slightly off-topic, but I just walked past a thrift store on my lunch hour and bought the first two Pet Shop Boys albums, a supposedly mediocre Cars album, an album by the highly fashionable Albert Hammond (who I've never listened to) and two eighties R&B classics for about 4 altogether. I've no idea if any of it is any good.

4 for the first two PSB albums is a bargain in itself!

C.G.B. Spender
11-07-2007, 17:55:42
Program Specification Blocks? You mean IMS?

Fergus & The Brazen Car
11-07-2007, 18:21:04
A John Barry mail order only picture cover 4 track e.p. from the 60s in pristine condition for only 50p in Hackney; also the Maigret theme tune picture cover e.p. for 25p in sunny Walthamstow.


One charity shop I go to regularly sells 10 vinyl records (7", 12" and albums) for the princely sum of 1.00.

Yes, 'twas there I purchased the aforementioned Young Marble Giants along with some juicy rare reggae 12"s from the early 80s (The Sowell Radics et cetera) a Sergio Mendes album from the late 60s and a Josh White/Carl Sandburg album all on the same day.


Managed to find a succulently clean edition of a Paul Robeson 10" album the other day, but unfortunately someone had taken a bite out of one corner. Still worth it for the songs...

Scabrous Birdseed
15-07-2007, 08:45:08
I found two copies, TWO COPIES of Paul Parker's Too Much To Dream at two separate yard sales yesterday. And I've never even seen a record released on Megatone before! I only bought one but I'm seriously tempted to go back to the other one and buy a second copy.

Fergus & The Brazen Car
16-07-2007, 09:33:15
I forgot to mention- in the late 90s I found a copy of Billy Mackenzie's version of 'Free' recorded with the B.E.F. in an Oxfam shop on Marylebone High Street.

It was only ever released as a promotional 7" and I was lucky enough to find it for only 25p...

Also in Oxfam in Drury Lane I found a copy of the promotional version of Tindersticks' album 'Curtains', which comes in a little box with a discography and photographs- all for only 2.00 .


I mooched over to one of my local charity shops yesterday and picked up a vinyl copy of Phil Spector's 'Echoes of the 60s' and 9 indie-ish 7" singles- amongst them Orange Juice's 'I Can't Help Myself' and Robert Wyatt's 'Grass/Trade Union' and 7 assorted British/American small label/indie singles,all for only 1.00 .

Most of them I hadn't even heard of, but I think I can take the hit of a pound, and I always rationalize by saying it's fer charideeee....