Much needed caution should be observed when casually spinning your coveted records. Consider, for a moment, the quality of your needle. “It is better to replace your needle than your record collection.” You have Capitol Records to thank for this kind warning, one I’m sure will not fall upon deaf ears.
Ladies and gentlemen, the Vinyl Me, Please 2017 Holiday Gift Guide… is… HERE! For record collectors, this foldout, 8-page catalog is like a Sears Christmas catalog from yore (1985, I’m looking at you). I strongly suggest becoming a member if you aren’t already. Exclusivity for the holidays makes for a great gift.
Dunhill Records, best known for its Steppenwolf releases in the late 60s, started as an outlet for Johnny Rivers recordings in 1964 / 1965. Cofounded by legendary Hollywood mogul Lou Adler, Dunhill was sold to ABC in 1966, and ABC / Dunhill was formed. Here’s a peaceful insert featuring Mickie Finn, Barry McGuire, and The Grassroots.
I’m a bit perplexed by the fact that I can’t find the Vinyl Me, Please store exclusive to Willie Nelson’s The Words Don’t Fit the Picture. Nothing appears in the search bar for “Willie Nelson” so my first thought is that it’s sold out, which is odd because VMP usually keeps the title online but notes its unavailability. The second clue to this great October ghost is that no 2017 reissue appears within tWDFtP album entry on Discogs. This could have been an premature advertisement, or it could very well be false advertising. Whichever carries more weight, I suppose is the valid answer.
I severely need to up my Buddy Holly game. Tucked inside on of my Stones records was a Coral Records insert featuring, among others, the late, great, Buddy Holly. After a quick scan on Discogs for these Coral releases, I’m quickly finding out that Buddy can be had for relatively cheap. A bit of a surprise to me, but to be honest, I’ve never really looked. Anyway, new obsession starts in three… two… one…
For just $2, back in 1977, you could have delivered, directly to your door, a special, 2 LP comp from some forward-thinkering heads of the Warners sample program. Van Morrison, Fleetwood Mac, Alice Cooper, and even The Doobie Brothers are all present and accounted for… and some Rod Stewart if that’s your thing… it’s certainly not mine. The sampler is simply called Limo, and currently fetches for… you guessed it, $2 over at Discogs. Head on over and check it out.
I didn’t realize until recently (he humbly admitted) that the original pressing of BS 2000’s vinyl-only debut was pressed on black wax. I’d heard rumors and praises about a Beastie Boys side project with the numbers “2000” in the title, and when Grand Royal released pink vinyl versions of the debut, I (stupidly) thought it to be the original. As it turns out, the black vinyl (and original) pressing was released in 1997, and the pink reissue followed two years later. It took until last week for me to 1) understand that I did not have the original of this album and 2) acquire the original of this album. This is now the third time I’ve purchased this album. BS 2000, you’re welcome.
MGM Records, circa: 1968 was the “now” label, or so it thought. With the likes of Eric Burdon & the Animals, Roy Orbison, Herman’s Hermits, Sam the Sham, and Every Mothers’ Son, very few would argue that boasting claim. Throw in the father-son combo of Hank Williams & Jr., and you’ve got yourself “The Sounds of Now” er, then. Fancy design layout, too.