So clearly the best time to go thrift shopping is immediately after a snowstorm. 😛 I got these at St. Vincent de Paul today. Would have gotten more, but at 99 cents each, I limited myself to songs I know and like. 99 cents is the same price they charge for LPs.
Starting at the top:
Petula Clark – Don’t Sleep in the Subway
Monkees – Pleasant Valley Sunday
Glen Campbell – Wichita Lineman and Galveston
Judy Collins – Both Sides Now
Moody Blues – Nights in White Satin
Beach Boys – Fun, Fun, Fun and Good Vibrations
These discs used to belong to a guy named Bob who cared enough about his records to number and presumably catalog them all. You would think someone like Bob would take really good care of his records, but they’ve been rubbing up against each other in their “protective” case for the last 50 years. I’ve only listened to Good Vibrations thus far, and the B-side (the lovely “Let’s Go Away for Awhile”) is drowned out by crackle.
There were a few more Glen Campbell and Monkees discs there. I had just been reading about Glen Campbell this morning, so I took that as a sign that I should get a couple of his.
The case in question. Yeah, I bought it, too. It felt wrong to leave it behind.
And the paper insert in the bottom of the case:
Contrary to the insert’s claims, there were several huge dust bunnies living underneath this paper. 😛
Probably not the most astounding thrift store find ever, but it made my day. The vast majority of records (and music in general) I find at the thrift stores are religious stuff, boring Lawrence Welk-type stuff, polka, and Christmas music. It’s primarily religious stuff, though.
Finding Good Vibrations made me almost pee my pants, even though I must own a half-dozen versions of it at this point. I had a couple Beach Boys 45s when I was a kid, about 7 or 8.
I listened to them quite a bit, but I can’t remember which ones I had. 😛 One of them was probably Surfin’ USA. I am 95% sure I had Surfin’ USA and Surfin’ Safari. Surfin’ Safari has 409 as the B-side, and I remember being confused as to why the song from the cleaning product commercial was on this record. 😛 ANYWAY, This was around the same time my parents, who never go to concerts or other social events, saw them live, and I was insanely jealous. Then one day I told my friend at school that I liked the Beach Boys, and she looked at me as though I were insane. So I stopped listening to them for about 25 years. 😛
I actually found these discs a few days after hitting the CD motherlode at Goodwill last weekend. There was a stack of about 50 GOOD CDs that were freshly donated. Another shopper had gotten to them first and had put about half of them pulled aside. She was listening to all of them on her Discman, then either placing the discs in her cart or back on the stack, depending on whether she liked what she heard.
Here’s what I walked away with:
(I’ll take a photo and add it in here later, LOL: The Kinks, Cracker, Elvis Costello, and Van Morrison)
These were all $2 each, with the Kinks set rubberbanded together. They have been the surprise-not-really-surprise best of what I’ve listened to thus far.