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What's So Wrong About Staying Home With Your Record Collection?

High Fidelity

"Is it so wrong, wanting to be at home with your record collection? It’s not like collecting records is like collecting stamps, or beermats, or antique thimbles." - Nick Hornby

You may not remember, but writer Nick Hornby wrote that line for his novel High Fidelity. Hornby's novel spoke to me loudly when I read it more than 10 years ago, as I identified closely with protagonist Rob Fleming. Last night I found some time to do just that - spend some time with my records. It's nowhere near the time I spent at home listening to records when I was 16, but that feeling of laying on your floor scanning the sleeve for information never gets old.

Personally, I've never had a hard and fast rule about buying music. I had always bought albums on vinyl and compact disc mostly dependent on price. However, a few months back I made the commitment to myself to buy music released prior to 1990 exclusively on vinyl. First, it was the predominant medium for music until the explosion of compact discs in the late 1980's. Further, I would make an attempt to buy early pressings and not the obvious later pressings or reissues.

For years, I bought music on the most convenient form available to me at the time. First, it was 45 RPM singles (for the Fisher Price record player) and later cassettes (for my Ghetto Blaster - yes, even kids in the suburbs called the metal tape player/radio combo by this urban name for the portable cassette player). Then, after my parents bought me a real stereo with a Scott (no pun, just a good brand name) receiver, Techniques turntable and double cassette player, vinyl was the preferred choice. A few years later I started buying compact discs. I have bought music in the mp3 format, but the experience leaves me cold and usually I only make that plunge when it's the only way to find the music.

The only caveat I made for myself on this new rule was for a deluxe edition of the album on CD like the recent reissues by The Kinks or something similar.

So far this year I've bought over 60 albums on vinyl. You'll find a list below of what has been spinning at 33 1/3 RPM on my turntable lately. Some of these albums I have on compact disc and others I had on cassette years ago and never replaced on disc. Other albums on the list I'd heard songs from over the years and just never purchased. Further, there were albums I had on my mental list and when I stumbled upon a nice copy I pulled the trigger and picked it up. Finally, some are just plain new to me entirely; either new bands or albums that come highly recommended. If you see a stone cold classic below I've likely had the album for years in some format and I've just run across a very nice vinyl copy.

Here's what I've bought in the past couple of months since Record Store Day.

The Band - S/T
Big Brother & The Holding Company - Cheap Thrills
The Blues Project - Projections
The Byrds - Mr. Tambourine Man (Mono)
The Byrds - Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde
The Chambers Brothers - The Time Has Come
The Conformists - None Hundred
Ry Cooder - S/T
David Crosby - If Only I Could Remember My Name...
Bob Dylan - Desire
The English Beat - Special Beat Service
The Faces - First Step
Johnny Horton - The Spectacular Johnny Horton
Waylon Jennings - The One and Only
The Knitters - Poor Little Critter On The Road
Little Feat - Dixie Chicken
Little Feat - Feats Don't Fail Me Now
Nick Lowe - Labour Of Love
Taj Mahal - The Natch'l Blues
Van Morrison - Veedon Fleece

Cover of

Laura Nyro - New York Tendaberry
Okkervil River - I Am Very Far
Marty Robbins - Devil Woman (Mono)
The Roches - S/T
The Roches - Nurds
Boz Scaggs & Band - S/T
Stephen Stills - 2
Talking Heads - Talking Heads '77
Title Tracks - In Blank
Two Cow Garage - Sweet Saint Me
The Wildflowers - Sometime Soon

 

Hey! Look What I found. Where Do You Buy Records?

Yesterday, I found a copy of one of my favorite albums at a local antique mall/indoor flea market. You never know what you're going to stumble upon at one of these places. I didn't have a lot of time so I flipped through the 6 or 8 crates of records pretty quickly. I happened to find a VG/VG+ original copy of The Byrds LP Mr. Tambourine Man in Mono for $5.00. Except for a little wear around the edges, mostly on the bottom front cover and a stamp on the name and address of a previous owner on the back; the record is in great condition. There was no sleeve inside promoting the other albums for sale, but so often those are replaced or gone anyway.

Mr. Tambourine Man
Mr. Tambourine Man

The stereo copy of the album would have the 'Stereo "360 Sound"' logo on both the top of the front cover and the red label on the record. This one has neither and has the correct corresponding catalog item number of CL2372.

Mr. Tambourine Man label
Mr. Tambourine Man label

This is one of my favorite albums of all time and as I was excited to find a nice copy. Now, I just need to spring for that USB turntable I've been wanting so I can hear the difference between the vinyl and the CD reissue from the late '90s.

This find got me thinking about a question I had started a post on months ago, but never got around to finishing. Unfortunately, the question "Where do you buy records?" becomes harder after each passing year. With the influx of iTunes, Amazon, and online retailing the brick and mortar there are less record stores than ever. Independent record stores have been closing for years and still continue to close.

Not only do independent record stores have to compete with the internet, but the big box stores carry music too. Target, Borders, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble, Wal-Mart and K-Mart, have music sections, albeit only compact discs, though much more limited in overall scope than in years past. Out of these stores only Best Buy carries vinyl, but only in very small selection and quantities.

Here's a list of you local independent record stores -
Record Stores
Apop Records - St. Louis
CD Reunion - St. Charles
CD Warehouse - South County
Euclid Records - Webster Groves
Phono Mode - St. Louis
Record Exchange - St. Louis
Slackers - 10 St. Louis Metro Area locations
Vintage Vinyl - University City

Then, there's the semi-monthly St. Louis Record Collector's Show held in South St. Louis bringing dealers from in town and out of town focused on mostly vinyl LP's and 45 RPM records, but also selling compact discs and DVD's. Plus, there are tons of various online retailers ready to sell you vinyl and ship it directly to your door.

However, you can also find some diamonds in the rough in places like antique malls like I do on a regular basis.  You have to be a bit more careful with these to look them over and do your research, but you may still find some nice pieces. Further, there is a monthly flea marke at the St. Clair County Fairgrounds, Belleville, IL.

Finally, you can search sites like Craigslist, ebay, or etsy for some finds. Many folks are nice here, but some don't know anything about the worth of records and could be overcharging wildly so be careful.

St. Louis is lucky to have some great independent record stores to supply more than just "hit" tunes to the music loving public. Get out there and buy some music people! Please leave some comments if you know of some other local outlets.

Library of Congress debuts The National Jukebox

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Put away your handful of quarters, nickels and dimes. This month the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. launched a new ambitious project called The National Jukebox.

I first heard about this project earlier this month on NPR. The site is a free archive of sound recordings that documents sounds (music and speeches) recorded at the dawn of the 20th century and allows the listener to stream (but not download) each song via their computer. Still the site garnered interest from the public with over 250,000 visits already.

The Library of Congress spent the majority of 2010 digitizing over 10,000 sides (78 RPM records have one song on each side) from the Victor Talking Machine Company (now under the arm of Sony Music Entertainment) originally produced between 1900 and 1925. The website states that, "The National Jukebox includes recordings from the extraordinary collections of the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation and other contributing libraries and archives." As a mission this ambitious project has 

The goal of the Jukebox is to present to the widest audience possible early commercial sound recordings, offering a broad range of historical and cultural documents as a contribution to education and lifelong learning.

Further, this collection will not remain static and stodgy lending credibility continued. The website continues by stating, "New recordings are added to the Jukebox every month. Later this year, we will begin digitizing recordings from additional record labels, including Columbia and Okeh, along with selected master recordings from the Library of Congress Universal Music Group Collection."

First, I clicked on genre and found the Traditional/Country section and near the top was a favorite country standard of mine.

Wreck Of The Old 97 - Vernon Dalhart - 1924 http://media.loc.gov/player/flowplayer.commercial.swf?0.8696789029376122

Next used a search term "St. Louis" and found some interesting hits from an even earlier era. The first song is a classic from the 1904 World's Fair hosted in Forest Park in St. Louis performed here by Billy Murray. A strong tenor voice helped Murray become one of the most popular singers of the first quarter of the 20th century singing into as acoustic recording horn. Murray started out in vaudeville as a teenager and by 1903 he was in the New York area making studio recordings. By the mid-1920s when the electronic microphone came into use, the new sound of crooners eclipsed Murray's sound forever.  

Meet Me in St. Louie, Louie - Billy Murray - 1904 http://media.loc.gov/player/flowplayer.commercial.swf?0.8545572064060243

St. Louis Tickle - Ossman-Dudley Trio - 1906 (Instrumental) http://media.loc.gov/player/flowplayer.commercial.swf?0.4831903982451466

St. Louis Blues - Original Dixieland Jazz Band - 1921 http://media.loc.gov/player/flowplayer.commercial.swf?0.18645644567922426

That Baseball Rag - Arthur Collins - 1913 http://media.loc.gov/player/flowplayer.commercial.swf?0.4422833037025974

As an owner of both a vintage jukebox and my great-grandfather's Victrola, this project intrigues me to no end. The website allows you to make playlists to back and listen to these songs again and again; just like pulling out your old records over and over.

Before reading any articles or news reports, the first thing I thought about when I heard about this project was Joe Bussard's collection of 78 RPM records. Wouldn't it be great to have his collection as part of this rich history of recorded American music?

If you've never heard of Joe Bussard then you're in for a treat. Bussard, the self-professed "King of Record Collectors," is a record collector who started collecting 78 RPM records in the 1950s and 1960s - mostly blues, Cajun, country, folk, gospel, and jazz. He took trips into remote Mid-Atlantic towns near his Maryland home to seek out people who would sell their rare records. Presently, Bussard is an opinionated, cigar smoking old man with a record collection of 78 RPM sides that has few rivals. There is a well done documentary about Bussard called Desperate Man Blues: Discovering the Roots of American Music that gives a nice synopsis of the man and the collection.

Old Hat Records released a compilation of some of Bussard's 78 RPM sides a few years ago on Down In The Basement: Joe Bussard's Treasure Trove of Vintage 78's.

But these will remind others of the collection Harry Smith put together in the 1950s for Moe Asch's Folkways Records called the Anthology Of American Folk Music. Cited by countless musicians as a heavy influence on their work, this collection effectively re-started the entire Folk music revival of the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Kudos to the Library of Congress for taking on such an ambitious project. America's musical heritage is a treasure and worth preserving for future generations to hear.

Footnote: For some reason the ability to embed these songs into the post did not work correctly and I'm not sure why. If you can speak to that issue please let me know.

A short RSD report

Just chiming in with my Record Store Day purchases and a few impressions of the day. Let's start with the goodies:
Justin Townes Earle
- Move Over Mama b/w Racing In The Streets [7"]
Death Cab For Cutie - Live [7"]
The New Pornographers - Moves b/w A Drug Deal Of The Heart [7"]
Flogging Molly - Don't Shut 'em Down b/w Saints & Sinners (Acoustic) [7"]
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band - Gotta Get That Feeling b/w Racing In The Street ('78) [10"]
Atmosphere - The Family Sign [LP, Clear Vinyl]
Mercy Rule - Providence [LP]
The Blasters - Over There [LP]
Patty Griffin - Downtown Church [CD]
Will Hoge - Again Somewhere Tomorrow [CD]
Glossary - Feral Fire [CD]
Son Volt - 6 String Belief [DVD]

Overall it was a great day with a lot of good finds. I was particularly excited about Jeff finding the Mercy Rule album at Apop and bringing it to my attention. Such a good record and it is really cool to have a copy on vinyl. The Blasters brings me one step closer to owning all of their original releases on vinyl. The Patty Griffin and Will Hoge discs were good used CD finds while waiting in line at Euclid. Euclid came through with having a copy of the Glossary disc, I've been meaning to pick it up since last year and it hasn't left my player since opening it. Got to see some great performances by John Doe and Jill Sobule, The Sights, The Bottle Rockets, and the legendary Skeletons. Let's not forget about the free brews at the various locations! Euclid had PBR, Apop had PBR and Fat Tire, and Vintage represented with some Schlafly. The highlight of the day was just getting to spend the day with such great friends. Thanks to Jeff, Scott, Scott, and Tom for the great day. Let's hope next year proves to be even better!

It's About Time! New Reissues from The Kinks

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For years the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Who have had their full recorded catalogs on compact disc for fans and subsequent generations of music fans to buy again and again and appreciate the greatness of their music. While the catalog from the Kinks has lagged hopelessly behind all the rest of their British Invasion contemporaries (except for the Animals). This year that's all about to change!

On March 22, the injustice will be rectified with the first three albums starting the reissue program: the Kinks 1964 self-titled album, and Kinda Kinks (1964) and The Kink Kontroversy(1965). Later in the spring (May) and summer (July) their later 1960s and early 1970s work gets the same treatment as Face to Face (1966) and Something Else (1967), Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire) (1969), Muswell Hillbillies (1971) will hit the shelves.

Word on the street is that each album will receive a double-disc treatment with plenty of outtakes, rarities, in-depth liner notes and other tasty bits.

For a band so prolific, so important to the British Invasion and with so many artists citing their work as influencing their own it's almost criminal that the Kinks back catalog isn't more accessible. The Beatles full catalog, first released on compact disc in 1987, received a major reboot a year and a half ago with each album beautifully remastered in both Stereo and Mono. The Who and the Rolling Stones have remastered and reissued their respective catalogs a couple of times since originally being issued on the compact disc format in the late 1980s. So why not the Kinks?

The Kinks catalog received a reissue program in 1998 from Castle Records. However, most albums only included a few extra tracks; nowhere close to another disc worth of material that's being offered here. As a reminder, the Kinks released their last official studio album, Phobia, in 1993 so maybe they were not yet ready for a full-fledged expansive reissue program. 

In 2004, Sanctuary Records reissued a special deluxe edition of The Kinks 1968 masterpiece, The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society. The album received a beautiful 3 disc treatment that presented the album and singles of the timeframe in both stereo and mono mixes plus a third disc of outtakes, rarities, and BBC session material over 62 total tracks! At that point I thought that the reissues would keep on coming, but the process seems to have taken a bit longer than expected. 

In case you're interested (and really you should) in the track listing details for the first three albums you can find them here.

If you just can't get enough of the music of the Kinks the band's leader and prolific songwriter, Ray Davies, releases a new album this spring. See My Friends sees the light of day on April 5. For the album Davies re-recorded classic Kinks songs with a list of guest stars including Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi & Richie Sambora, Metallica, Black Francis, Mumford and Sons, Spoon, Lucinda Williams, the late Alex Chilton and more playing and singing along.

Davies, now 66, continues to stay busy and will curate London’s Meltdown festival from June 10-18, 2011. Past curators have included David Bowie, Morrissey, John Peel, Nick Cave, Patti Smith and Jarvis Cocker.

Checking Records Off The List

Old Vinyl

I am lucky enough to work within driving distance for a trip to Euclid Records over my lunch break. The store is one of the best independent record stores in the area and stocks thousands of albums on vinyl and compact disc. The stock consistently changes as the store buys collections and sells the individual parts constantly.  Recently, I picked up a few classic albums on vinyl that I didn't have in my collection, but have had on my buying list for a while. During this trip I decided that I will continue to buy classic albums by artists, but if the release date of the album in question was before 1990 I will buy it on vinyl. Thereby changing the nature of my future buying habits.

Don't get me wrong, I have plenty of albums on vinyl at home, but I have 6 or 7 times that amount on compact disc.  I have been buying albums on compact disc since about 1986 when my family got our first player. During those years I continued to buy albums on vinyl, but usually rare or hard to find albums that weren't on compact disc. I still like compact disc for the portability and the ease to upload to a computer for listening on a portable device like an iPod.  However, I still love vinyl and enjoy the personal experience of listening to an album on vinyl over the same music on compact disc or on a iPod.

I have an ever-growing list of music that I want to buy.  I readily admit that it's an addiction, but at least it's not cigarettes, alcohol or something more destructive. At least I get enjoyment out of listening to music.  I used to keep a written list of albums to buy and I still go back to it now and then, but find that I mostly keep the list in my head.  For some reason I have an uncanny ability to remember what I have in my collection and have rarely bought duplicates of things that I already own. Besides, sometimes you just have to buy records with your gut.

Here's what I found:

Leon Russell - S/T (Shelter, 1970)
Fleetwood Mac - Then Play On (Reprise, 1969) [Revised US edition w/ "Oh Well"]
Van Morrison - Veedon Fleece (Warner Bros., 1974)
Randy Newman - 12 Songs (Reprise, 1970)
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Hard Promises (Backstreet, 1981)

Nothing here that's rare or obscure, but just good classic albums.  The Van Morrison album played in the store while I shopped and I realized I didn't have that album and needed it as well.

I also found a CD compilation that I have had on my list for 7 years.  I just never found it for the right price, had something higher on the priority list, or was in the right mood.  I finally picked up the 2 disc set for $9.99 used.

Various Artists - Night Train To Nashville: Music City Rhythm & Blues, 1945-1970

What records are on your list? How long is your list?

Famous and Favorite 3 Minute Records Mix

We learned more from a three-minute record, baby, than we ever learned in school.  – Bruce Springsteen

Tonight, I was just playing around with iTunes and got an idea. So, I'm presenting a mix for fun. Each song listed below is exactly three minutes in length. 3:00. Period. Some of these songs are among the greatest songs of all time. Some are just favorites from my record collection. Enjoy!

Cinnamon Girl - Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Tomorrow Never Knows - The Beatles
I Must Be High - Wilco
Sloop John B - The Beach Boys
I'll Sleep When I'm Dead - Warren Zevon
I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night - The Electric Prunes
Can't Stand Losing You - The Police
Coal Miner's Daughter - Loretta Lynn
Daydream Believer - The Monkees
Cracklin' Rosie - Neil Diamond
634-5789 - Wilson Pickett
Ohio - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
That Year - Uncle Tupelo
Worried Man Blues - The Carter Family
Seed Toss - Superchunk
Johnny Ryall - Beastie Boys
Big Bad John - Jimmy Dean
Cut Flowers - The Smithereens
Settled Down Like Rain - The Jayhawks
Seein' Her - Paul Westerberg
Lost Love - Golden Smog
John Wesley Harding - Bob Dylan
Rocket Fuel - Todd Snider
Wish You Were Here - Ryan Adams
Sukie In The Graveyard - Belle & Sebastian
Renovating - Buffalo Tom

Some observations -

Jeff Tweedy has a knack at writing a three-minute song! Represented by three songs on this list from three different bands he's been affiliated with throughout his career -- Uncle Tupelo, Wilco and Golden Smog -- Tweedy has the most songs by one single songwriter.

The Beatles are the most prolific at writing songs that clock in at exactly three minutes long! I didn't even include the songs "The Fool On The Hill," "The Ballad Of John And Yoko," "Love To You" or "I'm Only Sleeping." Astute readers may realize that three of the Beatles songs mentioned here in the post are from the same album, Revolver. However, it must be mentioned that depending on which mix of the album you listen to the lengths of the songs vary. The 2009 Stereo Remaster version of the album contains the three songs that clock in at exactly 3:00. However, the 1987 compact disc release and the 2009 Mono Master each differ slightly.

I'd like to hear some more! Please feel free to share the 3 minute records you have in your record collection in the comments section.

A Few Vinyl Jewels In The Rough

This afternoon I hit the local antique mall to see what I could find of interest. I stumbled on a booth that had all vinyl albums for sale. Most of the records were late 1960's, the 1970's and early 1980's. The seller had everything marked down to $3.00 per record. Though most of the boxes contained tired classic rock standards, I found a few treasures to take home.
Skip Battin - Skip (Signpost, 1972)
The Byrds - Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde (Columbia, 1968)
Marshall Crenshaw - Field Day (Warner Bros., 1983)
Boz Scaggs - Boz Scaggs & Band (Columbia, 1971)
Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes - Heart Of Stone (Epic, 1978)
Stephen Stills - 2 (Atlantic, 1971)

The only one I owned in any format was the Byrds record. I bought it because it had a sleeve in great condition. The Scaggs album had remarkably never even been opened! The rest were in good condition for their age except the Battin sleeve was pretty worn. If you have time check out a post on The Rising Storm from late 2009 about the Battin album.

These albums are now on the fringes of classic rock since they didn't contain any hits, but doesn't mean they don't have some good tracks. You may hear tracks from these records on Sirius/XM's Deep Tracks or St. Louis radio listeners may hear some of these tracks on the Sunday morning KSHE Klassics show hosted by longtime DJ John Ulett on KSHE-95.

It's always nice to scratch below the surface for some good music...

St. Louis Record Collectors Show Recap

On Sunday, my friend Tom and I ventured out in the freezing temperatures to go to the St. Louis Record Collectors Show. After paying our $2 admission fee ($1 off with a card or mention of Facebook), we started to walk around and get a lay of the land as this was Tom's first time to the show. I usually run into someone I know or at least recognize and this time was no different. I ran into Jim who works at Euclid Records and Larry who runs the 45's section at The Record Exchange. Most, if not all, dealers take cash and there was a mix of local and out-of-town dealers. For those people determined to get their money's worth and stay most of the day, the hall also sells refreshments and snacks.

I do not usually have an agenda or list when I go to a record show. I like to look around and see what surprises I may find. One seller was selling a box and a couple of stacks of 78 RPM records. These were mostly Swing music and Pop tunes from the late 1930's, 1940's and early 1950's. He was selling them for $2/each, but I could have taken the entire box for $50 and everything for $75 which roughly calculates out to about $0.50 cents per record.

I found another seller that had a table with mostly some LP's and 45's and some video games and other miscellaneous stuff. The guy was asking .50 per record on the 45's. I asked the guy if he bought and sold collections, but he just advised that he was selling because his wife had finally won the argument to get rid of some records. He is a collector as he mentioned he is not selling but "keeping his gold stash. However, he would be classified as your basic hoarder - at one time he must have bought everything he could find as he had a lot to sell! I searched through the bins and I found twenty 45's for the jukebox. None of these are rare, but most if not all are very clean copies of the records and most are still wrapped in their original paper sleeve from the original label. The guy was asking $0.50 per record. He had some picture sleeves, but most were from the 1980's and I did not find anything special. Tom found a bootleg DVD of the Guns & Roses St. Louis show where a riot broke out on July 2, 1991 at Riverport Amphitheater (aka Verizon Wireless Amphitheater) in which he attended nearly 20 years ago.

Here's my list of 45's finds: a mix of Rock 'n Roll, Soul, Pop, and Country --
The Allman Brothers - Ramblin Man b/w Pony Boy (Capricorn, 1973)
The Bar-Kays - Soul Finger b/w Knucklehead (Volt, 1967)
James Brown & The Famous Flames - Cold Sweat Part 1 b/w Cold Sweat Part 2 (King, 1967)
James Brown & The Famous Flames - I Got The Feelin' b/w If I Ruled The World (King, 1968)
James Brown & The Famous Flames - Papa's Got A Brand New Bag Part 1 b/w Papa's Got A Brand New Bag Part 2 (King, 1965)
Petula Clark - Downtown b/w You'd Better Love Me (Warner Bros., 1964)
Neil Diamond - Sweet Caroline b/w Dig In (UNI, 1969)
Neil Diamond - Cracklin' Rosie b/w Lordy (UNI, 1970)
Dave Dudley - Six Days On The Road b/w Feel A Cry Coming On (Golden Wing, 1963)
Eddie Floyd - Knock On Wood b/w Got To Make A Comeback (Stax, 1966)
The Mama's & The Papa's - Monday, Monday b/w I Got A Feelin' (ABC Dunhill, 1966)
The Mama's & The Papa's - California Dreamin' b/w Somebody Groovy (ABC Dunhill, 1965)
Otis Redding - (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay b/w Sweet Lorene (Volt, 1967)
Jeannie C. Riley - Harper Valley P.T.A. b/w Yesterday All Day Long Today (Plantation, 1968)
Ringo Starr - It Don't Come Easy b/w Early 1970 (Apple, 1971)
Steppenwolf - Born To Be Wild b/w Everybody's Got Next One (ABC Dunhill, 1968)
Stephen Stills - Love The One You're With b/w To A Flame (Atlantic, 1970)
The Surfaris - Boss Barracuda b/w Dune Buggy (Instrumental) (Decca, 1964)
Johhny Taylor - Cheaper To Keep Her b/w I Can Read Between The Lines (Stax, 1973)
Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band - Love Land b/w Sorry Charlie (Warner Bros., 1970)

2011 St. Louis Record & CD Shows

Record collectors can now rejoice! The gentlemen who run the St. Louis Record and CD Shows have announced the dates for the 2011 shows. If you love vinyl (45's and LP's), compact discs, 78 RPM records, videos, rare items, and more - these shows are for you. If you haven't been to one of these shows check out the video made by Lo Fi St. Louis from You Tube at the bottom of the post for a glimpse of what the show is like. You can also read this feature story from the Riverfront Times earlier this year. Where: American Czech Hall 4690 Landsdowne (at Kingshighway) St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Dates: (All shows on Sundays) January 9, March 6, May 1, July 10, September 11, November 6

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Admission: $3.00 Early Bird: $5.00 (8:30 a.m.) Table Fee: $35.00 (set up 8:30 a.m.)

Official St. Louis Record and CD Show website

For Information send an e-mail at stlrecordshow@gmail.com

You can also find their page on Facebook