What’s In The Record Bag – March 2017

Yes, it’s back, the monthly installment of “What’s In The Record Bag”! After being skunked the last two months I finally was able to pick up some records this month. Just so you know there will not be an installment in May and possibly June as I will not be shopping for records those months this year.

Anyway, let’s see what is in this month’s bag:

 Some things never change, like my pick ups of strange compilations. Well, what do you want for a dollar?

 Ok, not the greatest of label pressings, but for a dollar beggars can’t be choosers.

 The late Keith Emerson’s first band. This was recommended and for $2, why not?

 Yup, there I go again picking up another strange compilation record, but this was free, so I had to.

 Hmm, we have been here before haven’t we. Yes, it’s another compilation from Capitol Records and doesn’t have a strange title or cover.

 Finally, one from my wish list!

 Picked up on recommendation. Not the expensive pressing that Michael Fremer has, but should be good enough.

I want to end this installment by telling you what I saw when I walked in to my local record fair today. The first dealer I came to was cleaning his records with Murphy’s Oil, which is a wood treatment as most folks know! This was a new cleaning method to me and another WRONG one!!! This guy tried to tell me how harmless it is to records and even tried to tell me how it leaves nothing behind and that it was chemical free. I’m surprised I did not go off on this idiot. I stated the facts about what he was doing and explained to him that what he was using does indeed leave residue on the record. He acted like he knew it all and studied it. I went into some detail about what happens when a record is played and that even a little oil from your fingers can mess up your stylus. I even pointed out the obvious by pointing to his bottle of Murphy’s Oil and water looking like a lava lamp to tell him that is what is left behind on the record. At that point he looked like someone caught red-handed and went into false experience and study against my two solid years of scientific study of record cleaning and more years of experience. I could take no more and left telling him “use it at your own risk”. He had two customers all day. So even lay-folk knew enough to avoid purchasing from him and that what he was using was wrong. Unbelievable! He is obviously a member of the lighter fluid crowd as well I imagine.
Folks, please stick with the science based, tried and true methods for cleaning your records, the music and money you save could be your own.