Sorry for the slow drip lately. I have been working on finishing up a project, the completion of my reference system. The 3 year process has taken 5 years, but is very near complete and will be ready by Jan 2019. Yes, I will go over the gear for giggles and the curious eventually. Of course, I will be getting back to putting up album reviews soon. I have also been thinking about getting a YouTube channel as well, still thinking on it.
Anyway, I wanted to show my recent album pickups:
This behemoth is not too common. it was a collection given to upper management employees of Warner Bros at one time and never released for retail. It is composed of both popular music and soundtrack oriented music. I got it for less than the price on it due to condition of packaging, which I have since fixed up a bit. The records are in far better shape.
Yes, I am a Sherlock Holmes fan, but for me Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce were the only Holmes and Watson for me. I have all the old Sherlock movies with them ans this box set ($2) makes a nice addition to my music library (although technically spoken word). Records in here are pristine.
Ok, I think my forever favorite version of Rush’s LPs are the 1990s remasters on CD for everything up to 1998. Somehow, they just got everything right with those. However, being the big Rush fan I am as well as being a vinyl enthusiast and curator I have to try the older Rush LPs on vinyl and this is one of them in fact, one of the quintessential Rush LPs. The record is in a bit rougher shape than I thought, but I’ll see what I can do.
Well, well, well, what have we here? This is Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti as if you did not recognize it. I have been waiting and hunting for at least 3 years for this LP. Normally, one sees this one for around $40 in trashed condition. If you want a copy in good condition it will run around $90, very good condition, be prepared to pay well into 3 digits! I found this copy for $15! I normally never pay $15 for a used record, but in this case I had one shot and took it. Jacket condition is around G++, but has everything intact, all materials it came with included. The records themselves are in surprisingly good condition. Even before restoration I suspect a grade of about VG- or so. It is unusual to find this LP in that condition for that price. So it might be a bad pressing without any eyesight signs. I’ll know soon.
This was given to me by one of the dealers at my local record show who happens to be Russian. I speak very little Russian at the moment, but my background contains a fair amount of Russian. He gave me this just because I said a couple of words in Russian. Record and sleeve in NM condition.
You may recognize the label, the infamous K-Tel label, you know, the one who never made a good pressing. However, this is a German pressing as opposed to the domestic ones we always see. By the way, sadly, all the records this lady handed me were / are on sad shape, both covers and media. If I can’t restore these to at least listening level, then they can’t be restored.
Another record from this lady. This one is on the Parlophone label, Germany! Sadly, in sad shape, both jacket and LP. This looks to have been through a flood and possibly world war one, I don’t know. As with the rest of the records she handed me, I am throwing my entire cleaning / restoration arsenal at it.
Another one the German lady handed me. Again, a German pressing, but this is on colored vinyl (White). That makes it hard to tell condition of the record, but I have given it the initial restoration work and did indeed make the white color brighter, which tells me contaminates are off! This also happens to be the only colored vinyl in my entire library.