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just another saturday
A curious start to 3 day weekend. First thing this morning I did extensive telephone consultation to ex-. She is doing a translation from English to her native language of a short essay written by someone who doesn't know English very well and whose native language neither my ex or I know at all. Not even how to pronounce the names mentioned in the essay. But the potentially painful process went fairly smooth which left me feeling relieved and elated.

Then after an Irish breakfast (4 kinds of breakfast meats, eggs, heavy tasty bread and lots of tea) I drug my son along with me to a thrift shop for dusty record shopping. He didn't seem to mind too much and even took over the job of checking to see if it was the right record in the jacket and that it wasn't too scratched. Plus he helped me lug the 138+ records home.

Today's haul includes a bunch of Greek albums. Nice aspect of such a multicultural neighborhood is all the variety that shows up in the thrift shop. Other extremes include Van Halen's 1st two albums, Olivia Newton-John "Physical," and lots of opera: got very good performances of Don Carlos and Tristan and Isolde. Pops additions to my wall of sound include Commodores (Natural High), Tom Jones (Live in Las Vegas), Jefferson Airplane (Surrealistic Pillow) and Four Tops (Reach Out). Female vocal finds include Lena Horne (At the Waldorf Astoria--which I think I might already have) and Patsy Cline (A Portrait of). The Patsy Cline is nice. It is in excellent condition and is the first repackage of material that Decca records did after her death. I guess it must have been manufactured in mid or late 1963 when it was suave to proclaim that the record was a "High-Fidelity Record!" Oops. Consulting http://allmusic.com I see that is was in 1964 and was the second repackage from Decca.

My rhythm lust is sated by a few "A Academia do Samba" records from the early 70s and a "Sparrow: Calypso King" that a Ms DeJong received from a vacation in Trinidad in the 60s or 70s. This album is a reissue of Sparrow's 1960 first recording session with a major label and it has great jacket with photographs and details from that session.

The shot in the dark for today is Chianita who is a very dark skinned lady from Puerto Rico. The records are produced by a company that was based in Florida and picture her as a middle aged lady from the tropics. A P.R. Celia Cruz?

I now dash off to the tropical rhythms of "El Disco del Ano" which is "come lo vista en TV" but I can't figure out what year they are talking about. Will I ever find a dance partner?



Current Mood: amused amused
Current Music: La Guagua by Quarteto Latino of Ecuador

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zenseer From: zenseer Date: August 31st, 2003 12:16 am (UTC) (Link)
If I ever visit NYC, I reeeeeeeeealy want to do a music store crawl for records :) Finding rare singles and B-sides is a definite "happy fun time" in my book :)
From: wrayb Date: August 31st, 2003 05:40 am (UTC) (Link)

record crawl

Totally will hook you up when you come around here. I have eclectic tastes and enjoy pop and world culture explorations so when the price is 49 cents each I go wild. Besides the thrift stores there are many places for used items which have lots of vinyl and some what reasonable prices. Though, just to keep the whole thing under control I try to limit myself to my local thrift.


shayesaintjohn From: shayesaintjohn Date: September 1st, 2003 12:44 am (UTC) (Link)
When I go thrifting for records I am always looking for old coedy records or christian youth recordings from the '60's and '70's...I think I may need to broaden my horizons.
From: wrayb Date: September 7th, 2003 04:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

old comedy christians

included in last week's haul was a couple of Jimmy Swaggart records and a bill cosby album or two (my son didn't know Cosby was a comedian, he thought he was just a pompous sitcom character).

I am really omniverous when it comes to music. Right time, right place, sorta way. every tune is not necessarily to my tastes but every performer/style has their moment.

thrift prices makes it a matter of "where the hell i'm gonna put it all"?!?!?!

shayesaintjohn From: shayesaintjohn Date: September 15th, 2003 01:22 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: old comedy christians

If you love music you need to visit this brilliant site...
This man is brilliant and the things you will find here are absolutely wonderful! I download goodies constantly...and its legal too,no lawsuits from pompous record executives. I agree completely with you on comment about performers and style and I know you will be in hog heaven...enjoy:) I know you will. I have a friend who has one of the largest vinyl record collection I have ever seen...a whole bedroom devoted to her precious platters...she is in the midst of archiving to disk with this wonderful Phillips CD recorder....just plug the turntable in and off you go...though I know she will never get rid of all those records. I hope you and yours are well.
wrayb From: wrayb Date: September 21st, 2003 12:26 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: old comedy christians

oh thank you thank you for that link, i think.

so much great material. so little time.

reminds me of a disc that a friend found that has 6 or so different versions of a chiquita banana swing tune that they tried to get radio stations to run as a public service announcement to let everyone know of the health benefits of bananas and that you should never put your bananas in the refrigerator. the performer does a Carmen Miranda kinda thing and the different versions have the same words, just with varied swing orchestra styles (up tempo, more latin, less latin, lush ellington sound, etc.).

oh, how the day has flown. laters...
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