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I LOVE browsing through dusty old bins of records. I frequent the used record shops around town and whenever we take a trip - I make sure we always stop at a record shop or two. I don't always buy something. I also generally don't go in looking for anything in particular. I like to browse, hoping that something will catch my eye.

I visited Laurie's Planet of Sound in the Lincoln Square neighborhood of Chicago this past Sunday. It had a very typical used record store vibe. In fact, it almost too stereotypical. Their used vinyl was very curated and I prefer bins and bins of records that you need to weed through.

I did find a pair of cool records, however:
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Eddie Kendricks - Self Titled - 1973 for $5.99: The third solo album from former Temptation Eddie Kendricks and one of Motown's lost classics. It's not as good overall as his first 2 solo LP's, but it's still rock solid. "Keep On Truckin'" is the clear highlight: an infectious 8-minute slab of soul. I've always wanted this on vinyl, but the few copies I'd come across had been pretty beaten up. This one is in excellent shape.
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Kris Kristofferson - The Silver Tongued Devil and I - 1971 - $6.99: This is a nearly flawless record. Kristofferson had really found his voice by the time this album was released (it was his 2nd solo album). This LP contains the track "The Pilgrim, Chapter 33" which is famously referenced by Cybill Shepherd in Taxi Driver.
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WestwayKid wrote:
06 Nov 2019, 1:02pm
I LOVE browsing through dusty old bins of records. I frequent the used record shops around town and whenever we take a trip - I make sure we always stop at a record shop or two. I don't always buy something. I also generally don't go in looking for anything in particular. I like to browse, hoping that something will catch my eye.

I visited Laurie's Planet of Sound in the Lincoln Square neighborhood of Chicago this past Sunday. It had a very typical used record store vibe. In fact, it almost too stereotypical. Their used vinyl was very curated and I prefer bins and bins of records that you need to weed through.

I did find a pair of cool records, however:

Kendricks.jpg

Eddie Kendricks - Self Titled - 1973 for $5.99: The third solo album from former Temptation Eddie Kendricks and one of Motown's lost classics. It's not as good overall as his first 2 solo LP's, but it's still rock solid. "Keep On Truckin'" is the clear highlight: an infectious 8-minute slab of soul. I've always wanted this on vinyl, but the few copies I'd come across had been pretty beaten up. This one is in excellent shape.

Kris.jpg

Kris Kristofferson - The Silver Tongued Devil and I - 1971 - $6.99: This is a nearly flawless record. Kristofferson had really found his voice by the time this album was released (it was his 2nd solo album). This LP contains the track "The Pilgrim, Chapter 33" which is famously referenced by Cybill Shepherd in Taxi Driver.
I dont own any Kristofferson music but every sing I hear of his is great. Very underrated songwriter.

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Those first couple/few Kristofferson records are good as hell. Great songwriter, good singer.
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Flex wrote:
06 Nov 2019, 7:37pm
Those first couple/few Kristofferson records are good as hell. Great songwriter, good singer.
My parents had a copy of "Jesus Was a Capricorn" on the shelf when I was a kid. I played the heck out of that LP growing up.
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WWK I am like you I always look through any record wherever I go. I would say 9/10 I don’t buy anything but I do like looking as ‘you never know’.
It is amazing what an expert you can become at identifying the stuff you like from the type of artwork even if you haven’t seen it before.

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101Walterton wrote:
07 Nov 2019, 2:30am
WWK I am like you I always look through any record wherever I go. I would say 9/10 I don’t buy anything but I do like looking as ‘you never know’.
It is amazing what an expert you can become at identifying the stuff you like from the type of artwork even if you haven’t seen it before.
I'm probably around 7/10 that I don't buy anything. My expectation when I walk through the door is that I'm not going to buy anything unless I find something really interesting. Best record hunting experience I had this summer was a little place in Orillia, Ontario (https://www.alleycatsmusic.com/). It was the perfect combo of curated and non-curated. Plenty of crates to dig through. I walked out of there with about 8 LP's!
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WestwayKid wrote:
06 Nov 2019, 1:02pm
Their used vinyl was very curated and I prefer bins and bins of records that you need to weed through.
I like the idea of bins and bins because there's always the chance of a hidden gem they don't know they've got but in reality I get overwhelmed very quickly especially when they're tightly packed.

The most unexpected cornucopia of gold was a place in Carrollton, GA called Vinyl Frontier. Could have spent a fortune there and also found tons of things I already own that I never thought I'd find in Carrollton, GA.
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oliver wrote:
07 Nov 2019, 10:02am
WestwayKid wrote:
06 Nov 2019, 1:02pm
Their used vinyl was very curated and I prefer bins and bins of records that you need to weed through.
I like the idea of bins and bins because there's always the chance of a hidden gem they don't know they've got but in reality I get overwhelmed very quickly especially when they're tightly packed.

The most unexpected cornucopia of gold was a place in Carrollton, GA called Vinyl Frontier. Could have spent a fortune there and also found tons of things I already own that I never thought I'd find in Carrollton, GA.
The best is when you see a few boxes in the corner and he says “I got those yesterday I haven’t gone through them yet”.

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I only buy CDs these days mostly. But I reckon I visit a charity shop and find something worthwhile about 3 times a week.
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Don't know if people still read blogs but this one is always enjoyable
https://left-and-to-the-back.blogspot.com/

"Left and to the Back" is a blog exploring the dark and dusty world of flop singles and albums, the kind you may find lingering near the stock room of your local second hand record store (if you still have one), or perhaps going for extortionate sums on ebay.
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Interesting Oliver that first single on that blog by Kadettes produced by Simon Humphrey. Simon was the engineer on the first Clash album.
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Keep coming across this one, tempted to buy it just for the cover alone!
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101Walterton wrote:
07 Nov 2019, 5:13pm
Keep coming across this one, tempted to buy it just for the cover alone!
Laxman sent me that earlier in the year. It's great and well worth getting mate. I had most of the tracks on various comps etc. But that's a very cool release.
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101Walterton wrote:
07 Nov 2019, 3:42pm
oliver wrote:
07 Nov 2019, 10:02am
WestwayKid wrote:
06 Nov 2019, 1:02pm
Their used vinyl was very curated and I prefer bins and bins of records that you need to weed through.
I like the idea of bins and bins because there's always the chance of a hidden gem they don't know they've got but in reality I get overwhelmed very quickly especially when they're tightly packed.

The most unexpected cornucopia of gold was a place in Carrollton, GA called Vinyl Frontier. Could have spent a fortune there and also found tons of things I already own that I never thought I'd find in Carrollton, GA.
The best is when you see a few boxes in the corner and he says “I got those yesterday I haven’t gone through them yet”.
I got a 7-8 punk/ska LPs (including the Specials, Ramones, and a few others) at the goodwill for 20 cents each from a bin they had just set out in the mid-90s.
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Marky Dread wrote:
07 Nov 2019, 5:17pm
101Walterton wrote:
07 Nov 2019, 5:13pm
Keep coming across this one, tempted to buy it just for the cover alone!
Laxman sent me that earlier in the year. It's great and well worth getting mate. I had most of the tracks on various comps etc. But that's a very cool release.
So they are the actually live recording from the Palais show? What is sound quality like?

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