Haynes Boys – ‘Maryhaven Family’ b/w ‘Out of This World’ (WR002) (1994)

SAM_0700Ultra-rare piece of 90s 7″ vinyl Americana. Not thrifted, but part of my collection. In fact, I was responsible for this single’s bass playing and sleeve. I post this, not merely to blow my own trumpet (or, indeed, pluck my own bass), but to announce a short hiatus from Thrifty V while I go over to the States to play a few shows in celebration of (and to shift a few units of) the vinyl re-issue of the Haynes Boys’ debut Lp, previously only available on cd. The physical album is released on 23rd June and will also be there for the taking on iTunes (not that Thrifty Vinyl readers care about that sort of thing).SAM_0701

Any Thrifty readers in Columbus, Ohio next week are encouraged to check us out. International types are encouraged to like ‘n’ share details on the Facebooks: https://www.facebook.com/HaynesBoys?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

Liner notes for the Lp are here: http://www.re-vinylrecords.com/haynes-boys.html

End of commercial.

Published in: on June 17, 2015 at 8:16 am  Leave a Comment  

Ornette Coleman – Skies of America (KC31562) (1972)


RIP Ornette.

Originally posted on Thrifty Vinyl:

Thrifty Vinyl, at least the Prince Asbo branch of the triumverate, will be on vacation to US of Frickin’ A for the next three weeks. In commemoration, I am posting this “difficult” orchestral Ornette Coleman Lp which I bought on the green in Hythe last spring. Suffice to say I much prefer his small group Atlantic material.

I’ll be checking in here, but unlikely to post while abroad. I’m on a seriously tight budget that might even preclude Stateside thrifting! Perhaps others can pick up the slack in my absence.

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Published in: on June 11, 2015 at 5:54 pm  Leave a Comment  

Etienne De Crecy ‎– ‘Prix Choc (Mixes)’ (SLD 011) (1998)

SAM_0697Etienne De Crecy’s ambient house masterpiece Super Discount was one of those game changers for me. And it still holds up. This white label promo of ‘Prix Choc’, featuring different mixes by La Funk Mob and De Crecy himself, is nowhere near as essential, but still makes for lovely chilled listening. The former (‘Ultrabright Mix’) is almost unrecognisable while the latter (‘Ultradark Mix’) relies even more heavily than the Lp version on a Bob Marley sample for its groove. £2 at Pilgrim’s Hospice in Canterbury today.

Published in: on June 8, 2015 at 4:02 pm  Leave a Comment  

Eric Salzman – The Nude Paper Sermon (Nonesuch 2590 003)

SAM_0695If this odd Lp, subtitled ‘Tropes for Actor, Renaissance Consort, Chorus and Electronics’, has any precedent, it is John Cage’s Indeterminacy.  As with that earlier album, random bursts of strident, prepared electronic racket pepper the proceedings to exhilarating effect. However, Salzman (along with Nonesuch mainstay Joshua Rifkin) takes things further than Cage (who simply intoned laconic, sometimes whimsical, koans and bits of autobiography) by arranging a surreal narrated provocation (by Stacy Keach) to weave in and out of cod madrigals and other Renaissance-style folderol. It’s the kind of thing I love to hear on Radio 3 late Friday and Saturday nights when things get weird. One pound last week in Hythe. Perfick.

Published in: on June 7, 2015 at 7:47 pm  Leave a Comment  

George Martin & His Orchestra – Off The Beatle Track (PMCO 1227) (1964)

SAM_0692John wrote some droll liners and admits, apparently honestly, that ‘us Beatles are genuinely flattered that a “real musician”…should turn his talents to arranging an Lp of our songs’.  He was a bit harsher in later years. I believe the appalling title was under consideration for an actual Beatles record (maybe the first one), before Martin snaffled it.

By dint of their producer’s involvement, the represents one of the more legitimate Fab cash-ins; however, string heavy, with hints of middle-brow jazz, it’s simply too straight to be of more than passing interest to a non-Beatles collector. To be kind, it might find favour in the supermarkets and elevators of 1960s America. SAM_0694This cost me £2 today in Hythe. The sleeve of this rare Australian issue is a bit knackered but vinyl plays VG+.

Published in: on May 18, 2015 at 6:22 pm  Leave a Comment  

Mykall Roze – ‘Bad Boy’ X-Act Remix b/w ‘Cold Girls’, ‘Bad Boy’ Yard Mix (E111)

SAM_0680Despite last weekend’s RSD profligacy, I visited several Ashford chazzas after dropping Asbo elder off at the train station this morning and was rewarded with this tasty dubbed up twelve from former Black Uhuru lynchpin Michael Rose and ubiquitous producers Sly & Robbie on their TAXI imprint for one quid at Oxfam. More X-Terminator than Trojan, but well worth it, as I would tell you.

Published in: on April 23, 2015 at 3:07 pm  Leave a Comment  

Keith LeBlanc – ‘No Sell Out’ (12 IS 165)

SAM_0677Now this is starting to get a bit spooky. No sooner do I purchase Keith LeBlanc’s EDM agitprop, cut-up 12″ of Malcolm X bon mots yesterday for 50p (EX+) at Cats’ Protection in Hythe than the incendiary Civil Rights leader is assassinated, fifty years ago.

SAM_0679The Autobiography of Malcolm X was a firm favorite of my youth, the man was an inspiration (a kind of Rolling Stones to MLK’s Beatles, to be eye-rollingly glib about it) and seemed on the verge of even greater understanding when he was killed, making his loss all the more tragic.

‘No Sell Out’ stands up surprisingly well, yes it’s v. 80s, but it still sounds pretty rich; and, of course, X’s rhetoric is just as thrilling as ever.

Published in: on April 23, 2015 at 9:30 am  Leave a Comment  

Record Store Day 2015

SAM_0673After last year’s harsh dismissal (and subsequent retrenchment), I allowed myself to go whole hog for RSD 2015 and properly stand in the queue to buy retail product on the morning, viz. Jazzman’s 10″ 40s blues comp Party After Hours; the modernist jazz of Soho Scene ’62; the posthumous “Ghost Town” 7″ by kode9 and the spaceape; and finally, the complete ORK singles box set of early punk/new wave on Numero Group.

A good deal of the rationale for getting on board has to do with the fact that, unlike previous years, a record store exists in Folkestone, (Vintage & Vinyl*) 15 mins. away, run by friends from my village, who ordered the above for me; fortunately, I was early enough for them not to have been sold. The only disappointment was the unavailability in the UK of the RSD re-ish of the Family Way OST album by ex-Fab J.P. McCartney

How much did I blow? Let’s just say, if ever there was a time to re-name this blog Spendthrifty Vinyl, now would be it.

*In fact, there are now two record shops in Folkestone. The other one, with a truly excellent selection of alternativa, Hot Salvation, is just up the road from V&V.

Published in: on April 18, 2015 at 2:40 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Golden Sound of Motown (World Records) (1980)

SAM_0668I might not have picked this 8-Lp World Records box set were it not for the persuasiveness of the guy at the chaz selling said item. I know he knows what he’s talking about (and there was another record boffin there from whom I’ve purchased several items at boot fairs discussed in these pages), so when he reckoned these were excellent pressings (and the other chap confirmed its relative rarity), I was sold. Not that I needed that much selling, but £6 for 8 discs (how’s 75p per album for thrifty vinyl!) is not so bad.

I’ve only listened to the first two records and I can confirm that not only do they sound great, but are really well programmed.SAM_0669While this track listing on the inside of the box makes it look like a seven record set, there is a ‘bonus’ album included entitled The New Sound of Motown featuring Rick James, et al.SAM_0672Normally World Records has classier  graphics than those on display here. Perhaps the monumental nature of the task was simply overwhelming for the WR art department and they went for a fairly crass K-Tel look.SAM_0670In case there was any doubt as to the quality of the product…

Published in: on April 15, 2015 at 7:00 pm  Comments (2)  

John Holt – Treasure of Love (WB11) (1977)

SAM_0665Here’ s a turn up. Reggae singer John Holt died several months before I purchased this JA press Lp of his last Sunday at the Hythe Cricket Ground boot fair. I’m not a huge fan of his, all that crossover nonsense, with strings and that, set my teeth on edge, but I had hopes for this one given its ‘Down Yard’ provenance.

SAM_0666I have to say I prefer my reggae a little more doctrinaire (i.e. less Lover’s) and less obviously tuneful (i.e. more ‘groove’ based) than this rather old-fashioned (for 1977) album; nonetheless, it’s a good listen and of surprisingly high-fidelity for a record of physical Jamaican origin.

SAM_0667‘Weed Beat’. Ha.

Published in: on April 15, 2015 at 6:40 pm  Leave a Comment  

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