Chuck Berry On Stage (NPL 28027) (1963)


  • You never know when Montovani records are going to come back in fashion–they were popular once, why not again? So buy, buy, buy every time you see one and then, when they’re going for silly money on the eBay, you’ll be laughing with the market cornered.
  • All Beatles vinyl is very valuable. If you see a used Beatles record, band or solo, no matter the condition, buy it, then sell it for at least £100 if it’s a single or £400 if full-length Lp.
  • Ruminate bitterly on all the records that you were too ignorant to know the value of when you used to go to thrift stores and yard sales as a kid. Those ones that have slipped through your hands like so much gold dust. Yeah, think about it.
  • If you like a record, chances are it’s worth big money; especially if you like rare, expensive mint condition singles that are highly sought.
  • There’s always a “bump” in market value of his or her music when an artist dies. Consider “arranging an accident” for a singer whose records you own, then watch their value soar.
  • Don’t be shy about bargaining with the Oxfam sales clerk. Charity shops expect you to haggle, it’s part of their culture, and they’ll respect you more for it.
  • Remember that one record you had as a kid? By what’s-his-name on that one label with the picture of the thing on it and the sleeve with that design on. If you still had that, I bet you could sell it and retire. Probably.
  • If you see them going cheap at a boot fair, buy the publishing rights of a popular 70s singer-songwriter. Afterwards, compose a preposterous “libretto” utilising those songs with Ben Elton. Of course then you’ll have get yourself a new calculator to count all the money rolling in as your musical sets attendance records in London’s glamorous West End.
  • Make sure to provide the volunteer behind the counter at your local chazza with an estimate of how much you will be expecting to receive at online auction for that impossibly rare Northern Soul 7″ you just paid them 50p for so they know how much to charge next time they have that exact same single.
  • Charity shops always need more Mat Munro and Andy Williams Lps. You can canvas older relatives for their’s or, if you see one at a boot fair, pick it up, never mind the price, and donate it to the next thrift store you go to.
  • There’s no-one friendlier, less territorial or more happy to share than a crate-digger at a boot fair, so go ahead and start flipping through the back of the box of records he’s looking at. He won’t mind as you start pulling records out to look over. Fair’s fair, you got to them first!SAM_0319This week’s find in Hythe. Despite the odd, near-bootleg sound quality of noted scatologist’s Chuck Berry On Stage, I thought, as I half-listened while doing chores, that Chuck had hired a proper band for this date. Turns out the thing’s bogus–studio recordings with added audience racket. Interesting song choice though.
Published in: on March 21, 2014 at 11:10 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. i thought that surely you’d featured this because old chuck has finally croaked, but it seems he’s still with us… when he does die will it be a case of “chuck berry’d”?

  2. When my Mum worked in an Oxfam shop, they had an expert to value the vinyl, so not much chance of a bargain there. But maybe James Last will enjoy a resurgence in fashion some time, who knows?

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