Monday, July 27, 2009

Dig On Baby! Dig On!

Let's face it, in the age of the internet, ebay and gemm it can be easy to forget how great digging for rare records can be. So I figured I'd put together a post highlighting some of the most unexpected, exciting and valuable records that I've come across recently for cheap in antique stores and flea markets.

THE OUTCASTS- I'm In Pittsburgh (and Its Raining)- ASKEL

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I bought this record for $20 at flea market and though that seemed pretty pricey I thought the record sounded tough as hell so I decided to spurge on it anyway. As I said in my post on garage records I don't know too much about garage, but I like to pick up records that I think sound good. Well it turns out that this is an ultra rare garage single that has been comped on a bunch of 60's bootlegs including the legendary Pebbles series. Not only that, but after a search of popsike and call to a 60's collector friend of mine I learned that this record goes for between $800 and $1200! To say the least I flipped my wig! This is by far the most valuable record I own and although it is a tough as nails diddley-beat stomper if I can't pay my bills anytime soon you might just see it up on ebay!

THE MORNING DEW- Go Away- Fairyland

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Here's another garage record. I got this one for 10 bucks at an antique store. I thought it sounded pretty good and was more than happy to find that it sells for close to $200!

BENNY JOY- Crash the Party- Antler
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A few weeks ago I had some time to kill between meetings and was driving around looking for a spot to buy some fried chicken when I saw this small building that had a sign out front that said "Flea Market." I decided to check it out and went inside. I asked around to see if there were any records and when I found some I spent about 20 minutes looking through dirty, dusty boring 70's pop and 80's soul 45s. Then out of the no where I pull this legendary rockabilly stomper out of the pile. "What the fuck is this doing here?" I thought to myself. Well I figured if there is one rare rockabilly record in a pile of records there must be another one so I kept digging. After another 20 minutes of digging I had finished looking through all the records and did not find one other single that was not by a band like The Dazz Band or Three Dog Night from the 70's or later. So how the fuck did this piece of rockabilly goodness end up in a flea market in San Antonio amungst boring disco records? I don't know. Anyway I brought it to the owner of the booth and paid a hefty 50 cents for it! I had sold a completely beat copy on ebay for $75 a few years ago so I knew that I had done pretty well for my self, but after a search on popsike I learned that it goes for $150- $250!

TOM SWIFT AND THE ELECTRIC GRANDMOTHERS- Empty Heart/ Come On In- Sound Tex
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Empty Heart

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I know nothing about this record. I guess I'd describe it as folk-psych-garage. It is rumored to be a single by the group that went on to record under the moniquer of T. Swift and the Electric Bag who released one albumn- Are You Expirienced and then disapered for ever. But I can find out absolutely nothing about this record. I have a feeling it might be worth something, but who knows its cool to hear a snotty punk singing over a kazzoo solo none the less. If anyone knows anything about this record please let me know.

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