RRR turntable BobClark 1500

rather rare records has a slightly new look

THERE IS A NEW FEATURED IMAGE on Rather Rare Records! I have used the same pho­to­graph on the home page of this blog for years. That photo had two draw­backs: While tasteful, it was mono­chro­matic and not very eye-catching. The new photo is col­orful, dra­matic yet playful, and seems to say, “Hey—look at me!” [Continue reading]

Donovan SunshineSuperman Taiwan record 600

the cheesiest semi-legal records in the world?

I MOVED TO CALIFORNIA from my na­tive North­eastern Penn­syl­vania in June of 1978. I naively be­lieved I would find some sem­blance of “the six­ties” hidden away in San Fran­cisco. But in only a few years, most of it had been blotted out. Oh, there were still a lot of hand-painted Vic­to­rian houses and a few hip coffee shops and bookstores.

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Apollo fire lacquer machine 1500 crop

where was the “vinyl rapture” before the “vinylgeddon”?

WHILE THE PURPOSE OF THIS BLOG is to ad­dress the records that were re­leased decades be­fore most of the people who spend the most time on the in­ternet were even born, I can look at a cur­rent topic every now and again. I sup­pose my fas­ci­na­tion with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in not es­tab­lishing some ob­jec­tive stan­dards for el­i­gi­bility and the equally ob­sti­nate Wikipedia in in­sisting on “sources” but not on hiring ed­i­tors to fact-check those sources. [Continue reading]

Oklahoma 1955 still 2 1500

wikipedia really messed up “music recording certification”

I LEFT WIKIPEDIA ALONE for the past few months, even though cri­tiquing their en­tries is like shooting fish in a barrel. When it comes to “de­f­i­n­i­tions” of per­sons and terms re­garding pop­ular music, Wikipedia’s theme song seems to be a well-known song by Elvis: “If you’re looking for trouble, you’ve come to the right place. [Continue reading]