the great mispriced record sale


I MOVED FROM PENNSYLVANIA TO CALIFORNIA in 1978, ending up in Napa. It was a nice little city that more or less served as the north­bound gateway to the wine country. I im­me­di­ately made friends with the owner of the city’s only used-record store, who I will call Haitch. I had re­cently dis­cov­ered Gold­mine mag­a­zine, then more or less at its peak of cir­cu­la­tion and im­por­tance in the col­lecting com­mu­nity. READ MORE

allan clarke as springsteen trailblazer (is this part 6 of “was bruce springsteen ever blinded by the light?”)

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I WOULD BE REMISS in my love for the Hol­lies if I did not men­tion the ex­ploits of their on-again/off-again lead singer, Harold Allan Clarke. In his second (?) so­journ from the group he helped found in Man­chester, Eng­land, in 1962, he took a rather dif­ferent ap­proach styl­is­ti­cally to the ma­te­rial with which his fans had come to as­so­ciate with him. READ MORE

the story behind columbia 4-48405 (was bruce springsteen ever blinded by the light? – part 5)

Springsteen 1974 Blinded 1500 green

RELEASED IN 1975, Spring­steen’s third album for Co­lumbia, BORN TO RUN, was a vir­tual apoth­e­osis of all that the rock mu­si­cians of the pre­vious gen­er­a­tion had hoped to achieve with the form. But that was not how the first two years as a recording artist went down. Now, there is al­ways a story be­hind a record from a major com­pany being rare and as valu­able. READ MORE

“blinded by the light” and the avid record collector price guide (was bruce springsteen ever blinded by the light? – part 4)

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THE SINGLE RELEASE of Blinded By The Light / The Angel (Co­lumbia 4-48405) may not have been a big hit in 1973 with record-buyers, but it has been a big deal with record-collectors ever since! It is among the rarest and most sought-after of Bruce’s col­lec­table records and record-related ar­ti­facts.

In the third edi­tion of Gold­mine’s Rock ‘n Roll 45RPM Price Guide (the last sin­gles and pic­ture sleeves price guide that I au­thored and that was pub­lished way back in 1994), I as­signed near mint (NM) values of $50 to the white label promo and a whop­ping $500 to the stock copy. READ MORE

“blinded by the light” off and on the pop charts (was bruce springsteen ever blinded by the light? – part 3)

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UNLESS YOU’RE OLD ENOUGH to have been there THEN (the early months of 1973) but weren’t paying at­ten­tion or you were not a Spring­steen fan (and who was back then out­side of a small circle of friends near As­bury Park?) or not a fan now (and who isn’t?), then you know that Spring­steen’s “Blinded By The Light” single did not make the charts here there and every­where. READ MORE

cut loose like a deuce another runner in the night (was bruce springsteen ever blinded by the light? – part 2)

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HERE ARE THE LYRICS to Bruce Spring­steen’s orig­inal recording of Blinded By The Light as best that I can de­ci­pher them. I used a couple of lyrics sites and then lis­tened to the recording re­peat­edly (and yes it’s “deuce” not “douche”) each time com­paring the words I had typed with the words that I was hearing.

This is part 2 in a se­ries of es­says on Spring­steen’s first com­mer­cially is­sued single, Blinded By The Light / The Angel, from 1973. READ MORE

was bruce springsteen ever blinded by the light? (part 1)

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IT’S 6:36 IN THE MORNING and I had just dropped Berni off at work. I turned on the radio to the oldies sta­tion and lo and be­hold, there was Bruce Spring­steen’s ‘Blinded By The Light.’ De­lighted I sat back and lis­tened, then re­al­ized that I had never heard the record on the radio be­fore!

 I re­member get­ting the first al­bums, GREETINGS FROM ASBURY PARK, N.J. READ MORE

duke duke duke duke of earl

GeneChandler DukeOfEarl publicityphoto 1500 crop

THIS BRIEF PIECE on the Duke of Earl was in­spired by an equally brief ar­ticle on my other site ti­tled “earl earl earl, earl of grey.” That piece is not about a duke duke duke of any­thing, but about my en­joy­ment of Tazo’s Earl Grey tea, a bev­erage I have loathed for decades but—for some in­ex­plic­able change in my aging, testosterone-deprived taste buds—I cur­rently crave the stuff! READ MORE