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are the avid collector and the avid record collector the same person?

THE AVID COLLECTOR was the title of my column in Pulse! mag­a­zine. Pulse! (with the an­noying ex­cla­ma­tion mark) was the in-house mag­a­zine for Tower Records that was free to every cus­tomer in every Tower store in the world! The Avid Col­lector was about col­lectible records and ran for al­most two years in the early ’90s. [Continue reading]

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are these five LPs actually rare and valuable records?

THE AVID RECORD COLLECTOR is a column that I re­cently started con­tributing to the Six­ties Music Se­crets blog. The in­ten­tion of the column was to ad­dress LPs re­leased in the ’60s and sub­se­quently deleted. Then they found their way into cut-out bins of re­tail record stores around the country and then, years later, found their way onto col­lec­tor’s want-lists. [Continue reading]

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announcing my new column “the avid record collector”

BE THE FIRST ON YOU BLOCK to read my new column, The Avid Record Col­lector! Sub-titled “From the Cut-Out Bin,” it can be found on the Six­ties Music Se­crets web­site! In each column, I will look at records that were mass-produced in the 1960s and sub­se­quently deleted from record com­pany catalogs. [Continue reading]

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why did rca have to export david bowie records to england in the ’70s?

THERE ARE A HANDFUL OF RECORDS from the ’70s that are so common among British col­lec­tors that they re­ceive little at­ten­tion from them. But they are all rather rare records out­side of the UK—so rare, that most non-UK col­lec­tors have only seen them as im­ages on the in­ternet! [Continue reading]

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the stairway to heaven leads to gilligan’s island

IN MAY 1978, a record by a group with a rather silly name was re­leased in the San Fran­cisco Bay Area. After making a splash in that market, radio sta­tions around the country picked it up for their playlists. Had things been left to them­selves, the record might have been a re­ally big hit record. [Continue reading]

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is “street fighting man” the most valuable picture sleeve in the world?

IN LATE AUGUST 1968, the Rolling Stones re­leased “Street Fighting Man” as the lead single for the un­re­leased BEGGARS BANQUET album. It was the group’s follow-up to Jumpin’ Jack Flash, which had been a world­wide smash. While it topped the Cash Box Top 100, for some in­ex­plic­able reason it stalled at #3 on the Bill­board Hot 100

As Street Fighting Man was of a quality sim­ilar if not quite equal to Jumpin’ Jack Flash, I as­sume now that everyone as­sumed then that an­other top-tenner was on the way. [Continue reading]

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the avid collectors’ guide to wild in the streets part 4

THIS IS PART 4 of the Avid Record Col­lec­tor’s Price Guide to Wild In The Streets. It ad­dresses in de­tail the four al­bums as­so­ci­ated with that movie and its music. The first three parts have been pub­lished, and with this part I fi­nally get around the a la­be­l­og­raphy and price guide for the records. [Continue reading]

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the avid collector’s guide to wild in the streets part 3

THE AVID COLLECTOR’S GUIDE to Wild In The Streets Part 3 ad­dresses records made that are as­so­ci­ated with this movie—both sin­gles and al­bums. All were re­leased in the wake of the very suc­cessful movie in 1968, but few were hits. Be­fore com­mencing, I rec­om­mend that you first readOn Wild In The Streets As Polit­ical And Social Satire” and then the first part of this four-part se­ries of ar­ti­cles about the movie and its music. [Continue reading]

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the avid collector’s guide to wild in the streets part 2

THE AVID COLLECTOR’S GUIDE to Wild In The Streets Part 2 ad­dresses records made that are as­so­ci­ated with this movie—both sin­gles and al­bums. All were re­leased in the wake of the very suc­cessful movie in 1968, but few were hits. Be­fore com­mencing, I rec­om­mend that you first readOn Wild In The Streets As Polit­ical And Social Satire” and then the first part of this four-part se­ries of ar­ti­cles about the movie and its music. [Continue reading]