what is a “record album” and where did the term come from?

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THE WORLD TURNS, WORDS EVOLVE. Some­times the evo­lu­tion of a word is gradual and log­ical and few no­tice the change. Some­times it hap­pens quickly—often through ig­no­rance and misuse—and the change is jar­ring. In the 21st cen­tury, a word can go through a tremen­dous up­heaval if one in­flu­en­tial person mis­uses it one time on the in­ternet.

That one in­cor­rect usage can be picked up and re­it­er­ated lit­er­ally mil­lions of time in a matter of days. READ MORE

a nexus between a few old articles and their new versions

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THIS IS NOT A NEW ARTICLE! It’s a transfer point from a se­ries of old ar­ti­cles to a se­ries of rewritten ar­ti­cles. So, if you just came upon this piece ac­ci­den­tally, there’s nothing here to read. How­ever, if you are looking for any one of the eleven ar­ti­cles from the “We Buy White Al­bums” se­ries from 2105, then read on. READ MORE

guest blogging on “sixties music secrets”

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THE ART OF GUEST-BLOGGING is an an­cient and ven­er­able one. And it’s ex­actly what it sounds like: posting an ar­ticle on an­other per­son’s blog at the other per­son’s in­vi­ta­tion. Why would a blogger want to be a guest blogger? Well, to reach new people and hope­fully have a few of them follow him back to his blog.

It’s ar­guably the best strategy to build a fol­lowing for your blog (or, in the new ter­mi­nology, “build your brand”). READ MORE

donovan knows a beach where it never ends

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DONOVAN CAME ON FAST in 1965 with three Top 10 hits in the UK: “Catch the Wind,” “Colours,” and “The Uni­versal Sol­dier.” None of these came close to du­pli­cating that suc­cess in the US, where Donovan re­mained a pe­riph­eral figure on the waning folk scene. That didn’t pre­vent many who did know of him from la­beling him a “Dylan im­i­tator” for both his music and his adop­tion of working man’s clothing as his reg­ular “look.” READ MORE

yummy yummy yummy julie london’s got love in her tummy

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ANYTHING WITH “BEATLES” on it was hot prop­erty in the ’60s. Artists across the gamut of mu­sical genres and styles recorded songs bearing the Lennon-McCartney im­print. Along with the ex­pected rock and pop artists, the oc­ca­sional country and folk artist and even a jazz singer delved into the Fab Four’s song­book. Few of these non-rock artists en­joyed any no­table com­mer­cial suc­cess with these at­tempts. READ MORE

about collectables and their alleged collectability and value

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BUYERS AND SELLERS of collectables—whether records or mem­o­ra­bilia or Beanie Babies—often fail to achieve their goals of fi­nan­cial suc­cess be­cause they do not un­der­stand a few basic concepts on determining col­lec­tability and value of the “seldom found.” Be­cause this a record col­lec­tors web­site, I will gen­er­ally refer to records below, but you can sub­sti­tute al­most any other col­lec­table and the com­ments re­main vir­tu­ally un­changed. READ MORE

real rarity, relative rarity, and the “wow!” factor

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IN RECORD COLLECTING, we bandy about cer­tain terms so often that they lose their meaning. One such word is ‘rare,’ which should be con­sid­ered a bugaboo not just record col­lecting, but all fields of col­lec­tables. An­other abused word is ‘psy­che­delic,’ or, as it is more often used, ‘psych.’ But the misuse of that term—unintentional and intentional—deserves an ar­ticle of its own. READ MORE

the frank daniels discographies & labelographies project

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FRANK DANIELS has been col­lecting records for a long time. Some­where along the way, he started col­lecting all sorts of record-related data and in­for­ma­tion. For years now, he has been re­searching, com­piling, as­sem­bling, and pub­lishing sev­eral in­cred­ibly de­tailed and ac­cu­rate Frank Daniels discogra­phies (list­ings of records) and la­be­l­o­gra­phies (break­downs on the vi­sual changes in the label de­signs of a given record com­pany). READ MORE