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

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. [Continue reading]

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michael sowa ain’t never caught a rabbit and he ain’t no friend of mine

WHILE I WAS PLAYING with count­less themes in search of a new look for Rather Rare Records over the past few weeks, I posted a page with a note of apology and ex­pla­na­tion for all to see.

To make the post eye-catching, I found this killer painting by Michael Sowa ti­tled “Frohe Os­tern” (“Happy Easter”), and used it as the page’s fea­tured image. [Continue reading]