Sunday, April 22, 2018

Record Store Day Haul

Yesterday was record store day. Only had 20 bucks. But I still managed a few major scores. I've picked up and put down McCartney's Red Rose Speedway (1973) a dozen times. The more elaborate the album cover, the more possibilities for damage, but bam, $3.99 mint, booklet in place, Braille on back, pristine. So cool. It's one of McCartney's oddest LPs with a distinct flavor, lots of Linda; "My Love" one of '73's biggest hits. 

I got Stephen Still's eponymous solo debut, also pretty mint and a gorgeous copy of Herb Alpert's Whipped Cream and Other Delights, one of the most iconic record covers from the era.

Got a VG copy of Joni Mitchell's The Hissing of Summer Lawns, which for me serves as a part of the perfect Trilogy of jazz LPs that began with Court and Spark and also includes Hejira. I'll school you a little: Joni arguably can be categorized into several categories: the early, folky Joni from Seagull to Ladies of the Canyon; her Blue period, which also includes For the Roses; the Jazz trilogy, and the rest. I'll get some argument here. Jazz purists will also include Don Juan's Reckless Daughter and Mingus. But for me, Don Juan is just too broad and often scattered. At a total running time of 58 minutes for the two disk set, the LP is far too short to need two LPs and to this writer, there's plenty of editing that would have allowed this Reckless Daughter to again claim an LP equal to Hejira. Instead, we get disposables like "The Tenth World" and "Off Night Backstreet." Think of this single LP playlist instead: "Cotton Avenue" with its magnificent Overture, "Talk to Me" and "Jericho" with "Otis and Marlena" added to Side One along with closer, "Don Juan's Reckless Daughter." It makes for a 25-minute side, that as the LP's producer, I would shaved down to 22. That leaves "Paprika Plains" to Side Two with "The Silky Veils of Ardor." And to solve your issue for the past 40 years, Hejira is pronounced Hedge-Er-A, with a slight emphasis on the first syllable. I digress. The Hissing of Summer Lawns is lush and beautiful, though the LP was generally panned. The fact that Joni ceased looking inward and turned her razor-sharp observations toward society wasn't what fans expected. It was the first time in which her musical direction was questioned. Not by me.

I got a beautiful copy of Crosby, Stills & Nash and a sealed copy of Alan Parsons' Ammonia Avenue for a buck. Yeah. And last, squeaking it in for just under $20, I got a nice copy of one of my late-night, don't want to wake the fam LPs, Burt Bacharach's Reach Out. (I know, you're not impressed.) Everything in my record shop was 20% off for Record Shop Day and I nearly took the plunge. The shop had a mint, unpeeled '67 version of The Velvet Underground and Nico for $300; with the discount that's $240. Still a bit steep, but gorgeous - and I don't have one!

Wow, what a month: 4-20, Bicycle Day, Record Store Day...

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