Sunday, July 29, 2007

This week's boot sale finds

Original ska and rocksteady LPs and singles are in much demand among vinyl collectors. That's hardly surprising as for the most part they contain brilliant music, and they're hard to find in really good condition. My top find this weekend was Duke Reid's Golden Hits on the Trojan label, with 12 cracking Duke Reid produced tracks by the likes of the Techniques, Justin Hines and the Dominos, Alton Ellis. the Melodians and the Silvertones. I love this raw 60s Jamaican music and this is a great example of the genre.

Another great find this weekend was This is Sue, a 60s compilation on Island with tracks released on the legendary Sue label by Roy Head, Derek Martin, Barbara Lynn, Bobby Parker and Shirley and Lee, among others. I remember buying this LP in Croydon when it first came out, but my copy, which has followed me around to God knows how many addresses over the years, is knackered. The one I found this weekend is virtually mint.

Other LPs from this week's hunt include an early Motown compilation, another ska compilation Red Red Wine, and albums by Eartha Kitt, Mike Sarne (it's crap but collectable), Santo and Johnny, Sha na na, a nice copy of Pet Sounds and the first Dr Hook LP. So not a bad haul.


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