I’m Going To Need A Bigger Boat

I mentioned in a post last week that two friends had offered me ‘some’ records for the FGTeBay project. Over the last few days I have taken them both up on their kind offers and, along with one or two charity shop purchases, all told I have taken possession of a pretty amazing pile of records. The full list is below.

It’s taken quite a while to photograph and log them all. If you follow this project on Twitter or Facebook then I apologise for the bombardment of photo posts today, but I decided to bite the bullet and do them all in one go, and there were 59 of them! I somehow doubt I’ll be processing such a large number of records in one go again, but then I didn’t expect to be given piles of the things, so I should probably never say never.

There are some amazing and quite rare/expensive records in the pile, and its worth remembering that these records were going to be literally thrown away unless I took them, which is just bizarre. In particular the early 1990s releases by UK indie acts, including the likes of (The) Verve and Ride, often fetch tidy sums on sites such as eBay and Discogs, and there are some stone cold classics of 1990s indie, including Galaxie 500, American Music Club and Bob Mould. Beyond those obvious highlights there is a fairly good seam of late 80s and early to mid 90s stuff in amongst it all that might make just someone’s day.

There were also some records that were either slightly the worse for wear, or else missing their sleeves, or (if I’m being brutally honest) were just a bit rubbish. These have gone into ‘The Bargain Bin’ which will be sold at 20p at record fairs. There’s a copy of Out Of Time by REM in just an inner sleeve in there, for instance. I’m not going to log and photograph these ones.

I have a few decisions to make about how to proceed this month following this haul. I sold a few records on eBay last month but I can’t help thinking that I might have done better with some of them at records fairs. A lot of the records sold for their £3 reserve to a single bidder. Once fees and postage are removed from a transaction of that size there isn’t a great deal left to play with (i.e. – buy more records). I’m not being greedy here, and I appreciate that I’ve just been handed a huge pile of (very close to) free records, but I think perhaps that I’ve got my processes the wrong way and that it would be better to try certain records at the fair before I try them on eBay. This feeling comes in part from the advice of the other vendors at the record fair I visited, many of whom suggested I only ever sell the very, very rare records online and simply keep the less valuable ones for a rainy day at a record fair.

I will give all this some thought over the coming days. In the meantime, if any of the records listed below (or in the full inventory) happen take your fancy and you can’t wait for me to stop dithering like a eejit, email me and make an offer.

Incidentally, storage is already becoming a minor issue.

Onwards….

Kate Bush – The Sensual World, 1989 LP, EMI, EMD 1010
The Triffids – present The Black Swan, 1989 LP, Island, ILPS 9928
The Blue Nile – Hats, 1989 LP, A&M, CHEN 21
XTC – The Loving, 1989 12”, Virgin, VST1201
Magazine – Play, 1980 LP, Virgin, V 2184
808 State – Quadrastate, 1989 12”, Creed, State 004
Ride – Nowhere, 1990 LP, Creation, CRELP4
10,000 Maniacs – In My Tribe, 1987 LP, Elektra/WEA, EKT 41
Moose – XYZ, 1992 LP, Hut, HUTLP5
Kitchens of Distinction – Strange Free World, 1990 LP, One Little Indian, TPLP 19
The Blue Aeroplanes – Beatsongs, 1991 LP, Ensign, CHEN 21
Karlheinz Stockhausen – Stimmung, 1970 LP, Deutsche Grammophon, 2543003
Orbital – The Box, 1996 12”, Internal, PY 122
Marillion – He Knows You Know, 1983 12”, EMI, 12EMI5362
Rebel MC – Rich Ah Getting Richer, 1992 Promo 12”, Big Life, Promo
Pan – Panology, 1993 LP, Big Cat, ABB49
Front 242 – Front By Front, 1988 LP, Red Rhino Europe, RRELP7
Immaculate Fools – Dumb Poet, 1987 LP, A&M, SP 6 5151
Cowboy Junkies – The Caution Horses, 1990 LP, BMG, PL 90450
Pale Saints – Half Life, 1990 12”, 4AD, BAD 0015
Lush – Sweetness & Light, 1990 12”, 4AD, BAD 0013
Fields of the Nephilim – Power, 1986 12”, Situation 2, SIT 42T
Galaxie 500 – Fourth of July, 1990 12”, Rough Trade, RTT249
Various – The Food Christmas EP 1989, 1989 12”, Food, 12 FOODG 23
Jesus Jones – Liquidizer, 1989 LP, Food, FOODLP3
They Might Be Giants – Birdhouse In Your Soul, 1990 12”, WEA Elektra EKR104T
The Chills – Submarine Bells, 1990 LP, London / Slash, 828 191 1
U2 – The Unforgettable Fire, 1984 LP, Island, U2 5
Verve – A Storm In Heaven, 1993 LP, Hut, HUTLP 10
Toasted Heretic – Galway & Los Angeles, 1991 12”, Solid, LQD 112
Indigo Girls – Closer To Fine, 1989 12”, Epic, 6549076
Bob Mould – Workbook, 1989 LP, Virgin, VUSLP2
Blue Pearl – Naked, 1990 LP, Big Life, BLR LP 4
Steve Hillage – Motivation Radio, 1977 LP, Virgin, OVED 32
Durutti Column – Amigos Em Portugal, 1983 LP, Fundacao Altantica, 1652071
Fishbone – Everyday Sunshine, 1992 12”, Columbia, 658193 6
Ozric Tentacles – Sploosh!, 1991 12”, Dovetail, DOVE ST3
Swervedriver – Son of Mustang Ford, 1990 12”, Creation, CRE 079 T
The Lemonheads – Lick, 1989 LP, World Service, SERV 007
Marillion – Incommunicado, 1987 12”, EMI, 12MARIL 6
Birdland – Hollow Heart, 1989 12”, Lazy, Lazy 13T
American Music Club – Everclear, 1991 LP, Alias, A015
The Blue Aeroplanes – Broken & Mended, 1993 12”, Beggars Banquet, BBQ 26T
Goldie – Temper, Temper, 1998 12”, FFRR, PY122 LC7654
Mary Margaret O’Hara – Miss America, 1988 LP, Virgin, V 2559
Warren Mitchell – Alf Garnett sings Songs of World War I, 1967 LP, Allegro, ALL 840
Swans – Can’t Find My Way Home, 1989 12”, MCA, MCAT 1347
Galaxie 500 – This Is Our Music, 1990 LP, Rough Trade, Rough 156
The Sound of Music – OST, 1965 LP, RCA, SB 6616
The Chills – Heavenly Pop Hit, 1990 12”, London / Slash, LASHX 22
Daniel Johnston – 1990, 1990 LP, Shimmy Disc, SDE 9015 LP
Johnny Cash – The Magnificent Johnny Cash, 1972 LP, Hallmark, SHM 777
The Everly Brothers – Don & Phil’s Fabulous Fifties Treasury, 1974 LP, Janus, 6310 300
Lua Kiwii – Hawaiian Medley, Late 1920s 78rpm 10” shellac, Ariel Grand Record, No. 1037
Lord Rockingham’s XI – Hoots Mon, 1958 78 rpm, Decca, F. 11059
Frank Sinatra – Sinatra Sings Mercer, 1963 LP, Capitol, SRS 5167
Frank Sinatra – Sinatra at The Sands, 1966 Double LP, Reprise, K 64002
Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Rage Hard, 1986 7” w. Gatefold Pop Up sleeve, ZTT, ZTAS 22/ZTD 22
Tom Jones – This is Tom Jones, 1969 MONO LP, Decca, LK 5007

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You can see full size images of the records listed above aswell as the rest of the FGTeBay stock over on the Tumblr. I’m also (slowly) adding a track from each record I buy to a slowly growing Spotify playlist. You can also follow this blog on Facebook and talk to me on Twitter. If none of the above float your boat but you have a question, then you can always email me.

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