Record Collecting #2
6-30-08 Record Collecting #2
Towards the end of the 60’s, I began getting the inexpensive Warner / Reprise ‘loss leader’ double LP samplers – which inspired further numerical wonderment. Why was RS 6355 (Mephistopheles – “In Frustration I Hear Singing”) the sole Warner / Reprise title in the 6300 series that wasn’t available as an 8-track tape? Around the same time, I got the inclination to write to British record companies, requesting catalogs.
A quick letter sent off to Island Records,
My older brother is responsible for turning me into an “import LP snob” – in 1967. He brought home a British pressing of The Beatles “Sgt. Peppers”; I asked to see it – he told me to wash my hands first (I was 9 years of age – it was a justified request!). It didn’t take long for me to understand that British records were ‘desirable’ – the debut Jimi Hendrix Experience LP had 3 different songs than the US copy; there were numerous Rolling Stones “England only” things – the “Come On” b/w “I Want To Be Loved” 45 on Decca UK, for instance. Certainly the British-manufactured LP covers looked better (most were nice & shiny, on the front – even if the paper of British LP covers seemed a bit flimsy, when compared to US-manufactured covers).
The two places that my brother told me about that had import LP’s were up in