Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Some Oldies, Some Goodies

My vinyls and some antique buys
Last Saturday I decided to check out a local record store, Hip Cat Records. Not going to lie, the sketchy looking storefront has deterred me from stopping by before, even though I drive past the store pretty frequently. However, after talking to people who had been there before, I finally decided to stop by and check my record luck.

And lucky I was. I wasn't really looking for anything in particular (though I've been searching for David Bowie's Hunky Dory for a while now)so I kind of just perused the various bins until and picked up anything that looked interesting. I ended up leaving with five albums for under $20. Pretty impressive, huh?

Fleetwood Mac: Rumours

Okay, so I'm definitely a music enthusiast, but I've never really given Fleetwood Mac a listen until buying this album. I know, it's literally a sin! Stevie Nicks is a goddess and all but somehow I never ended up listening to Fleetwood Mac. Well, Rumours, their most well-known album, definitely converted me into a hard core Fleetwood Mac fan. The ethereal voice of Stevie Nicks just transports you to a world of sprawling green plains and all your worries just disappear. This album is the perfect 1970s rock confection and I'm so glad I bought it.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono: Double Fantasy

This album is adorable and totally gives me romantic feels. An equal parts rock and avant garde collaboration between husband and wife, the album feels like a dialogue between two lovers. Despite having been released just before John Lennon's death, the album carries the lilt of newlyweds, innocent and still deeply in love. It's candid and different and beautiful in its own strange way.

Simon and Garfunkel: Bridge Over Troubled Water 

Bridge Over Troubled Water is easily my favorite Simon and Garfunkel album, mostly because it contains the songs "El Condor Pasa" and "The Boxer." I'm easily wooed by soft vocals and guitars of folk rock (hello, Of Monsters and Men!)but Simon and Garfunkel's masterful lyrics add a new layer to this wonderful record. I'm glad to finally own it on vinyl because it has the perfect sound for a scratchy record: slightly imperfect yet captivatingly endearing.

Soundtrack to "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid"

If you haven't watched this movie, please go and do so right now. It's amazing! Anyways, the soundtrack to the film is just as good and for only 25 cents, I had to pick it up. It's not really the kind of album I'd listen to a lot, simply because I'm not a huge soundtrack listener, but I had to have it.

Soundtrack to "Mame"

Mame is my all-time favorite musical, yet almost no one knows what it is. I stumbled upon it while searching for music for an ice skating routine (yes I was once a figure skater) and ended up watching the whole Lucille Ball movie on Youtube. The songs are equally charming as its lead character, Auntie Mame. As far as musicals go, I think it's a total gem, so I'm super excited to own the Angela Lansbury (original Broadway) record.

That's just a quick snapshot of my most recent record haul. I love vinyl records and it's great that they're going through a renaissance right now! It's definitely a good way to resurrect some of the best old music!