Saturday, September 1, 2018

August Record Shopping in Nashville, Part Two.

I found some more free time on Sunday evening and decided to check out The Groove, which turned out to be a great idea. Who doesn't love a house that's been converted into a record store? Plus, they've painted a bunch of album covers on their front retaining wall, which you can kind of see here:
Seriously: what a pleasant, inviting place. Dudes working there were very cool, too, and I spent a few hours going through most of the store. They had a really diverse collection of used records, with a lot of stuff you don't see very often. Here's what I got:

Skank - "Insides"/"What Do You Want" 7" (1985)

80's pop from a 7-person group out of Austin, Texas, called Skank. That all seems promising.


Rastus - Steamin' (1972)

I took one look at the ragtag bunch on the back of this record and just had to hear what they sounded like. Plus the dragonfly wearing aviators on the cover didn't hurt. Jammy rock with a horn section and thick grooves.

The Flavia Band - Good-Bye Bambina (197?)

Private-press semi-classical Italian music (?) that is autographed by a few of the dudes on the back.


Shocky Shay - No Joke (1989)

Sealed from '89. Not sure I've ever heard of this gal, but I'm liking her look. Song on here called "Pass The Salt-N-Pepper" taking shots!



Alan Leatherwood - Blue Suede Heart (1986)

Private-press rockabilly LP out of Cleveland. This one's sealed, too.


Lindisfarne - Sleepless Nights (1983)

English folk-rock that I bought for the cover, particularly the back one where that girl is naked.


Dick Curless - The Great Race (1980)

Country LP from a dude in an eye patch talking to truckers. Looks to be out of the New England area. When you search "Dick Curless" in Google it stops giving you suggestions at about the "u," in case you were wondering.


Red Simpson - Trucker's Christmas (1973)

A full LP of Red Simpson Christmas originals, including "Truckin' Trees for Christmas," "Christmas Wheels," "This Old Christmas Truck," and "Santa's Comin' In a Big Ol' Truck." Stashing this one away until December.





Glass Hammer - On Our Own (197?)

Private-press soft-rock LP out of Gallatin, Tennessee in what I'm guessing is the late 70s or early 80s. Not to be confused with the more well-known fantasy-prog Glass Hammer, who sing about dragons and clearly stole their name from these dudes.


Tim Stivers - Is There Life Outside The South? (1973)

This is exactly the kind of stuff I was hoping to find in Nashville. Private-press standup comedy on the regional tip. He's from Anchorage, Kentucky. And apparently sports a wry wit.


Mel Taylor - Mel (197?)

Mel's looking like a hard-ass on this terrific cover, but he's smiling and tickling the ivories (possibly for Jesus) on the back. This was a good find.


Dan Del Santo And His Professors of Pleasure - That's Life In The Big City (1981)

World-y funk that seems pretty cool. Inner sleeve features Dan, shirtless in a marijuana field, screaming.


Gary Mann - Christmas with Gary Mann (1972)

Subtitled "The E&E Insurance Christmas Record," and looks to have been put together by a large insurance firm in Columbus, Ohio. Gary must have been a local favorite. Another great Christmas LP to add to the ol' collection and enjoy in about three months.


Spec Lovell - A Tribute to Webb Pierce (1982)

Private-press country tribute LP out of Knoxville from a local banker. Webb Pierce himself gives his blessing via a message on the back, which is surrounded by photos of Spec posing next to expensive cars and riding horses and a motorcycle. You know Spec gets that money! Sealed, and it was a buck.


I felt good about my trip to The Groove, but there was still one more spot I wanted to check out before I left town, and I had a small window of time on Monday morning to make it happen. It opened at 11AM and I had to meet my group and our shuttles at 1PM, and the place was about 15 minutes away. I got up a little after 9 on Monday morning, showered, hit the hotel breakfast bar hard, checked out of my hotel room and had them hold my bags, and took an Uber to Fond Object, which I arrived at 20 minutes early. Luckily there was a coffee shop across the street where I could cool off for a few, but then I ended up sitting in front in a hot metal chair and just steadily sweating until the dude opened the store. Nashville is baaaaalmy.
I didn't have a ton of time, but I made the most of it and ended up walking out with some good stuff. Knew I couldn't get too much because at this point my suitcase was already mad full and anything I bought would have to go in my shoulder bag that I take on the plane with me. So just a nice little stack:

David Heavener - Outlaw Force (1987)

I own this movie on Betamax and have never watched it, but the cover is just great and Frank Stallone is in it, so I'm not sure what I've been waiting for. This soundtrack LP looks equally amazing, and drives home the fact that David Heavener not only wrote, directed, and starred in the film, he also composed the honky-tonk soundtrack.

Gold & Platinum, Volume 5 (1989)

I own a few other records in the Gold & Platinum series, and they're great 80s mixtapes to put on when you're doing the dishes or whatever. Hit after hit!


Uptown Lowdown Jazzband - Uptown Lowdown Jazzband (1980)

Ragtime jazz out of Georgia from a really terrific looking group of people.



The Transplant Band - Gift of Life (1983)

This is one of my favorite records I got on the trip. This band is made up of transplant surgeons from Tennessee who got together to make this LP and donate all the proceeds to The Nation Kidney Foundation of Middle Tennessee. Sealed but I'm thinking about opening it.

The Jimmy Heap Show - Laff-A-Rammer featuring Ken Idaho (196?)

Party record alert! This one, like a lot of them, looks troubling. Out of Texas, which should not be shocking.


Ronnie Prophet - Goofy Golf Gags n' Gaggles (197?)

Weird that Ronnie Prophet is a really well-known country musician and I can hardly find any proof of this record's existence. It's Ronnie cracking wise, stand-up style, about everything golf. Get ready to laugh, duffers!


And that was it for Fond Object and for my Nashville record shopping. They had a side room that I didn't really have time to check out that had some vintage stuff and a bunch of t-shirts:
But I was already gone. Next thing I knew I was back on an airplane and headed home. What a whirlwind. Speaking of, I'll be headed back to Arizona in about a month, and there is more damage to be done.

Friday, August 31, 2018

August Record Shopping in Nashville, Part One.

After tearing through Arizona and San Diego at the beginning of this month, I managed to find myself in Nashville, Tennessee for work at the tail end of August, ready to take my per diem check and blow 85% of it on records.

I got to Nashville on Thursday afternoon, but was occupied with work stuff until Saturday evening, when I was able to make my way over to Grimey's, a place that a few people had told me to check out while I was there. It was packed with records, but most of them were new, and that's stuff I can get at home.
They did have a small side room with new arrivals that were used, so I dipped into that and ended up walking out with a handful of LPs.

Hybrid Ice - Hybrid Ice (1982)

Private-press LP out of Danville, PA from a rock group that has that prog-ish Yes vibe to them. Their song "Magdelene" was covered by Boston. That's nothing to be ashamed of.


Samantha Fox - "Touch Me (I Want Your Body)" 12" (1986)

German import version! I bought this for a dollar and it's got the BPM listed on the front so you know this one'll be bumpin' in the club.


N.Y.C. Fat Girls - "Here Comes the Fat Girls" 12" (1986)

New York City's female answer to the Fat Boys, who they call out, and wow, this is a wild one. A lot of talk about how much they like to eat, which I guess make sense.

Richard Pryor - Black Ben the Blacksmith (1978)

Party-record Richard Pryor on the Laff label. Not sure I want to find out what's going on with that horse.



Richard Pryor - Outrageous (1979)

And another one. I got these for 2 bucks each. I enjoy these hastily made old-timey comedy records.


And aside from a nicely priced Happy Mondays Call the Cops DVD that I picked up and am very excited to watch, that was all I left with from there. Started slow, but it didn't last long. I ended up going nuts at the next place, which is where I headed straight from Grimey's because it was open until 8 and in the same general area.
Boulevard Record Shop had some BOGO signage plastered all around so when I walked in, I asked the dude what the deal was. He told me that if I bought any record from the main part of the store, I got one of the records in the bins up against the wall for free, but it also turned out that the entirety of that wall was buy-one-get-one, too. So you couldn't get the deal with two records from the main shelves, but everything else was good to go. You see what I'm saying.

I quickly realized I wouldn't be purchasing anything from the main racks because when I see a copy of Brothers in Arms priced at $20, I know not to bother with the rest of the shit. So I checked the bins by the walls, expecting to encounter some $12 Jermaine Jackson records, but instead I found a treasure trove of fairly priced obscure-ish LPs from which I kept pulling gem after gem, knowing that they were all basically half price, and I figured I'd add it up at the end and put some stuff back if I had to. I did not have to. I bought a ridiculous stack of records from this place. Here we go:

Jack Brown - Jack Tells It Like It Is (196?)

I'll be honest: I don't listen to a lot of the religious LPs I collect, because the music is usually shitty and often creepy. But I always listen to one kind of religious record if I pick one up: the Old Dude Gives A Straight Talk To Teens spoken-word record. (Also Christian stand-up records, which are terrific.) If you've never listened to Don Lonie Talks to Teenagers, you're really missing out. He weaves his way into the Jesus stuff masterfully after earning a teen-filled auditorium's trust with some wry high-school humor. So, yes, I'm looking forward to this one. This old codger was in six different prisons and addicted to drugs for 30 years and he's here to tell you about why that's a bad idea. Pretty sure the J-Man is involved. He usually shows up towards the end.

Johnny and The Distractions - Let It Rock (1981)

These guys were out of Portland in the late 70s through the 80s and I believe this was their sole major-label release, on A&M. I have a few of their other records – the one before this one and the one after. Bridging the ol' gap, here. Feels good to do that.

Goldust - Saturday Soiree (198?)

Private-press vocal trio cover-song situation out of Knoxville. Sit back and let them take you on a trip through the 30s, 40s, and beyond!


The Complete Cockatiel Training Album (1980)

I have a few of the other records from this teach-your-bird-to-talk-and/or-whistle-showtunes series, and you'd think they'd be kind of rare but they're not. But they are cool to have, and, in a pinch, a great conversation piece!


Tammy Faye Bakker - Run Toward the Roar (1980)

Speaking of great. I'm not sure I'd ever come across a Tammy Faye record before, but if I did it wasn't this one. What a cover. The back is also really getting the job done. Even has the original PTL Club inner sleeve! Boy, she had fun for a while there before it all went to shit, didn't she? So powerful.

Ed Kilbourne - I Know Where I'm Going (1964)

Ed's got directions, and he's taking his guitar with him. Back of this is completely blank.


Mike McGuirk - Country Feelings (1980)

First Goldust, and now Mike McGuirk? And when I was in Arizona earlier this month I found that Dusty Rhodes record...! The weird wrestling connections continue with this private-press country crooner out of New York. Title is very Kirk Van Houten.

Cash Backman - Little Bit of Understanding (1976)

LP out of Australia from a guy with a cool name holding a kitten and smoking a cig on the front of his debut album. So this is kind of crazy - just noticed that the inside of the gatefold is inscribed. Here's what it says, line by line: "To Mr. Dobbie Grey / One Hell of a guy / Cash Backman / (support act, Melb. July 7, 1976) / Thanks again!" Do I own the copy of the LP that Cash Backman signed for Dobie Gray - whose name he didn't know how to spell - when he opened for him in Melbourne, Australia in the summer of 1976? I think I just might.

Gino Harrison - An Inceptional Album (1981)

Sealed, private-press LP out of Texas that I can't find any evidence of existing on the internet. Back cover features complimentary quotes from bar and restaurant owners who would not hesitate to hire Gino again. Got this for four bucks, but really two.


Tommy Scott and The Men of the Long Journey - Songs of the Road (196?)

This one was also sealed, also four bucks. Early stuff from a Grand Ole Opry dude, from what I can tell. We'll see if I keep this one.


Heirborn - Undercover Christian (1981)

Man, I forgot I snagged this. I was really just grabbing stuff, so part of the fun is getting these records home and remembering why I got 'em. The cover on this one is just so great. I love Christian rock bands trying to be cool. Here you can see them sneaking into church in disguise. Is that what it's come to? I'm also now realizing I have their other LP and that they were out of Spokane and possibly Bellingham.

Slim Goodbody - Healthy is Wealthy (1980)

This was, admittedly, a "hey I 'member this guy!" type purchase, but it's got a gatefold cover and is just lousy with bizarre puppets, so I'm good with it. And seriously: remember this dude?


Jimmy Travis - My First One (197?)

Private-press country LP out of Tennessee with a cosign from Boots Randolph on the back. Track on here called "God Never Made a Horse Happy Couldn't Ride" that I'm tempted to fire up over here. And I just did. Dear lord. It's about a rodeo rider who was a champion and then starts losing, goes hard into boozing out of control, and then kills himself by OD'ing on heroin. And also the guy singing the song is his little brother. Yikes. That was not what I was expecting there.

Jimmy Travis - "Live" (198?)

This must be Jimmy's follow-up, and sadly, he does not perform "Happy." This one's out of Hendersonville, Tennessee.


Ronnie Cochran - Ronnie Cochran Sings: A Tribute to an Old Friend Mel Street (197?)

Private-press country-rock LP out of Nashville in probably the late 70's, because that's when Mel Street killed himself. This is another one that I can't find any info on. Feel like I should do the right thing and put some of these on Discogs, but I probably won't.

Waves of Grain - The West Was Fun (1985)

Jangly indie rock out of California that's on a small label that looks like it put out some other similar stuff. Brendan O'Brien is listed as the drummer on this but I'm not sure if that's the record producer dude.


Nigel - Ocean (1987)

Ohhhh this is a good one. Private-press sensitive-dude rock out of Philadelphia that is a one-man operation, with 19-year-old Nigel here playing every instrument on the album. My copy's got two different lyric inserts, a typed letter to a guy at a magazine named Greg who he's trying to get to review it, and a photocopied, handwritten 4-page bio. What a find.

Joey Welz - My Kind Of Country is Rock 'N' Roll (1989)

It was really weird finding this record because I've met this dude. At a few different music conferences. He played keys for Bill Haley & His Comets for like 3 years in the early 60's and he will tell you that within 20 seconds of meeting him. The back cover of this is just photos of him sidled up to famous musicians (Haley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino ) with their names underneath their picture just to let you know he's the real deal. Such a strange find.

Dr. Dallas F. Billington - This Is Your Funeral (1966)

So the front cover of this corresponds with the first side of the record, titled "This Is Your Funeral If You Are a Christian." The back cover is a black, closed casket in a dark room and it is titled "This Is Your Funeral If You Die Unsaved." Easy, Billington, you're scaring the shit out of me here.

The Windows - Runnin' Alone (1987)

Private-press pop/rock out of Jackson, Mississippi that is actually really sharp for what it is. You know these dudes had some good times.


Gertrude Patrick - My Evangelistic Specials (196?)

Sealed, private-press gospel LP with a photo of a much younger, hollow-eyed Gertrude on the back. Borderline terrifying!


Al Dean & The All Stars - Kick'n (1967)

From the back: "People who like to dance will want to kick up their heels when they listen to this instrumental Album by Al Dean & The All Stars." Sounds good.


Lee Castro - It Won't Be Long (196?)

Religious LP out of Fort Worth, Texas that features a picture of this guy's wife on the back with her ventriloquist dummy, Danny Jose, who is in a mariachi outfit and has a ridiculous mustache. She's white with blonde hair, of course.

Larry Norman - Stop This Flight (1986)

Frank Black always talked about how he was a big fan of Larry Norman, and the guy seems genuinely interesting, especially for a Christian rocker. This is one of over 100 albums he put out.


Wickline - Wickline (1981)

Wickline is the name of about a third of the people in this band that is out of Fox Island, WA. Think it might be spiritual. I dig that cover.


Larry Norman - Something New Under the Son (1981)

Hey, I guess I grabbed another Larry Norman record.


Squire Ira Carpenter - Live (196?)

Backwoods standup comedy from a hick in overalls. I'm really shocked by the full color on the cover. Splurged on that one.


"Willie B" and The Drifters Caravan - Blue Kentucky Boy (1972)

Private-press country LP out of Kentucky. From the Blue Kentucky Boy.


Murari - Murari (1979)

Private-press Hare Krishna folk LP recorded in Nashville. Sealed! But I should probably crack it open and hear what these crazy kooks have to say. It could change my life.



And, mercifully, that's the end of what I picked up. Poor kid behind the counter had a hell of a time figuring out the discounts for me, but after he did, I owed less than 90 bucks for all of this. Not bad at all. And I wasn't done with Nashville yet!