Why buy an iPod when you can have a record player for less than a hamburger? My son is thrilled with his iPod Shuffle. He is the only iPod enabled person in my family. But as for me and my HI-FI, I still think my £2 Hitachi stereo is funner and the music is cheaper. My latest score at the yearly Boys Brigade Sale in Stromness this week was only 10p. Thats right . . . 10p!
Thats “Roving With The Seekers”, 1968. 10p gets me 12 tracks, each one totally rocking . . . (except Waltzing Matilda and Danny Boy). I also get the classic scratchy sound that the iPod has yet to produce. And when I convert it to MP3 with my Griffin iMic, I get to keep that old-skool static. Take away my two lame songs, and thats 1p a track – beating iTunes any day! And no guilt or fear from downloading questionable files from Russia.
Honestly, I don’t know what he sees in that stupid white stick of his. However, to be fair, my record player will be struggling to pick up my Podcasted message next week.
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Sorting through the records is a lot of fun. Here are the records to buy from their respective countries:
USA – A curse on Jim Reeves!!. Go for James Brown. Sinatra is too cliche.
UK– Beatles is a little obvious. Go for Shirley Bassey or Tom Jones
Australia– Slim pickings. Go for The Seekers
NZ – I would kill for Split Enz’s laser etched “True Colours”
I also look out for 1960’s cheesy religious records, Gilbert and Sullivan operas (go for the multi-record box packages), black gospel for my Gospel Brunches, and of course, 80’s retro which sounds better under the needle.
Not all the records I buy are good deals. “Round At Callums” 1969, for example, which was also 10p, is actually a very lame record, despite the cool cover and those rockin’ kilts. I think I wasted my money on that one – no disrespect intended to Mr and Mrs Callum . . . and their lovely children.