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Diggin in the Crates Vol 1
2008-06-25 09:05
by Alex Belth
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I don't have as many records as I once did.  It's what happens when you live in a small space and have a life long habit of collecting more stuff.  In with the baseball books, out with the records, you know how it goes.  I've sold some vinyl, and put the majority of them my collection storage, leaving me with just a couple of hundred at the crib.  I don't know if there is a story behind every record I own, at least not a good story, but there usually is a fond memory, so I figure I'd start a new series, highlighting a piece of wax each week.

First up is the classic Bam Bam, performed by Sister Nancy.  It's been sampled to death, but my favorite treatment is "Just Hangin' Out," *off Main Source's debut album.  Back before re-issues flooded the market about a decade ago, you actually had to hunt around for records.  This one wasn't that hard to find but it took me a minute.  When I found it, the store clerk, a Dub afficiando, sniffed at me.  "That isn't even the best track on the record."  Maybe not.  There are a few other good joints.  But none as memorable as "Bam, Bam."  Least not for my money.



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2008-06-25 11:17:46
1.   unmoderated
"Digging" was totally foreign to me growing up, there were no used record stores in the area. I had always been into vinyl, as my Pops gave me his collection, and I yard-saled my way into a few thousand more.
When I moved to Portland, OR, it was like, ohh... this is how you do it.

My favorite 33 in my collection is a first pressing of The Who's 'Live at Leeds.' My dad bought it the first day it was released, but for some reason he neer opened it. Still in the wrapping. I also have a copy of 'Strictly Business' signed by Wesley Willis. That's a weird story.

2008-06-25 13:12:57
2.   Chyll Will
2008-06-25 13:35:00
3.   Sushirabbit
Got some Fatback in there? :-)

Hey man, check your stuff in storage. I lost a bunch of vinyl and signed poetry books because nobody noticed there was water in 3 units. The albums and books wicked it up. Now, I will ALWAYS box them in plastic garbage bags. I cried. Partly because some of the books were signed by folks I spent time with that are gone.

2008-06-25 13:37:11
4.   Alex Belth
The records are stored at my wife's parent's house, in plastic bags, then in crates and then elevated off the floor.
2008-06-25 13:44:26
5.   Sushirabbit
Has Bam, Bam been sampled more than Zungguzungguguzungguzeng? Just sayin. Not that I have any Yellowman, like I said alot of my stuff got ruined, including all my Alton Ellis.
2008-06-25 13:46:27
6.   Sushirabbit
5, that's good. I didn't think my stuff would be in storage so long, but still I was stupid. Never again. I like the idea, in case you can't tell.

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