Oh, man …
Amazing Records — my local used record store — is closing in a month.
Jim is packing it up and taking it with him as he leaves our corner of Wisconsin and moves back home to northern California.
As I walked across the front of the store this afternoon, I noted the progress he’d made in clearing the boxes and stacks of LPs and 45s that usually clutter the floor. That’s when Jim dropped the news on me.
Ah, that’s why. And why there’s so much new stock in the bins.
Therein lies the mixed blessing in all of this.
For as long as I’ve been going to Amazing Records, there have been boxes and crates full of records I never got to look through. Jim hadn’t looked through them yet. OK, fair enough.
I’d go through the new arrivals and the dollar bins, then say “So, Jim, what else can I look at today?” Sometimes, he’d point to boxes on the floor under the dollar bins. Sometimes, nothing else.
Now, though, he’s going through everything, separating the wheat from the chaff and trying to sell as many records as he can before he moves. He promises there will be plenty to look through.
I still have a month. Here are a couple of tunes, a couple of covers, from the records I found today.
“Life During Wartime,” the Staple Singers, from “The Staple Singers,” 1985. It’s out of print. This Talking Heads cover didn’t do as well as “Slippery People” had a year earlier. This was the Staples’ last record as a family group.
“It’s Alright Ma (I’m Only Bleeding),” Billy Preston, from “Everybody Likes Some Kind Of Music,” 1973. It’s out of print, save for the Japanese re-issue that’s in the buy link. This is a Bob Dylan cover, of course.
“I’ll be back,” I told Jim.
“Bring lots of money,” he said.
Oh, I’ll try, especially if I pop for that vintage King Curtis LP.