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Here we discuss odd, unusual or rare recordings that I have come across during my many hours of hunting for collectibles in second hand shops, record stores or flea markets. If you have found anything obscure or interesting, please tell us about it and we'll feature it in bargain bin! firstname.lastname@example.org
"Conquest of the Stars"- Space Project (RCA, 1978)
Pictured above is an old cassette version of a classic album called "Cupid and Psyche 85". This was released by Scritti Politti in the mid eighties. It spawned some Top 40 hits, most noteably "Perfect Way" and "Absolute" (the latter also being a big club hit). Over the years, I have heard members of the musical cognoscenti (ie music geeks) refer to this as a modern day masterpiece. When considering the technology that would have been available at the time, and considering how incredibly intricate and well polished the production is on this, it truly is a great album. This one pops up from time to time in bargain bins. Give it a try! Green Gartside, the man behind Scritti Politti, is still going strong, and released a new album last year to much critical praise.
Who on Earth remembers Gary O? I certainly do! I don't know much about this guy, but he seemed to be rather popular on Canadian radio between 84 and 85. I don't know what bands he was involved with prior to this solo outing, or if he's still making music, but I can say that this album is very good. "Get It While You Can" was a fairly big hit, and I even recall hearing it in the soundtrack of a movie years ago. "Call of the Wild" was also a hit, but for me the best song on here is "Shades of 45", an excellent track loaded with emotion. It sounds like a cross between OMD and Platinum Blonde. Keep your eyes peeled for this one!
I also have to mention about another album that I recently got my hands on. You won't find it in any bargain bins, but it's
sheer rarity is worth noting. I'm talking about "In The Absence of the Cat" by Tony Carey. This album was recorded
by the American artist in the early 80s (see more about him in "Artist Profile"). Apparently he got some studio
time, put lots of effort into this, but the powers that be didn't like it and it never got released. Which is a shame, since
this is undeniably a masterpiece. It is loaded with sighing synths, abstract lyrics and an intellectual, surreal tone that
even brings to mind "Pet Sounds". I was given a copy of this by a diehard Tony Carey fan, and I'm so happy to have
heard it. It's a shame when brilliant pieces of work like this get ignored.
This is a cassette that I purchased many years ago, sometime in the early 90s. I actually bought it brand new, yet I felt
like discussing it here because a)it's rather rare, b)it's awesome and c) if you see it second hand, get it! This is basically
a collection of songs by the great synth punk pioneers Suicide that is composed of half live tracks, and half home studio
recordings. I ordered this tape from the now infamous ROIR records, who built an empire on mail order back in the day.
I first saw the movie "American Pop" on TV about ten years ago. It blew me away. This is a full length animated
film by Ralf Bakshi, the same guy who gave us "Fritz The Cat", "Wizards" and the animated "Lord of
the Rings" film.