The last few times I have gone to the West Side Half Price Books I stuck to the upper bins, having a gift card, and wanting some classics. Sometimes I’m not invested enough to sit on the floor there for 20 -30 minutes.
But today I was.
I had the day off of work and after some breakfast and feeling spry enough to handle the floor, I dove in. I came away with some truly odd choices.
This one I got specifically for clock making
“Herwig Mauer Presents: Infocalypse”
I did give it a listen. It will make a nice clock.
“Jackson Browne – Lives In The Balance”
I don’t think I know any of these songs, but I have made it a point to try any and all J.B. records.
“Linda Ronstadt – Lush Life”
Yes, this is her orchestra torch song album, and I have to admit… I like it.
These records were one dollar. I did mention that right?
“Bachman Turner Overdrive – Not Fragile”
I got this on tape from someone and for about a six month period it changed my life. I think I may have gotten it from Paul Beck. This has the classic “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet”, but it is all the other songs that make it so awesome. I did eventually get another BTO tape, but didn’t like it even close as much as this one. I love the way they literally call out the solos so you know who is playing what.
Okay, then things got weird. Starting with some Country.
“Willie Nelson – Willie And Family Live”
“Willie Nelson – Pretty Paper”
The first is a double live and the second a Christmas album. I love when Willie does “Whiskey River” and it’s on the live album, and I needed a new “unusual” Christmas selection. We’ll see.
Then a little jazz.
“George Benson – Weekend In L.A.”
This has the 9:55 minute long song that I was familiar with and love… “On Broadway”. The rest will be a total surprise I suppose. Sometime, you just take a gamble.
“Chuck Mangione – Tarantella”
I have come across Chuck albums over and over again and harkened back to the day when I bought “Feels So Good”
a long long time ago. It was probably the first jazz album I EVER bought. I loved that song, but I don’t think I was ready for the rest of it then. I thought a double live album, with Dizzy Gilespie and Chick Corea guesting might be worth the one dollar.
Finally to bring it back to a place of semi-normalcy…
“Van Halen – 1984”
This is the last of the line for me. There is no Van Halen after this. Nail in the coffin. Get me? Okay.
I also picked up some 45’s.
Beatles ! and Paul McCartney
On Apple! Hey Jude/Revolution and Uncle Albert Admiral Halsey/Too Many People. 45’s are .49 cents.
I also got 2 RCA Victor 45’s in red vinyl.
I’m a sucker for colored vinyl. What can I say?
I also picked up some tape material that day that I will write up separately.
The Van Halen record was a nice score but come on man, Willie Nelson. I’m going to say a prayer for you and hopelfully help your picks in the future.