Lake City Record Show

November 18, 2015

Surprisingly, this is the first record show I've ever been to. A friend of mine who's an avid collector suggested we head to Lake City last weekend and check it out. 

I didn’t plan on buying anything, I’m not really budgeting for records lately. So I hovered mostly around the $3 dollar bins, and just enjoyed being surrounded by stacks of vinyl.

Of course, that approach lasted about 15 minutes before I started seeking out specific titles and artists. Mostly out of curiosity, I had a feeling everything would be priced out of reach. And for the most part, I was right. But that didn’t prevent me from leaving with a few gems. 

Here are worth mentioning. 


King Crimson ‘In the Court of the Crimson King’ 1969

This is an album I’ve heard bits and pieces of, but never sat and listened all the way through. It’s essential listening for lovers of any band. The dynamics and musical elements they explore on this album are astounding. It’s been a huge influence on most rock bands that have emerged in the decades since it’s release. 


Neil Young and Crazy Horse ‘Zuma’ 1975, ‘Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere’ 1969

He’s been called the ‘Godfather of Grunge’, and most would agree that these were the records that earned him that title. Essential for any collection, and I’m surprised it took me this long to pick them up. 


The Electric Prunes ‘Mass in Fminor’ 1968

The Electric Prunes were a Psychadelic Rock band from the ’60’s. Great band. However, not great enough to handle the arrangements and composition for this record. At least not well enough to record it. So the label brought in different musicians for the recording, and released it under their name. Sneaky labels. Regardless, it’s a beautiful record. A haunting blend of the marose sounds indicative of a traditional mass, and sonic palette of Psych Rock guitars. 


Donovan ‘Open Road’ 1970

A friend of mine turned me on to Donovan. He’s one of those rare singer/song writers that transcends genre. Is it folk? pop? rock? Some of it sounds like it was written hundreds of years ago. His entire catalogue is worth exploring. 


The 1969 Warner / Reprise Songbook

These Songbook compilations are always worth picking up. They usually have a mix of hits, and rarities. Perfect for playing out at gigs, and throwing on at home when you’re not sure what you feel like listening to. 


Canned Heat Cook Book ‘The Best Of Canned Heat’

I think I paid $3 for this. For that price it was worth having ‘Going Up The Country’ on something other than Woodstock. And ‘On The Road Again’ is also the jam. Turns out just about every other song on here is great. They’re my favorite band this week.


Fleetwood Mac ‘Mystery To Me’ 1973

You could write a dissertation on the legacy of Fleetwood Mac. I’m not going to get into that right now. But I will tell you that ‘Hypnotized’ is one of my favorite songs. And any of their records are worth playing through, especially for $4.


Grand Funk Railroad ‘Caught In The Act’ 1975

One of the original power trios. When I lived in Egypt I played in a Classic Rock cover band. ‘Inside Looking Out’ was one of the highlights of our set, so nostalgia got the best of me when I saw this. I don’t love live recordings, there are a few exceptions (Band of Gypsies for instance) but I usually prefer studio recordings, and usually only listen one time through out of curiosity. This was only $3, a small price to pay for sake of musicology. 


Terry & McGhee 'California Blues' 1981

This is a 1981 release, but I believe the liner notes say it's their earliest recordings, compiled in to one double pack. The first Blues CD I owned was Terry & McGhee. It was a xmas gift from my uncle the year I started playing guitar. I wasn't really into blues at that point, it didn't sound very punk. But what does a teenager know? Does it get more punk than the Blues? No it does not. So go listen to some Terry & McGhee.