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Made a vinyl pilgrimage up to L.A. today and ended up with 2 hefty boxes of Lps, one each from Amoeba and Record Surplus. (I was going to try Counterpont Books & Records, which is pretty close to Amoeba, but a nice gentleman browsing at Amoeba suggested I not bother as their prices are high and he found them rude).
Vinyl is much cheaper in L.A. than in San Diego, so I'm glad I made the long trip. (Even had the pleasant suprise of running into some friends, fellow Bruckner nuts, at Record Surplus. We ended up having lunch at a great Thai place several miles East of there at Robertson and Olympic. The Phu Ket sole was delicious.)
Most Lps were $2-3 or less, and most were very clean, except for some of the $1 bin stuff at Amoeba. Record Surplus in particular is very inexpensive, and they seem pretty picky about the condition of records in the main bins. Though even a lot of their $0.92 bargain bin records, kept in a loft above the main floor, only had split seams or other minor defects. On top of that they have big sales several times a year. The next starts May 23. And they are very friendly people.
Haydn: Symphonies 95 & 101 - Reiner/RCA. This is a shaded dog with the dreaded word "Dyagroove" on the label. Don't know if it's worth the $13 I paid at Amoeba for it, but it does look mint. It was the most expensive item I got during the whole trip.
Dvorak: Songs - Soukoupova/Moravec/Supraphon
Bliss: Morning Heroes - Groves/EMI
Carter/Cowell/Riegger - Howard Hanson/Mercury Golden Imports
Messiaen: Et expecto... - Boulez/English CBS pressing. I remember this as being a specatacular recording.
6 - Kamu/CBS
7 - Dorati/London ffrr
8 - Comissiona/DG
14 - Comissiona/Phono Sueica
Walton: Sonata for Strings; Prokofiev: Visions Fugitives - Marriner/ASMF/Argo. Interesting, I've never heard a orchestral version of the Visions Fugitives before.
Szymanowski: Violin Concertos - Wilkomirski/Rowicki/Muza
Bartok: Piano Concerto No. 3; Miaskovsky Symphony No. 21. This is a mono issue, Columbia ML 4239. Good to have this in real mono as the only other copy I've had for years is electronic stereo, ugh.
Beethoven Symphony No. 2 - Monteux/LSO/Victrola plum label
Villa Lobos: Fantasia Concertante - Villa Lobos conducting/Everest gold label.
Dvorak: Wind Serenade; Brahms: Serenade No. 2 - Kertesz/London ffrr
Haydn: Symphonies 60 & 14. Max Goberman on "Library of Recorded Masterpieces". With 37 pages from the full scores.
Smetana/Korte/Suk - Ivan Moravec/Nonesuch
Sessions: Symphony No. 3; Lees: Concerto for String Quartet - Buketoff/RPO/RCA. A nice clean copy of a great record to replace my beat up one.
Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio - Pletnev/Oliveira/Rosen. Backup copy of a treasured Lp.
Several Lps of Rochberg chamber music by the Concord Quartet on Nonesuch.
Schuman/Persichetti: Symphonies No. 9 - Ormandy/RCA
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 4, Op. 47/112 - Ormandy/CBS. Just a "Masterworks" pressing, but probably better than my Odyssey. Also got an Angel/Melodiya of Rozhdestvensky conducting this. Would love to find a clean copy of Ormandy's first (mono) Prokofiev 6.
Ginastera: Concerto for Strings/Bartok: Divertimento - Ormandy/CBS demo copy. Spectacular playing by the Philadelphia strings.
Ginastera: Piano Concerto No. 1 - Joćo Carlos Martins/Leinsdorf. For $1. I already paid about $20 total for a clean copy of this on ebay. This one has a beat up cover, but the Lp looks only a little dirty. I'll clean it up and give it to a friend.
Gade: Symphony No. 8 - Frandsen/Danish RSO/EMI "Dansk Musik Antologi"
Tanayev: Symphony No. 4 - Ahronovitch/LSO/Arabesque
Alwyn: String Quartet No. 3; String Trio; Rhapsody for Piano Quartet - Quartet of London/Chandos (Digital and DMM, oh my!)
Albeniz: Iberia Books 3 & 4 - Michel Block/Connoisseur Society (EMI Pathe Marconi). Oops, guess I forgot to pick up books 1 & 2.
Well, tons of other stuff. I'm getting tired of typing :p
Oh, and a few pop records:
Joan Armatrading: me myself i
aren't you the fellow who doesn't think vinyl can be quiet, at least listening on headphones.
I tried to visit both of those stores once. I gave up after a 1.5 hr commute from Upland 91784 zip, and ended up just spending 2.5 hrs @ Record Surplus, primarily in the 0.92 bin. Left the store spending just around $70 and still am working through them after 8 months. Most of the 0.92 records played excellently with some noise on perhaps 4 of 10. The regular LP's were very good.
What a haul indeed!!!
Reminds me of the first flea market haul I had a few weeks ago, after a long haitus from doing any record shopping. I've posted it already, so I don't need to mention it here again.
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