Friday, November 23, 2007

Got leftovers? Us too.

From 1976: Locking Horns, a reissue of late 1950s sideman dates with John Coltrane, Ray Draper, Joe Newman and others. A two-record set, Roulette RE 128.

From 1960: Sketches of Spain, Miles Davis, Gil Evans. A near-mint Columbia CS 8271-- beautiful original.

From 1974: Genesis Live, building their long career started in 1967, on Charisma 1666.

From 1968: The Brazilian legend Luiz Gonzaga, on RCA Camden with Os Grandes Sucessos De Luiz Gonzaga, a collection reissued during a period of huge musical ferment in Brazil.

From 1995: The Grand Ole Opry History of Country Music. This first printing is from the collection of Governor Jimmie Davis, with a gift inscription to Governor Davis from a friend. Of course the book includes the "Singing Governor."

From 1983, the rare UK Krazy Kat recording by Archibald, Ballin' with Archie. A seminal and underappreciated artist from the New Orleans scene, with music circa 1950-1952.

From 1985: live at the San Franciso Blues Festival, Clifton Chenier with his red hot Louisiana Band, an as-new Arhoolie issue.

We didn't just cook up these leftovers yesterday. They are all (except for the book) vinyl records, accidents of the music distribution industry, which forgot to make a disposable product and has since learned to make their product "self destruct" with the commencement of its digital license. When they were pressing this stuff from vinyl, nobody but collectors thought it would still be around today. Since it's Thanksgiving, here's a big thank you to record collectors who make the leftovers even better in the next century. Marinate on!

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