I bought a new turntable! It’s a vintage Technics SL-5, circa 1981 or so. A linear-tracking table, it doesn’t have a tone arm; instead, the cartridge is pulled sideways along a track built into the lid. That makes for better sound because your needle is always directly in the center of a record’s groove from start to finish; with a tonearm, your needle always rides in the groove at an ever-changing angle. While it looks like a toy, it is actually a highly regarded table and I’ve occasionally looked at them online for years but never pulled the trigger on buying one due to a bad previous experience buying a turntable without seeing it in person first. This one, I found in a vinyl shop in a Washington, DC and couldn’t believe I’d found one, much less in such gorgeous shape. Lacking a bag or box to put it in, I had to carry it in my arms through the streets and on the train back to New York; luckily, it survived. It has a special feature that even the designers didn’t know about—it’s small enough to fit into a modern-day IKEA Expedit/Kallax record shelf (the shelves didn’t exist back then). Of course, everything’s better with tacky LED lights so I adorned it with some underneath and now it has this otherworldly glow. Most importantly, it sounds awesome!
TRAVELING WILBURYS Volume One (Mega rare original 1988 Japanese Warner Bros issue 10-track vinyl LP with picture A-side label, picture sleeve complete with glossy 4-page Japanese text biography/lyric insert and matching title obi-strip. This example is in an amazing jaw-dropping near as new condition, you will not find a better copy.
NEIL YOUNG Eldorado. Rare 1989 Australian-only 5-track mini vinyl LP [unreleased in this format anywhere else in the world], containing different mixes of three songs that subsequently appeared on his 1989 ‘Freedom’ album: Don’t Cry, On Broadway and Eldorado plus two tracks not available on any other recording Cocaine Eyes and Heavy Love. The picture sleeve has a minor seam split to the top edge, whilst the vinyl appears in near ‘as new’ condition.
BOB DYLAN Blood On The Tracks. 2019 US limited edition Mobile Fidelity UltraDisc One-Step SuperVinyl pressing of the classic 1975 fifteenth studio album, pressed at RTI on Audiophile quality 180gram Super Vinyl – Ranked 16th on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, and replete with existential thought, piercing directness, raw singing, and majestic arrangements, ‘Blood on the Tracks’ lingers as a soul-exposing confessional. Brand new, unplayed and housed inside the 12.5" x 12.5" x 1" two-piece foil-stamped package which is hand-numbered and sealed.
GREEN DAY Singles. 1995 Japanese 5-track promotional only CD, includes Basket Case, Welcome To Paradise, Longview, When I Come Around and a live version of Welcome To Paradise, unique promo picture sleeve and matching back inlay.
THE WHO I Can See For Miles. Very rare 1968 Japanese wide centred 7" single, also featuring Someone’s Coming, housed in a silk flipback sleeve with unique ‘snowdrift’ scene, with a ‘¥370’ price point & lyrics to the songs on the back. The coverhas some minor wear & light corner creasing but no writing or tears & with fantastic vivid colour, whilst the vinyl is a clean only light signs of play.