More adventures in record collecting - The UK charity shop.

Discussion in 'Marketplace Discussions' started by Brummie, Mar 12, 2017.

  1. Dave S

    Dave S Forum Resident

    I thought that original Wednesday Morning, 3AM had a mastering defect. There is a thread about it: Paul's voice is dominant in one channel, but Paul and Art's voices are evenly balance in the other channel.
     
  2. Brother_Rael

    Brother_Rael Forum Resident

    Location:
    Scottish Borders
    When you say UK charity shops, you maybe need to keep it nearer to your own postcode!

    If you know what you're looking for, you'll come across some good stuff in time. Edinburgh does very well and is well catered for with a number of good charity as well as secondhand record shops.
     
  3. Dave S

    Dave S Forum Resident

    I think this part is the bit the OP forgot. You have to go regularly. The good stuff sells quickly, and the junk just sits on the shelf forever.
     
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  4. Dave S

    Dave S Forum Resident

    I'm guessing the regular CSR version rather than the rarer JVC disc?
    I have the WG Polygram disc, but I know there is an early Alsdorf disc with a silver to center hub.
    WG target?
     
  5. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    Kinda sad you have to go to charity shops to look for vinyl when there used to be a abundance of record shops everywhere.
     
  6. Alexlotl

    Alexlotl Forum Resident

    Location:
    York, UK
    The bad news is that you're right about the original release - I hadn't seen that mentioned in the general purpose S&G on CD thread.

    The good news is that I'm wrong - this isn't the original 1987 UK & Europe release, but a 1991 UK only release which doesn't have the vocal balance issue. I'd assumed it was first CD pressing due to the incredibly spartan packaging - there are no liner notes, the front inlay just has the cover on on side and the track listing on the other, with the inside blank. No mastering credits.

    Sounds good from the first few listens anyway, although I'm yet to try it on headphones.
     
  7. Malinky

    Malinky Well-Known Member

    I would avoid `Oxfam`, would not even bother looking, used Michael Caine biography £8.99...give me a break!
    `Cancer Research` recently had box of vinyl, usual suspects `Johnny Mathis, Top of the Pops, James Last, Max Bygraves etc, ALL priced at £20 each!!! I mean £20 for a bog standard Shirley Bassey album! I spoke to manager "Are these mis-priced, should this be 20p each? "Oh, no," he said, "We looked them up on Ebay".
    As I will buy classical albums I am having a wonderful time, some real rarities in mint condition for pennies, recently bought 20+ almost unplayed `DG` albums for £2...that`s 10p each!
    Have also picked up some wonderful cds for next to nothing...
     
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  8. bob60

    bob60 Forum Resident

    Location:
    London UK
    In Islington, London where I live there is an Oxfam shop that only sells books and records.
    I went in these once and it is really nice and smart but not cheap, and also it doesn't have that awful charity shop smell.
    Up the road in hipsters Dalston there is a huge Oxfam shop and Jarvis cocker from Pulp once played a DJ set in there. I didn't see him but I did see him buying a pack of fags in my local shop once...
     
  9. JP Christian

    JP Christian Forum Resident

    Can't tell on the Billy Joel - no mention of JVC in the 'ring' text, just the cat no. (DIDP 109) plus a few more numbers - very hard to read.

    No, The Eagles CD is just the standard Asylum CD manufactured by GmbH Alsdorf, but it's rare to see any pre-barcode CDs in charity shops at all these days!
     
  10. Beeb Fader

    Beeb Fader Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Yorkshire,UK
    I live in Skipton, Yorkshire. Our local Oxfam is barely worth a look most days. A few months back, I happened to pop in there to find a selection of vinyl Zappa/Mothers, early Beefheart originals, Mallard (I collect the early Virgin), Ivor Cutler, Third Ear Band, Kevin Ayers, original Tangerine Dream `Atem' on OHR in Mint condition....just about everything you DON'T find ever in an Oxfam shop. They had come, not surprisingly, from one benefactor. They had luckily taken a sensible approach to pricing, and I ended up having a couple of £100 sprees in there before the word obviously got around and the good stuff went. Things like that don't happen very often, but sadly, a lot of that generation are passing on, and I guess we might find a lot more collections of that quality turning up.
     
  11. Beeb Fader

    Beeb Fader Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Yorkshire,UK
    PS: I dread to think what I missed out on before I chanced upon this amazing donation !
     
  12. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    No Rolling Stones on your searches ?
     
  13. CBS 65780

    CBS 65780 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Dublin, Ireland
    Not a Charity Shop as the OP indicated, but Dealz is a Poundland subsidiary in Spain and Ireland. They have that 'Reconditioned CDs' bit going on whereby they clean 'em up and stick them into new jewel cases if they are cracked etc. You have to plough through an awful lot of Dido, Robbie Williams, Toploader, Texas, Shania Twain, Space, S Club 7, the usual, but one can get lucky and find the odd nugget. Thing is, everything is €1.50. That's £1.34 or $1.75 equivalent based on today's rates. It's one of those things you go in ten times, eight of those you come out with nothing cursing yourself for spending the time flicking, one time you get one item, the other time you find a dozen you'll gladly relieve them of.
     
  14. bob60

    bob60 Forum Resident

    Location:
    London UK
    You can buy a lot of those CD's brand new in Poundland for....£1!
     
  15. Dave S

    Dave S Forum Resident

    Except they are not brand new. They are reconditioned and rewrapped.
     
  16. bob60

    bob60 Forum Resident

    Location:
    London UK
    It doesn't say that anywhere on the packaging or on the shelf.
     
  17. Dave S

    Dave S Forum Resident

    As it happens, someone added the JVC disc to discogs (the same disc has also been uploaded to the regular CSR entry as well).
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    It should not be confused with the early crude font CSR discs (image borrowed from Keith Hirsch site).
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    As a collector of early CBS discs, I'm always on the look out for oddballs (red stripe Austrians need not apply, unless they are that rare Billy Joel Attila CD). The regular Japanese CSR for Europe disc on discogs has the 11A1 matrix. It is may experience that CDs with just "11" and "11A1" matrices are quite hard to find, so your Billy Joel CD might be quite rare whatever version it is.
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    I did once find the West German picture disc in a charity shop for £1.50. Not the Japanese edition pictured here, but the regular, but limited to 10,000 copies European edition. Not easy to find. Also found the Terence Trent D'arby one in That's Entertainment at around the same time for £2.99. Never seen Faith nor Bad.
     
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  18. Dave S

    Dave S Forum Resident

    I know, but sometimes the discs are OOP (but common) and the wrapping is unofficial (in fact, most CDs sold in the UK are unwrapped: wrapping is a dead giveaway. So too are some unoriginal CD cases). There may be exceptions, but not mainstream or classic rock.
     
  19. Dave S

    Dave S Forum Resident

    I do search for Rolling Stones releases, but they are not common in charity shops. In fact, most classic rock is uncommon.
     
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  20. bob60

    bob60 Forum Resident

    Location:
    London UK
    Ah ok, but anyway for £1 they are fine, if you want that CD if course.
    I have never bought any but I have bought a couple of DVDs, I wonder if they are refurbished as well?
     
  21. Dave S

    Dave S Forum Resident

    DVDs could be refurbished, but I have a feeling that suppliers are more likely to dump DVDs (especially once the title comes out on Blu-ray). I have seen original wrapped DVDs in charity shops. Mind you, I've also come across original wrapped CDs as well.
     
  22. Dave S

    Dave S Forum Resident

    There are some oddball S&G European issues. Imagine my surprise when someone on this forum quoted my dr database entry for Bridge Over Troubled Water.
    Album details - Dynamic Range Database

    Same as the Mastersound gold edition.
    Album details - Dynamic Range Database

    Of course, since finding out, I've never seen another copy. One for your searches perhaps.
     
  23. JP Christian

    JP Christian Forum Resident

    Judging by those first two images looks like mine is a JVC disc - I assume that's better? Is the mastering the same?
     
  24. Malinky

    Malinky Well-Known Member

    Those are NOT `Brand New` they are repackaged from `Music Magpie` (Zoverstocks).
     
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  25. Dave S

    Dave S Forum Resident

    The JVC disc is rarer, but the crude font isn't typical of your CSR releases. The CSR entry on discogs has the matrix DIDP-109 11A1 +++++. The "+" symbol is characteristic of CSR releases.
     
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