May 11, 2017 I Found That Loving Feeling

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The Righteous Brothers, You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling, Philles 4007, 1965

People that like listening to records tend to get a certain thrill from dropping a need onto a new (to them in my case) record for the first time.  It’s such an analog, tactile experience because there are the sounds of the needle hitting the vinyl and searching for the groove.  You never know when after hearing those when the music will begin, and even if you know the song that’s about to play, there is a moment where everything is quiet except the white noise of the vinyl.  The lead song from this album breaks that moment of anticipation better than almost any other record I know.

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Yes, The Righteous Brothers found out quickly that Phil Spector was, to be generous, a bit odd.  Not every producer names his own record label after himself and put is picture on his artists’ work.  But one listen of You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling on vinyl will at least validate the talent it took to make such a record.  It’s hard for me to believe I could find this record for $2, but such is the nature of looking at a lot of records.  A seller with 10 of these on hand in Portland sells something for $2 that would sell for $25 in New York.  Anything on Philles Records is very collectible, and good copies of albums by The Crystals and The Ronettes usually trade for over $100.  Why The Righteous Brothers two Philles Records don’t also is a bit odd, but I’m not complaining.

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Purists are that Phil Spector’s productions sound best in Mono, making this rarer Stereo copy less desirable, but now having both on my shelf, I lean towards the stereo version with one “Brother” having his own side of the wall of sound coming from the speakers.  This particular copy has the rare “Seen Weekly On Shindig” sticker on the intact 52 year old shrink wrap, which means this is not a second pressing.  The record plays flawlessly and even if Feeling is by far the best track on the record, it’s still a great listen.

Today’s Summary:
Cost: $2, $148 Remaining

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May 4, 2017 Give Me A Ticket To A Followup

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The Box Tops, Cry Like A Baby, Bell 6017, 1968

The more you know about certain groups and where they came from, the more you can know a good thing when you see it.  The Box Tops are a legendary Memphis band that as teenagers had one of the biggest records of the 60s with The Letter.  Seventeen year old lead singer Alex Chilton sang it like a delta bluesman with decades on The Chitlin Circuit under his belt.  When a follow up was needed, this is what the Memphis music came up with.

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The title track peaked at #2, unable to unstick Bobby Goldsboro’s Honey from the top spot.  While it’s a great song too, a close second to The Letter, the album is really special.  Critics and fans all rave about Dusty Springfield’s Dusty In Memphis, and this record was made at the same time in the same studio with the same musicians.  It’s not a departure for The Box Tops like it was for Dusty Springfield, but it’s still a terrific sound with a great mix of originals and covers.

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All of The Box Tops records are hidden gems, and this shrink wrapped one is in near mint condition.  Yes, it didn’t sell seeing the special sale price tag of three for $1 and the hole punch through the cover, but it is valued as a $25 record now.  I was able to find it for $5 at a record show, which is the best place to pick up cult classic like this in good shape.

Today’s Summary:
Cost: $5, $181 Remaining