May 20, 2017 I Wonder How (I Got So Lucky)

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Dion & The Belmonts, Presenting…, Laurie LLP-1002, 1959

It always seems to be a good idea to buy any playable 50s album that you find.  To find this record at the price I paid, it also takes a seller who doesn’t know what they are doing.  Sure, I know about Dion & The Belmonts, and this would appear to be their first album.  Remembering that albums of the era were usually just collections of a group’s singles, it didn’t surprise me to find virtually every Dion & The Belmonts’ song I knew on it.  I still splurged a little bit, but I had no idea how rare this record was until I got home to research it.

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This 1959 release is the original Laurie issue (LLP-1002), which was re-released in 1960 after the Top 10 success of Where Or When as LLP-2002.  A near copy of this record is valued at $250 in my Goldmine price guide.  While there may not a near mint copy of the record out there after 58 years, I feel really good about finding this copy at $7.  Apparently, the 1960 re-issue sold better (Where Or When turned out to be the group’s biggest hit), but it’s still rare enough to be valued at $150.

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Still, I have a feeling that a larger or more diligent record seller would realize the rarity of a record like this and price it out of range for my budget.  I found it at a store that specializes in alternative and classic rock records.  It’s quite possible that this record got dropped off there by someone looking to sell their grandparents records and was quickly graded by an overwhelmed clerk who doesn’t know the difference between Dion and Celine Dion.  Which is a-ok with me!

Today’s Summary:
Cost: $7, $70 Remaining

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November 15, 2016 Darwin’s Favorite Record

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Various Artists, Rock & Roll Evolution Or Revolution, Laurie SLP-2044, 1964

It’s not often that I buy compilation records.  Usually they are very cheaply or filled with some really odd choices.  If anything, I tend to go for hilarious covers or really crazy themes.  Like this record.  It tries to be a history lesson for Rock music, even though it came out in 1964, just 9 years after Bill Haley’s Rock Around The Clock..  

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In typical record company fashion, Laurie Records in this case, virtually all of the selections come from Laurie or some other small New York based independent label.  While Elvis Presley and The Beatles get a mention on the back cover, a low budget record like this could never have afforded the rights to re-relrease a song from either of them.

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Not that the record plays more than a verse of each song.  It’s really a documentary, written and announced by Norm N. Night.  Anyone familiar with that name knows that he made a career around trying to be an authority on Rock music on radio.  It’s this record where he got his start doing that, and it’s a pretty great bit of radio as well as music history.

Today’s Summary:

Cost: $2, $647 Remaining