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Over a year ago I put up a post where I pondered liquidating my collection of vinyl LP records. Then last fall I did another post about how I'd started putting some of the albums up for sale on Craigslist. At the time I was offering four sealed boxes of 50 albums for $100 per box. I kept reposting these to Craigslist and waited to see what would happen.
There were a few queries of interest and one young man even came to look through one of the boxes. He wanted to cherry-pick through the boxes to make his own box of 50. I told him I'd wait to see if anyone else would buy according to my terms.
Finally, after five months of listings on Craigslist, another young man expressed interest in buying the entire lot of records. When he came to my house he admitted that he was a dealer. I'd already corresponded with other dealers who were willing to pay anywhere from ten cents to less than a dollar per record--an offer I adamantly refused to even consider.
Anyway, this fellow came over and looked through all four of my record boxes. Though he didn't want to let on that he was overly interested, it was pretty clear that he saw several albums that caught his attention. He offered me $100 for the whole lot. I declined and he started to leave. Then with a deep sigh of resignation he came back and said he'd give me $200. It was half of what I'd been asking, but I wanted to be rid of those boxes that had been sitting on the floor in the middle of my office for the past five months.
I accepted the offer. I was rid of a little bit more of my stuff that has been taking up space. He seemed pleased to have more inventory to take to the record shows and put online. I'm sure he'll make a tidy profit. All in all it's okay by me.
Battle of the Bands Result
The reason for my record update story was told not only to fill in those who wondered about the outcome of those earlier posts, but also mostly to provide some background information about my most recent Battle of the Bands selection as well as a few of the previous ones.
As I'd mentioned in that post of last October I've reconnected my turntable and I've been listening to some of the albums I've decided to hang onto for now. Each week day as I work on my computer I'll listen to anywhere from one to six albums. In doing so I'm being reminded of some wonderful cover versions of songs and I've been using some of those in Battle of the Bands posts. Some of my future Battle of the Bands match-ups will be also inspired by the albums I'm listening to of late.
Such is the case in my most recent Battle. The Sugar Shoppe is a group whose album I've enjoyed immensely since it was released in 1968. (You can read my story about this group on my blog Wrote By Rote.) So I'll admit that I'm partial to their version of the song Privilege. They are the first ones I heard do this song so it's the version I'm most accustomed to hearing.
Only recently while thinking about song covers did I discover the version of Privilege by Paul Jones. Since I knew that the song had come from a movie (it says so on the Sugar Shoppe album cover) I looked on YouTube and there it was. Paul Jones does an outstanding job with the song. I like the arrangement and the performance. I especially like the big orchestral production. I think Privilege is an excellent song and Jones does it very well.
But I'm biased toward the version with which I'm most accustomed to hearing. The arrangement and performance of the Sugar Shoppe is likewise polished with pleasant vocal harmonies. In context with the rest of the Sugar Shoppe album this song shows another facet of this group's talents. I might be so bold as to put Sugar Shoppe on a par with the Mamas and Papas. They were a good group that probably could have had a lot of lasting power if they'd been promoted better.
In this previous Battle my vote goes to the Sugar Shoppe which means that the contest is a tie.
Paul Jones 7 votes
Sugar Shoppe 7 votes
Not a bad contest!
Should I have held out on selling my vinyl to see if I could have gotten more for it? Do you ever listen to old records and recapture memories? What do you think of the outcome of the Paul Jones/Sugar Shoppe contest?