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Derek’s Top 3 Vinyl for October 23: Blog 1

Hospice volunteer, Derek, aka 'Discogs Derek'

YAY! We recently hit 1K sales on Discogs! Hospice volunteer, Derek, aka 'Discogs Derek' explains more about the magic that happens at our Online Hub. What a legend.

Thank you for your continued support!  Derek has been volunteering for over three years. Sorting and selling vinyl donations to the Hospice. 

Typically, the Hospice receives up to 200 discs a week. These have been donated through one of our shops, or directly to the Online Hub in Berkhamsted. These records can be anything…albums, EPs, singles or 78s.

I sort them out in terms of potential value, the most valuable we sell on a specialist online platform called Discogs, others we sell through some of our shops… Chapter Two, Amersham Owned and Returned to Glory. The rest we recycle. Usually the ones that go for the highest price are pop and rock records from the sixties to the nineties. Jazz records also do well.

He continues… We thought it would be fun to look at some of the discs I’ve uploaded onto the Discogs platform for sale in the last month or so, and pick out three ‘favourites’. When I say ‘favourites’ I mean just that they’re interesting from a musical, personal, amusing or historical viewpoint. 

The discs I’d pick out this month are (in no particular order)…

The Beatles – The Beatles (better known as 'The White Album') (1968)

This is a double album, and early copies were individually stamped, with an embossed, unique number, the one we have for sale is number 0089463.  This album to me seems to include all that’s best and worst in the Beatles, from the charm of ‘Blackbird and Mother Nature’s Son’ through the pure pop of ‘Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da’ (a hit for The Marmalade, not the Beatles) and Bungalow Bill (but check out the lyrics…not so nice after all!). The rockier ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ and ‘Yer Blues’ (with Eric Clapton on Guitar) and the utter weirdness of ‘Revolution No.9’ and ‘Helter Skelter’ (allegedly about Charles Manson).  Then there is ‘Back in the USSR’, a song that really hasn’t aged well for all sorts of reasons!

Jointly, Pink Floyd  Dark Side of the Moon (1974) and Wishbone Ash – Argus (1974)

For no musical reason whatsoever (though I do love both albums), but to my mind they have two of the best album covers of the 1970’s.  Back then, whenever I walked to a friend’s house to play records, I’d have one or the other visible to show how ‘cool’ I was!

And…

The Kinks – Kinks Kinkdom (1965)

Again, less for the music, but more for the fact the rear album sleeve is covered with the owner and their friends’ attempts at inventing names for hypothetical rock bands; many of which are truly brilliant. They include, ‘The Stoics of Mendip’ (clearly a heavy rock band), ‘The Tik and the Tok’ (predating social media by decades), ‘The Unflushed Toilet’ (the great lost punk band) and ‘The Seven Mango Delusion’ (psychedelia from San Francisco).