During my recent trip to upstate New York I did manage to get some time at my favorite secret used record store. Hadn't been there in a while so the bins (and piles and crates on the floor) were crammed full 'o goodies.
For whatever reason, this time around I was drawn to mostly out of print obscurities. It was still a good haul, though smaller than average (hey, we'd been in the store for well over an hour & we were tired from the previous night's Dylan show...and lunch was calling.)
Connie Francis - The Very Best of Connie Francis, Volume 2
It doesn't have "Who's Sorry Now", but it does have "When The Boy In Your Arms (Is The Boy In Your Heart". That was worth the one dollar I paid for this sealed copy.
Ralph Towner - Blue Sun
One of Towner's solo records that features not only his guitar but a pile of other instruments including cornet, French horn, piano and percussion. Synthesizers don't generally do much for me where Towner is concerned, but he makes clever use of a Prophet 5 here.
Domenico Modugno - Viva Italia!
My godfather (Sal) used to embarrass me and my cousins by singing "Volare" in his very loud voice. Modugno had a big hit with his recording of that tune. With it's cool 1960's cover art and Decca Records label, this about jumped into my hands.
Joanne Brackeen - Ancient Dynasty
The first name that jumped out at me was the producer: Bob James. Smooth jazz from pianist Brackeen? That just doesn't seem possible. The other names cleared up the issue: Eddie Gomez on bass, Joe Henderson on saxophone and Jack DeJohnette on drums.
Interweave - Expedition
In a crate full of local (Oneonta) artists, this jazz trio album sounded interesting. Frank Giasullo (who contributed all of the compositions) on piano, John Davey on double bass and Patrick Tamminen on drums. The interesting part comes with the producer's name: Rudy Van Gelder. The trio has recently reunited under the name Extreme Measures.
Kazuhito Yamashita - Pictures At An Exhibition
This was the find of the weekend. I made a cassette recording years ago from a borrowed CD. It is Moussorgsky's classic transcribed for classical guitar...and it is just brilliant.
(First posted on Mark Is Cranky)