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Reggae CDs in Melbourne Hard Work... But = Vinyl Heaven

 
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:30 am    Post subject: Reggae CDs in Melbourne Hard Work... But = Vinyl Heaven Reply with quote

There isn't much going on. I spent 10 days there a week or so ago and had the opportunity to trawl the second hand shops for reggae CDs, hoping to find those deleted B&F, Heartbeat, Trojan, Pressure Sounds CDs which are missing from my collection.

I struggled to say the least, and only came up with a paltry few after visiting a dozen stores:

Tapper Zukie - MPLA (2001 Virgin re-issue)

Dave & Ansel Collins - Double Barrel the Best of(2002 Trojan)

Derrick Morgan (no relation) - Moon Hop Best of the Early Years 1960-1969 (2003 Trojan)

Various Artists - Massive 5 - 20 Reggae Hits (1992 fffr Japan)

Not particularly good value by UK standards when you convert pounds to dollars. The proprietors all report 1. not much is ever imported and 2. punters hang on to them. I knew this already from previous visits, that NZ was much more likely to turn up gems - Slow Boat in Wellington and Real Groovy in Auckland were great in 2016.

New CDs were almost non-existent once you ignore Fat Freddy's Drop and BMW. I did see 'Sufferer' for AUD 28 or about GBP 20. I got mine last week for GBP 8.

But what I can report though is that Melbourne is packed with second hand vinyl, not much reggae apart from the usual suspects released on album by CBS/Island/Virgin, (not 7"s ) - but everything else - wooh!

I think there are approaching 100 shops for 5 million people (check the quarterly 'Diggin' guide) with all sorts of specialties - Dutch Audiophile releases, Metal, Funk etc. Loads of it. Supposedly the highest concentration of vinyl shops in the world. So worth a visit.

There were some live things happening but not really to my taste (modern roots and dub).

the new CD I did buy was this :

Reggae & Ska - The Early Years 1960-1962 - 4 x CDs (2017 Real Gone Music)

Wow - I am impressed with the selection and mastering, both excellent but no sleeve notes, alas. All the tunes are great, had a few already but not really.

Prince Buster? Yep Laurel Aitken? Yep Roland Alphonso? Yep Duke Reids Group? Yep Errol Dixon? Yep and Owen Gray / Derrick Morgan (not on the above comp) / Girl Satchmo / The Charmers / Titus Turn etc -100 tunes in total.

I bought mine for AUS 20 but I can see it for GBP 8 around and about. Further research reveals RGM to be a US label which seems to specialize in lovingly re-releasing 50s and 60s crooners, Live Grateful Dead and odds and sods like 'The Return of the Giant Slits' (!!!). Worth a look. They do vinyl.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Benj - I haven't over been to that neck of the woods, but I'm not surprised that there very little reggae to be found.

Still, you didn't come away empty-handed, so it wasn't a complete rub out.

Melbourne looks to be worth a visit for the record shops alone, although I'd keep my expectations low, but I'd hope to find some quality funk though.

Hope you had a damned good trip Cool
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 2:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

P.S. I trolleyed over to real gone music, but beyond seeing some wonderful LP sleeves, didn't find much to catch my eye and the results for a search for "reggae" wasn't very edifying:

https://shop.realgonemusic.com/search?q=reggae
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 4:09 pm    Post subject: Trip Roundup Reply with quote

Yes, I couldn't actually find mention of the Reggae/Ska release on the US site of RGM and my work browser forbids me from accessing the UK (.co.uk) site for some reason.

One of the shops specializing in reggae vinyl had a beautiful pair of home-made box speakers with horn tweeters on top. Not playing loudly. I was advised by the proprietor to go to Japan for 2nd hand stocks of reggae. Helpful.

The trip was OK, lots of rellies and friends to see (Mrs is from there). A little bit of beer, mainly OK but not to my taste, a tad of sunburn on the one hot and sunny day and some really good coffee and that great Aussie delicacy - sausage rolls.

We visited up country VIC in the form of Bendigo and Echuca (on the 'Mighty Murray' River which specializes in steamboat rides) and a quick trip to NSW via a bridge and roundabout (literally a minute in that state).

States are v v important to Australians, when you ask where someone is from they invariably mention the state first, unless they are from Tasmania, of course... Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 5:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The US label Real Gone is very different from the UK label of the same name. The UK label is all grey-market public domain releases. The US label is a legit reissue label of all sorts of music - though not much reggae.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, that makes sense. Thanks for the heads up, RF.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:18 pm    Post subject: Re: Trip Roundup Reply with quote

Benj65 wrote:
States are v v important to Australians, when you ask where someone is from they invariably mention the state first, unless they are from Tasmania, of course... Laughing
...as they are in Germany, especially if "they" are from Bayern Mr. Green
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ReggaeFire wrote:
The US label Real Gone is very different from the UK label of the same name. The UK label is all grey-market public domain releases. The US label is a legit reissue label of all sorts of music - though not much reggae.
The only Real Gone CD I have is a "Three Classic Albums" (Stormsville, Red River Rock and Three Classic Albums Plus Bonus Singles...) plus bonus singles Johnny & the Hurricanes set - it's U.S.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 19, 2017 1:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

everytime I'm in town I pop into

http://www.northsiderecords.com.au/
http://www.vicioussloth.com.au/
https://www.dixons.com.au/

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