Collecting Vinyl Records : Collecting Vinyl Records: Rock Albums
Let’s do some “rockin’ and rollin'” here.
Remember this guy? Joe Cocker; how cool is this? Now, let’s take a look at some of these.
These rocker albums are really what’s most in-demand right now because people in their
thirties and twenties really like to listen to this stuff because this was “real music.”
It’s like Frank Sinatra is “chairman of the board” for seventy-year-olds. Mick Jagger
is the “chairman” of my board. Okay, so here we are. We’ve got Joe Cocker. Take a look
at this album. Let’s take a look at some of the technical aspects of this. Look at that.
We see a lot of scratches on this album. This album has seen better days. But that means
that somebody probably had seen better days while they were playing it. So there’s a lot
of scratches in it and it’s dirty. So, this album…don’t put your name on your albums
please. Someone put their name on the back. So this album is probably worth…it says
“Cindy 1970.” Well, thank you Cindy for making this album worth about half of what it normally
would. You’d be lucky to get about two or three dollars for this album. If it was in
mint condition, then we are talking ten or fifteen. Here’s something that is very fascinating.
Recognize her? Mamas and the Papas. After the Mamas and the Papas, she did some solo
work; Mama Cass. Now, another interesting thing about these albums that makes them worth
a little bit more is that this has the plastic on it. That’s a cool thing. Of course, if
the album has never been opened (mint, uncut), it’s worth the most. That would be mint condition
when you look at your record books. Let’s look at this in terms of condition. Not bad,
not bad; I don’t see any scratches. But you know what happens? I’ve sold a few albums
and have had people come back to me and say…(these are the record freaks, by the way; they are
totally anal)…they have played this album and they say “You know what, Jan, on the fourth
cut, third something-or-other that there is a tiny ticky-pop.” Well, what does that mean?
Does that mean that you don’t want it anymore? Does that mean that I have to give your money
back or whatever? That means that they don’t want it. The people who are religious in their
appreciation of record albums, they don’t want any scratches that are ticky-pops. Sometimes,
to play a record, even if it looks scratched, there won’t be any scratches on sound. So
that’s another important consideration. Can you believe how complicated this record business
is? Vinyl is complex!