Rick Nelson- A Long Vacation

Saturday mornings around the Weird Wax Mansion are for yard sales.  Me and the Mrs. bundle up the little one, plop her in her wagon and we all walk around town looking for treasures put up for sale by people who have decided it was time to part with said treasures.  Lately I have not seen many records at yard sales.  I have scored a few other great items like a BOSS DS-1 distortion pedal for $5 and an old paper cutter for $4.  Although I love finding things like this at a great price, all I really care about when I go to a yard sale is whether they have any old vinyl.

Today, I stumbled upon a sale where there were a few records.  Around 30.  I guess a few minutes earlier there was another vinyl vulture with some sort of price guide book who already pilfered the pile.  And if this wasn't bad enough, he put it in the yard sale guy's head that records are valuable and this led to him trying to muscle me when I wanted to buy the rest of the records at what I felt was more than a reasonable price.  PRICE GUIDE!  This guy did not love music or vinyl but was simply an ebay douche.

So instead of taking my offer for the rest of the box, I bought 8 records and left the rest of the vinyl to grow mold in his basement.

If Mr. Price Guide had any real knowledge of vinyl he would have noticed that there was this PRISTINE copy of "A Long Vacation" by Rick Nelson.  Rick, or Ricky, Nelson was born into a showbiz family and appeared as an 8 year old on his parents, Ozzie and Harriet's, comedy show.  By the age of 16 he was a famous singing idol in his own right.  Eight of his first singles sold a million copies each.

This record, which features songs like the Don Gibson standard, "I Can't Stop Loving You" and "Unchained Melody" is one of his rarest LPs sometimes fetching as much as $100.  The opening title track is probably my favourite on the album.  A solid score for $1.50.  Screw Mr. Price Guide!

I will likely write about at least 2 more of this weekend's finds sometime soon.

Artist: Rick Nelson
Title: A Long Vacation
Label: Imperial
Matrix: LP-9244
Year: 1963
Size: 12"
Speed: 33.3

1 comment:

  1. What kind of douchebag goes to yard sales with a record price guide?