Last weekend I had the car on a Saturday to myself. This is a rarity, as my wife and I share a vehicle. I took the opportunity to travel farther north than I normally would in search of items to sell in my shop. The estate sale listing promised a manly sale, and amongst all the ruggedness I saw a photo with boxes of records in them featuring a Kinks album in the front position. That’s what really got me.
As for the manly part, I did find some great antler sets that I picked up, but by the time I found the sale the Kinks record was long gone. I was disappointed as I began going through the records, but that all changed when my first find was this:
I’ve loved this album ever since I was introduced to the Emitt Rhodes song Lullaby in The Royal Tenenbaums:
I’ve never actually seen this anywhere as an LP before, and it looked like it had never even been played before. The cover and the record are both in mint condition:
My favorite thing about this record, and though it’s hard to see, is that scratched into the vinyl is a decorative piece by the label that reads: Recorded at home.
Emitt Rhodes did indeed record this entire album himself in his garage, playing every instrument and writing every song. He sounds like a one man Beatles. I almost never keep anything for myself when I buy vintage, but this one is staying in my personal collection.
It wasn’t much longer until I kept pulling some great records. I found his second album “Mirror”, Tim Buckley’s Star Sailor, Hot Tuna, Pentangle, Fleetwood Mac’s Kiln House, and The Faces.
All in all, not a bad sale.