One of the best albums released the year I was born, and kind of one of my favorite albums ever. I think my dad must have bought this record after the band’s appearance on Fridays. It was in his collection and a favorite of mine from a young age. This particular copy is one I bought at Checkered Records in Canton maybe ten years ago and had signed by Adrian Belew when I saw him play at the Grog Shop in Cleveland in 2009.
This double LP reissue of the Pink Floyd’s first two albums, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn and A Saucerful of Secrets, was another one of the first handful of records I had acquired in the spring and summer of 1994 before I actually owned a record player of my own. My stepdad had bought or was given this stereo cabinet with a large combination CD / tape / radio unit in it, soon after sold to someone else. I don’t remember if the turntable was missing or broken, but there was a stack of 5 or 6 records in the cabinet I kept since they weren’t of use to anyone else. I only remember this one, a copy of the Doors’ L.A. Woman and, uh, I think a Robert Plant 12-inch single or something? At any rate, this copy of A Nice Pair is the only record from that bunch that I still have 20 years later. I’m not much of a fan of early Pink Floyd, but the first album is a lot better than the second one.
LigOD - Four Excerpts From A Child’s Diary 7-inch EP
This three-piece from Akron also played at the first show I ever went to. I found this copy of what I think was their first and only 7-inch the first time I ever went to Square Records in Akron in 2003, only a month or two after they opened. The cover is screen printed on manila envelope, with the clasp intact on the back, hand cut and glued to 7-inch cover size. I’ve never been sure how you’re supposed to pronounce LigOD, but a friend of mine who sort of knew someone in the band and saw them more than once has told me it’s “lig-odd” with an emphasis on the second syllable.
Cheap Girls / Lemuria split 7-inch
Another of my top 100 or so 7-inch records. I was just hanging out down here listening to all my Lemuria 7-inches and realized this was the only one I had not posted before. They’re pretty much one of the only currently active bands for whom I keep up with every release, and I have all of their post-2006 7-inch releases (all their stuff prior to that is collected on one CD.) This split was also my introduction to Cheap Girls, and I’ve really liked everything they’ve put out so far. Their new album (which I haven’t heard) has a new recording of the song from this 7-inch (which I have heard, and judged to be as good a take as this one.)