So the owner of a local second-hand bookshop is selling his record collection, I previously bought a few from him a couple of weeks ago (Cream, Rolling Stones) and now I have purchased some more. He tells me he has 10 more boxes full at home which he will slowly bring in. Uh-oh. I need to start saving! In this haul I got Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s first greatest hits record (they had only released two albums so a cash-in), has a nice illustration on the cover by Joni Mitchell. I never knew they wrote that Our House song. John Mayall (who the shop owner saw live in Sydney in the early 70s), with a live record from 1974 called Jazz Blues Fusion, tops it is. The Brecker Brothers with their debut record, loads of funky jazz on that and Tiny Tim’s second album called The 2nd Album. An excellent cover featuring his parents, it’s from 1968 and is pretty wacky. The Best of Osibisa (1972) was the one record I knew nothing about, and a corker it is too, funky stuff from this band who are from Ghana, Antigua, Nigeria, Trinidad and Grenada (but formed in London). Great stuff. Produced by Bowie’s longtime producer Tony Visconti.
Album Count 2016: 23