Musings on Record Store Day 2014

The eagle eyed of you may have noticed that I didn’t spend Saturday morning queueing outside a record shop in the hope of picking up one or two of the limited edition records that went on sale.

I did however check out e-bay a bit later in the day and some times since. At one time there were over 7,000 new RSD 2014 items on the site and about just under 16,000 RSD records all told.  At my last look the number of items still totalled over 5,700 with 1,600 of those added over the last 24 hours. So I reckon that probably in the order of 12,000 items have found their way onto e-bay.  Which is great for those where a record shop is far away or you can’t get out because of other commitments –  but boy doesn’t it bring out the opportunists of the world.  I have put a couple of examples below – the REM box set attracted quite a few high prices  but I did see a seller with it at c £50, while I have seen the Garcia album at £25.  There were also a couple of jokers who used the tactic of advertising using NOT RSD 2014 for some normal release – hey ho. So be careful if you follow the e–bay road.


Jeepers Creepers



Having said that there seem to be some who are far too decent as well.

Looking through e-bay I did see some great releases – and I think it is top marks to Rhino again with some of their releases  with their REM, Everly Brothers, Gram Parsons, the Dead and Randy Newman releases (OK for us oldies). While I am mourning the lack of a White Stripes RSD issue and the limited Columbia releases.

The surprise release I have just noticed tonight is a Neil Young album of covers recorded live to disc at Third Man Records – details are hazy as to how many were issued and whether it is really rare or just late hitting the shops.  Anyway for NY fans it should help soften the blow of the delay to the Archives Box 2.

Neil Young - A Letter From Home

Another release that I failed to notice on the RSD web site was an Anne Briggs EP – more of which if I pick up a copy – and a Sun Ra re-issue by ORG.  I also saw a Television live album from RSD 2011 that had passed me by.

Did you pick uo any goodies that you want to share? If so please leave a comment.


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Lewes return please!





Yeterday’s downpour had left the paths slightly slippery, and in some places near the start at Pycombe, horse riders had been out early and had churned up the path to make it un-ride-able. But nevertheless and great ride – not techinical – just grunt – and perseverance required on the return journey where the climb out of Lewes to Blackcap and then on to Ditchling Beacon just seemed to go on and on and on – my legs we aching after the 15 mp and every climb over about 10m was a challenge - it was a relief to reach the last high point before descending down into Pycombe – lack of photo’s today due the brain malfunfunction with camera. It feels as though I have a long way to go to get fit enought to even do a third of the South Downs way in a  day (35 miles and 1450m of ascent – compared to 21.8 miles and 640m of ascent today) and I still need a shed a stone to properly fit in the shorts I bought last summer.


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Out towards Wilmington – a ride for my Dad

I could so easily have stayed in bed this morning. Having first woken at 05:00 to make sure my eldest daughter got off to Gatwick with her boyfriend  on time,  I had then fallen back into a deep sleep and was confused as the alarm strated buzzing away at 07:00.  I had an appointment to keep — I had the good fortune to have pre-arranged to meet up with Abdul at 08:30 (well it was one hell of a way to stop me wasting my day queueing outside a record shop on Record Shop Day!)   We had agreed to head out towards Eastbourne and then ride back west and see how far our legs would take us on this April morning.


On the South Downs Way towards Alfriston

We jumped off the train at Polegate and followed to road down into Willingdon and then up Butts Lane to the top of the Downs – it sure feels like one of the steepest roads in Sussex. What is certain is that it causes your blood to flow like a torrent. We both made it up with some to spare. From the top it is a nice swoop down, off road through to Jevington.

A bit on bike maintenance in Jevington and then we were off again up over Wilmingtom and down into Alfriston down the great chalky track descent before narrowing into a wooden downhill track down to almest sea level.

From there we just took it easy deciding not to climb out of Alfriston up the South Downs way but follow the track along the foot of the downs as far the Firle Beacon road.

19 apr 4

Coming into Alfristion

A gentle road trip back to Gylnde Station and were were done.  Including post station mileage we clocked up an acceptable 18.5miles and 1900ft of climbing. Not world shattering but good exercise for the body and soul. And a fitting way to remember my departed Old Mans birthday!


Abdul’s home made provisions – a nice change from sports bars!



On the way to Firle – even when the sun came out it was chilly



Lewes Station





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Is this really what happens when you try to enjoy the moment?



I was trying to be mindful, forget about work and enjoy the moment strolling through Green Park – and SPLAT!!!!!

Is it really lucky to have a bird poo on you?

I just had to laugh, it was such a glorious day.


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Back with the half-mile high club – Ok it’s just getting bike fit again

Looking west from Woolstonbury

Looking west from Woolstonbury

After missing quite a few weeks I took Friday off to get my legs spinning again – just a 25 mile jaunt along the seafront – Brighton Pier to George V Avenue, Worthing and back again on my nobbly shod MTB – cycling over the new “footbridge” at Shoreham for the first time.

And then back into the more serious stuff on Saturday.

I stated at Pycombe and headed west up West Hill towards Saddlescombe.  What a start – at the bottom of the hill the path had been sanitized (all the ruts and bumps flattened) but soon you are in to a 20% climb. Perhaps not the most sensible start after a layoff.  After 100m upwards I was panting like a goon. And guess what – I bumped into fellow blogger “RollingDown...” on his recently renovated 199X Marin – having a chat allowed me to regain composure and reassess my direction.

I continued on the South Downs Way through Saddlescombe, up over Devils Dyke.  Off the top of the Downs I took a rather steep path coming out west of Fulking.  When I could glance at my gradient readout on my speedo is said -24% and that was when it was flattening out – I don’t think I will try cycling up it for a while.

I then rode up Truliegh Hill from around Truleigh Farm.  Back on the SDW it was back to West Hill before heading south and down to Waterhall – damn puddles again. After buzzing alongside the A23 to Pycombe I had a bit left in my legs so I went up to, and around, Woolstonbury Hill (only marred by about a 200m push up a dreadful up-hill path).

It was a bit windy and the sn only peeped out for  afew minutes but really nice to be pushing myself again – not quite 19 miles – but more importantly 800m (1/2 mile) of ascent.


Saturday’s Ride



Friday’s Ride


The view up the Adur from the new “footbridge” at Shoreham-by-Sea


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A change of scenery – sans MTB – family gathering to walk a mountain


A few words to explain a lack of words over the last few weeks – if that makes sense.

This is Snowdon – where we had a mass family gathering to remind ourselves we aren’t as young as we were – but we can still have a great time.  The weather held as well, brilliant!


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The vinyl revival? Another record shop bites the dust – goodbye Borderline


My premonition was right – trecking through Brighton last Satuday Borderline had been replaced by a tea shop.


A sad day – damn – they didn’t stay open long enough for RSD so I could be the only one queueing.

So Borderline, with the walls adorned by original ’60′s West Coast Posters and the fabulous Crumb plastic bags (I should have kept one for old times sake) joins the long list of  departed record shops – the ones that sping to mind tonight include Rounder Records, The Record Shop (Worthing), Soho Records, Ray’s Jazz Shop, Mole Jazz, Rhythm Records, The Kingston Records Shop, Beano’s and Vivante – god bless you boys!

Anyway if you know Mr and Mrs Borderline wish them well from me – and thanks for the records I have found there over the years – it is easy to forget, now that we have the internet (and easy-peasy internet shopping), how hard it was to find out about new releases and imports even 10 years ago.  Picks of the bunch must go to when they were upstairs at what is the Komedia and finding the Dead’s One From The Vault and Tim Buckley’s Dream Letter live at the RFH.

RIP 2014


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