Didn’t I just do one of these?!?! Well, this weekend was the first since February where I was able to return to a record store! A real one with walls and stuff.
With Covid restrictions relaxing a bit, Sarah and I headed over to Kop Records in The ‘shwa (Oshawa). There was only 10 people allowed in the store at a time, but we only had to wait about 5 minutes to get in. Not bad considering the trade off was no people breathing down my neck while I looked at records. Completely worth it!
My first goal was to check the price for the new Black Keys album. It was 27 moosebucks which is a heck of a lot better than the 40 amazon is charging. My next mission was to head over to the Canadian section and grab all of the Coney Hatch, FM, Mahogany Rush, and Saga I could find. They didn’t have anything from FM I needed but I did find three Mahogany Rush albums, Strange Universe, IV, and Tales of the Unexpected and two Saga albums, Silent Knight and their self titled debut.
The only Coney Hatch album they had was the self titled debut, but it was a head trip to buy it in The ‘shwa considering it was recorded in the same town 40 years earlier! Below Coney was Not Fragile from BTO in the “Bs”. A few weeks ago my pal Matt Bandy was talking up this record and seeing it for 5 moosebucks made it a no brainer.
Finally, as I was about to head to the cash I remembered to check for some Mountain. Instead of Mountain, I found a Leslie West solo album, The Great Fasto (West had no shame!) and a side project album he did with Jack Bruce of Cream called Why Dontcha. I streamed Why Dontcha a while ago and it has been on my wish list for months, so I knew I was getting a crackin’ record. The Great Fasto is a blind buy but I think it will be a good one for 8 moosebucks.
You will have a full report on all of these albums whenever I get around to reviewing them. If you want more for now I went through them on Bill’s Vinyl Collection show starting at the 1hr 57 minutes. It take me about 10 minutes to go through them.
So far I’ve spun the two Saga records, Coney Hatch, and Why Dontcha. All good times!