Category: Rare and Collectable

Rare or collectable items

Chain – History of Chain

An Aussie Blues Band If you haven’t heard of Australian blues band Chain, you’re not alone.  The band was mildly successful charting within Australia in the 1970s and their highest selling album (“Toward the Blues”) took more than a decade to be certified gold. That shouldn’t dissuade you from checking out their work if you […]

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David Bowie – Hunky Dory

Oh you pretty thing Back in 1971 David Bowie wasn’t the super star that he would go on to become.  In fact, as  acclaimed as “Hunky Dory” is today, it was the work of a reasonably unheralded artist when it was recorded and initially released. In fact, it took the sensational success of Bowie’s next […]

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Tamam Shud – Evolution

Newcastle Heroes Tamam Shud is an Australian psychedelic, progressive and surf rock band, which formed in Newcastle in 1964. The initial line-up were known as Four Strangers with Eric Connell on bass guitar, Dannie Davidson on drums, Gary Johns on rhythm guitar and Alex “Zac” Zytnik on lead guitar. At the end of that year […]

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Red Hot Chili Peppers – Blood Sugar Sex Magik [20th Anniversary]

Red Anniversary Vinyl 1991 was a sensational year for music, especially for a youth such as myself.  The year brought us (amongst others): Pearl Jam’s “Ten”, Nirvana’s “Nevermind”, Metallica’s black album, Guns ‘n Roses “Use your illusion I & II”, U2’s “Achtung Baby”, Michael Jackson’s “Dangerous”, and.. Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Blood Sugar Sex Magik”.  […]

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A “Grail Find”

Last month, I casually browsed an Australian site called Gumtree.  It’s a classifieds site which allows people to place free ads online, and I tend to check for listings relating to vinyl records on an ad-hoc basis. I was just relaxing, browsing on my phone, when I came across a new listing which featured five […]

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Joy Division – Closer

Closer is close enough a masterpiece.  Released not long after lead singer Ian Curtis committed suicide, this was Joy Division’s second and last album before the remaining members reformed as New Order. The Album This is an LP which I will listen to from start to end.  There’s variation throughout which swings the tracks […]

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