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Now that’s more Like it! There was another guy there who scored a copy of “Nunsexmonkrock” for eight bits! I told the guy he was in for a real ride for his dollar. I also saw that “Fingerprintz” album and it was a beacon telling me “it’s worth looking in these bins.” And how! Not only did they have a copy of “Beat Noir” there for sale, they had multiple copies of it and the band’s debut; “The Very Dab.” While I had a copy of “The Very Dab” on my Record Cell, I also had two copies, as elaborated on recently, of “Beat Noir.” I had my original US Stuff/America pressing with eight tracks, and I had the second UK pressing with ten tracks, including the ones they lopped off of the US release for reasons unknown. They must have had 3-5 copies of “Beat Noir” in these dollar bins, and when I found the German 1st pressing with the four tracks removed from both the US and 2nd UK pressing I could barely believe my widened eyes. Now here was an album that [if asked to] I would have paid up to $20 for, easily, yet it was languishing in the dollar bin at a store who would try to sell me a Mars Volta album [“Francis The Mute,” by the way] for $150 that I wouldn’t pay two bits for [though the cover wasn’t bad]. For whatever reason, Triangle Vinyl was turning out to be a most paradoxical store.
That was not the only thing to tempt me in the bins, but when a high-value piece from the top of the want list pops up for chump change, it behooves one to keep digging until gold is struck once more. And in my case, that was literal as I found one of the finest records that I didn’t have in the Record Cell, “The Motors” yellow vinyl 10” single of “Love + Loneliness!” I had the US 7” of this title [with PS!] but this was a major score for me. I had always wondered if the song had been extended at all in this large format [albeit with large pic-labels] variant, but even if it hadn’t, the classic song and Neville Brody sleeve design would be more than enough reason to part with eight bits. That was all that I found that afternoon, but three great records for <$20 was plenty of bounty and I will be eager to see the churn rate in their “dollar dungeon” the next time I visit Mebane, NC to see my friend’s shop three doors up Clay Street.
CFBG Records | Greensboro
After leaving Mebane, we continued Westward towards home and our next destination. My wife and I had wanted to see a film in town before the weekend, but the theater swapped the time on the last show day and we missed the chance. We saw that it was till playing in Greensboro, North Carolina, which we would pass though on the way home from our Raleigh trip. My wife suggested looking for records while we were there before the movie showtime and two shops looked promising. We found our way to the first: CFBG Records easily enough. That stood for the Center For Better Grooves and it was a sublet shop inside a hookah store. Once we realized that, we stopped and went inside. I saw two gents leaving as I entered he small store. One was packing vintage copies of “Musician” magazine with… Hall + Oates on the cover? You don’t see that every day. I looked at the stock and was quickly rewarded with exciting glimpses of records that were very near and dear to my heart!
As usual, I began looking in the “S” section, and saw some great Simple Minds releases like “The American” 12” or “Sister Feelings Call.” This confirmed that I was likely to leave here toting something, but what would it turn out to be? I saw the holy A+M “No Wave” sampler which chasinvictoria owns in more copy variants than I can name. Moving backward in the alphabet revealed Japan’s “sublime “Gentlemen Take Polaroids” album, the hyper-rare Austra/GinaX “Mayan Drums” RSD 12” [which I had gotten on the day of release locally], and a pair of John Foxx 12” singles from “The Golden Section.” “Endlessly [ver. 2]” and “”Your Dress.” This was like being carpet-bombed by my favorite records, but as of yet, nothing that I needed to buy! I should point out that the prices here were appealingly modest. Even the [rare] new vinyl that was on sale steered widely clear of the $50-150 price zone that had offended me in Mebane.
I then moved forward and struck paydirt in the “P” section. There I saw the Polyrock EP of 1982, “Above The Fruited Plain.” Whoever had sold the record earlier had put a sticker on it proclaiming Philip Glass’ name and a price that had been stuck over with the now lower price that CFBG was selling it for. And that day being July 4th, the owner had advertised special discounts that were duly applied to my purchase. I left there satisfied by the acquisition of exactly the sort of record that I had missed contemporaneously, but which had become like catnip to me in the last twenty years.
We then left for the second store, only to find that the slackers were closed for the fourth of July! So with that we ate dinner and headed for the movie theatre and our showing of “The Lobster;” a film which left a very bleak stain on our minds indeed. Suffice to say that I will be avoiding all films by Yorgos Lanthimos going forward as I have from David Fincher after seeing his equally nihilistic [but even more facile] “Se7en” many years ago. Even so, we managed to hit three stores in areas where we rarely shop for vinyl and came back with a very pleasing blend of wants and discoveries. The one sinister note of foreboding in this otherwise happy day’s music shopping? Every store I went into had ONLY VINYL. No compact discs at all were in evidence, so this was a day’s shopping with the Wayback Machine® set for about 1982. On one level, fine. Records I liked from a “golden era” are pleasing. On another… it was profoundly disturbing to me that music in my preferred format was nowhere in sight. As if 34 years of progress had simply been erased from reality! [cue stinger]
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