Imagine, if you will, a classic recording incorporating stellar talent and musicianship. Then, imagine it sitting abandoned in a cardboard box – maybe in an antique store, maybe outside a used bookstore… never to be heard unless someone finds that jewel of buried treasure.
With the resurgence of vinyl records, we’re seeing an onslaught of reissues (and considerable prices for some of those reissues). We’re particularly interested, though, in the records that have been left behind from that original golden era of vinyl and have been forgotten, and we’ve spent the last several months collecting these unloved beauties.
Since most of these records don’t fit our main topic on Great Dark Wonder (the glorious Canadian music scene), we thought we’d start this side blog to tell some of their stories. Some of these tales are our own – recollections from our respective childhoods in Kansas and Shropshire. Some are narratives we’ll have to dig a little to find. We hope you’ll come along for the ride and maybe start rescuing some vinyl yourself.
L ~ I am a lifelong collector of esoteric and varied music, a teacher of piano, and an aspiring multi-instrumentalist (guitar, mandolin, mandola, ukulele). In real life, I work in the field of technology.
M ~ The bare necessities: Tim Horton’s coffee. Hockey, hockey, hockey. Cold Rickard’s Red. This may sound like the average Canadian male, but I am a Brit who crossed the ocean and crash-landed in central Pennsylvania. (To quote Blue Rodeo, “What am I doing here?”) As a longtime music lover, access to CBC radio has exposed me to a great Canadian music scene. As a budding bass player-in-training, I enjoy the live music experiences that reinforce my passion for music, both as a listener and a musician.