First off, thanks so much to all of you that have ordered great music from us over the last few years. OK, so this is a bit difficult – the last two years have been the maddest with so many lives lost or changed for the worse. And I know, as Humphrey Bogart nearly says in Casablanca, “it doesn’t take much to see that the life of a little record shop don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world…” But I am passionate about bringing the best Rock ‘n’ Roll and closely related music to people and I want to make sure that this shop is not another victim of the pandemic.
A lot of shops have not survived and I get a chill every time I walk past another boarded-up window. I know that this newsletter is going out online and that many of you will never get a chance to visit the real-life shop but being a tiny team we do feel that we get to know some of you online. Sometimes we become friends on Facebook or other social platforms and other times we meet up at events somewhere around the Rock ‘n’ Roll world. The online world has been vital for our survival during the pandemic not only when we were shut for ten months but also during the ongoing time that we are open but the streets are deserted. So again thank you for keeping us afloat but we are not in safe harbour yet. I guess I may as well state it in stark terms, we need the orders to keep coming and to increase even, as our costs are increasing. I believe we offer a pretty unique service and want to make sure we carry on doing so.
Sheesh, so let’s get off the doom and gloom and look at a fabulous new item we have in for this year…
You probably know that John Tefteller is generally agreed to have the best collection of prewar blues records in the world. He also collects printed material like adverts, song lyrics, rare sleeves and anything else related to the music he loves. Each year he issues a calendar that is illustrated with these rare items and annotated with extras such as mini-biographies, birth and death dates of notable artists and more.
The calendar really is a work of art and worth every penny on its own – however, as a bonus, it comes with a free CD. Each year John searches through his collection and pulls out rare and unknown items. He then takes these tracks and using the process developed for the American Epic TV series, remasters them so they sound better than any reproduction, they fairly leap out of your speakers as if the artist is in the room. Then if that is not enough, he includes unique tracks. This year the unique tracks are nine live performances from Lead Belly that were recorded in 1949 and have not been heard since the initial radio broadcast.
There are 24 tracks and note the quality on the CD is a great deal better than on these YouTube tasters.
The calendar is more expensive than the average generic picture date keeper but really for the Blues fan, it is a bargain. We have a very limited number of these so please get in quick if you want one.