So yes, I have again been in the charity shops but a different town this time. It is best to leave 2 to 4 weeks between visits so that some new stuff comes in, although a couple of shops I usually visit have stopped stocking CD’s at all and replaced them with greeting cards, I guess it must be more lucrative, less hassle.
As always I’ll pick up anything that is remotely interesting and this time I had a pretty full bag having also found an lp for £1:
The back cover isn’t great but the rest of it is VG+ and plays nicely. So that was good as nowadays it is very slim pickings in the vinyl bins, unless you are a big Easy Listening fan that is.
This visit did include Oxfam, who are much more expensive than other shops, with some of the CD’s being at almost full price, but I don’t go over £1.99 there and usually not over £0.99 a disc (the Oxfam in the picture is the actual Oxfam I go to). Anyway, here is what I got:
[Dave, the Graham Coxon is a duplicate, so yours effectively].
So, standout finds for me where Kendrick Lemar, Roots Manuva & Nick Cave but there’s plenty of listening pleasure there to get me ears into. I can’t remember what I played first, it may have been ‘Halsey’ as the shop assistant in the British Heart Foundation said it was really good and that she had a copy. Last time nobody guessed which one I played first, so I’ll tell you, it was The Antonio Carlos Jobim Songbook.
I had to drop some rubbish and recycling off at the local tip yesterday. They have a portacabin there which sells things that people have thrown away so I popped in for a little look. It is organised chaos to be honest but I found three piles of records, all seemingly by Max Bygraves, and several areas where CD’s had been piled (One was in a plastic box outside and had been rained on quite extensively, so I didn’t look in there). There were probably 300 CD’s in total, many of the usual one finds in charity shops and some that you don’t see so often. I picked out 20 and then put 8 back as they had no CD’s in them.
These are what I picked up, £4 for 12 CD’s. I wasn’t necessarily desperate to get all of them but at that price why not? These would probabaly go to landfill had I not taken them and each is worth £0.33 for at least one listen, and I’ll get more than that out of them.
Popped into Banbury on the way home from work the other day and picked up some decent CD’s. One shop had 5 for £1 so the below 19 CD’s worked out at about £8. I accidently bought a second copy of the Franz Ferdinand debut and Different Class by Pulp as Discogs has changed the way it updates your collection. It refreshes everything every time you open it and if you have no reception or poor reception it can take ages or not work at all. Anyway, I couldn’t check to see if I already had them and couldn’t remember. It does mean there were actually 21 CD’s of course.
Deleted Scenes From The Cutting Room Floor
Belle & Sebastian
The Life Pursuit
Free The Bees
Reservoir Dogs – Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
I took a quick lunchtime trip to the charity shops today and, at first, I thought it was slim pickings, but after some digging I managed to pick up some decent CD’s. They work out at £0.44 each (that’s 27 for £12). At those prices its easy to take risks and I found several albums that just looked interesting or that I had vaguely heard of, so I got them.
Stealing Sheep – Into The Diamond Sun
Milagres – Glowing Mouth
Underworld – Second Toughest In The Infants
The Ordinary Boys – Brassbound
Jonquil – Point Of Go
The Redwalls – De Nova
The Black Eyed Peas – Elephunk
The Mooney Suzuki – Alive & Amplified
Diagrams – Black Light
INXS – Kick
The Horrors – Strange House
Mercury Rev – Yerself Is Steam
Tricky – Maxinquaye
Manic Street Preachers – Lifeblood
Walter Schreifels – An Open Letter To The Scene
Kraftwerk – The Mix
This Mortal Coil – Filigree & Shadow
The Chemical Brothers – Exit Planet Dust
Biosphere – Patashnik
Pulp – This Is Hardcore
Philip Glass – Glassworks
R.E.M. – Monster
Joss Stone – Introducing Joss Stone
Faithless – The Dance
Various – True Blood (Music From The HBO Original Series)
The Feeling – Join With Us
Basement Jaxx – The Singles
I’m currently listening to Biosphere – Patashnik, which is really very creepy, but I like it.
Some of the others I’ve never heard of but it looked like somebody had donated a set of rather obscure CD’s and I thought I’d give them a go, these being Stealing Sheep, Milagres, Jonquil, The Redwalls and Diagrams. It can be quite rewarding going into something cold, but it can also be the opposite.
Just after Christmas I popped into the local used record store, who don’t really do CD’s but had a box at 4 for £1 so I had a dig through that and came away with these;
PJ Harvey – To Bring You My Love
The The – Mind Bomb
The The – Hanky Panky
The Kills – Keep On Your Mean Side
Juliette & The Licks – …Like A Bolt Of Lightning
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Show Your Bones
The Fall – Code: Selfish
Stereophonics – Language.Sex.Violence.Other?
Supergrass – Supergrass
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Fever To Tell
Santogold – Santogold
Radiohead – Pablo Honey
Blakroc – Blakroc
Manic Street Preachers – This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours
Bent – The Everlasting Blink
The The – Infected
For £4 I was quite pleased, an emotion enhanced by the £15.99 HMV stickers on some of the CD’s.
The week before that I visited several charity shops in Banbury and picked up these:
Erykah Badu – Mama’s Gun
Tori Amos – Tales Of A Librarian (A Tori Amos Collection)
Blur – Leisure
Radiohead – Kid A
Blur – 13
Catatonia – Equally Cursed And Blessed
Plaid – Spokes
Moloko – I Am Not A Doctor
Seal – Soul
Goldfrapp – Seventh Tree
Morrissey – You Are The Quarry
Willy Mason – Where The Humans Eat
Dirty Vegas – Dirty Vegas
Paul Weller – Heliocentric
Robyn – Body Talk
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Abattoir Blues / The Lyre Of
Jay-Z – The Blueprint 3
Mystery Jets – Making Dens
Kate Nash – Made Of Bricks
Justin Timberlake – Justified
Eminem – Encore
Editors – The Back Room
Turin Brakes – The Optimist
The Psychedelic Furs – Heaven (The Best Of The Psychedelic
I can’t remember quite how much they were now, about £18 I think and there are many there I never would have picked up at full price but the album that I think I was most pleased with out of this lot was Abattoir Blues / The Lyre Of Orpheus.
I think it has now become a thing that, wherever I may be, I will pop into charity shops and have a dig around to see what CD’s they have on offer, there are often a lot of surprises waiting.