[78-L] Record collecting

David Lennick dlennick at sympatico.ca
Sat Dec 29 14:00:46 PST 2012

I can see the National Enquirer headline now (on a really slow news 
week)..AVAKIAN-STEINWEISS CONSPIRACY! "I had nothing to do with it" sez Dave 

Odd that lp reissues of "You took Advantage of Me" were from the dubbed version 
in this set, which runs fast.


On 12/29/2012 3:21 PM, Michael Biel wrote:
> There are a number of reasons why you acquire or need to acquire a record --
> 1)  You need to have the record in order to hear it.  The sound is
> obtainable no other way.
> 2)  You have already heard it but you want your own copy of it, which
> you might:
>       A) Play it because you know you already will like it, or
>       B)  Shelve it because you have already heard it and may refer to it
> some later time.
> 3)  You need to actually have it in order to do discographical or
> mechanical research on it.
> For example, two days ago when opening up the two dozen boxes that had
> accumulated while I was away, I discovered to my surprise I HAD won the
> Bix Memorial album on the Nauction.  It was a surprise because I hadn't
> seen Kurt's email telling me that there had been a bookkeeping error
> when doing the original invoices.  Because of my pre-Steinweiss research
> I am seeking out special landmark albums. So I wanted the album itself
> as an item.  The labels came out in four different types, and this set
> provides two of the four types. While 9 sides are previously unissued
> alternate takes, I wanted to double check that they are indeed master
> pressings.  The are.  Two of the reissue sides do show evidence of the
> original disc number being shaved off the master, and the third reissue
> is take 2R with a diamond V.E.
> Now I really like Bix's music but I haven't put these on a turntable
> yet.  I've already heard these because I have them in several other
> forms.  I will get around to them, but I am sitting next to 5 milk
> crates of 78s I haven't heard yet.  I am reading thru the booklet for
> the set which I haven't seen before.  It gives lie to George Avakian's
> claim that he wrote THE first jazz liner notes in his Chicago Jazz album
> that came out four years later.
> I also collect catalogs, periodicals, books about records, and other
> research materials, so it is more than just collecting the records. I
> know that Steve Ramm is going to moan about my having too many records
> that I won't listen to, books I won't read,  DVD's I haven't watched,m
> stuff I can't lift, and a burden for Leah,  but she says she wants this
> stuff!
> Mike Biel   mbiel at mbiel.com
> On 12/29/2012 5:32 AM, Don Cox wrote:
>> On 29/12/2012, Bud Black wrote:
>>> To my way of thinking there are two types of collectors. Those who
>>> collect primarily for the rarity of the artist or label, and others
>>> (like me) who are interested in the recorded content and couldn't give
>>> a fig about the label or tiresome serial numbers. In other words, play
>>> me a toe-tapping Billy Murray, Irving Kaufman, Gene Austin or even a
>>> Peerless Quartette, and ask me if I care about the label. But, as I
>>> say, that's just me.
>> Same here. I would say I collect music, rather than records.
>> Or maybe "explore" music would be more accurate.
>> Regards
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