Record Haul No. 10
Laura Nyro - The First Songs
Laura Nyro - New York Tendaberry
Heavy Metal: Music From The Motion Picture
The Virtuoso Oboe Vol. 3
Tom Verlaine - S/T
April Wine - Stand Back
The Move - Shazam
"Where would your Betty Davis be?" I clutch a dusty Best of Sam & Dave and wonder if it’s better than other best ofs.
"I assume you don’t mean the actress?"
"Not the actress."
"Funk & Soul."
I find no Betty Davis, but plenty of Laura Nyro and others. I bring my stack to the register.
"Huh." Here it comes. I used to fear the assessment of my collected albums from record store staff. But I’ve been shopping here long enough to know to expect and welcome a little nugget of musical knowledge in place of judgment from the man behind the register. My mind flips open its stenopad. "You know, when Blood, Sweat & Tears were looking to change their sound they nearly asked Laura Nyro to be their singer. She auditioned and everything. This was before David Clayton-Thomas. Then she did something to alienate the rock journalists. I still can’t figure out what it was."
I think it must be pretty easy to alienate rock journalists.
"Do you ever get any King Crimson in here?"
"Sometimes. We had a nice copy of In the Wake of Poseidon recently. If you like King Crimson you should seek out Giles, Giles & Fripp. I know it sounds like a law firm but…”
"You close?" says a man with an accent browsing soundtracks on a stepladder.
"Five more minutes." In those five minutes he digs through the Ms to find an album by The Move — remembering that I’d previously asked about ELO — and promises with a shake of the hand that I’ll find something on there I like.
With a ding of the bell, I’m on the street again. Hours later: he was right.
(Previously: Albums Purchased One Hot Weekend, Record Haul, Record Haul No. 2, Record Haul No. 3, Record Haul No. 4, Record Haul No. 5, Record Haul No. 6, Record Haul No. 7, Record Haul No. 8, Record Haul No. 9)