Tonight I completed step one on the path to selling off a large chunk of my record collection. You'd think it would be as simple as pulling out the albums I wanted to ditch, but no. Especially not when I have multiple copies of individual records. Which one to hold on to?
At some point in my collecting, I started acquiring duplicates. It was purely by accident, at least at first. I'd buy a record, then get sent the same to review for my fanzine. Or I'd be given something as a gift that I already owned.
Then it moved into sketchier territory as the collecting bug got worse. I started having problems remembering which records I already owned, and which I didn't. So I'd buy extras that way. Sliding further down the slope, I'd pick up dollar copies of records I knew full well I already owned, on the pretense of giving them to friends (which I often did, actually). Finally, I found myself buying additional copies of albums at decidedly non-bargain prices, all so I could upgrade my existing ones, which suddenly seemed inferior. All I could think of was how scratched my vinyl was, or how dog-eared the corresponding sleeves seemed.
(And yes, I also occasionally purchased multiple copies of certain releases for later resale. Working at a record store, watching as boxes containing the latest highly-coveted, limited-edition Stereolab singles were sliced open, calculating my employee discount... sigh.)
So that's how I found myself clutching three copies of Hallelujah All the Way Home earlier tonight, holding the vinyl up the glare of a lightbulb to better see each tiny imperfection. It was all part of the process of integration. That is, integration of my unfiled records with my collection as a whole. Pulling out unique copies, spotting dupes, then comparing dupes. Picking out the best cover and best vinyl of the dupes, and marrying them together. Doing the same for each of the subseqent copies so that each found their equal.
Fun, fun, fun. Yes, I need to get out more.
Well, Martin and I are already set to go see The Fall at the Middle East this upcoming weekend. Looking forward to Thursday, when I Leave the Capitollll-uh (Hill) for that show and July 4th festivities back east. And a lobstah roll.Posted by nstop at June 30, 2003 03:03 AM