Recycled, preloved, secondhand… whatever you want to call it, we all love to find a bargain. Especially a used bargain! A recent BBC article reminded me how great it is to hear new music, and since I was in a good mood, partly because someone actually asked to share my table this morning while I coffeed in Small World, I sauntered over to Princeton Record Exchange.
I wasn’t in the mood to spend much, and since they have finally installed a new carpet in the place (I was never happy with what lifeforms, bacteria and general yucky stuff could be lurky in that old carpet), I decided to hunt through the bargain bins that rest on the floor underneath the regular display cabinets.
After a few near misses (Evita on Broadway, Isaac Hayes – And Once Again, something suspect by Emerson Lake Palmer) I pulled out a gem. A real gem. Prince – 1999, double vinyl and best of all $2.
I took it to the desk whereby the guy there looked shocked, started shaking his head and said “wow, I can’t believe this is in that rack”. He asked me if I didn’t mind him checking if it wasn’t a mistake, I said no of course not (actually I did mind in case he wasn’t going to let me have it for $2!)
Well he disappeared into the back for a minute, leaving me wondering…… then came back and said it was ok, but these double LPs don’t turn up very often so he was surprised. I said, what is it massively scratched or something? He said, well it is “a bit dinged up.”
Well I guess you can’t go wrong for $2, but I was a bit apprehensive maybe you get what you pay for. On closer inspection back home, it does indeed have a scratch or three and a deep looking one on at the start of side two in particular. But……. I joyfully played it from start to finish, sides one to four, and aside from the occasional (and let’s face it reassuring pop which is why we still love vinyl) it plays just fine.
You know, I am going to party like it’s 1999.