“Hoarder House” Full of Records



“Hoarder House” Full of Records  27

Many customers had asked us about the “hoarder house” full of 250,000 records that Apollo purchased last year, and what it looked like. Here are some pictures that were taken part way through the clean out (when we first got there we couldn’t even get through the doorways!)

It took us 6 months to pack and remove all the records from the house.

Don’t Worry Folks, Most of you don’t have anything to worry about!


The 2 Story House was filled to the brim by a 68 year old collector who had lived in the house since his childhood. He passed away in 2011 and the family was shocked at what they discovered. They soon realized why they had never been invited over and why he had been so reclusive. His Car was filled to the brim with records and the family suspected that he had been sleeping there over the last few years, as it was impossible to enter the house. The Bathroom and shower were also full of Records. We didn’t know it was the bathroom until we came upon a toilet.

The Family Tried to sell the house as is, but found it difficult and general word of mouth led them to call Apollo (he had previously been a customer). At first glance, we wanted to “Pass on it” as it looked like a nightmare, but we knew the collector well and figured there could be something worthwhile under all that.

It was actually fairly clean, overall, other than the piles of dust from over the years.

What Kind of records are they?

ALL Kinds. While he combed thrift shops and bought anything interesting to him over the last 10 years, the older stuff showed he also bought a variety of Rock and Rockabilly & Elvis records (His favorite) back in the 50s and 60s and kept them on shelves in pristine condition.

The best thing there? The 45′s, about 20,000 on shelves, mostly all original ‘as new’ store stock Rock & roll & Rockabilly, and oddball stuff, plus hundreds of Pristine EPs ranging from Elvis, Ricky Nelson, Country Artists, to the Rare Carl Perkins Columbia EP.

We Spent just over 6 months boxing and transporting truck loads to our warehouse, where they sit today. (We’ve sorted only approx 25% in the last year)

At the same time, CBC Radio Vancouver Contacted us about purchasing their 60,000+ Collection so we really had our hands full for several months.

Are they for sale? Yes, but they are still being sorted, some are garbage and some are great (pulled out a nice Slim Harpo LP on Excello in between two Jim Reeves LPs). Thousands of records go into our massive “dollar room”, (see our blog for pictures) good priceable records go into our shop, and some go online (mainly the 45′s that are being listed regularly in our online eBay store, along with our othermassive collection from CBC Radio).


This Picture Was taken after we had already cleared part of the room! Downstairs Media Room.

This Picture Was taken after we had already cleared part of the room! Downstairs Media Room.


Downstairs Basement, We had alreay partially emptied the room before the picture was taken!

Downstairs Basement, We had alreay partially emptied the room before the picture was taken!

Downstairs Basement, We had alreay partially emptied the room before the picture was taken!

Downstairs Basement, We had alreay partially emptied the room before the picture was taken!

Downstairs Basement, We had alreay partially emptied the room before the picture was taken!

Downstairs Basement, We had alreay partially emptied the room before the picture was taken!





John Coltrane: The Complete Sun Ship Session – Mosaic Records (3 vinyl discs)



John Coltrane: The Complete Sun Ship Session – Mosaic Records (3 vinyl discs)

Coltrane completists, rejoice…..
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Published on August 13, 2013

John Coltrane: The Complete Sun Ship Session – Mosaic Records (3) 180gm stereo LP Box set MRLP 3005 –  [Recorded 8/26/65] – (Single LP issued on Impulse AS-9211, Aug. 1971) – Remixed from the original three-track masters ***½:

(John Coltrane-tenor sax; McCoy Tyner- piano; Jimmy Garrison- bass; Elvin Jones-drums)

Mosaic Records has always been the label that jazz completists seek out to obtain the definitive work of both legendary and lesser known (to the general public) artists, who have helped define the many jazz idioms that  collectors seek. Mosaic has sought out hidden and seemingly lost tapes of jazz giants, whereas other jazz labels have been satisfied to just issue readily available material.

Although the original issue on Impulse Records of John Coltrane’s Sun Ship consisted of only five master tracks, Mosaic Records was able to track down from the newly discovered original reels, the existence of unedited alternate takes, false starts, and edits, as well as recorded conversations between producer Bob Thiele, and Coltrane.

The Sun Ship session was recorded during 1965, among Coltrane’s most prolific years, at a time when his music was going through a period of extreme evolution. It was at the end of the period of his classic quartet comprised of the rhythm section of McCoy Tyner on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass, and the legendary Elvin Jones on drums. Sun Ship documents the group at the crescendo of their creative peak, just a matter of months before the departure of Tyner and Jones.

The music found on this session is powerful, sometimes chaotic, and at times somber, while seemingly prophetic, not knowing that Coltrane would pass away just two years later. Coltrane’s tenor invokes a spiritual tone, and is also wildly free, while Garrison and Jones swing with a loose groove. When Tyner has his moments he solos with thundering chords and commanding keyboard runs.

Hearing this music over thirty-five years later, the impact is no less stunning and contemporary in an avant-garde fashion today than it was when first recorded. The unedited tapes with both complete alternate takes, false starts, and inserts provide a window into Coltrane’s creative musical imagination. The short conversation snippets found throughout the LPs, though not containing any historical significance, remain interesting, as John can go from a humorous aside immediately into a burst of passionate playing like he was plugged into a high current electrical outlet.

Record 1, Side A, has three takes of “Dearly Beloved,” including a false start. Side B has the first two takes of “Attaining.” Record 2, Side A, continues with takes 3 & 4 of “Attaining” plus the first three takes of “Sun Ship.” Side B of the 2nd LP features the released version of “Sun Ship” as well as the album version of “Ascent” (Take 1). Jimmy Garrison’s extended bass solo is the lion’s share of this track, and is masterful.

The third LP has five takes of “Ascent,” on Side A, and they are incomplete versions and inserts. Side B is made up of a full alternate version of “Amen” and the same released 8:17 track from the Impulse issue.

The acoustics on these records is stunning with kudos going to Kevin Reeves for the remix, and to Kevin Gray for the remastering. Listening to Jimmy Garrison’s solo on “Ascent” makes you feel like he is just a few feet away…

The Complete Sun Ship Session box set is tailor-made for the hardcore John Coltrane enthusiast, a special prize for the chosen few who would savor every note recorded by John. Though the music presented here can sound jagged and dissonant to the general public, there remains an audience of Coltrane fans and young inspired musicians, who will find great pleasure in the exploratory, wildly creative emotional roller coaster ride that Coltrane leads as chief engineer. Limited to only 3500 box sets, it would be wise to contact Mosaic Records through their web site ( www.mosaicrecords.com) to purchase your set before this issue sells out.

—Jeff Krow

Sales Of Vinyl Records Are Soaring



Here’s the latest chart from Paul Resnikoff at Digital Music News: projected U.S. vinyl music sales for 2013, based on first-half data from Nielsen Soundscan. This is no longer a fad:



The BBC reported in April that the surge has been driven by the confluence of artists releasing exclusive material through the medium, and its growing popularity among 18-24 year-olds (there’s a chicken-and-egg element to this).

College-aged buyers have also expressed a desire to keep record stores in business, the BBC said. And Pitchfork’s Mark Richardson says there’s a commonly held belief — not entirely accurate, it turns out — that LPs always sound better than CDs.

Resnikoff notes they still comprise a tiny chunk of overall music sales, though one that seems to be growing larger every year.

Also an interesting contrast with his chart from this past week showing music downloads are way down:



Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/vinyl-music-is-surging-2013-7#ixzz2ajU61uRe

Inside the insane 50,000-watt Ibiza speaker stack built by LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy



Inside the insane 50,000-watt Ibiza speaker stack built by LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy

One of the most impressive sound systems on the planet


Image credit: Robert Martin

The sound system is the foundation on which entire genres of music have been built. A hulking, pulsating, blinking mass of wood, metal and plastic that delivers one crucial thing to any party — volume. Without the sound system, we wouldn’t have reggae, ska, dub, disco, or funk. We wouldn’t have house, techno, synthpop, trance, hip-hop or dubstep. Without the sound system, we’d still be dancing the fox-trot.

No one knows that better than James Murphy, the frontman of sadly defunct LCD Soundsystem, who spent his 20s working as an audio engineer before getting distracted by becoming a rockstar. But Murphy’s going back to his roots, working with mashup pioneers David and Stephen Dewaele — better known as Soulwax and 2manyDJs — to put together his dream sound-system for a three-night residency in Manchester namedDespacio.



Despacio is Spanish for “slow,” which the Dewaele brothers originally intended to use for a night in Ibiza playing records between 95 and 115 bpm. “We’ve really been into the concept of taking records and slowing them down on the turntables to produce this swampy, sexier effect,” explains David. “When we moved it to Manchester we just stuck with it.”

A huge 50,000-watt rig has been designed by the trio down to the very last detail, consisting of eight enormous 11-foot speaker stacks, positioned in a circle pointing at the audience in the center. It’s been tuned for optimum sound quality, not maximum loudness. “The system is like a dinosaur, if dinosaurs had survived and evolved along with modern creatures,” James says.

Despacio-003-560Image credit: Ellis Reid

He explains: “The old disco systems were just sound systems, really. Big hi-fis, and similar in design to sound reinforcement systems, live systems, public address systems, and jamaican dub systems. Dub systems were the first to get really specific about large masses of people moving around to pre-recorded music. And then disco systems like theParadise Garage system started using some of the hi-fi and dub techniques to make big noises.”

“As time went on, smaller, more efficient boxes and drivers were built with minor compromises to the quality but massive advantages in size, power requirements, et cetera. Each time one of these small evolutions happened, there was another small compromise (in my mind) and eventually we wound up with the modern club system. That can range anywhere from a bunch of shit piled up and run in the red to make drunk people not hear other drunk people very clearly, all the way to the modern awesome-sounding club / dance PA rigs, which, to my old-dude ears sound totally sweet if you play modern dance music, but don’t tend to reproduce ‘Hells Bells’ particularly satisfyingly.”

Despacio, on the other hand, has been designed specifically to reproduce both modern dance music and “Hells Bells” as accurately as possible. To that end, the trio will only be playing vinyl through the system. “Vinyl sounds better,” James says, simply, when quizzed why he’s rejecting digital music. “Why do things the easy way?” asks Stephen.


Getting the components right is important, too. They’ve been supplied by McIntosh, an audio equipment company founded in 1949, just before the very first sound systems were beginning to take shape in Jamaica. Its heritage includes supplying amplifiers for the Woodstock festival in 1969, and creating the Grateful Dead’s Wall of Sound. “Those amps are ‘banuts,'” says James. “Which is a combination of bananas and nuts. All three of us have old Mcintosh amps in our studios and homes. We’re longtime fans.” David adds: “James is forgetting another very important reason: they look amazing! Those front plates with the blue VU meters are a design classic, and eight humongous stacks with the amps built in and the meters moving in unison will look better than most modern club lighting.”

Once the three nights are complete, the system won’t be dismantled. “We may eventually find a sacred space on a mystical island and build a shrine where it will live forever,” says James. Stephen adds: “We’d love to do a US tour with the sound system, and we imagine that due to the sheer size and weight of the system, we will need three trucks likeEmerson, Lake, and Palmer had. The flyer should be a helicopter shot of the three trucks driving on the turnpike saying MURPHY, DEWAELE and DEWAELE on the roof.”

Despacio-010-560Image credit: Robert Martin

Of course, given the collective musical talent involved in the project and how often they’ve worked together in the past, it seems churlish not to ask if there might be some collaboration in their future. “We’ve been making some ‘stuff’ and ‘things’ together for fun over the past few years, but we haven’t made any decisions about if / when / how to inflict these dubious mongrel creations onto the world,” says James. “The truth is that we’ve made some amazing music together but ‘someone’ has been too ‘busy’ tasting wine and producing popular music, so none of it has been finished yet,” David adds.

Despacio is running for three consecutive nights in the ballroom of New Century House during the Manchester International Festival, from July 18th to the 20th.