Such a timely thread. I got a windfall inheritance of about $75,000. Add in the physical possessions he left behind... the mind boggles. He was a collector of Elvis. I now have about 100 titles and box sets. He loved The Beach Boys. Nobody in my family wanted that, so now I have doubles of many things, but filled in a few holes. Mostly the 1990 two-fers that I had sold off after the 2000 upgrades were released. I had to slim down my collection of Cd and vinyl when I moved from California to New York in 1998. Now I have them back again. He had some of the Animals titles I didn't have, including the rare Eric is Here
Cd. It was a thrill to finally get the Zombies Heaven box. It would take a lot of tapping to tell everything. 2016 was the best year of adding to my collection, ever.
So, what have I bought recently? That would be a long list, as well. I got some new rugs and lots of stuff for making life beautiful around the house. Some books, including the Carl book I passed on when it first came out. I'm thinking about getting the Dennis book so I can finally read it, but still hoping for Jon to revise and get it published again. On the Cd/vinyl front, The Beach Boys new one is blowing my mind. Better in many ways than the Pepper's and Flowers in the Dirt
boxes, though the packaging is off the charts on both of those. The job Mark and Alan did on Sunshine tomorrow
is one of the most remarkable things they have ever given us. To say listen with new ears is an understatement.
Got the first two Spirit albums that Steve Hoffman mastered for reissue - he is doing the set of four by the original band. Can't wait to get Clear
, my favorite of the bunch. Filling in the holes of my Iron and Wine vinyl collection. I got 18th row center for Iron and Wine's tour for the new album in November. Sam hasn't put out a new solo album since Ghost on Ghost
, so that's on pre-order. As is a new Chris Hillman in September, and something Steve Winwood is releasing - a two Cd of live stuff covering his whole career. Two of the best things released just last month are Steve Miller Band's Recall the Beginning...a journey from eden
and Rock Love
- both of which have been released for the first time on Cd in Japan mini-sleeves. I've been buying some of the now legal boots coming out of the Uk: Mannassas' Amsterdam broadcast from 1972, two Richie Furay shows from My Father's Place (Long Island, New York) in 1976 and 1978, and a great old Tom Petty from a show taped when he was just starting out - something I've had on vinyl since the late 70's. Last but certainly not least: the fantastic release of Laura Nyro's first two albums in mono for the first time on Cd.
Better stop now. My posting time is being hampered by vacationing and planning trips for later in the year. Time consuming spending money...