It's already unusual to come across second-hand vinyl record dealers in Penang, and it's really rarer still to see anyone selling used records in Bukit Mertajam. But that was what I came across yesterday. There weren't many selections - possibly about 100 titles comprising known and unknown artistes and performers, original-pressed records and fakes, some still in very good album covers and others falling apart, records with surfaces in good condition and some with horrible scratches and dirty. The whole works.
I rummaged through the pile of records and came away with these gems. The surfaces still looked in good condition and I really wouldn't be able to tell without cleaning them and playing them. Stranger On The Shore by Acker Bilk; The Very Best Of Connie Francis; Chris de Burgh's Into The Light (ooh ... The Lady In Red); Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (or OMD) with La Femme Accident and Wings Of An Eagle by Russell Morris.
What's more, I also bought three seven-inch records: George Michael's Careless Whisper, Elaine Paige and Barbara Dickson's I Know Him So Well from the album CHESS, and USA For Africa's We Are The World.
So I'm really feeling smug that I may have struck gold yesterday. Vinyl gold, that is. More, later!