The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

25 December 2006

Where have all the records gone?

A lot of them went to these guys:

While literally billions of LPs still exist in the world, most are slated to become garbage before too long. Vinylux products take advantage of these obsolete piles of records and give new life to this neglected, but not forgotten, material. Over the past 4 years, we have recycled about 200,000 records — about 50,000 pounds of vinyl and cardboard.

I, of course, disagree as to the matter of their obsolescence, but they do make some neat trinkets, some of which found their way to my tree.

The following 45-rpm Holiday Ornaments were received:

  • Julius LaRosa, "Domani (Tomorrow)" b/w "Mama Rosa", Cadence 1265, 1955
  • Johnny Rivers, "Summer Rain" b/w "Memory of the Coming Good", Imperial 66267, 1967
  • Amii Stewart, "Knock on Wood" b/w "When You Are Beautiful", Ariola 7736, 1979

Incidentally, only one of these (the Julius LaRosa) was pressed on actual vinyl; the other two were pressed on styrene.

Also arriving, a set of LP Coasters, as follows:

  • The Mills Brothers, Yellow Bird, Dot DLP 25338, 1960
  • Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney, That Travelin' Two-Beat, Capitol T 2300, 1965
  • David Frye, Radio Free Nixon, Elektra EKS 74085, 1971
  • Various, History of British Rock, Sire SAS 3702, 1974
  • John Travolta, Travolta Fever, Midsong International MTF 001, 1978
  • Terry Garthwaite, Hand in Glove, Fantasy F 9564, 1978

Only the Bing/Rosemary disc is mono; the British Rock album was a two-disc set in automatic sequence, and the present specimen is Sides 1 and 4. (The other disc would have been Sides 2 and 3.) The John Travolta album is a compilation of two earlier LPs, John Travolta and Can't Let You Go, which made #18 in Jimmy Guterman and Owen O'Donnell's infamous book The Fifty Worst Rock-And-Roll Albums of All Time, which I quote herewith:

What matters is that this record comes with a large poster of the idol, suitable for framing. We wonder how many young girls bought the package, threw away the records, and pulled out their thumbtacks.

I am compelled to point out that #19 in said book was Days of Future Passed.

And while I could mourn the destruction of perfectly good vinyl, I suspect it wasn't all that good. From the manufacturer's FAQ:

Most of the records we get are scratched, warped, or otherwise played out. When we do get good ones, they go onto our turntable.

(Thanks, Wampy. These are Seriously Neat.)

Posted at 1:44 PM to Entirely Too Cool , Tongue and Groove