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Subject: Record Collecting Part Four

Roddy Jordan
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Date Posted: 11:52:08 07/09/20 Thu

There were to all intent and purposes, every single 45 and EP that had ever been issued in Australia from say 1955 till the late 1960’s.

Strange that there were no 78’s

It was all quite stunning, quite unbelievable!

There were also many thousands of Lp’s and I took every 10 inch Lp and cherry picked about a thousand other LP's.

Including mint copies of every Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, The Crickets, Buddy Holly, Del Shannon, Elvis etc etc and they had never been played.

Also many many rare Australian artists Lp’s which I knew were very valuable. Missing Links, Aztecs, Slim Dusty all first pressings.

The EP collection I now had in my old master bedroom, was easily the biggest and the best in Australia - Ever!

I had to hire a mini truck to help me haul the records from Mt Gravatt out to my house in Lota a journey of about 10 kms.

It took three of us an hour to load them and the same when I got them home.

We had just had a first floor renovation done so our old Master Bedroom was now free and the records covered most of the floor plan and bed.

Over a period of time I sorted them out into record labels in Artist order and there was literally 99% of every label issued.

London, Decca, Parlophone, Astor, Liberty, Teen, Rex, Planet, Leedon, RCA, Decca, W&G, Spin, Columbia, Fontana, Lee Gordon, Coral, Brunswick the list is endless.

I went through each box individually and it was like a little kid being in a lollie store! Took me nearly three weeks.

I took out what I wanted for my own collection either to upgrade or supplement.

There was also every single 45, Ep and Lp of Elvis that he had ever released out here over a period of 15 years and all were mInt!

I had my money back within five weeks after selling just shy of 10% of the records. The rest was pure profit.

All of a sudden so called friends came out of the shadows but I mainly ignored their calls.

Many people just turned up at the house but again, I ignored them and would not let them into the house.

Christine used to say to me once: Why are record collectors so grubby looking and weird people?

They were not really they just spent all their money on vinyl records. It still happens today.

All of a sudden I was also getting calls from overseas. My skills on the computer were not very good at this stage.

One of my friends, Paul Lewis put quite a few on Ebay and wow did that cause a sensation. Music I did not know especially the late 1960’s.

There was every 45, Ep, Lp of The Bee Gees including songs they had written but recorded by other Australian artists. Some of these are as rare as hens teeth.

Everyone but one that is. For some reason their first EP Leedon LX 10747 was not there so someone had borrowed it.

How do I know this? Because with the record collection came three books listing every record.

Over a period of time I went to many record fairs in Brisbane, Sydney and Newcastle plus one in Adelaide and had Incredible demand.

The London label 45’s were issued with plastic sleeves and when I opened them up I had to peel the plastic of the label as the record had never been opened.

Thousands were like this. Pure Mint - Never been opened let alone played.

I repeat this was every record collectors dream to find a collection like this.

Within two years most of the material I bought had been sold. My own collection was swelling with records and our bank account quite relaxed!

I hope you enjoyed this story as from this contact, many other radio stations rang me including the ABC at Wagga Wagga, Perth and Adelaide.


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