I arrived at the sale a half-hour before the doors opened to work the initial shift and was met by a line of at least thirty people waiting outside in the brisk morning air. Slipping by the crowd with my cup of coffee in hand, I went inside and ate a donut before the chaos began.
You see, this stuff is cheap -- $1 for an LP, $2 for a CD -- and it's hard for people to turn down anything in that price range. I, too, am weak when tempted with such prices. This year I exercised a little bit of self-control and spent less than $40 at the sale. In addition to a handful of 45 records (at 25 cents each) and a couple of CDs, I also came home with a pretty decent stack of LPs to add to my collection.
Looking closely at what I purchased, you may recognize a handful of artists and titles -- Bruce Springsteen, Johnny Cash, George Michael, Pink Floyd, and even a vinyl copy of the original Karate Kid soundtrack. But inside two of these LPs, I found more than just a record.
First there was the Scott Baio album. Yes, that Scott Baio...do you know any other? Even though this is an absolutely horrible pop album from a musical standpoint, it is pure gold to a pop culture fanatic -- especially for a measly buck.
Inside this album's jacket, I was surprised to find two things. First, the original receipt showing that this album cost someone around seven bucks back in 1982. Second, the original owner had clipped "Scott's Album Songbook" from the August issue of Tiger Beat Magazine that year. In addition to the lyrics from several of Scott Baio's songs, it's great to see Todd Bridges on the back of one of the pages. Click the images below for larger views.
In addition to the record itself, this jacket held a 20-page fan magazine featuring quite a few pictures of a very young Willie Nelson. Although I've not been able to find any information about this magazine anywhere online, as best I can tell, it was printed in the mid to late 1960's.
Among the shots of him on stage, there were several of Willie riding horseback on a ranch. But most intersting of all was the final feature in the magazine where we see "Another Side of Willie Nelson."