Spring has sprung! Come to our special 4th Sunday show on April 23!

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We hope you all had a great Easter/Passover season! Spring has arrived and is in full bloom. With a late Easter this year, we have a special show on the fourth Sunday of this month – April 23!

We are back at the Arbutus Fire Hall from 9 am – 3 pm. Admission is always FREE! We also have food on site, serving great breakfast and lunch options. Come by and search for some unusual music items – like these we spotted last month. Say hello to Janet and Frank, who do a wonderful job running the show!  Frank is a music expert extraordinaire and Janet keeps the ship running smoothly. See you there!

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Special anniversary edition of Led Zepplin’s “Stairway to Heaven” with pop-up art.

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Very cool picture disc of “Johnny Johnny” by Prefab Sprout.

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Rock n roll buttons galore!

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A diverse group of CDs spanning all genres!

Spring in February! Join us this Sunday, February 19 for a great show and a special anniversary!

 

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Above: Our beloved Jack with one of our fearless leaders of the record show, Janet!

Can it really be February! Enjoy this warm weather and come out this Sunday, February 19 to the Arbutus Fire Hall from 9 am – 3 pm. Admission is always FREE! We also have food on site, serving great breakfast and lunch options.

We are also celebrating a very special anniversary of one of our beloved vendors. Jack Supplee has been participating in the Arbutus Record Show for 25 years, bringing every kind of music you can think of including the unusual and hard to find – and at reasonable prices. In 25 years he missed only one show. Amazing! Rumor has it he could be retiring – say it isn’t so Jack! So come by to say hello to Jack – and for a big surprise!

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Celebrate a bit of Memorial Day weekend with us this Sunday, May 24!

American Flag Vinyl Record Album art by Jeff Bartels

American Flag Vinyl Record Album art by Jeff Bartels

Join us this Sunday for our special Memorial Day Weekend show! Spend a little time with us in between celebrating with family and friends and honoring our brave men and women in the arm forces for their service to this country. The show hours are 9 am – 3pm and always FREE admission. All our great vendors will be returning with great finds of all kinds. Don’t forget to check out our DIRECTIONS section for some updated information about getting to the venue due to highway construction.

At last month’s show, we found some great treasures with a distinctively British flavor. That fit in well with a special week for this editor – more to come about that! But first some of our great Brit finds!

First edition of Rolling Stone Magazine.

First edition of Rolling Stone Magazine.

Not for sale (sadly) but a precious collectible of one of our vendors. This is the very first edition of what would become the iconic Rolling Stone Magazine, the bible for everything music. It was November 9, 1967. The photo on the cover was Beatles’ John Lennon, from the World War II comedy, How I Won the War,  in which he starred that year.

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This is a very rare find from another Beatle, Paul McCartney, although the artist credited is The Fireman. Producer Youth, a member of Killing Joke, remixed McCartney’s material that eventually produced the album, Off the Ground, and from Wings’ 1979 Back to the Egg. Neither are credited on the album but EMI confirmed their participation. Released in 1993, this clear vinyl double LP is entitled Strawberries Oceans Ships Forest and was a techno, experimental  effort. Sounds interesting!

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Among some DVDs of the Yardbirds and Pink Floyd, we found wonderful collection of Elvis Costello’s first three albums and rare to find in vinyl. He issued his first three albums in 16 months and here they are  – My Aim Is TrueThis Year’s Model, and Armed Forcesbrought together in one boxed set called 2 1/2 Years.

Join Us for Our Fall Show this Sunday, October 19!

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After the August hiatus, the September show was a great kick-off to the remainder of the 2014 season. There were brand new vendors and legendary record collectors/sellers from across the pond and Europe. More on that story coming up! You never know what surprises – and people you will find at the Arbutus Record Show. Before cheering on our home team, there is plenty of time to come to the show. Admission and parking is always FREE and the hours are 9 am to 3 pm. See you there and wear your Purple Pride!

New vendors Ann and her friend, Preston

New vendors Ann and her friend, Preston

First time vendors Ann and her friend Preston had attendees – and longtime veterans and fellow vendors – hopping around their table snatching up great deals on CDs and CD collections. They will be returning for our November 16th show!

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An amazing story unfolded at the show with the participation of a celebrity. A tall, lanky Scotsman with an easy laugh and full of great stories, John Anderson (left) is a  legend in the world of music and record collecting. Ted, an out-of-town vender from Georgia (pictured right) couldn’t say enough about him.

As a young man, John was one of the first people from the UK who started to make trips to the East Coast of the U.S. in the late 60s to find 45s that would fuel the “Northern Soul” movement – a term coined by British journalist Dave Godin. The movement was characterized by a music and style of dance that developed in industrialized northern England and came from the working class and “Mod” youth culture. It began with the upbeat Motown sound of the mid-60s, but then gravitated to the music of lesser-known, American black soul artists on smaller labels as music tastes changed. Northern Soul was at its peak throughout the 70s as venues would host all-night, soul dance parties that still played mid-60s soul. It is still popular today and the subject of a 2014 BBC documentary, “Northern Soul: Living for the Weekend.” (click on title to view on YouTube.)

Anderson travelled to towns big and small in the US and paid as little as a pound or 50 pence a piece for these rare records. British DJs and music lovers could not wait for John to bring back his latest finds. He sold the music to fans through his business, “Soul Bowl,” and become a premier expert and supplier of rare American soul music to the UK and beyond.

John is still making trips to the U.S. and this time he came with other European collector friends – Richard, Angus, and Thorsten who has a record shop in Germany and his buddy Marcel from Belgium, an avid collector. It was quite an international gathering at the show that day and we were so honored to have John and all these gentleman with us!

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