January 30

Most of the time, I buy albums because I know/like the artist and want to own and listen to their music. Sometimes you come across a record of a certain style or content that you want to experience or become familiar with. In this case an investment of $0.99 (or less) in a decent LP seems like a good bet.

Just over a year ago, my wife and I took our first “real” vacation… just a getaway without family obligations or schedules. We went to an all inclusive resort in Jamaica.

One of the highlights of this trip was an evening performance by the Silver Bird Steel Drum Band.

steel_drum

So when I found a copy of Steel Drums by the Native Steel Drum Band at a local thrift store I though, “hey… why not?”

In the thrift store, the vinyl appeared very clean and scratch free. The inner sleeve was there and the outer jacket still had the original shrink wrap, opened, but intact.

The label is Tradition Records which was founded by Guggenheim heiress Diane Hamilton and presided over by Patrick “Paddy” Clancy, part of the group The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem. I can’t find a release date for the record but It appears to be between 1965 and 1970.

Finding a nearly 50 year old vinyl LP that is near mint condition is like finding a needle in a… no, wait. Finding a nearly 50 year old vinyl LP that you care to listen to is near mint condition is like finding a needle in a haystack. I had this record all cleaned up and playing when my wife came home from work. Without a word, she dropped all of her baggage from her workday and started to dance… just like Jamaica!

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