More of my little series on the $1 used LP bins at used record stores.

It’s rather heartbreaking to see Karla Boniff records so frequently in these bins.  A wonderful singer/songwriter – she didn’t sell that well as a solo artist, so a high percentage of the record buyers must have unloaded her LPs.  Linda Ronstadt covered several of her best songs on Hasten Down the Wind (see last post). All of sudden we see lots of Dave Mason albums too, another album-rocker who obviously is now deemed unworthy of taking up shelf space.

Karla Boniff's first and best album, 1977

I thought Joan Armatrading was an interesting fringe artists, but you see tons of her albums in the $1 racks.  Her voice maybe got a little annoying – funny, when Tracey Chapman jumped onto the scene with her huge “fast car” hit I thought, well, this is a “Joan Armatrading” (their voices are very similar) who knows how to make the Top 40.

But what goes around, eventually again SPINS around (on turntables everywhere).  Hall & Oates, once a staple of the $1 bins, has made a comeback.  The vinyl has been gobbled up – maybe thanks to a nostalgic revival helped by Inara George.

Hall & Oates vinyl is moving again

And here’s the topper – recently at Amoeba a hip 20-something young woman DJ was playing various quirky elevator-music tunes in the store, pop hits covered by The Hollywood Strings and Ray Conniff – this was her thing.  Wow.  That’s an inexpensive hobby – simply head for the 25-cent bins.

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