BeatRoute: What was the first record that really made an impression on you? When and where did you buy it?
Mark Corner: The first record that made an impression on me was a mono copy of The Beatles’ Please Please Me, which my uncle bought at the local record shop in Durham, England. I was fascinated by the laminated sleeve and the unusual photograph of the band and the music was much different to what I had heard previously.
But the first album I bought was the soundtrack to the The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, that I got at the checkout counter at our local grocery in a small town just south of Saskatoon.
BeatRoute: What are the top five records in your collection?
1. The Who Sell Out, a British mono pressing. The songs sound much different to the normal Canadian stereo pressing. Great sleeve and a good period for that band.
2. Led Zeppelin’s first, a British pressing with the Atlantic Plum label. I bought this album without knowing who they were. I saw it on the shelf in the import section and it caught my eye immediately!
3. Critical Mass: It’s What’s Inside that Counts. A great late ‘70s rock and power pop album from Florida. This record can be found for about $10.00 and it is always a good pickup. Their single “Silver Screen” was limited to only 200 copies. It had no sleeve and it sells for about $300, that’s if a copy should ever become available. I have never seen one.
4. Radio Birdman’s Under the Ashes Box Set. This collection is pretty much everything that this Australian band released—four albums, a couple of EPs, a poster and a patch. It also includes a re-press the highly sought after “Burn My Eye” single. Hours of great listening by this heavily Stooges-MC5 influenced band.
5. Rush: Hemisphere limited edition gatefold sleeve, poster and red vinyl! In the ‘70s, the Canadian record industry was experimenting with releasing a lot of coloured vinyl albums. Many of them sounded poor, but this one is good and the poster a nice bonus.
BeatRoute: How long has the Calgary Music Collectors show been in existence?
MC: This is our fifth year, and fifth show! I started the show because I wanted a music only event that allowed local collectors to get together to add and/or downsize their record and music collection. It gives everyone an opportunity to sell their collection themselves and receive a fair price. It’s also a good way to meet other collectors and learn about different genres of music.
The show drew a lot of interest right from the start. Not only have music collectors from Calgary done magnificently supporting it, but the event now draws music sellers and collectors from all over the province and Western Canada. This year we’ll have 50 tables of independent sellers with a very comprehensive collection of all genres of music. We’re also planning to do a second show in the fall on Sunday, September 29.
Since we started the show in Calgary, I have seen record fairs popping up in Lethbridge, Kamloops and Kelowna. The Edmonton Music Collectors show is also a great event and well worth the trip.
BeatRoute: What can someone expect when they go to the show?
MC: The show offers a huge selection of good quality and fair-priced music products, covering of all genres of music. If one is a fan of rock, jazz, blues, country, movie soundtracks, metal and punk, there is a good chance that you will find something special at the show. Sellers from all over Western Canada will have both new and used recordings along with lots of reissues, out of print and rare pieces. There will also be music books, posters, magazine, badges, guitars and Hi-Fi equipment, anything to do with music. And while browsing, DJs will be playing an assortment of exotic and exciting tunes!
Although the full-length vinyl albums are the biggest part of the show, there’s lots of 12 inch singles and 45 collections with wonderful picture sleeves and perhaps some 78 rpm 10 inch records. The sellers have a wealth of knowledge and are always willing to share. Anyone wishing for music appraisals, both I and other sellers will be happy to do so at no charge.
The show is not only for collectors, but casual music fans. It is a great place where one will find Led Zeppelin, Beatles, Rolling Stones, Doors and Stompin’ Tom Connors records, all for $10 or less.
The event is open to anyone who wishes to set up and be part of the show. We are always looking for new people who feel they have good quality music that they wish to share with other collectors and sell or trade at a good price. Anyone can come, spend the day, listen to good music and dig for great bargains!
BeatRoute: What’s the most unusual, interesting or most valuable item that someone has found at the show?
MC: Last year I saw a very happy individual who found a nice copy of an original pressing of the ‘Reign Ghost’ album on Allied Records. This is a nice Canadian psyche record that was released in 1969 and except for reissues, I have never seen!
Catch the Calgary Music Collectors Show on Sunday April 14, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Acadia Recreation Complex (240 – 90 Ave. S.E.) See the Kijiji ad for more information.
By Team BeatRouteAB, Alberta, Featured