While I was in Chicago for the Thrill Jockey Anniversary shows, I managed to hit a record store. This time I made it to the notorious Reckless Records at 1532 N Milwaukee Avenue. This is one of three locations in Chicago. Overall, a pretty impressive store with a wide variety of new and used CD and vinyl as well as a pretty decent selection of vinyl singles. They also have a video section. The opinion of some that I have talked to is that the staff at Reckless are pretty snobby and generally aren’t very helpful. Thankfully, I didn’t experience anything like that. I didn’t have a lot of time to really dig, but I was looking for some specific things related to Thrill Jockey as well as Daptone Records. I didn’t see any Thrill Jockey that I needed in new or used. I found a Daptone 7-inch, though.
Booker T. & The M.G.’s – “Soul Limbo” b/w “Heads or Tails” (7″ Single, Stax STA-0001, 1968) ($2.99) I was pretty happy to stumble on this very mint copy of this. I think I’d like to collect all of the Booker T and the M.G.’s singles. According to this page, this single is the first release on Stax after their distribution deal with Atlantic ended– hence the “STA-0001” catalog number. Isaac Hayes on piano and cowbell, and Terry Manning on marimba.
The Budos Band – “The Proposition” b/w “Ghost Walk” (7″ single, Daptone DAP-1027, 2006) ($5.99) I think I’m going to start collecting these singles, too. Daptone is a quality label that puts out releases that cater to the collector. The Budos Band have two albums out. “The Proposition” is on The Budos Band II, that was released in August and “Ghost Walk” is off of their previous album titled simply The Budos Band.
Simple Minds – New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) (LP. Virgin/A&M SP 4928 , 1982) ($1.99) I think this was kind of the score-of-the-day aside from the vinyl Califone I picked up at the Thrill Jockey show that night. One of my favorite Simple Minds albums. This copy was in the cut-out bin at Reckless. The copy is pristine. There were actually two copies in the bin and the other was priced $2.99 and didn’t look any better than this copy. Some of the best Simple Minds songs are on this one: “Someone Somewhere (In Summertime)”, “Promised You A Miracle,” “Big Sleep,” and “New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84).” All of these tracks were on the Live in the City of Light album that I listened to quite a bit when it came out. I have a poster hanging in the back garage at my mom’s of that live album. I have acquired a bunch of Simple Minds vinyl over the years– as I see some I pick it up.
I plan to try to hit that store again in the future. I was hoping to pick up some more vintage R&B– I flipped through their small section of it and didn’t see anything that caught my eye.