As an avid consumer of 60s psychedelia, garage, beat and folk I spend a lot of time going through bargain bins in search of overlooked gems. More often than not I end up finding records that fall outside my usual remit. Sometimes just outside, sometimes miles outside. But when a record is only a buck you can take a chance on it. And by doing just that I have happened across some amazing music I would never have found without veering a little from my path.
Such purchases are all about luck. About being in the right place at the right time. They’re about music you would never buy new. Music that’s not even available to buy new. You might pick up a double and sell it on ebay for 20,000% profit. You might stumble upon a mysterious long player in a trippy sleeve which turns out to be classical. Or a forgotten soundtrack with a killer instrumental. Once or twice you’ll buy a record you’ve always wanted only to find out later that you’ve already got it. But no matter what dollar records come your way, they will always be signposts on a journey of random discovery – a haphazard zig-zagging across the musical map that can only come from rummaging through lots and lots of pre-owned vinyl.
So raise a glass to the best bargain on the planet: the dollar record. Available worldwide at a thrift store, junk shop, charity shop, pawn shop, stoop sale, car boot sale, record store, record fair, flea market, church fete or souk near you.