“What’s in your collection?”- Co-owners of The Gold Pan Record store share the favorites of their personal collections after one year in business.

So a question I’ve always had as a record collector is “What’s in the collection of those lucky dogs that OWN a record store?

This year me (Brian Lee) and my buddy Matt Sands started “The Gold Pan Records & Recording” in our small town and a year later I realized it would be fun to answer the question for a few of you guys (and for me to see how crazy Matts collection was! since I hadn’t ever seen it.)  We both had pretty heavy collections when we started and I hope they will continue to grow, but here are a few things we’ve found along the way this year and a few we’ve had since before the store.   So if your’e as dorky and into this stuff as we are here we go… Starting with Matt-

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Wild Butter? Not sure how they settled on the name but you know, it’s Art right? 1970 Folk-Psych

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     One of Van Morrison’s lesser know albums, Hard nose on the Highway.

              An original copy of Nico, Chelsea Girl and Stooges, Fun House 

A love Supreme by John Coltrane and Five Leaves Left, one of Nick Drake’s few masterful albums.

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Phantoms divine comedy part 1- Rare, Doorsy Stoner Psych.

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The Pretty Things- An early pressing by one of the kings of garage rock.

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Two pretty rare birds… Cake- A Slice of. -female pop-psych, and The Count Five Psychotic reaction.

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Captain Beefheart- Trout Mask Replica, a legendarily tortuous session by Beefheart at their rarest and weirdest.

The Savage, and Morgen s/t.

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Morgen s/t- Matt calls this his best find ever at 25cents.  Psychedelic goodness. Also, Matt and his wife’s daughter is named Morgen!

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Sapphire Thinkers-from within.

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Eternity’s Children s/t- Rare and fine… Glorious pop Psych with some amazing fuzz moments.

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Where did it go?… The sign that you’re starting to have a good record collection.

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Wool- Self Titled. Funny right?

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The Velvet Underground with the banana sticker peeled. Sad but rad.

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Blow Your Mind- Freak out party- The first side of this one explains how to have your own “freak out party”, second side has the music for it.

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A signed Daniel Johnson LP- One of Matt’s early “expensive” records he had to get online.

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Nuggets Lp and cd box set- The gateway for many into the deep world of Psychedelic and Garage music.

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The Racket Squad-Corners of your mind- garage rock, with some sweet fuzz guitar.

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Bluesy rock by Smoke-S/t

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The Id-The inner sounds of – Radical, deep Psych. 

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The Bagatelle-11pm Saturday- Maybe they named their band after their bedtime? Amazing cover for a mediocre funk-soul album.

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The Heads- Heads up. 1968 stoner rock.

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H.P. Lovecraft- Psych-acid heavy dutyness.

Alright, Brians turn-

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The Shadows of Night- Back Door Men, and Fallen Angels s/t -Psych Garage.

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Found this Karen Dalton LP in a garage in southern IL. I ended up paying the guy a bit extra since he saw the look on my face when I spotted it… I’ve got no game face!

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Funkadelic- Maggot Brain- Psychedelic funk-soul.

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David Axelrod- Songs of Experience. An original pressing of this heavily sampled instrumental funk, Definitely my most exciting find of the year.

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Robbie Basho-The Grail & Lotus – Found this for ten cents with a bunch of classical records, it’s a rare acoustic psych record with some morricone-esque whistling.

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Two pretty rad soul, funk comps Pulp Fusion- Evolution and Soulin 1

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Steve Reich Music for 18 musicians- Droney, repetitive, and beautiful. 

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Drum Suite by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers- A gift from my friend Andrew Staff. -Cool, instrumental afro, hard bop, jazz. 

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L.C. Good Rockin’ Robinson- Ups and Downs.- A have a bunch of blues stuff but this is one of my favorite covers.

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Dorothy Ashby s/t- Jazz harp…

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Robert Johnson- a gift from collector and friend Kevin Leitheiser, Sonny Stitt- Only the blues- Jazz, hard bop. Emmylou Harris’s gospel masterpiece bought at our friend Jeremy’s record store, Dead Wax in ST. Louis.

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Blind Willie Mctell- 1922-1935

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Negro Religious Music- Sanctified Singers. A pretty gnarly blues, gospel comp.

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A few more Tom Waits originals for the pile.

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Dusty Fingers is a series of compilations of rare breaks and gems.

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So… There it is. We’de love to hear about and see what kind of stuff you guys have found and your best and weirdest stories of hunting.  

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