I maintain a (fairly) exhaustive list of all the musics I would like to one day own. It’s all compiled in a .txt document called Master Search List. James has seen it. It’s… an impressive list.
But within the deep ranks of the main list, there are some gems that I call my Holy Grail items. The ones for which I have been looking for years (YEARS!) and never found my own copy. I have been in every record shop I’ve passed, in several provinces, many of them more than once. These items have never turned up.
Now, I should note that I have (very rarely) had success finding Grail items, over the years. The one that most recently comes to mind is Corky & The Juice Pigs’ eponymous CD. That one was found online, and from a guy right here in Ontario, Canada. Joy and bliss!
It’s possible that some of these (below) may be available online. I put a * beside a few that may well be easy enough to get (online, for example). But in my travels in brick and mortar shops, these are the discs I never, ever see. I’m looking for reasonable prices, but it’s hard to say a price because all depend on rarity and availability. Used items are definitely OK, so long as it’s a clean copy. Part of the thrill of finding these things is rescuing a lonely disc from a record shop’s bin and giving it a good home.
So, I post this Grail Items list here. Maybe you’ll see one of them in YOUR local record shop and, if you’re willing, maybe you can snag it for me. I will promptly send cash monies (in appropriate national currency) to any successful hunter. Now, I am not suggesting you print this list off and carry it with you. No, that’s what I do. But if you happen to recall the list and an item seen in your travels, well, you wouldn’t make my day. Nor my week or even my month. No, you would make my YEAR.
Also, since this is a community, please feel free to post your own Grail Items in the comments section of this post. We can all help each other!!
All are CD, unless noted otherwise.
So. If you find any of these, Aaron will kiss your new-born babies:
20 Miles – Let Every Town Furnish Its Own Women (CD EP Japan Epitaph ESCA 8150)
Berner, Geoff – Live In Oslo
Bird – Chrome Reflection
*Black Sabbath – Seventh Star, Eternal Idol, Headless Cross, Tyr
*Black Sabbath – Cross Purposes, Forbidden
Captain Beefheart – The Dust Blows Forward: Anthology
*Case, Neko – Canadian Amp
Cash, Johnny – Unearthed (5CD box set)
*Clouds Forming Crowns – Ouija Board Taxman
*Clouds Forming Crowns – Allowing Thunderhead
Crunt – Crunt (Russell Simins, JSBX drummer side project)
Death Of Samantha – If Memory Serves Us Well
Eyesinweasel – demos and outtakes (2LP only?)
Gem – Your Heroes Hate You
Gem – Sunglare Serenades
Gillard, Doug – Parade On
Gowan – Solo Live: No Kilt Tonight
Graffin, Greg – American Lesion
Guided by Voices – Bee Thousand (LP)
Guided By Voices – GBV/Superchunk split EP
Guided By Voices – GBV/Grifters split EP (7″ only?)
Mark, Carolyn & Tolan McNeil – At Home On Tour
Mascott & Doug Gillard – Please Please Please
McNeil, Tolan – Give ‘Er
Moore, Kevin – Rainmaker (Keb’ Mo’ solo debut) (LP only?)
*Mount Eerie – Lost Wisdom (w. Julie Doiron, Fred Squire)
My Dad Is Dead – Chopping Down The Family Tree (and any others by them)
Neuseiland – Neuseiland
Pier, Ford – 12-Step Plan, 11-Step Pier
Refreshments – Lo, Our Much Praised Yet Not All Together Satisfactory Lady EP
Refreshments – Wheelie
Roots, The – Organix (not a remaster, if possible)
RZA – Ghost Dog OMPS [Japanese, white cover]
Sally Crewe & The Sudden Moves – Transmit/Receive EP
Skydiggers – There And Back (live)
Slipknot – Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat.
Tielli, Martin – The Ghost Of Danny Gross Parts 1 & 2
Tool – Salival
Also, Me First And The Gimme Gimmes 7″:
Denver, Billy, Barry, Diamond, Elton, Bob, Steven,
Shannon, Stevie, Jackson, Dolly, Cash.
Thanks folks! If you choose to participate, happy hunting!
And don’t forget to post your lists in the comments! LET’S HELP EACH OTHER!!