You'd think by now I'd learn...
I was hoping that tonight I would be writing more about my new stereo system. I've selected and acquired a turntable, and have ordered a cartridge. I had hoped that it would be here today, but unfortunately, I've been bitten by the "Free Shipping" trap that employs UPS's "Mail Innovations" service, a partnership between UPS and the US Post Office. According to their web site, "UPS Mail Innovations is a high-volume mailing service provider offering an efficient and effective way of delivering your mail. From postal costs to time in transit to packaging labor, our services can streamline, optimize, and synchronize your mailing process." That's why a shipment that shouldn't take any more than three days is taking a full week. Note to self: Unless it's Amazon Prime, NEVER use the free shipping again.
Anyway, enough of that rant.
I was also hoping that I'd be enjoying certain favorite albums this evening. Unfortunately, as I was preparing my selections, I discovered that a large number of my records are missing, including my original release of Boston's first album, all of my early Crack the Sky records, a pristine copy of Fleetwood Mac's Rumours album, and others. In other words, I wouldn't even have been able to listen to the records I wanted to. Fortunately, not all of my special albums are missing -- my original US release of the Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album is still there, along with the original pressing of Joan Jett and the Blackhearts I Love Rock and Roll.
I did spend some time this evening looking to find replacements for some of the missing records, and came across discogs.com, a web site dedicated to buying and selling music. I was able to find replacements for several missing albums -- and a couple that I've always wanted -- for quite reasonable prices. I even found my friend Daryl Beard's One of Everything album in the database there! Hey Daryl, someone's got your record listed for $40!
Discogs is free, it appears, and allows users to list not only records and CDs that they want to sell, but also has a facility for documenting your record collection. You can also build a wishlist, or add recordings to Discogs database of commercial recordings. There are also forums and groups that allow users to share information about all things music. If you're looking for a hard-to-find album on CD, vinyl, cassette, or even 8-track, this could be a good place to look.
I've ordered a few records through the site, including, of course, that missing first edition Boston album. Hopefully, they'll arrive by the time the new cartridge does. Stay tuned.