• An 80,000-strong record collection is going on sale Australia

    By | June 19, 2018

    From 50+ years of digging.

    A man’s personal collection of 80,000 records is going on sale in Australia, reports ABC.

    The haul originally belonged to a Gold Coast vinyl lover named Ken Perkins, who spent over 50 years buying records.

    When Ken died he left the collection to his daughter Natalie, but hadn’t made any plans for what would happen to it.

    “We did try and prod Dad to give us some sort of instructions, we knew that the day would come he would pass away and this collection would be left to my sister and I, Natalie explains.”But he wasn’t interested in selling it, he didn’t collect for anyone else bar himself.”

     

    Ken even had a “little black book” with records he still had yet to buy.

    “He would pull it out of his little jacket pocket and he had just the catalogue numbers of the missing pieces, the gems he was looking for,” she shares.

    According to modern antiques expert Dr. Daryl Sparkes, the records are in near perfect condition: “It is one of the most awe-inspiring moments of my life actually.”

    “It says to me the person who was collecting these went beyond just being passionate about his collection, he was treating these albums like they were his own children,” Sparkes continues.

    Natalie, who is hoping to sell the collection in its entirety, has also started an Instagram account sharing its rare finds, to help find the “right” person to sell it to:

  • Moby is selling his entire record collection

    By | June 12, 2018

    Everything from Spinal Tap to Inner City.

    Moby is selling his entire record collection, with 100% of the proceeds going to anti-animal cruelty charity Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

    The haul features hundreds of house, hip-hop and techno 12”s from the ’80s and ’90s, including Inner City’s 1988 classic ‘Big Fun’ and Acen’s 1992 breakbeat hardcore wobbler ‘Trip II the Moon – Part 1’.

    “These are all the records that I bought and loved and played and carried all around the world,” Moby said in a press release. “I would rather you have them than me, because if you have them, you’ll play them, you’ll love them, and the money will go to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.”

    There are also a number of Moby’s own albums up for sale, with two first pressings of Play and a promo recording of ‘Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?’, among other releases on offer.

    Watch Moby discuss the collection below and visit his online Reverb store from Thursday 14th June to browse and buy.

  • Albert Einstein’s record collection is going on display

    By | January 12, 2018

    “I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.”

    Physicist Albert Einstein often spoke about his lifelong love of music, and its inspiring influence on his scientific genius.

    He was a piano player and violinist from the age of five. He even named his violin – she was called Lina.

    When Einstein asked how he conjured up his theory of relativity he replied, “it occurred to me by intuition, and music was the driving force behind that intuition. My discovery was the result of musical perception.”

    “Whenever he felt that he had come to the end of the road or into a difficult situation in his work, he would take refuge in music,” recalled his older son, Hans Albert. “That would usually resolve all his difficulties.”

    Einstein’s vinyl collection will now be on display as part of a new exhibition touring Asia this year, reports The Times of Israel.

    Albert Einstein: Life in Four Dimensions features artefacts from the Albert Einstein archive at Hebrew University including “the physicist’s own vinyl record collection, his 1921 Nobel Prize, handwritten pages from the theory of relativity, and letters exchanged with Sigmund Freud, family and friends,” according to a university spokesperson.

    The exhibition runs from 12th January through 8th April at the National Chiang Kei-Shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, followed by dates in Japan and China.

  • Grandmaster Flash reveals a major source of his storied record collection

    By | July 27, 2017

    Ex-ssentials.

    An innovator of DJing and producing, turntablist Grandmaster Flash is as known for the research-based approach he used to develop his techniques and set-up as he is for the huge range of his vinyl collection and samples.

    Read more: Grandmaster Flash on the “scientific approach” he used to pioneer turntablism

    Flash was notoriously protective of his collection admitting that he “used to soak his records in the tub before hitting a party to switch the labels so competing artists couldn’t steal his sound.”

    Though he frequented midtown NYC record stores Disc-o-mat and Downstairs Records, he also went ‘shopping’ at far more exclusive locales…

    Speaking to amNewYork Flash admitted, “I’m not proud of this — well — a lot of my collection came from dating women.”

    “If I went to dinner at a person’s house, if I dated somebody and they wanted me to meet their parents, I would say Mrs. — let’s just say the last name was Williams — ‘Mrs. Williams, would you happen to have any old records lying around that you don’t want or need?’” Flash recalled. “And they would say, ‘Boy, go on in that closet right there. There’s a whole bunch of them. I don’t know. We don’t even want that junk.’”

    “I’d go in there and,” Flash said, pausing to gasp as if a pile of records appeared in front of him. “I’d say, ‘Can I go get a shopping cart? I’ll be right back.’ I would take them home and I’d sit there and listen to every cut.”

    Girls might love the way he spins, but a special shoutout is due to all those exes, whose familial wax is responsible for inspiring one of hip hop’s greatest.

  • Dennis Hopper’s personal record collection goes on sale

    By | November 26, 2016

    110 records owned by the cult photographer, actor and film-maker.

    Dennis Hopper’s personal record collection is currently on sale through boutique fashion outlet Moda Operandi.

    One of the cult figures of 20th century showbiz, Hopper, who passed away in 2010, went from starring alongside James Dean in Rebel Without A Cause and directing Easy Rider to becoming a prolific photographer, painter and art collector.

    During his six decades as one of Hollywood’s enfant terribles, Hopper amassed a modest collection of just over 100 records, including classic releases by The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Fleetwood Mac, Leonard Cohen and Miles Davis.

    Described as “a very personal biography of Dennis Hopper’s musical journey”, the collection is perhaps most interesting for the personal written notes from several artists to Hopper and a number of unreleased records, preserved directly from the archive of Dennis’ daughter, Marin Hopper.

    The collection is now being sold for an eye-watering £129,600 (c.$150,000) and was recently included, somewhat inexplicably, in Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop magazine’s “ridiculous but awesome” Christmas gift guide.

    Click here for more info and to make an offer.

    Earlier this month, David Bowie’s private art collection was sold at auction, fetching millions of pounds, with his turntable alone selling for a staggering £257,000.

  • Watch Q-Tip give a tour of his record collection

    By | November 14, 2016

    Also check out his home studio.

    Following the release of A Tribe Called Quest’s final album on Friday (11 November), Q-Tip has offered a rare glimpse of his vinyl treasures.

    Bewildered CBS anchor Gayle King was given a tour of the collection, which features 9,000 records. “Wow! You weren’t kidding when you said you have a record collection,” she exclaimed. “This is like a record store!”

    Tip showed off his shelves which span Latin, African, disco 12″s, funk, soul, jazz, hip-hop, 45s and more. One of his rarest records is a 7″ test pressing of Herbie Hancock’s score for The Spook Who Sat By The Door.

    “Where’s the country section?” asked King. “I don’t have country, that’s nestled in my rock section” came the response. The pair looked through his collection of Beatles’ records which includes the White Album and an O.G. copy of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

    Q-Tip also gave a tour of his home studio which features a mixing board that was used to record tracks by The Ramones and Blondie.

    [via Okay Player]

  • Home Grown: A workshop for high-end audio

    By | November 13, 2016

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    Because every record collection has a story.

    Home Grown is our new series profiling you lot and your excellent record collections. Taking our cue from the brilliant submissions to the #VFRecordCollections thread on Instagram, we want to share a little of your hard-earned love for vinyl with the world.

    Each week, we’ll be profiling a different collector from around the world and finding out what makes them tick. Want in? Send us a pic of your collection and a few words about your collection to social@thevinylfactory.com.


    Name: Kevin Chen

    Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

    Size of collection: Approximately two thousands LPs, four hundreds 7″s, and three hundred 78s.

    How long have you been collecting? My personal collection started around six years ago. I’ve been enjoying my dad’s modest collection since I can remember though. I absorbed his collection four or five years ago once he saw I was serious about the hobby.

    What are you most proud of?

    I’m most proud of my diverse collection of playback equipment. Different pieces of stereo equipment are like people, with different personalities and characteristics. Sometimes a group of people just mesh and you get harmony and friendship. Personality mismatches result in conflict and disagreement. Same happens when you try to use big inefficient, complex 3-way speakers with a wee little 3 watt tube amp. I like mixing and matching gear to find good synergy.

    What does your collection mean to you?

    My record collection mean peace and sanity to me. My stereo is my sanctuary, a place for me to forget about all the things that irritate or stress me out. My heterogeneous collection comes from my parents. Growing up in our house, my dad was all about Leonard Cohen, Deep Purple and Ravi Shankar, and Mom was all about The American Country Countdown on her Am radio.

    I’m a very hands on kind of guy and the process of digging through crates, finding a gem, bringing it home, washing it, and dropping the needle on it is extremely satisfying. Same goes for restoring old stereo equipment.

  • Inside Hito’s unique collection of techno 12″s and Japanese pressings

    By | November 8, 2016

    A minimal wonderland.

    Born and raised in Himeji, Japan, Hito is an electronic and vinyl-only selector with a peerless collection of techno 12″s, Japanese pressings and bejewelled DJ headphones.

    After moving to the techno-washed playground of Berlin in 1999, she became immersed in the scene and bonded with Richie Hawtin who brought her into his ENTER. experience at Space Ibiza. Hito took over the outdoor terrace, which was modelled on a Japanese sake bar, often playing all-night long to an incredulous response. Dressing in beautiful kimonos, Hito’s performances added authenticity to the concept, both in sound and vision.

    “Many people now know of “Hito” through my residency at ENTER.Ibiza since 2012,’ she says, ‘That year was the “beginning”, 2013 became the “ introduction”, 2014 was the “starting line”, 2015 was “focus”. This year 2016 my keyword is “GO!!”

    We stopped by her apartment in Mitte for a snoop around her ever-growing record collection that hits hard with minimal, tech-house and techno records but also has splashes of colour via Japanese LPs and obscure soundtracks from across the globe.

    Take a photographic tour of the collection in the gallery above and read a Q&A with Hito below.

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    Photos: Graeme Vaughan


    Do you remember the first record you ever bought?

    I lived in London in 1994 where I bought The Orb’s Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld, this was maybe my first or second record.

    When you were in Japan, did your parents play you music?

    No, my parents were more into sports!

    What else were you listening to before you found techno in Berlin?

    I used to listen to hip-hop records. My favourite artist was Monie Love as well as Boogie Down Productions. I liked UK hip-hop but since 1999 I moved to Berlin I started to listen techno music.

    Some of your collection is in Japan, do you know how many records you have in total?

    I don’t know. Maybe half of them were stolen in 2005 when I put the records in my Berlin cellar so I’m not sure. I like to listen and play the latest sounds, I don’t want to keep classic stuff by me, because it’s not really necessary so I decided to send those records to Japan.

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    Is your collection mostly new dance music?

    Yes but I also have a collection of easy listening, a world selection and a lot of Japanese music too, artists like Pizzicato Five or the soundtracks to the anime Lupin The Third, which I found recent in the flea market at Mauer Park.

    Do you feel a close connection to Japanese records?

    Yeah this is what I grew up with. I’m so happy to have these records.

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    Do you organise your collection?

    At the moment, not really! One side is albums: chill-out, soundtracks, synth, pop. The other side is techno, minimal, stuff I play. Then there’s a section for new stuff. Maybe I’ll organise it one day but I don’t really need it right now. I kind of find them somehow!

    When did you learn to DJ?

    Maybe when I was 20. I was still living in Himeji at the time and we had a small club where you can come and play. I wasn’t going out so much but when I did go out I would focused on playing.

    Why is vinyl so big in japan?

    There’s a lot of collecting in Japanese culture already so that might have something to do with it. They have a lot of collection but i would say it’s not really up to date [for techno]. I was in Osaka last week and then we saw one record shop, Disk Union, they have second hand but techno / minimal there isn’t.

    Here in Berlin you have more or less, every single release. To be honest, most of the time I buy online because I have no time to go to the record shop and then to figure it out. Online, whenever I have time, I listen to the samples and buy.

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    Have you been to many Japanese kissatens?

    Yes! One of my favourites is a classical one called Lion which is in Shibuya. You order some drinks, you sit down like a cinema chair, sometimes in between the pause you can request which kind of classical music you want to listen to. They only play vinyl.

    You mostly shop online but do you have a favourite record store?

    My favourite one was Divinyl Records in Berlin but it closed a long time ago. So often, maybe beginning of my time in Berlin, I go there and I listen to what they like and also what they update. I would maybe go there twice in a week. They were known for techno and big beat. Berlin now still has a very good vinyl scene, like Hard Wax, which has a very strong techno selection, and now I go to Record Loft, where they have a big variety.

    If you could only save one record collection from your collection what would it be?

    Just one?! That’s hard. Maybe this Plastikman record, ‘Nostalgik.3’. The dubfire rework of ‘Spastik’ is a masterpiece I would say. My record is even broken because it’s from the early ’90s now, that’s why I call it my samurai record!

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    Do you have a record you play to rescue the dancefloor?

    Dubfire & Oliver Huntemann’s ‘Elements Remixed’. The ‘Fuego’ track is the bomb. Each place, each time, any time I put this, it’s bomb! Dubfire and Oliver Huntermann are already dangerous and then with Julian Jeweil, it’s extra dangerous!

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    Do you keep all the records or are you a seller?

    I never sell. Maybe I would like to give some away and share with people who may be has no idea or no opportunity. In Japan where I come from they don’t have this up-to-date sound, so it would be nice to share there.

    Do you have a record that makes you cry?

    Joseph Capriati’s ‘Fratello’ is very emotional. Joseph and I are good friends. I plays this one always as the last song and just listen.

    You’re a vinyl-only DJ. Why?

    I like the touch-y feeling, you know? I can control it directly. I’m not so professional as to distinguish the sound but I feel records have some organic sense. I think it’s good for people to see needle skipping or vibrating. This is humanity: mistakes are human. But how you solve it is more important. I used to be very ashamed about my mistakes but now I think it’s about how you recreate from these points. That’s more important than 100% technically mixing.


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  • Home Grown: A Brazilian producer and collector in London

    By | October 30, 2016

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    Because every record collection has a story.

    Home Grown is our new series profiling you lot and your excellent record collections. Taking our cue from the brilliant submissions to the #VFRecordCollections thread on Instagram, we want to share a little of your hard-earned love for vinyl with the world.

    Each week, we’ll be profiling a different collector from around the world and finding out what makes them tick. Want in? Send us a pic of your collection and a few words about your collection to social@thevinylfactory.com.


    Name: Dan Radclyffe

    Location: London, UK

    Size of collection: 800

    How long have you been collecting? 20 years.

    What are you most proud of?

    Apart from the records themselves not much… my deck?! I recently moved my collection out of my recording studio, where I have the luxury of a Bryston amp and Yamaha NS-10 speakers. That setup is a classic for near-field studio monitoring, but also sounds fantastic for mid-range-heavy ’60s and ’70s music. At home I’m making do with this Denon hi-fi.

    What does your collection mean to you?

    I was born in Brazil and Brazilian records make up most of my collection. I only get to visit once a year so the music keeps me from missing it too much. I’ve definitely spent the most money on those and my Argentinian records, so they’re the most special I guess! The rest is just classic albums in all genres – all available at the push of a button on Spotify etc, so owning them is more a tribute to the musicians, producers and engineers than anything else. I’m not the first to say this, but you can’t read liner notes on an mp3…

    Photos: Instagram

  • Massive collection of original rock’n’roll vinyl goes to auction

    By | September 23, 2016

    100% Mint or Near Mint.

    If you’re a collector of rock’n’roll, rockabilly, doo wop or country, this insane eBay auction will interest you. Claiming to hold the keys to the rarest and the best original ’50s and ’60s vinyl out there, the 10,000-strong collection is said to be in entirely mint or near mint condition.

    The bulk of the listing is made up of original English records and rare 45s but also included within the haul are 500 French LPs (all printed in Quebec), 250 picture sleeves, twenty-six rare Elvis Presley Canadian 45s, an original Jerry Lee Lewis EPA, two Elvis Presley EPAs, a Roy Orbison acetate and 275 pieces of sheet music. You can find a complete breakdown of what’s on offer here.

    The seller, who goes by Albert Jukebox, says he has spent sixty years working full time to find rarities in such good condition.

    The entire collection can be purchased now for C $296,000 (approximately US $227,000) or make an offer in the auction. See photos in this galley:

  • There’s a massive record collection in the frozen wilds of Antarctica

    By | May 10, 2016

    20,000 vinyl records where you’d least expect them.

    We recently made the unlikely discovery that there’s a huge record collection housed on the infamous Guantanamo Bay naval base. As it turns out, there’s an even more remote record collection, this one hidden in the depths of Antarctica.

    Like Guantanamo, the Antarctic collection is owned by a public US radio station which serves McMurdo, an Antarctic science facility that can support up to one thousand researchers and residents.

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    Spanning 20,000 records, the collection is thought to be one of the largest — and possibly one of the last — record collections of any media outlet run by the Defense Media Activity, the multimedia arm of the US Department of Defense.

    Apparently some of the records came from Vietnam and were played by Adrian Cronauer, the innovative disco jockey whose ’60s radio show in Saigon inspired the captivating Robin Williams comedy Good Morning, Vietnam.

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    The radio station has been on the air in Antarctica as early as 1963, according to retired Navy radioman Billy-Ace Penguin Baker. “During my first two winters [1963 and 1967], the radio station was located in the same building with the bowling alley,” Baker explained, referring to a structure that was replaced not long ago. “In those days the retail store, the barbershop, and beer sales were also located in that building.

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    “During that timeframe there [were] no disc jockeys, and only music tapes were played. During the winter, we moved it up to the transmitter site and the guys up there changed the tapes,” Baker said.

    The radio station is now located in Building 155, which is also to home to McMurdo’s dining hall and kitchen, retail store, offices and dorm rooms. The record collection is stored in a nearby room and the station also owns two Technics SL-1200s.

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    Photography: Peter Rejcek, Curtis Harry & Elaine Hood for NSF

  • Mother shares her late son’s record collection with the world

    By | April 13, 2016

    Poignant letter to new owner discovered inside old record.

    It might not be as cool as finding Marvin Gaye’s passport inside a Motown sleeve, a wad of $100 bills inside a Crusaders album or a gigolo’s calling card tucked inside Michel Jackson’s Thriller, but one collector has discovered a pretty poignant message in a second hand copy of Soundgarden’s Superunknown, written by Sabine, the mother of the record’s previous owner.

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    It begins: “Dear Collector — Just in case you want to know where this record is coming from: I am Mark’s mother. Mark left us in 2002 — he suffered a heart attack at age 39 while running in the Oregon coastal mountains.”

    Having listened through parts of his collection – over 600 record and 2000 CDs – Sabine writes that she plans to share his collection with the world. “I am doing the best I can – doing research, listing, shipping etc – but it is good therapy for me to see this music being shared all over the world.”

    Reddit user Muctur who discovered the note wrote: “This record now has sentimental value, and I just got it…Definitely the most valuable record in my collection now.”

    Read the note in full below. [via Mic]

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    Images: Muctur/Imgur

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