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Old 05-21-22, 09:43 AM
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I ordered AC/DC HIgh Voltage and inside was Highway To Hell. Not too upset not a bad mistake lol.

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Remember the one record a month club... with a certain set of "free" albums right up front... My neighbor and I were just laughing at that... "The Columbia Record Club." Yeah, that's how my collection started.
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Remember the one record a month club... with a certain set of "free" albums right up front... My neighbor and I were just laughing at that... "The Columbia Record Club." Yeah, that's how my collection started.
As a kid I got suckered into the Columbia record club. Found the ad in the Sunday paper. The cassettes started showing up lol.
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^ I cannot recall if that was the same as the penny album club thing. They had all manner of titles for a penny, but anything that was actually worth having was substantially more.
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^ I cannot recall if that was the same as the penny album club thing. They had all manner of titles for a penny, but anything that was actually worth having was substantially more.
lol yes I had to send them a penny. My mom was like lol. I was doing extra chores for a long time.

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Remember the one record a month club...
BMG. That's how I initially built my cd collection. I would sign up under an alias, get a dozen cd's for the price of one, meet their obligation, cancel, and do it all over again ... and again ... and again ...
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I seem to recall there being this giant book of stamps and a card to glue them on. All the penny ones went in one spot and then the "premium" selections you glued elsewhere. Am I just imagining that?
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I seem to recall there being this giant book of stamps and a card to glue them on. All the penny ones went in one spot and then the "premium" selections you glued elsewhere. Am I just imagining that?
I remember the stamps and the slot for the penny. This was back around 1980 or was it 1979.
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Man I'd forgotten about the stamps Remember the compilation double albums I think they sent free, or at a very reduced price to introduce new artists? If I had my lp's (split between 2 daughters) I could find my favorite called "troublemakers" that had new wave bands...but EVERYTHING is on the internet and I found a photo of it and it's under Warner Bros Records. Were these from the record club or did I buy it from a store, I can't remember?



It had these artists

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The days of the record store. When going to the mall was fun lol. Spend hours in the record store then over to the arcade. Both strategically placed within the mall usually the movie theater was close. Today I avoid the mall at all costs.
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The days of the record store. When going to the mall was fun lol. Spend hours in the record store then over to the arcade. Both strategically placed within the mall usually the movie theater was close. Today I avoid the mall at all costs.
Yup, as I was growing up... and not quite at driving age... that record store, right next to the theater and down the road from the bowling alley... that was my hangout. My "triad" if you will... record store, theater, bowling alley (had great pinball). And yeah, great burger shop not too far away either... Whataburger, actually.

Bought a lot of 45s in that record store... they actually had booths with low volume record players, so you could go in and check out your potential purchases. I actually acquired one of those record players many years later when the record store was remodeling. It was a big ungainly thing, with a nice speaker up front, easy to use controls, but a very limited volume. Very nice wooden cabinet. Later I scrapped it for a much louder "stereo" record player with a fold down turntable and detachable speakers and an "automatic" tone arm. What a joke that was... but hey, popular in the '70s, eh?

Still... the record store... was also a music shop... sold guitars, sheet music and lessons, as well as LPs and 45's. I briefly took guitar lessons there... before realizing I really had no natural musical talent (or drive). Musicians are made... one note or chord at a time... through long dedication and drive... one has to be "driven" to become an artist or musician (that "muse" constantly pushing pushing pushing.)

I became an engineer... due to my endless curiosity about how things work. Musicians become musicians due to that muse. I didn't have a muse... but I enjoyed music, none the less... so... 45s.

Oh, briefly tried my hand at acting... in High School... nope... forget it. But I did enjoy being back stage. I just wasn't meant to be on stage. But I married a musician (she has a strong muse) and now I engineer her on stage sound.

She was once a member of the Columbia Record Club too... so we together, have quite a few LPs... seem to have lost the 45s over the years though.

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Yup I was young but remember the 70s. Beer in tin cans, bell bottoms, long hair, and everything the parents let us do would get them arrested today lol. The led sled cars that could pull a boat and get 10 mpg no matter what. Soda pop with real sugar in a glass bottle at school. Like Pop Rocks made good soda pop bombs lol. Etc Etc all things 70s
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Yup I was young but remember the 70s. Beer in tin cans, bell bottoms, long hair, and everything the parents let us do would get them arrested today lol. The led sled cars that could pull a boat and get 10 mpg no matter what. Soda pop with real sugar in a glass bottle at school. Like Pop Rocks made good soda pop bombs lol. Etc Etc all things 70s
Tin cans with "ring pull tabs" that hippy friends would use to make hanging curtains...
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