The other week there was a flea market to raise funds for No 2 son's brass band. At the end of the day he and his mate volunteered to clear up the unsold items from the Civic Hall. Tidying turned to browsing which turned to an entrepreneurial discussion about the likely Ebay value of some of the products. What particularly caught their eye were the record cabinet contents of someone probably about the age of my (and 70s Teen's) parents. "These must be worth something" they excitedly and optimistically said to each other as they flicked through about 30 LPs which, as I type, are stacked beside me waiting for someone to consider them valuable. Here are a few samples, do let me know if you are tempted:
- Rolf Harris, Altogether Now
- Val Doonican, Especially For You
- Roger Whittaker, The Mexican Whistler
- James Last, 10 Years Non Stop (God forbid), The Jubilee Album (Priced at £1.75))
- Harry Seacombe, If I Ruled The World (My Gran C would have loved that)
- Herb Alpert, Tijuana Brass, The Sound of Brass
What amused me though, was that these were the albums that they thought 'might be worth something' they skipped over the Bay City Rollers' Once Upon a Star which actually might appeal to someone.
Interestingly there was a tribute show to Herb Alpert on the radio last week and it seems he is uber-cool again with many of his old hits remixed - or re-whipped: a reference to his hit Whipped Cream - in a chill lounge style with many new improvised solos by the man himself. Click here to listen to some clips - I like it, yeah baby.
So here's my question: if they can do it for that old smoothie why can't they do it for Val Doonican and Rolf Harris? Watch this space for the Two Little Boys Remix with Stylophone improvisation.... actually I wonder whether that idea might be worth something...