I feel that, while I do miss the early years of Rock and Roll (the first 30 years specifically), I’m quite amazed at the possibilities of this time in music. Of course, with the massive amounts of music being created, there is absolutely too much of it out there. And what that does is dilute the market force for any one band, Pop excepted (that genre always seems to do quite well). But, should you find a band that you like pretty well, then the chance of you getting lots of collectible b-sides, and rarities is, well, pretty damn good.
Collectible music has always been a thing for the person who wants everything from a band. But it really wasn’t until the late ’70s, and the entire ’80s where many bands pressed specialty singles, either sold by themselves independently of an album release, or packed in with the LP (and sometimes quickly lost making them even more rare).
Not too long ago, I received a vinyl 45″, with a Euro-like spindle hole ala UK vinyl singles from the early years. Included were stickers, a wooden pog, and a few other interesting pieces that accompanied the single. The band many never become famous, but then, who’s to know. Somewhere down the line, should that band become better known, those few collectible pieces will gain value and interest.
While you have to look hard for bands out of the myriad of them releasing songs every day, should you find one you like, and they start putting out interesting collectibles, would you buy them?
Legacy Recordings is doing a great job of unearthing and refreshing some old catalogs, or even adding in rarities into their box sets. Of course, lots of labels do that. Recently, Rhino promised several live sets, one from UFO, and one from Robin Trower. There’s even a reissued Recorded Live from Ten Years After coming with lots of extra live tracks. But I’m referring more to newer bands. It’s the digital age, so there are lots of possibilities there along with the swag and physical issues.
I realize it’s not the early years anymore, but it could be just as much fun. I collect. It reminds me of the early years. And there are a few bands I enjoy.
How about you?