Looks like Dusty Groove raided the Tribune Company

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  • akoako 3,409 Posts
    Rockadelic said:
    But 80 hundred count boxes of clean LP's would almost certainly be in any Annual Top Ten (in the U.S.) since 2000.

    i dug through a little over half this quantity from a radio station this year, and while i pulled some really good shit, you all gotta remember that lots of the HUUUUGE money stuff is generally small-label stuff that didnt get super wide distribution, or UK stuff where the US pressing (that would have likely been in this haul) is worth less than half what the original UK version is. and theres inevitably gonna be boxes and boxes and boxes of total chud (80s smoothish jazz releases, obscure throwaway major-label rock releases, bad 90s R&B 12"s, etc...)

    the pics, if theyve only gone through a few boxes, are pretty good representation of stuff that WOULD be worth pulling and displaying, especially if youre a "beat-digger"-friendly store. i bet probably 25% of the stuff from that haul will be stuff that would appeal to the average strutter, and maybe 10% is gonna be stuff thats worth 150+...

    i dont know. at first i wasnt impressed, but then i thought about what these hauls are generally like, and it definitely put it into perspective for me.

  • RockadelicRockadelic Out Digging 13,993 Posts
    ako said:
    Rockadelic said:
    But 80 hundred count boxes of clean LP's would almost certainly be in any Annual Top Ten (in the U.S.) since 2000.

    i dug through a little over half this quantity from a radio station this year, and while i pulled some really good shit, you all gotta remember that lots of the HUUUUGE money stuff is generally small-label stuff that didnt get super wide distribution, or UK stuff where the US pressing (that would have likely been in this haul) is worth less than half what the original UK version is. and theres inevitably gonna be boxes and boxes and boxes of total chud (80s smoothish jazz releases, obscure throwaway major-label rock releases, bad 90s R&B 12"s, etc...)

    the pics, if theyve only gone through a few boxes, are pretty good representation of stuff that WOULD be worth pulling and displaying, especially if youre a "beat-digger"-friendly store. i bet probably 25% of the stuff from that haul will be stuff that would appeal to the average strutter, and maybe 10% is gonna be stuff thats worth 150+...

    i dont know. at first i wasnt impressed, but then i thought about what these hauls are generally like, and it definitely put it into perspective for me.

    The only place you are going to find a high percentage of private press and UK rarities is in a world class private collection....only one or two of those come up for sale each year, if that many.

    A Library collection does pop up now and then and even those have a good percentage of Chud.

  • LaserWolfLaserWolf Portland Oregon 11,517 Posts
    Doesn't Horseleech [strike]help run[/strike] own Academy? Not exactly pulling these #s out of the ether, I'm assuming. Maybe it's just NY inflation.
    lyn collins=$50

    donald austin=$50 to $75
    outside of boutique shops

    in nyc stores both those records sell well at close to a hundred tho

    Seems like the only prices that matter would be dustygroove prices.
    NM WLP Lynn Collins? I quit paying attention to dg a few years ago, but this still has to be $100.00 record for them.
    Some of this stuff might have 8x10s or press releases, which would add value to their customers.

    And places like dg can get top $$$ for super clean wlp common stuff.
    I'm sure dg can get $10+20 for a Columbia label common jazz fusion record, or other stuff along those lines, that people here are sneering about.

    The years are what matters most, even if the bulk is stuff like the dreaded Johns (Elton & Denver) that is the price you pay to get 8,000 nm wlps.


  • RockadelicRockadelic Out Digging 13,993 Posts
    Any guesses on the price??

  • Jonny_PaycheckJonny_Paycheck 17,825 Posts
    @ white_tea, can you cut+paste for those of us who aren't subscribers? It's a "plus" feature.

  • pcmrpcmr 5,591 Posts
    Tens of thousands of vinyl records stored for decades at WGN radio will soon be for sale through a Chicago-based record store.

    Dusty Groove America, which operates a storefront as well as a mail-order business, purchased a major portion of the record collection that's been accumulating at WGN, owned byTribune Co., since the late 1950s.

    Store owner Rick Wojcik and his employees hauled dozens of cardboard boxes filled with LPs, 45s, 78s and CDs out of WGN's storage space in Tribune Tower on Michigan Avenue last week and took them to Dusty Groove headquarters at 1120 N. Ashland Ave.

    "I saw records in that collection I've never seen before," Wojcik said. "I've seen records in that collection I've never seen original copies of before."

    WGN radio recently moved to a smaller space in Tribune Tower and doesn't have the room to store the collection, which contains about 45,000 records, said Bill White, the station's director of programming and news. Station officials shopped the collection to dealers before choosing Dusty Groove based on its reputation as a quality store, White said.

    "With the advent of the Internet and digital music, the record library had become obsolete and was no longer being used," he said in an email. "Rather than have it sit in off-site storage, we decided to put it in the hands of a true collector."

    Neither White nor Wojcik would discuss the sale price or the estimated value of the records. "WGN radio's collection has to be absolutely priceless," said Rick Morris, associate professor of communications studies at Northwestern University.

    The selection is broad because WGN wasn't hitched to a specific music genre and kept all of the records it received, Morris said. The records are in excellent condition because they weren't played a lot, according to Wojcik.

    "These were not marked up that badly," he said. "Some things were just beautiful, immaculate."

    Wojcik and his employees now have the grueling ??? but for them, exciting ??? task of sorting through the records. Boxes containing the collection fill parts of the second floor and the basement of the Dusty Groove offices. The records are being cleaned, and any warps they developed are being fixed before they are priced and put on the sales floor.

    Wojcik has purchased many large record collections from individuals, but he said the WGN collection is different, spanning genres and eras.

    "The wonderful thing for me taking this journey was they were all stocked chronologically," he said. "You'd hit Christmas every year."

    Opening one of the boxes in the Dusty Groove offices, Wojcik pulled out a random stack of LPs by artists including Motown star Mary Wells, jazz guitarist Grant Green and obscure British Invasion group Ian and the Zodiacs. The same box also included sets of classical recordings and Latin jazz compilations.

    Before WGN became a talk-radio station, it played music. Like radio stations across the country, WGN regularly received music in the mail from record companies hoping to get their acts on the air, White said.

    Even after the format changed, on-air personalities used music in their shows and relied on the record library department to search the collection for the right song.

    "Today when we want to play music on-air, most of this material is available to us in digital formats, at our fingertips," White said.

    The records Dusty Groove didn't purchase will be donated to the Chicago Independent Radio Project, or CHIRP, which operates a mostly free-form Internet radio station and hosts an annual record fair.

    Brendan O'Neill, CHIRP's record fair donation coordinator, said he was an intern at WGN in 2004 and would spend time looking through the records at Tribune Tower.

    O'Neill said some of the donated records will be sold at future CHIRP record sales, while others will be stored in its music library for volunteer disc jockeys to play on the air. The records CHIRP keeps will mostly be the rare, unusual and obscure ??? those that can't be found on CD or iTunes, O'Neill said.

    That philosophy could be the future of vinyl on the airwaves. Many stations ??? especially those owned by major media companies ??? long ago abandoned records for CDs, which have given way to MP3 files, Northwestern's Morris said.

    But not all music is available on those more contemporary formats. Independent and college stations, like CHIRP's and Northwestern's, respectively, have DJs that play music that can be found only on vinyl, Morris said.

    And if the records can't find a home at another radio station, collectors likely will snatch them up. Those who purchase a rarity from Dusty Groove or CHIRP's record fair dealers might be handling something even more interesting than they originally thought: a piece of Chicago radio history.

  • nice one!

    i visited dg a month or so ago and it was ok, i walked out of there with some average records that were reasonably priced. the stuff they put on the wall, however, is supremely overpriced. they are going to price hell's belles and stuff like that at 150-200.

  • LaserWolfLaserWolf Portland Oregon 11,517 Posts
    Rockadelic said:
    Any guesses on the price??

    "absolutely priceless," said Rick Morris
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