Let’s Jump for Joy – My 60’s Garage and Psych Records
Let’s make things clear: After 26 years of collecting 60’s Garage and Psych Rock records, it was about time (and it was yesterday night at 03.00 am) to decide to listen to ALL the vinyl LP’s and 45′ I owe, once again, after a very long time; I’m gonna sit around the turntable, have a few drinks, tell some stories behind the records, share the joy, dig lost treasures and gems of the past and let the good times roll with my soul-mates. There are thousands of hot records, it’s gonna take the whole long winter(s) till 2020.
What’s all about? How it looks like collecting “60’s Garage Punk”?
60’s Garage 45s are vinyl 45 rpm records that were pressed by self-financed so-called garage bands (mostly teens) in very small quantities between 1964-1968. Some of the most sought-after 45 rpm garage recordings are prized precisely for their scarcity. By some estimates there are perhaps 250 high-quality garage 45s with remaining pressings of less than 10 copies. In other cases, as few as one or two copies of a particular garage 45 have been spotted.
The music on garage 45s crosses a variety of genres, but some of the more common ones are pop, psychedelic rock, so-called proto-punk, British invasion music, and minor-key mid- and uptempo sometimes) moody punk ballads. Collectors can also find R&B and instrumental garage 45s.
Beyond scarcity, the keys to collectible garage 45s include a clean and unscratched pressing of these 7-inch vinyl records. Just as important is the quality and condition of the printed label and picture sleeve. And since these records were recorded in garages or other makeshift studios with poor acoustics, audio quality is paramount in determining whether a garage 45 is a collector’s item or an expensive souvenir.
Some of the rarest garage 45s include Denise and Company’s 1966 Wee Records disk “Boy What’ll You Do Then/Chaos.” The group was led by Merry Prankster Denise Kaufman, who would go on to found the all-girl psych-rock band Ace of Cups. Recently, that 45 reportedly sold for $10,000, in no small part, perhaps, because the “boy” in the song’s title was a guy named Jann Wenner, who started a little magazine called “Rolling Stone.”
Other rare garage 45s include Sonics Inc.’s “Diddy Wah Diddy/Nobody to Love,” of which there is only one known copy, and “Dance Girl Dance/Another Boy” by Greg Barr & The Barr Association, one of several highly collected ’60s garage bands from Texas.