Nothing amazing, just a few bits and pieces that emerged from the dreck while rummaging in the Oxfam book/music shop at home and the Community Shop as well.
Firstly, in the Oxfam, a 1975 version of The Crazy World of Arthur Brown’s ‘Fire’, with Coven’s cover of ‘One tin soldier’ on the B-side. It isn’t in particularly good nick, nor is it worth all that much, but the name ‘Coven’ leapt out at me, and research on site revealed it to indeed be the old psych/dark rock trio. Turns out that ‘One tin Soldier‘ is a Vietnam-era protest song, and lovely it is too.
More than anything else, though, this purchase was for the Arthur Brown, for that track, if any, is a progenitor of socially-challenging metal. He’s also the earliest user of corpse-paint that I can think of (Arthur and Alice Cooper started at roughly the same time).
[Not honestly sure if this is the right version of Coven's cover of 'One Tin Soldier', but you get the idea]
Secondly, a version of Survivor’s huge 1982 single, ‘Eye of a Tiger‘. Given that one of my co-bloggers has already ridiculed me over this purchase, I will merely state that it was dirt cheap and the song remains awesome to this day. I have yet to listen to the B-side.
Finally, this emerged from the dreck, Metallica’s Nothing Else Matters, B-Side being a live version of Sandman. Again, dirt cheap, but this time is seems to have kept some market value, so I’m happy. Again, I haven’t spun it yet as my deck is still packed away, but it should sound fine, given the state of the vinyl. For what its worth, I would buy a copy of the Black Album on vinyl, but only if it was in decent nick and not for more than a fiver. There is too much filler, and I now own the single best song on it on vinyl, so hey.