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Published on March 26th, 2017 | by Alan Cross


Crate Digging at Toronto’s Downtown Record Show

It’s a twice-annual ritual. A bunch of hardcore record nerds meet for a breakfast of eggs and juicy sausages and then hit the Downtown Record Show at the Estonian Hall on Broadview. Armed with $200 (know your limit, buy within it), I hit the crates. Here’s what came home with me this time.

Bauhaus  – Stairway to Escher (1974)

No, not that Bauhaus. This was an early 70s prog band from Italy that never released an album while they were together.

39  Steps – 39 Steps (1985)

Sadly underrated Montreal band who received much CFNY love for this album’s single, “Slip into the Crowd.”

The Fugs – It Crawled into My Hand, Honest (1968)

Weird, avant-garde in-your-face, anti-war band from New York City famous for being the first group to drop the F-bomb on a recording.

Fleetwood Mac – Fleetwood Mac (1968)

Long before Fleetwood Mac went their own way, they were a heavy blues band led by Peter Green. This record bears absolutely no resemblance to Rumours whatsoever.

The Brady Bunch – Meet the Brady Bunch (1972)

One of at least two LPs released by the kids from the TV show. It was just too weird to pass up.


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