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Art

My ex-girlfriend found a bag of weed inside Talking Heads' "Stop Making Sense".

Someone used my copy of the Black Box "Ride on Time" 12" to kill a cockroach. The remnants are still on the back.

Davo

I found a sealed copy of grateful dead's Terrapin Station LP
with a half joints worth of weed INSIDE the shrinkwrap....
musta been packaged on the night shift???

eastern_branch

Stems and seeds were almost a regular thing to find ...

I once found a huge, complete, mummified pot leaf in the gatefold of a musty copy of The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band Part One.

I was picking through a pile of battered-but-interesting LPs sold to the shop I worked for by an elderly biker. Didn't get a chance to talk to him about his 60s/70s experiences, unfortunately.


Andy Krunt

Here's my personal favorite:

A copy of the Crumbsuckers Life of Dreams had a scholastic children's 45 of ghost stories, including the Erl-King. It was a better find than the Crumbsuckers record.

endwar

I have several, which are kind of along the lines other have, but variations. For instance i once picked up an LP of Ukranian folk music with $57 in crisp fives and ones in some insurance company envelope. I got a copy of The Box Tops _The Letter_ with handwritten lyrics on several small sheets of paper. I picked up a copy of the Nelson Slater 1975 album _Wild Angel_ at a local yard sale that had a three page letter written in 2001 from rhythm guitarist Johnny B (Brengelman)giving a few anecdotes about playing on the album, which was produced by Lou Reed (Slater was one of Reed's colleagues at Syracuse in the early 1960s). And i bought a copy of the boxed set of the complete piano music of G. I. Gurdjieff and Thomas de Hartmann as performed by de Hartmann on Triangle that included a two-page opus of doggerel that was very carefully typed out on stationery and addressed to the Gurdjieff and de Hartmann estates, complete with wite-out or paste-ups for the few errors, with each of the two pages carefully glued and centered onto a larger black page, which was in turn glued and centered on a full 8.5"x11" sheet of blue paper, and the entire two pages enclosed in an old-school sheet protector.

This is in addition to the usual things such as concert programs (e.g. a Penn State performance of Carl Orff's _Carmina Burana_ stuck in a Columbia Records recording of the work (also with the original inserts and an obi-style strip (this was a US pressing)), or the middle school assembly program in a copy of Hot Pursuit's _Communicate_ LP).

I forgot to mention what may the king of insert LPs, at least prior to Sexual Milkshake's _Sing Along in Hebrew_ and Negativland's _A Big 10-8 Place_ (still available without the extras), which is the spoken word LP _When the Bomb Falls_ (a how-to narrative about survival in nuclear war), the copy of which i picked up at the Penn State AAUW booksale had at least half a dozen civil defense booklets and leaflets, including a number that were of local origin, suggesting either that the previous owner was using the jacket to file all his material on the topic or that local retailers/distributors were stuffing the jackets with material, as the one copy i read about someone else having online mentioned all the pamphlets (Oh, it was WFMU -- surprise!: see blog entry from May 22, 2007).

I've also made a point of adding useful info i get to various albums, such as posters recovered from record store freebie bins, lyrics obtained from one place or another, articles cut out of magazines or printed off from the web (most recently the hilarious account of the recording of the One album for Grunt records ; earlier it was stuff like hypothetical tracklists for the _Faust Tapes_). Which is all kind of off-topic, at least until i sell the album.

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Dec H

In my now lost vinyl collecting days I used to be particularly partial to acetates - falling upon them was made easier due to their distinctive odour. About 15 years ago, in one of London's Music & Video Exchange 10p shops, with that smell in the vicinity, I finally honed in on a nursery rhymes seven inch picture sleeve to find a slightly warped (sadly) acetate of the Small Faces 'Tin Soldier' inside. Still smiled all the way home, though.

Clutch69

I bought a copy of Volume IV by Black Sabbath and it was with the gatefold, right in the middle was a chunk of weed no telling how many years old, or maybe days, me and my buddy Sean smoked it and listened to the album.

Clutch69

I bought a copy of Volume IV by Black Sabbath and it was with the gatefold, right in the middle was a chunk of weed no telling how many years old, or maybe days, me and my buddy Sean smoked it and listened to the album.

Clutch69

I bought a copy of Volume IV by Black Sabbath and it was with the gatefold, right in the middle was a chunk of weed no telling how many years old, or maybe days, me and my buddy Sean smoked it and listened to the album.

Clutch69

I bought a copy of Volume IV by Black Sabbath and it was with the gatefold, right in the middle was a chunk of weed no telling how many years old, or maybe days, me and my buddy Sean smoked it and listened to the album.

Clutch69

I bought a copy of Volume IV by Black Sabbath and it was with the gatefold, right in the middle was a chunk of weed no telling how many years old, or maybe days, me and my buddy Sean smoked it and listened to the album.

Clutch69

I bought a copy of Volume IV by Black Sabbath and it was with the gatefold, right in the middle was a chunk of weed no telling how many years old, or maybe days, me and my buddy Sean smoked it and listened to the album.

jim

In an ancient copy of Elvis' Golden Records Vol. 1 that I picked up at Jerry's Records in Pittsburgh, I found a bunch of pages written by someone's probation officer. The juvenile delinquent being described in these pages sounded like the guy the shangri las must have been singing about. Included in his report were his list of offences(He went from stealing 45s at the age of 8, to stealing cars at 15, to attempted robbery of a convenience store and assault of a police officer at 18), a description of his appearance(black leather boots, tight tapered jeans, leather jacket, slicked up hair), a list of his friends( all of whom have nicknames like dino and slick), and on and on. Ultimately it paints this picture of a guy whose existence leaves me believing that everything i've ever seen in the movies is true.

tom lester

Milk, Mydol, Rolling papers, Carton of cigarettes, Captin Crunch. This is a shopping list I found in a Pink Floyd LP...

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