If you have ever attended a record fair of any kind, you will have come across a copy of "Jools & Brian," the 1968 release from Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity. It's usually in a few dealers' boxes, priced somewhere between $4 and $10. As a record dealer, it's one of those records that looks cool, but once you are over the initial thrill of seeing it in a collection, you realize it's a hard sell and you will be dragging it to a few more shows, each time lowering the price by a buck or two.
The trick with this record is...YOU HAVE TO PLAY IT!
I randomly pulled this one out last night and it sounded better than ever. When Brian Auger takes over the proceedings, it sounds like a heavy metal, British Booker T. & The MGs. When Julie Driscoll takes over, it's more like Dusty Springfield being shot out of a cannon. Really, you can't lose.
There are so many great records out there sitting in boxes and bins, that never get bought or played because everyone is looking for the same gems- an unpeeled VU & Nico banana cover, a Led Zep 2 Ludwig "hot mix," a mono Pink Floyd "Piper At The Gates Of Dawn," etc. Sometimes, you've got to make good with what you've got and often, you'll be rewarded.
Next time you are out record shopping, don't sleep on this $5 "Jools & Brian" record. It'll be the best $5 you'll spend that day.