I purchased a small stack of 45s from a record dealer I occasionally do a little bit of business with. The records arrived, all in fine shape. But one of the 45s was a mistake. Right band, but wrong pressing with the wrong b-side. It wasn't expensive, but I still wanted the single I ordered.
I contacted the dealer and I was very nice. And then he was very nice and apologetic in return. And then we just started being really nice, like enough already nice. "No, I'm sorry!" "No, it's nothing." "No No!!"
He found the right 45 and offered to ship for free. I bought a few more 45s to make it worth his while. "You didn't have to do that!" "No no, it's fine!" No really!" "Aw gee!"
Okay, no one said, "Aw gee." But enough already.
The next batch with the right 45 and the extras arrived. Also in the box, a 45 by The Gentle Cycle, a band led by...you got it...the record dealer.
His name is Derek See. He's played with a recent version of The Chocolate Watchband, The Rain Parade and Country Joe McDonald.
Both sides of this single are terrific. The A-Side "Ivy" is up top and below is a killer cover of the rare 13th Floor Elevators track "It's You." This is better than any of the singles I ordered.
I love when that happens.
You can check out more music from The Gentle Cycle on Bandcamp.
(Maybe a good time for a John Sally Ride plug, no?)