It doesn't happen as much as I'd like it to, not to me and not to any record dealer digging through crates. But when it does, it makes the hunt even more wonderful than it already is. It's that moment you find the gem among stones.
I can't think of anything I love more than digging through boxes of records. But the truth is, no matter how much you know or think you know, you don't know it all. And if I saw this Harvey Averne 45 in a stack of singles, I'd have probably bought it for a few reasons. It's a white label promo. It's Harvey Averne, record producer and part of the band The Chakachas, who had a hit with "Jungle Fever," a song you've heard hundreds of times even if the artist and title isn't ringing a bell. Scroll to the end and jog your memory.
But the real reason to be happy about finding this record is something I didn't know. It sells for $1200.
I once found an original Bud Powell record on the Norgran label. That was Norman Granz' label before he changed it to Verve Records. I paid $1.50 in a thrift shop and sold it within hours for $200. I've had a plenty of moments like that, including finding a copy of the Creme Soda album, one I almost left behind. I'm glad I didn't. Look that one up. I had to. Another $1200 piece of wax.
My buddy found this Harvey Averne 45 in a stack of other not so great 45s. Sold it within minutes.
I did some research. The album itself "The Harvey Averne Dozen" is a Latin boogaloo classic. Very few are out there, and those that are are inferior represses made in Argentina, and even those sell for a $100 or more. Original US issues on the Fania label, go for $300 to $500.
Now, I know many of you are shaking your heads right now. Why on Earth....blah blah blah? I understand. Believe me, I do. The entire album is on Spotify and I think most is on YouTube. But that is hardly the point.
I listened to it all and I loved every second of it. It is now, of course, on my ever growing want list. But I am not reckless. The odds of me spending $300 for this album are just as great as me finding one in a box. But it is just one more example of why I love what I do and one more example of how much great music is out there.
And now, a few faves from the Harvey Averne Dozen.
And don't forget The Chakachas.