Jackpot Records is adding 125,000 pieces of used vinyl to its inventory—one of the biggest record buys in Portland history, according to store owner Isaac Slusarenko.
The collection was procured from John Larson, the owner of the recently shuttered Sonic Recollections on Southeast Belmont. The records, made up of both LPs and 45s, were being kept in Larson's home with the intent of being sold in his shop before it closed in September. "It was floor to ceiling, stacked in moving boxes on the entire bottom floor of the house," Slusarenko says. He says it took us three days and two U-Haul trucks to move the records, which are now being stored in three separate facilities.
The items are gradually being priced and placed on sale. So we asked Slusarenko to tell us about some of the standout gems he's already extracted:
Neu, 2: One of the best German Krautrock records from the 70s.
The Star Wars Christmas Album: Only released once, in conjunction with the TV special. Hilarious, embarrassing songs including, "What Can You Get For A Wookie For Christmas (When He Already Owns A Combs)."
Tea Company, Come Have Some Tea With: A hard-to-find U.S. late '60s garage psych LP with lots of echo and reverb.
Roy Orbison, At The Rock House: One of the hardest Sun records to find. A very rockabilly sounding record and different than most Roy Orbison LPs.
Françoise Hardy: We've seen about 3-4 so far. Classic French pop singer who is currently being reissued on vinyl.
7-Eleven, "Dance The Slurp": A 45 rpm single released by convenience store chain.
International Submarine Band, Safe At Home: Formed by 21-year-old Gram Parsons in 1968.
Phish, Farmhouse: Very hard to find on vinyl. Released only once in 2000 and a classic LP for Phish fans.
Karen Dalton, In My Own Time: 1971 folk Classic that's had a resurgence in the last few years.
The Human Duplicators "radio spot": Obscure 45 sent to radio stations to promote the B-movie, The Human Duplicators (1965).