The Capital Land Crate Digger: “Duck and Cover” (1990)

May 28th, 2014, 2:00 pm by Greg

Duck and CoverReview by Ross Marvin

This is the first installment from the Capital Land Crate Digger, who brings you reviews of vinyl obscurities found for $10 or under at Nippertown record stores, thrift shops, garage sales and junk emporiums. The vinyl archaeologist behind this column is Ross Marvin, an English teacher and music enthusiast who lives in Saratoga County. Ross has collected more than 1,000 pieces of vinyl and is running out of shelf room. But he can still be found getting his fingers dirty in a box of records near you…

ALBUM: Duck and Cover
ARTIST: Various
YEAR: 1990
PURCHASED: The River Street Beat Shop, Troy
PRICE: $10
DATE: April 19, 2014 (Record Store Day)

By 7:30am on Record Store Day, I was the tenth digger in the queue outside of Jack’s Rhythms in New Paltz. The assembled masses were not pretty people, and all of us were wiping sleepers out of our eyes and salivating for the limited-release vinyl that awaited us inside. People drove down Main Street and thought something was wrong. Why were these troll-looking folks lining up before breakfast outside of that detritus store? Had it finally filed for bankruptcy and decided to give everything away?

To the contrary, Jack’s was ready to do steady American commerce. People had long want-lists that ranged from Joy Division to Sunny Day Real Estate. I had only one request — a modest one — the Cure/Dinosaur Jr. “Just Like Heaven” 7-inch split on white wax. After waiting an hour and a half in the elements and being forced to make small talk about UK pressings and 180 gram reissues with some record nerds, I was bummed to learn that the little 45 of my dreams had been snatched up by the time I got in the door at 9am.

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