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Visiting a record store during the covid epidemic b35
Visiting a Record Store during the Covid Epidemic.
We don't tell something new if we state there's an Epidemic. We are lucky to have our store in Belgium so we can still be open but there's serious restrictions. For example we may only have a customer for each square 10 meters. That means two in the storefront and 5 in the store back. Also customers are obliged to wear a mask. When you have reading glasses you instantly get that hazy moist and you don't see shit. Still we have fun here. We try to keep loading the store with new vinyl treasures so a visit for collectors will never be in vain. Visit us when you can. We're open tuesday till saturday starting 12.00.
Stan donn unknown us moody garage rocker b32
Stan Donn unknown US moody garage rocker
As we already told you we bought an incredible big jukebox 45 collection. Next to the Rocco Granata's, Adamo's and Freddy's there's also amazing unknown artists to be found in this endless pile of dirty records abducted from a fate that probably would have been a garbadge dump. In it was a pile of 45's by Stan Donn. His 'Deep in your heart' was originally released in the US on the tiny 'Like young' label. Stan Donn had two 45's on this label. His 2nd got a Belgian issue on Frankie Records a year later. 1967. Its a heartfelt garage downer tune drowning in pain and melancholy not to mention the fantastic leads that some people compare to the 13th Floor Elevators which I think is a bit going too far but still mucho better then this one they don't come. We still have some copies of this 45 in our store.
Vertigo swirl lps in the store b33
Vertigo Swirl LP's in the store
We deal for 99% in 2nd hand records. LP's and 45's. People want them to be as clean and perfect as possible. With 45's most people want them mostly to play well but especially with jazz and progressive LP's we need a time machine to satisfy customers. They need to be perfect. Sleeve and record. Spindlemarks are the light lines on the record label around the hole. When you try to put your record on you search for the hole and create spindle marks. No spindle marks means never played. Never played also means a record that sucks. Difficult story. A sleeve you put on a pile, in a cupboard.. Anything. People smoke, aggressive cats, moving to a new apartment.... Not to mention wars, floods, earthquake's. A sleeve does have a real challenge in its staying perfect. Records themselves exactly the same. bad needles, parties, drunken owners.... Damn... Still customers need the records to be original and perfect. There's a very big hole between a perfect record and a record with minor issues in price. For example Vertigo Swirl has to be UK press, we luckily have some, records have to be perfect, we do have some and sleeves need to be 100% perfect... And THAT is almost impossible. The grading system must help customers but still best thing to do is looking at the records and sleeves yourself. So visit us!!! We try to grade as good as it gets and don't overprice though a rarity is a rarity one way or another. That won't change.
Freakbeat 45s in our grey vinyl treasures store b30
Freakbeat 45's in our Grey Vinyl Treasures Store
We at Grey Vinyl Treasures Antwerp dig freakbeat very much. Original 45's are always at our store. Currently we have two boxes in our store. Partly UK originals and partly European Pic sleeves records. While beat is nice but a little bit too sweet, except the mod r&b, the adrenalin fuelled postbeat has all we love about music. Excitement, power, aggression, genius melodies... Basicly the years 66 to 68. We just got in the Dutch press of the 2nd Barrier 45 which is a great example of what we are meaning. Distortion, heavy groove, great melody.. Both sides killer and its in great nick. Visit our store for more of the same. Everchanging collection of cool rarities.....
Rare original nm us press 70s mainstream lps newgrey antwerp b31
Rare original NM US press 70s mainstream LP's New@Grey Antwerp
Next to transworld rarities we now and then also buy collections of mainstream LP's. Think of Neil Young, Steely Dan, Camel and the like and... Roxy Music. While this is cause off all its represses not an expensive LP the 1st US and UK presses tend to be a little more in the $$. There's now and then also real cool editions at the store like this one. Roxy Music’s endless parade of 70s cover models, advertising the jet-set loucheness which let Bryan Ferry go out with one of them, Jerry Hall, peaked with Country Life (1974). A transparent bra led to its models’ removal from the US sleeve. Thus the remaining press was put in black plastic censorship bag. And THESE are really impossible to track down. We now have one in the store with the bag. Its priced accordingly for the collector's market but don't be afraid, it won't cost you your post covid beach holiday.
Heavy metal rarities collection in the antwerp store b29
Heavy Metal rarities collection in the Antwerp Store.
Second half of coming week we'll have a Heavy Metal collection in. Original most 80s pressings!!! We all know how hard to find these are. Names include Metallica, Sepultura, Show no Mercy, King Diamond, Kreator, Manowar, Megadeth, Merciful fate, Morbid Angel, Nuclear Assault, Obituary, Heresy, Sabbat, Annihilator, Cancer, Candlemass, Deicide, Forbidden, Gorglts, Helloween, Iron Maiden and many more. In the store in Antwerp staring thursday. We open at 12.00. All originals no reissues!!!
Exclusive jukebox 45s in the grey vinyl treasures store antwerp b27
Exclusive Jukebox 45's in the Grey Vinyl Treasures store in Antwerp
We bought an old Jukebox collection of thousands and thousands 45's and there's exclusive collectibles among all records we dig through like these ancient UK Oriole/ Motown 45's that are rare and heavily sought after. Coming weeks/ months we will keep adding 45's to our store in Antwerp. The collection reflects the taste in the 70s of Belgian jukebox owners. A lot of rockabilly, Belgian beat, Motown and popcorn. Nobody touched the collection for 40 years. That means almost no commercial 70s shit. Boxes of stuff will go for 2 euro with bands like the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Kinks and many more. Collectibles won't be priced high so come and check us out whenever your circumstances or viral developments let you.
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Very rare Egyptian oriental freakbeat 45 for sale!
Like 15 years ago Grey Past Records issued two volumes of compilations covering ultra rare 45's from the North African and Middle eastern world. These were groundbreaking releases and influenced many great guys nowadays as the Radio Martiko guys and Habibifunk from Germany. Those days the biggest problem was obtaining the ultrarare 45's. A trip to Lebanon/ Beirut, was a good start as we purchased a lot of vinyl in the Armenian neighbourhood. Further there were contacts that could ask anything they wanted for the rare records as nobody had an idea bout the value. Milan Hulsing, a superb Dutch artist, lived in Cairo in those days and he was a great lead. Through him I purchased a 45 of an Egyptian band called the Wrong Notes. Basicly a garage folk blast with Italian lyrics which was quite common in the Mediterraneee cause the anglophile world was still far away. This 45 is like a bomb, a dance floor destroyer, with a lot of agression and attitude. Exactly what we all need now and in the future! It was believed this band had more 45's but none ever popped up so we guess not. These guys probably were Kopt Christians but could also be the sons of rich people. Usually in these countries this kinda release had to do with cultural background or wealth. Anyway years and years later Fred and Mech of Radio Martiko were in Cairo diggin for records and came into a kinda bookstore that also haussed some records. On their question if they also had loose sleeves to their surprise this sleeve popped up. Nobody knew about it. Through a very complicated record deal with the guys we at Grey Vinyl Treasures Antwerp could lay our hands on exactly this sleeve with off course the original record inside. Value is very hard to give as its totally unique. In the ancient record biz language it will be what the lunatic wants to give for it.
Superb turkish vinyl collection newgrey b26
Superb Turkish vinyl collection New@Grey
We placed a new collection of Turkish vinyl records in our Antwerp store with emphasis on Disco Funk and Taverna so loadsa deejaye killer discs. The Nese 45 as pictured holds the sought after 'Yali Yali' tune with a fantastic loud dance groove which is actually a kinda sample of the the Judas tune from 'Jezus Christ Superstar'. Many more great 45's and also LP's. Visit us and check them out.
New upcoming 45 collection huge b25
New upcoming 45 collection.... Huge!!!!
This is how a few thousands 45's look that have been stashed for like 40 years! We purchased a collection of 8 to 10 cupboards like these. Collection belongs to a former jukebox firm who filled its jukeboxes with it. Its stashed in the cellar of a big villa somewhere near Geel, Belgium. Next to a lot of hitparade trash there's also funk, soul, rock 'n roll, beat, Latin... Anything the popcorn scene dug. 50s to 1980. These could be like 20 to 3.000 45's so we'll have some work diggin to extract the goodies but there's worse things you can do. We'll keep you updated on this insane venture but it makes our blood stream faster so.......
Our vinyl treasures store in antwerp b24
Our Vinyl Treasures store in Antwerp
Having a special store means a never ending spell of working, changing, adding and developing. Rianne de Witte has the Vision to make the store look like a real treasure project. Not only beautiful but also uncluttered and nice to dig and search through. The coolness of the store already now easily surpasses my expectations. Wonderful!!!
The sex pistols lp rare blank back uk press b23
The Sex Pistols LP rare Blank back UK press.
In the store now a very rare copy of the early 11 track press, without 'Submission', of the one and only official Sex Pistols album 'Never mind the bollocks'.

V2086 : 11 Track Pressing.
Blue Virgin labels; 11 tracks on the album, omitting the track 'Submission'; Producers Chris Thomas & Bill Price; timings on labels and rightful credits. Tracks are in a different running order to the subsequent 12 track pressing. Both plain rear sleeves and 11 track rear sleeves are found to be used on the 11 track album release. (Other combinations are possible, perhaps if records and sleeves may have been swapped over time, however the labels on the 11 track album are a constant.)

We add a picture of the back of the sleeve. matrix has A1/ B2. A rare item of a groundbreaking record that shook the world in 1977.