Get ready to rock at record fair
A GIANT record and CD fair is set to rock Ipswich tomorrow.
The fair at the Ipswich Showgrounds will see 60 tables of records and CDs for sale from 9am, with many treasures sure to be among them.
The fair has been organised by Jason Woodward, who owns Butter Beats record shops in Fortitude Valley and Southport.
Mr Woodward has written a book called Australian LP Record Prices and owns more than 80,000 LPs.
He said there were many reasons why records were back in vogue.
"The sound quality is a lot better - if your system is set up properly," he said.
"Then there is the collectability of it in general.
"With a record you have an antique object in a way, especially for some of the older records.
"So you can collect something that has got beautiful artwork, sounds great and still has value.
"People are going back to quality.
"They got conned by CDs when they came out. We were all told that you could never scratch them and the sound quality was better."
Mr Woodward has seen many rare records in his day and lists some favourites.
"There is an album called Flaming Galah by Fraternity and it was Bon Scott from AC/DC's group before he was in AC/DC. That is worth $1000 if you have got it," he said.
"There is a self-titled album that I am particularly looking for from out Ipswich way by an Ipswich heavy metal group called Storm Child.
"That record is worth $500.
"They recorded it in out in a woolshed out the back of Ipswich and made 300 copies or something.
"I have only ever seen one sold before and it went for $1000."
A self-titled album called The Missing Links from the 1960s sells for $1500 if anyone has one.
Mr Woodward owns many valuable records.
"I have an original Andy Warhol-designed Velvet Underground album with the sticker and banana still on it.
"It came with the Andy Warhol silkscreen sticker on the front. Most people peeled off the banana when they got it, but if you have got one with the banana on the front, it is worth $700 or $800.
"There was a Filipino guy that lived in Byron Bay in the 1970s called Leong Lau and I sold his record Dragon Man in the shop recently for $700 and it sold the other day for $1300 on eBay.
"That is a guy that did it himself and played all the instruments on it."