Thursday, May 19, 2011

Hong Kong



One word: Paul



Philippines pressing



I didn't get the LP below from Paul, I did get it in Hong Kong several years ago from an older guy selling records in an alley in Kowloon. He was selling records for about 50 cents each. I'm flipping through his stock and suddenly there is a Motley Crue "Too Fast for Love", I pick it up and I turn it around, no Elektra logo, it is indeed an original Leathur Records first pressing. I take the record out of the sleeve and I'll be damned, it's mint, never been played. I looked at the old guy selling it and then I look at the record again hardly able to contain myself. How in the hell did this LP find its way all the way to HK and how did it end up in this alley in Kowloon and in this guys stock?? If only this record could talk. The elderly Chinese man clearly had no idea what he was selling. I gave him about five bucks for that record and a few other HK pressings and off I went, laughing all the way to the Chicken Chow Mein restaurant.
There is only one place and one person you need to see when your shopping for records in Hong Kong. My friend Paul. One of the nicest guys in the world. This guy literally walks on records. Space is a premium in Hong Kong so as you can see by these photos his "shop" is packed full of LP's. He is a total hoarder but any and all of his records are for sale. His prices are not cheap, he knows the value of his records. People come and go from his place all day and night but there is only about 4' x 3' of floor space from which to shop, the rest is totally covered in LP's so Paul will walk on them and try to find you what you want. I usually spend a few hours per day here over a period of several days. I've found some real nuggets here. He's got lots of HK pressings and other pressing from all over. He will play vinyl while talking about his two favorite things, music and Harley's. He knows a lot about both. I pretty much freaked out the first time I saw him spin an LP on his turntable while he sprayed water from a water bottle all over the LP so as to dissolve all the crud built up in the grooves of the LP so the needle wouldn't get hung up. Very humid in HK so the records sometimes have mold growing on them. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Flat D, 5/F, Wai Hong Building, 239 Cheung Sha Wan Road, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon, Hong Kong. Near the MTR, Exit C1
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Original Leathur Records pressing - mint

4 comments:

  1. How's that Crue record sound?

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  2. : ) I wouldn't know, it doesn't get played...but it sure LOOKS great, a second pressing

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  3. A quick google search is all you need to do to find Paul :)

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  4. If you consider Paul as your friend, you should tell the world about where he is, so he can do what he enjoys - Selling records!

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