Ultra Rare Bob Dylan 'Blood on the Tracks' Test Pressing For Sale at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, June 30, 2015 04:33pm | Post a Comment

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UPDATE 7/2/15: This record has sold and is no longer available.

We recently purchased a large record collection that had a lot of great, rare and one-of-a-kind items. But one piece in particular that stands out from the rest.

One of only five test pressings known to exist of an early version of Bob Dylan’s classic album Blood on the Tracks now sits on the shelves of Amoeba Hollywood. The pressing includes four previously unreleased takes of songs from the album (“Lily, Rosemary & The Jack Of Hearts,” “Idiot Wind,” “If You See Her, Say Hello” and “Tangled Up In Blue”), plus an alternate take of “You’re a Big Girl Now” that was released on 1985’s Biograph box set.

bob dylanThe story goes that in the fall of 1974, Bob Dylan went home for the holidays with a copy of his newly recorded album Blood on the Tracks, which was set to release in weeks. The album had been written after touring with The Band and becoming estranged from his wife, Sara, and though the resulting album delves deeply into troubled relationships, Dylan himself has denied that the album is autobiographical.

Upon listening to the record, which was recorded at A & R Recording in New York, Dylan’s brother, David Zimmerman, suggested that Dylan re-record some of the songs because too many sounded the same. Dylan then stopped production of the album to re-record half of it at Sound 80 in Minneapolis with different musicians, ending up with a 10-song album evenly split between the two sessions.

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Batteries Not Included (But We Sell Those Too): Toys At Amoeba SF

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 14, 2015 06:46pm | Post a Comment

Walking into the massive cavern of fun that is Amoeba San Francisco, it can be easy to forget what you came in to shop for in the first place. The senses are immediately flooded with stimulus from every direction and, like most of us music fiends, it’s a free-for-all as soon as you’ve entered the big red doors. Maybe you didn’t have a plan of attack and are here to browse? That’s ok too. In fact, that just might be the right way to go. As you peruse the always-expanding Book & Magazine Section and prepare for your journey onto the main floor, take a gander at the Toys & Collectibles Showcase on the mezzanine. There’s something for kids of all ages on display in there!

Besides finding rare, out-of-print action figures and toys in the Showcase, you’ll also be able to choose from current popular lines such as the Funko POP and ReAction figures. Game Of ThronesBreaking Bad, and the Star Wars Black Series are ever popular, and everyone loves a bobble head! Stop in and check it out. 

“There’s always that one customer who absolutely needs something from the Showcase, even if they don’t know it!” says Amoeba SF Collectible Buyer, Brent James. “That’s the beautiful thing about our brick and mortar stores. Twenty years into the game and counting, we’ve become museums. Only in THESE museums you can walk out with things. Amoeba customers are the real deal and they know a good thing when they see it. I think it’s important to offer a little bit of everything, since we deal with such a wide range of clients. It’s also worthy to note that there aren’t many ‘traditional’ toy stores left in San Francisco -- not even a Toys R Us -- so every little bit helps in the toy world. I’m constantly searching for good deals and am thrilled when people bring items into the store to sell.”

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Downtown Flea Market Goes Weekly, Starting Jan. 26

Posted by Billy Gil, January 15, 2014 06:45pm | Post a Comment

downtown la flea marketThe Downtown Flea Market is back this year, happening weekly starting Jan. 26.

Now taking place every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., it boasts antiques, collectibles, vintage clothing, and crafts and clothes by independent designers. New additions this time around include Latin-Jewish fusion truck El Nosh and burgers 'n' hot dogs truck Son of a Bun.

Amoeba is a proud sponsor of The Downtown Flea Market. Mention Amoeba at the doors and receive $1 off admission!

The market takes place in two parking lots in Downtown Los Angeles, at 3rd St. and S. Spring St. Admission is $3, or $2 online. Kids under 12 get in for free. Pick up tickets at the entrance to the Yellow Lot (246 S. Spring St.), on the east side of Spring at the corner of 3rd.

Parking can be found for $5 in nearby lots. Downtown Flea Market recommends parking in the six-story lot on the east side of Spring, between 2nd and 3rd. Better yet, take the Metro there!

Check out an interview with founder Phillip Dane below.

Shop Collectibles at Amoeba!

Posted by Billy Gil, May 23, 2013 01:48pm | Post a Comment

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Amoeba Music has an array of collectibles available, from rare LPs lining the walls of all three stores to Amoeba Hollywood's display cases by the stairs, by the registers and at the back of the store, and Amoeba SF's brand new display cases, located by the books section.

Our collectibles range from discontinued toys and hard-to-find promo items to signed books and merchandise. At Amoeba Hollywood you'll find rarities such as an Elvis trivia game ($15); Beach Boys paraphernalia, including a Brian Wilson promo pennant ($25) and Beach Boys Mojo magazine ($20); a book of Led Zeppelin guitar tablature ($60); a Smiths Tapes limited edition box set ($280); Ravi Shankar’s autobiography Raga Mala, signed by Shankar ($200); and Beatles goods galore.

If you can’t make it into the store, there’s always our online Merchandise section, with Amoeba swag, rare posters and books, and more. See our currently featured items here. And if you need extra cash or credit for those rare items, don't forget we're always looking for your used CDs and LPs, and you'll get 30% more value if you trade in for credit.

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Amoeba San Francisco Has a New Look for Spring: Expanded and Extraordinary

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 13, 2013 02:57pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music San Francisco Bowling Alley Rock & Bowl

Wonderful things are happening at Amoeba San Francisco, especially if you love books, collectables, amoeba San francisco bowling alleysoundtracks, vinyl, bargains of all kinds, or just like to chill out in a groovy environment. You must fall into one of those categories, right? I thought so! Then come on down and experience our newly doubled Books & Magazines section. We have more than doubled the space dedicated for music, film, and pop culture publications and are filling it with new stock daily! We now feature back issues of your favorite music and film zines, and are breaking out our backlog of used books.

You’ll also enjoy our new reading lounge, made possible by Amoeba SF’s heritage as a bowling alley! Yes, we have repurposed a few of the benches from back in the day when this building housed a bowling alley. Sit, relax, and flip through some of our fascinating used books in style.

Additionally, we’ve added a collectables case for rare and out-of-print books, toys, and other memorabilia such as lunch boxes, cookie jars, and other surprises.

In other news, all Music DVDs (except classical) have been moved from the Main Floor to the DVD Room for easy browsing. You’ll also find a greatly expanded Bargain DVD section full of amazingly priced finds. By popular demand, the Soundtrack section has been moved to the Main Floor by Spoken Word and features an expanded Soundtrack Vinyl selection. Additionally, a brand new Audiophile CD section has been added to the main floor too!

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