Tony Wilds was born a few blocks from the home of James Brown. Residing in Baltimore lately, he takes advantage of the wealth of original vinyl close to its primary source: the U.S. mid-Atlantic region. Raised on rock and "out" rock, he spurned CDs in the early 1990s and began a full-tilt exploration of the history of unusual LPs. Through constant turnover, he aims to acquire the 10-200 best records in each of over 100 categories. Besides reviewing records, he buys/sells/trades internationally and locally, spins for arts events and parties, and assists musicians as needed. His self-described strengths as a reviewer and record dealer include 1) balanced perspective on jazz, pop, and rock, 2) strong organizational skills, and 3) true passion for the music, not merely for records as collectibles.
Areas of Specialty
Tony collects deeply in a very broad variety of ethnic and unusual records, from 78s and 10" LPs through modern "rare grooves" and reissues. Specialties include Afro-Cuban and other [partly] African-derived music, early stereo (1958-1962), and space/electronic pop. Soul jazz and "out" jazz are more recent interests.
See Vinyl Safari: http://www.wildsscene.com/music/
Blue Note, Black Jazz, Blue Thumb, Groove Merchant, Flying Dutchman, Tico, Victor
Some Favorite LPs
Joao Donato: A Bad Donato
The Electrosoniks: Fantasy in Orbit
Wanda Jackson: There's a Party Goin' On
Michel Magne: Tropical Fantasy
Sabu Martinez: Afro Temple
Blue Mitchell: Shades of Blue
The Rudy Ray Moore Astrology Album
Perez Prado [1970s Orfeon LPs]
Various: Don't Touch Me Tomato
Thousands more albums are listed at Vinyl Safari (http://www.wildsscene.com/music/) -- an illustrated guide to various strange LPs, listed by idiom and artist. These will be joined by more pages or another guide to the hip and funky LPs (soul jazz, etc.) that DJs are more likely to know. The goal is to explore the common ground between older, cheesier, listening-only records and hipper dance music featuring major players.