We reached out to the aggrieved collector. He's upset and embarrassed about the whole thing, so we'll just call him Desmond. Either way, he's still happy to plunk down a grand in return for his rare, irreplaceable late 1960s Jamaican 45 RPM records.
"I've had my moments where I've left my phone in a cab. But I could care less about that," he said. But leaving a small blue shoulder bag with about 45 45 RPMs in it -- that he cares about. "I just spaced out. I've been beating myself up over it ever since."
Desmond has many, many records. But these were his best of the best, the creme de la creme, his All-Star team. He'd just finished spinning them on a friend's DJ show for Radio Valencia. And that may be the last time for a while anyone around here hears the songs performed and/or produced by Derrick Harriott, Keith and Tex, The Gay Lads, or Coxsone Dodd.