Friday, May 4, 2012

Glen Doucet!

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Next up we have Glen Doucet! I think it is safe to say that this will be the biggest Uriah Heep collection you will ever see!

Glen was put into contact with me through Matthew Phillips (read Matthews interview here),

Glen has a very impressive collection here. Lots of cool picture discs and Uriah Heep memorabilia. I especially like his entertainment unit built for his vinyl. I haven't seen many people store vinyl in drawers like this. I may have to steal this idea in the future!

I look forward to seeing Glen's collection in person in the near future!

Here we go! 

Introduce yourself!

Name: Glen Doucet


Job: Property Management Officer

Maritime Vinyl (MV) - What do you collect? Vinyl; CD’s; Cassettes; 8 tracks; bootlegs; music memorabilia; magazine; etc..

Glen Doucet (GD) - I collect vinyl, cd’s, concert dvd’s and the occasional 45 RPM vinyl, picture discs, music autobiographies, tour books, some memorabilia.



MV - Do you prefer one audio format more than others? (example: vinyl more than cd’s)

GD - I prefer vinyl as that is what I grew up with but I also like cd’s, especially Box sets with all the bonus material never available before.

MV - What is your favourite genre of music? Some of your favourite artists?

GD - My favourite music is Rock, all different styles, Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Progressive Rock, Folk Rock, Blues Rock, Glam Rock etc. My favourite band is Uriah Heep and anything Heep related, former band members projects, side project, solo albums etc. However I have a long list of other bands which I really like and try to get everything I can, bands such as Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, Budgie, Rare Bird, Babe Ruth, Charlie, Nazareth, Deep Purple, Alice Cooper, April Wine, Strawbs, Barclay James Harvest, Moody Blues, Beatles, David Bowie, Capability Brown, Crack The Sky, Doobie Brothers, The Doors, Grand Funk Railroad, Focus, Free, Iron Butterfly, Elton John, New York Dolls, Journey, Keef Hartley Band, Lucifer’s Friend, Nektar, Santana, Saxon, Slade, Styx, Ten Years After, Supertramp, Three Dog Night, Free, Mostly Autumn, Cactus, Juicy Lucy. A lot of these bands I listed I also try and collect any related albums, I also collect music of a lot of other bands and artists, too many to list here.

MV - How big is your collection?

GD - As of right now, I have 2500 vinyl albums, cd’s and concert dvd’s.


MV - Do you concentrate your collection on one or more artists in particular?

GD - Try to, but it doesn’t work out that way…lol

MV - What is the first album you remember purchasing? Do you still have it?

GD - No, I don’t remember the first album I bought as it was about 42 years ago. It probably would have been some K-Tel Hits album or something like that. I do remember being given 4 albums from an aunt of mine when I was probably about 9 or 10, they were the Beatles (Help and Rubber Soul), The Outsiders (Time Won’t Let Me) and Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders (The Game of Love). I think those 4 albums played a big part in my passion for rock music and music in general. BTW, I still have those albums from my aunt.

MV - What is your favourite item in your collection?

GD - That is a tough question to answer, but I guess I would have to say my signed Uriah Heep and related band stuff. I also have some personal emails from Mick Box of Uriah Heep, Ken Hensley (formerly of Uriah Heep), Juanita Haan (Babe Ruth lead singer), Ray Phillips (original drummer of Budgie), Graham Fields, Mark Ashton and David Kaffinetti (former members of Rare Bird) that are important to me.


MV - Do you still actively collect or was this something you concentrated on in the past?

GD - It is something I started when I was young, but got away from it while I busy helping to raise my daughter. I started up again quite a few years ago and now you could say it is an obsession, but a good one.

MV - What is your preferred way of adding to your collection? Shopping online? Flea Markets? Independent music stores? Etc… Any favourite store or websites?

GD - I don’t have a preferred way, any way I can get what I’m looking for is ok with me, however nothing beats going to a local record shop and finding something that you were looking for or something you never knew existed. It still gives me a rush after all these years. Online, I would say ebay is my favourite, but I also buy from Amazon worldwide and other online stores including online record shops. I also enjoy finding new record shops wherever I travel to.

MV - How do you store your collection? Shelves? Boxes? Your attic?

GD - I had my rec room finished in my basement about 13 years ago and had a specially designed (I designed it) entertainment centre built at one end of the room, with specially designed drawers built at the bottom of the entertainment centre to house my vinyl collection (8 drawers in all). (Now completely full).


MV - Does your significant other support your collection? Did you have to convince him/her?

GD - She is so very supportive, and has been since we have been together, 20 years and counting. She never gives me a hard time about what I buy or how much I spend.

MV - What is on your “wish list” at the moment?

GD - Many rare and hard to find albums and cd’s, 4 pages in all….especially Uriah Heep’s first album, Very ‘eavy Very ‘umble issued in the UK on the Vertigo label, very difficult to find and when you do, it goes for a lot of $.

MV - Do you know any other collectors?

GD - A friend from my work collects a lot as well, I also have met other people over the years who collect music.

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