Open Road Records

Some of you followers out there have messaged along the way to ask what records have been scoring the soundtrack to our great American voyage. I thought it fitting to give you a run down of the records that have been spinning constantly in our van along the vast open road. These records have either been selected for their price (i.e. $1 price tag in Goodwill Stores) or are second-hand gems found in American record store institutions (such as Austin’s Waterloo Records and Hollywood’s Amoeba Records). Either way, the list is limited considering the amount of hours spent driving across barren tarmac without a single radio channel for hundreds (if not thousands) of miles. But due to this limited selection some new all time favourite have been discovered. If you haven’t heard of some of the titles then get a copy and give it a whirl. You never know, you might also find yourself with a couple more favourite records.

  • David Bowie – Young America (1975)
  • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – Damn the Torpedoes (1979)
  • Bob Marley and the Whalers – Rastaman Vibration (1976)
  • Bob Marley and the Whalers – Catch a Fire (1973)
  • Kool & The Gang – Wild and Peaceful (1973)
  • Burning Spear – Best of Burning Spear, The Millennium Collection (2002)
  • Erykah Badu – Worldwide Underground (2003)
  • Van Morrison – The Best of Van Morrison (1990)
  • The Allman Brothers Band – Brothers and Sisters (1973)
  • Louis Armstrong & His All Stars – Live Performances (1992)
  • Gross Point Blank – Original Soundtrack (1997)
  • The Wedding Singer – Original Soundtrack (1998)
  • Ryan Adams – Ashes & Fire (2011)
  • Cat Power – The Greatest (2006)

Amoeba Records



  1. Hello: My wife and I met your dad on his Baltic cruise and he sent us your blog info. We are foodies and live in San Francisco. We’d like to help you go back to the UK with the view that there are parts of the US that are not as gastronomically challenged as you likely have observed. I’ll provide this junk email address to keep my real email address from getting spammed, and if you want to contact us we would be delighted to help. jdhsjunk at gmail dot com.

    1. Hi Jim, thanks for checking in and saying hello! I do remember now that my dad mentioned that he met you and your wife on a recent cruise. I’ve been a little out of touch with wifi connections the past month as I’ve been camping on the coast and visiting your beautiful National Parks. Unfortunately I’ve already made a fleeting visit to San Francisco, had a lovely time there and ate some good meals. Due to car troubles I’m now in Portland (Oregon) staying with family, do you know many restaurants in the area that you can recommend? I’m currently engrossed in the craft brewery scene here, excellent brews to be had!

      1. All that comes to mind in Portland is not a restaurant, but Stumpjump Coffee (and their baristas)… the best anywhere. Good luck with your travels and your culinary carrier. Sorry we missed you in SF, Jim

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