Thursday, March 4, 2010
Diary of a Lost Girl soundtrack for sale
Often times, Louise Brooks ephemera or memorabilia is listed for sale on eBay as "rare." One might wonder if its true - and then you notice too many other baubles also listed as rare. And then you check the asking price and see that the seller has started the bidding at $2.99. And then you ask yourself, how can something be rare if its only selling for $2.99?
Of course, the selling price of an item has not necessarily anything to do with its scarcity. That rule of thumb applies to both vintage and contemporary material. The point I am trying to make is that too often the word "rare" is thrown around all too casually. Just today, for example, I came across an item on eBay that is truly RARE, or at least really rather uncommon. The asking price is 100 euros, or approximately $136.90.
Its a contemporary soundtrack recording to the 1929 Louise Brooks film The Diary of a Lost Girl (translated by the seller as Diary of a fallen maid.), which was released in Germany as Das Tagebuch einer Verlorenen. In France, the film proved popular as Journal d'une fille perdue. And that's the title on the album cover. This particular recording, release in France on the PSI Label, features the music of Robert Viger (string quartet) and Alain Bernaud (piano).
These albums seldom shows up on eBay. Though that was my source when I bought one a few years back. Thank my lucky stars I still have an old turntable to play it on. Now that's . . . .
Posted by thomas gladysz / Louise Brooks Society