The Record Shop Queens Road – Jack & Sonia London – Video by Andrew Clifton.

A great video from Andrew Clifton.

Alan Esdaile…..I can remember buying my first album from Jack. It was the ‘Bee Gees First’ and I paid 6d a week and he wrote the amount on the back of the sleeve until it was paid in full. I’ve still got it. As a kid ,I used to love looking in the window  at all the record sleeves.

Jim Breeds….Lovely memories of the man. And I think the video I saw before didn’t have the memorial tribute tagged onto the end, though I had heard that elsewhere. Nice to see it again.

Graham Burfield….first album I got there was Cockney Rebel

Pete Fairless….I used to love the story of how he tracked down the album and went to collect it for you!

Chris Meachen…..Dear old Jack, He would occasionally come out with peculiar questions, like ‘Were you breast-fed?’ he was such a character

Jim Breeds….I mostly used record vouchers and birthday/christmas money when I was a kid and then when I was working from age 17 onwards I used to save up in my post office book 🙂 I particularly remember on one occasion I pre-ordered (as we now call it – I don’t remember that term being used in the ’70s?) a copy of the upcoming limited edition release of The Free Story LP, a best of compilation. I went to the shop on release day and you would have thought his Mum had just died. He was emotionally upset that he had been unable to source a copy due to overwhelming demand. He said he had tried everything, including phoning around to other record shops. He was still apologising for that some weeks late. What a character.

Mick O’Dowd….Jack &Sonia were one of life’s best. He actually sold me my first Dansette record player and knocked 2/6 off the price for my Mum ( God bless Her) as he suddenley found that a bit of the leather cloth was loose! it was precisely 1/8th inches wide. Great couple. He would always call me “Chiefy”. Did he call anyone else this?

Andrew Clifton…..Hello Jim, I’m Andrew’s brother, Steve. We knew Jack and Sonia for many years. We’d go to the Record Shop searching for nostalgic recordings. Unfortunately we missed his retirement in December 2006 and then of course his sad demise in June 2007. I took the video camera to the funeral to chronicle the event as he, Sonia, and The Record Shop became a significant part of Hastings social history. Fortunately the proceedings were light-hearted and sprinkled with anecdotes, so it became a ‘watchable’ record…so much that Sonia asked for several copies for friends and family.

Chris Russel…..Great to see this film of Jack and Son, but so sad to hear that they are both gone. When I worked at Swift in Bexhill in the 80’s and 90’s Jack would come in every Wednesday and buy stock. At first he used to arrive in an orange Morris Marina that was 90% rust but later would get the train over. As far as I know they never had any children but had several cats that Jack would refer to as ‘the kids’, the most famous of which was Monty. Occasionally I would pop into the shop on a Saturday and knew I would be in there at least an hour as Son would insist that I had at least one cup of tea and usually at least one cheese sandwich.

Lauren Gower….The best kind of record shop,along with Alans of course!just before they close they got me a copy of ‘songs for drella’-Lou reed,John cale…when i tried to order it in Hmv(of maybe it was virgin at the time),they asked me who Lou reed was!!! There are no words for that!

Andrew Clifton… Unfortunately Jack and Sonia. Didn’t have any children as for the railway films Jack took. I think a family friend has got them. We got a lot of records through Jack. Also from The Disc Jockey. Both Jack and Al were great people to know.

Sid Saunders… I got all my music from Jack, a true gentleman sadly missed.

 

The Good The Bad and The Ugly Film – Classic Gaiety Hastings – 6th October 1968

Who remembers going to see The good the bad and the ugly?

Nick Prince… The Curzon Cinema (now Kino-teatr) in St Leonards holds the record for the longest run of any film of any of the eighty film venues to have operated in the borough with the Sound of Music.. a total of 124 weeks, these include two runs of 26 weeks and alternative weeks for a further year. five times the ppulation of the town saw the film here.

Judith Monk… I certainly did and Dr Zhivago…lovely cinema.

Paul Marshall and Zena – Masons Music 187 Queens Road Hastings – early 80’s and early record bag.

welcome to our newest member to SMART Paul Marshall

Paul Marshall… Wow

Tony May… I think the fact that the calendars on the wall say 1983 gives a clue to the year! (lol) Great pic, good times…

Paul Marshall… I am just doing the maths as well. I just turned 51 so I would have been just 17 in that pic  and the lovely Zena.

Tony May… A really early one! I’m not sure if you even had bags when I bought my ‘MUD Greats’ single on the pier?

Alan Esdaile… probably paper bags, white for singles, brown for lp’s and at one stage would have had a rubber stamp name on the bag.

SMART SOUNDS by Colin Bell reviewing Truth – The Columbia Recordings 1969-1970 by The Flock cd

TRUTH – THE COLUMBIA RECORDINGS 1969-1970   The Flock

I’m guessing that most readers first heard The Flock on the famous CBS ‘sampler’ album ‘Fill Your Head With Rock’ in 1970 (an album that’s been discussed on SMART elsewhere), its where I first picked up on them with their electrifying cover version of The Kinks ‘Tired Of Waiting For You’. Indeed the front cover of FYHWR shows Jerry Goodman of The Flock hair streaming playing like the devil on his electric violin. The Flock hailed from Chicago and had been around since 1966 (as The Exclusives) releasing several singles before recording their eponymous album in 1969 and the following years ‘Dinosaur Swamps’. Both these albums are contained on this new release plus rare and unreleased tracks new to CD. Signed to CBS this hugely musically talented band were part of the jazz/rock scene along with labelmates Chicago (or Chicago Transit Authority as they were then) and Blood, Sweat & Tears. Now both those bands went on to have illustrious careers as we all know. The mystery is why TF didn’t and by 1971 had all but broken up. They don’t know and neither do I. John Mayall saw them play in America in 1969 and told the press ‘The Flock are the best band ive heard in America’ coming from one of the founding fathers of the British music scene this was high praise indeed. Their debut album is so musically innovative its unique fusions of jazz/rock/blues and quality of musicianship is awesome just listen to ‘Introduction’ ‘Clown’ ‘I Am The Tall Tree’ and the aforementioned ‘Tired of Waiting’ and its clear these are guys at the top of their game.  I suppose because they weren’t ‘commercial’ or necessarily airplay friendly in the way of their contemporaries therein lies a large part of why they lost out on the big time. I think they are a musicians band lauded by their peers if not the record buying public. If that first album wasn’t great enough the follow up ‘Dinosaur Swamps’ was if anything even more accomplished ‘Big Bird’ should have been released and promoted as a single it certainly knocks spots off Chicago in my book, ‘Lighthouse’ and ‘Crabfoot’ are just two more highlights of creativity. Jerry Goodman’s violin and Fred Glicksteins vocals and lead guitar work together so perfectly. After the break up Goodman went off to the Mahavishnu Orchestra and the others went their separate ways. About 10 years ago their was a limited release of some Flock material and I managed to get in touch with Fred Glickstein and had a very interesting chat about the whole Chicago scene, I brought up another favourite of mine The Ides Of March, only for him to say they were good friends of his and they had shared the same bill often! He sent me some photo’s which hang on my wall. Great guy, great musician. This 2CD release has been remastered from the original masters and sonically sounds amazing and is certainly a definitive package with new liner notes by Fred. Anyone who has any interest in jazz/rock and hasn’t got into The Flock you are missing a rare treat. Well done Esoteric Records for a fine and much welcome package. Enjoy.

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Til next time…….Colin

 

Terry Pack… Great piece, Colin

Peter Howard… My mate John at djtees does a fill your head with rock album cover tee. Pretty cool and it attracts only interesting strangers, who instantly recognize it .

Pete Fisher… remember listening to Fill Your Head With Rock back in 1970 with Bernard Jeffrey at his place.

Steve Reents… I had this album. Interesting fusion of jazz and rock.

Chain Reaction – Battle Memorial Hall & The Railway Club St Leonards 1964/1965

supplied by Harry Randall

John Petrie lead guitar, Phil Booth vocals, Roger Messier bass, Harry Randall rhythm guitar and Archie Pelham on drums.

Yvonne Cleland… Aaaah – Battle dances. Those were the days!

Jacqueline Marsh… Yea, we did a few gigs out there and I went there earlier this year for a meeting, and so many memories came flooding back. This was one of the first places my mum and dad ever saw me performing with the Debs and my mum said, Jacqueline, your a different person when your up on the stage, never forgotten it, bless her.

Harry Randall… John was using a Selmer Zodiac,Roger the good old treble and bass and me Harry a certain triangular Watkins I’d give my right arm to own now I then moved onto a Selmer Thunderbird thirty the one with those brass legs that got caught on everything when wheeling it about!

Virginia Davis… I remember they used to have a disco every Friday night back in the 70s

Peter Gladwish… Never realised I had shared a stage with such illustrious company Harry. This was also around 1964 at the Railway Club. (P.S. I played lead guitar in those days)

Geoff Peckham… Is that Andy Franks I see, Pete?

Peter Gladwish… It certainly is Geoff. I believe we’ve had this conversation before!

Geoff Peckham… Yes, I remember. Just wanted to put his name out there again. I’ve just started what will inevitably be the lengthy process of compiling a cd’s worth of songs and tunes we played together in Uncle John’s Band. I’ll send you a copy when it’s done – but don’t hold your breath!

Peter Gladwish… I’d love to hear it Geoff. Please let me know if you ever manage to get it together. Andy was certainly one of the ‘gooduns’ taken far too soon. There must be a fanastic band or three up there by now!

Harry Randall… Roger Messier I think was from another band Roger Messetter was the Bass player in The Chain Reaction I see his name comes up in Smart 29 in a band called Country Air -early 70’s Carlisle asking who was the bass player? Well I bet it was him.Lived in Sedlescombe RIP!

Paul Huggett..Wow, Roger Messetter was an old mate of mine, he always played rhythm guitar in the bands we were in. Good ol’ boy, we had some capers. 😊 I was bass player in Country Air!

Harry Randall… Well I never knew ! I always thought he was just a Bass player .That is Roger from Sedlescombe ?

 

Cupids Inspiration – YMCA Hastings – 23rd Sept 1970

supplied by Sarah Harvey

Andre Martin… That was a good show for so many reasons ????

Alan Esdaile… I heard the dj was pretty good that night.

Andre Martin… Sensational would be the best description !!

Mick O’Dowd… Whatever happened to Marshall Scott?

Andre Martin… Retired and lives his life remembering the past ! lol

The Cobweb pop scene leaflet & Candy Choir

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supplied by Jozef Maxted

Robert Searle…. Ideal venue for Candy Choir,great harmonies. Saw them when they were doing a weeks stint at the Cobweb.Ron ,the keyboard player joined White Plains .Candy Choir were on Top of the Pops with Baŕry Ryan .Paul Ryan played keyboards while Ron played guitar.Eddie Wheeler played lead ,Dave played bass and Danny Beckett on drums.

Nigel Ford…  Candy Choir made several visits to Battle Dances around late 60′s-early 70′s and I remember hearing them one lunch time on Radio 1 Club on my smuggled-in Ferguson tranny at school one dinner-time about ’69? ( When dinner-time was still midday…. not in the evening!!!) Ha Ha!

Andy Qunta… Great memories!  I  see the name Candy Choir, & what I seem to remember is great vocal harmonies!

John Wilde… The Tamla Motown sunday club. It was very good.

Great version of Silence Is Golden .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H38s9HH879U

Very interesting comment from Brian Hatt….
We recorded Silence is Golden in 1966 in West Berlin at Teldec Studios on the worlds first 8track recorder.We took it back to our agent Starlight Artist in the uk and asked him to release it under our recording contract that we had . He said he would. In the same office were the Tremeloes who he all so managed. We herd nothing .The next time i herd the song it was by the Tremeloes in 1967 he had given it to them. When asked Why? he replied I have spent much money on them and they need a hit .I was so gutted i left the Candy Choir to form Orange Music to run the Studios and build Orange Amplifiers . Brian Hatt. Candy Choir.

Dave Easton… Suspect appeared with Candy Choir many times They were A SUPERB HARMONY BA

Robert Searle… They were Dave so were Suspect

Andy Qunta… I’m sure I saw Suspect with Candy Choir, & I thought they were both brilliant!