What Records remind you of fairgrounds?

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Colin Bell mentioned on a previous post that he has fond memories of hearing Runaway by Del Shannon at the fair on the oval. Two records that always remind me whenever I hear them, are Doris Day Move Over Darling and Chris Montez The More I See You.

Caz Simpson… Let’s Dance, Chris Montez. Fire, Crazy World of Arthur Brown.

Jim Breeds…. Anything by Fairground Attraction? 😉 Actually, Edgar Winter Group – Frankenstein. Although it also reminds me of bank holiday at Santa Pod in the 70s.

Pete Fairless… Ah, I remember the fairs on The Oval in the mid ’70s, so it was a lot of Glam – Slade, T. Rex, Suzi Quatro and, of course, that bloke we’re not supposed to mention… Think I might have first heard R Dean Taylor at the fair, too!

Peter Millington… “Timing a tick a tick a tick Timing” Jimmy Jones-1960

Caz Simpson… I loved Timing!!

Leigh Wieland-Boys… My Coo Ca Choo (or however it’s spelt) by Alvin Stardust immediately came to mind

Peter Millington… Caz I think it must be an age thing – Music was never louder than at the fair in the early 1960s

Caz Simpson… The fair was the most magical place in the world Peter, and it was the louder than loud music that made it so.

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Single record racks – did you have one of these?

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Pete Prescott… Me!

Graham Belchamber… Me

Lucy Pappas… Me!

Leigh Wieland-Boys… Me! But for some reason, and I never knew why, my cat tiddled on them more than once….don’t think she liked my taste in music, most odd!

Julie Findlay-jones… Me.

Pauline Hillier… Me x

Jeff Belton… I had 6 of them.

Stuart Huggett… Anyone else had one with numbered slots? Not sure they kept the singles in the best nick though!

Dave Nattress… Yes, definitely. Moved them around from place to place occasionally, guaranteed to spill the lot. Slipped discs I suppose. Also then plastic cassette storage racks and some hideous interlocking CD racks, possibly bought from Woolies, great dust-gatherers. They’re in the loft now – (only the racks), serious dust up there. And, as I digress, forgive me, also in the loft, loads of home recorded cassettes – mainly copies of vinyls, that I used to have in the car in cassette player days. Later cassette copies of CD’s before CD players were fitted into modest cars. First car with a built-in CD player was the mark 2 Ford Amontillado. “R889OHC” I think or something like, came from Hollingsworths, Bexhill. Next car – newer model Mondidillo had a Sony, (I think), 6 CD changer. Once it went wrong with several CD’s in it, including a couple of treasures and had to be taken out at the Ford dealership and sent off for repair and to release the CD’s which I did get back. The dealer said they could not take the thing apart and get them out. Apologies, this started as did I have a single record rack!

who remembers Top of The Pops – cover version albums

They used to play these in lots of shops, remember hearing them in Woolworth and the Wimpy bar.

Geoff Peckham… Before that, does anyone remember the EPs you could buy for about 3/11 that contained four current hits covered by session men? I had one with I Wanna Hold Your Hand, so that dates it to 1964.

Kev Towner… I saw some in a charity shop yesterday actually.

Darren Johnson… Could you get them free with petrol too I recall?

Jim Breeds… I have a couple of the LPs. And here’s a blog site dedicated to the subject.
http://copycatcovers.blogspot.co.uk

Jan Warren… They were terrible!

Martyn Baker… Yes they were.

Peter Thomson… I once read that an album existed called something like “Thin Lizzy Sings Deep Purple” but I never found it. I might Google it quickly before some other smartass gets the chance. Found it Funky Junction.

Pete Millington… Many of the Top of the Poppers became Cliff Richard’s backing band in the mid 1970s. Have a listen to the cover of Bohemian Rhapsody created in days not weeks and you’ll realise what a stunning bunch of talent they were.

Pete Fisher… I played on recording sessions in 1976 with Alan Tarney (bass) and Trevor Spencer (drums), who were then also Cliff’s rhythm section, and Alan Tarney wrote and produced “We Don’t Talk Anymore”

Peter Thomson… I saw a Dutch covers band while living in Germany, who performed a note perfect version of Bohemian Rhapsody, including the operatic mid section. Queen, who I’d seen in ’76 in Hyde Park, could never do that live.

Dave Nattress… Well I definitely remember the covers!! – Woolies specials weren’t they? I think my Wife has some of these LP’s stashed away in the loft. If I recall correctly were the copies a bit dodgy on the vocals? i.e. not actually very good copies of the originals. Jaffa (Geoff Peckham) mentioned some cheap EP’s. Don’t recall those but I did buy a couple of single/EP sized (EP’s I suppose – Duh) which were I think on the “Disc-a-Fran” label – I did say I think, it was long ago, in about 1966. These had 6 tracks I think and seemed like a bargain – not original tracks but copies and noticeably different. I can’t recall the tracks other than I think Long John Baldry’s Let the Heartaches Begin was on one of them. God alone knows where they came from.

Tim Moose Bruce… When I left school and started work in 76 the factory i worked at had piped music with covers of the recent chart hits. Prob the same musicians. Eventually got radio 1 .

Alan King… Elton John recorded a few, TOTP albums as did David Bowie and the singer out of Uriah Heap, when they were struggling of course

 

Radio/Stereograms – did you ever have one of these?

Thanks to Richard J Porter for finding this…

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Andy Qunta… Yes, we had something like that! Spent untold hours with it!

Janine Anne Hemsley… Still use mine .

Dave Luck… Had one very similar, but with twin sliding door’s on the front, good old fashioned Radiogram.

Jim Breeds… Gosh, almost the identical model to the one Dad bought from Bryants! It was a Bush stereogram with a Garrard deck.

Kevin Burchett… I  think Madeline Joyce Morton still has one of these she did last year anyway.

Madeline Joyce Morton… Still have one it is a Bush and still works

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Lucy Pappas… We had one. I wonder what happened to it?

Steve Thorpe… Had one the same, could plug a cassette recorder into the back. Then we had an ITT Music Centre with meters for recording levels! Happy days 🙂

Andy Maby… My ‘posh’ Aunt and Uncle had one! I remember playing my cousin’s singles: ‘Venus’, Shocking Blue!!!

James Turner… Am I old, just taken this photo in my lounge.

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Liz Dianto… My Grandparents had one, and it had a great sound

Terry Pack… We had a mono, valve driven one! Great sound.

Dave Luck… Found picture of my first radiogram given to me by my father, this one was made by Ferguson. This was then replaced by a Rigonda Bolshi Radiogram

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John Wilde… I would like one. Anyone?

Jim Breeds… There’s a few of them out there … http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_odkw=stereogram&_from=R40&_osacat=0&_trksid=p2045573.m570.l2632.R2.TR4.TRC2.A0.H0&_nkw=stereogram&_sacat=69851

Nigel Ford… I remember Dad going off to Eastbourne to buy a RIGONDA Bolshoi so he could listen to a Mantovani LP that we bought him for Christmas, though he seldom did and I believe it was an old valve system that sounded great compared with our Dansette Tempo player… but what I really wanted to say was….Nice Bush Madeline….

Mike o Brien… Owned a good few radiograms in my time and stereo systems to boot!.In the early 70’s owned a brand new Rigonda Bolshoi radiogram (I loved it) cost £125.There was at the time so much on the market we were spoilt for choice,Dynatron radiograms were in their heyday then but very expensive I have owned several models over the years(second-hand) One of my favourites I bought brand new was a HMV Stereomaster radiogram the sound was incredible (bought 1971) and cost £64. I am in my early 60’s now and still love radiograms and vinyl.Another favourite brand was Grundig.I own today a Grundig balmoral radiogram (mono) from 1955 a stunning piece of kit I bought second hand last year for £50.It is in superb condition internally and externally,it boasts 3D sound and contains 5 speakers,Collaro RC54 record changer,I did replace the cartridge so it will play stereo records(although the output is Mono).I kept the original so I can still play 78’s.Also included in the price was a complete set of valves all brand new.It still picks up a few radio stations mainly on VHF(FM today).The previous late owner had lavished care and attention on it,and it looks as if came out of a showroom,so all in all a great buy!,especially as it is 60years old this year (I have all the original paperwork).

Alan Wadey… Yes I have one email me.

Jan Warren… OMG!! Mike mentioned “Rigonda”!! – I think they were a German make but our family had lots of mad parties in the 70s and we had lots of big Rigonda speakers to give us the loudest music possible, those speakers became “legendary” in our family, I think some of us have some still in use?!! haha, happy days!! 🙂

Paine Electrics Ad – November 1975

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Chris Sambrook… Use to do the round of Record shops every Saturday in Hastings. To my surprise Paine stocked Revelation by Man, the first Stray album and other odds n sods like Mighty Baby and Warm Dust. Did anyone else find obscure Bands in Paines?

Wendy Weaver…  Parking is a bit scarce there now.

Peter Fairless… You have to park at West St Leonards and get the train!

Jim Hobbs… Nobody goes there anymore!

Alan Esdaile… I remember doing the rounds of all the record shops on a Saturday.

Nice Enough To Eat – sampler Island Records 1969 & record covers

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post suggested by Mark Sims & Eric Cawthraw

1. Fairport Convention – Cajun Woman
2. Mott The Hoople – At The Crossroads
3. Spooky Tooth – Better By You, Better Than Me
4. Jethro Tull – We Used To Know
5. Free – Woman
6. Heavy Jelly – I Keep Singing That Same Old Song
7. Blodwyn Pig – Sing Me A Song That I Know
8. Traffic – Forty Thousand Headmen
9. Nick Drake – Time Has Told Me
10. King Crimson – 21st Century Schizoid Man
11. Quintessence – Gungamai
12. Dr. Strangely Strange – Strangely Strange But Oddly Normal

Eric Cawthraw… Sampler albums eh! I’ve still got a copy of Island’s ‘Nice Enough to Eat’ – it was either 14/6 or 14/11, not too sure. It had some good stuff on it – Jethro Tull, King Crimson, Free and I particularly liked the Quintessence track – Gungamai. (I thing that’s the Ganges). It has been covered several times and was in the charts – by god knows who now! (John Storer – over to you, no pressure). Ah Quintessence – another great pier gig. As for the re-assurgence of albums – if you go to any major gig in the last 3 or 4 years – there is always LPs in the merchandising. I think the kids are beginning to get the fact that the artwork and the music are integral and should not be divorced as it is with downloads and even CDs for that matter. If anyone gets the chance to go to the Jewellery Quarter of Birmingham – go to St. Paul’s Gallery. It’s an art gallery specializing in LP cover art. They do it all properly – getting licences from the artists/record companies and then produce limited editions, they’re damn expensive mind but some are signed by the original artists. There is/was a lot of Hipgnosis stuff: Pink Floyd and Wishbone Ash. They even had a copy of the Sgt. Peppers album cover – the one that wasn’t used in the end. I see they have a website now – worth a browse. When I was chatting to the gallery owner, we were berating the fact that the art and music were no longer integral. I said that in times gone by the composers were influenced by the painters and in turn, the painters by the composers. I also said that you know damn well that when that cave-man made rock drawings he was going to be chanting. OK, so I’m nearly old enough to remember it first hand – I hear you thinking. It impressed him and the Mrs. and I were invited to a private gig the next day at the gallery to see Gordon Giltrapp. We had to refuse as we were off back to sunny Hastings! I’ve not had the opportunity to go back there since – it was about 4-ish years ago now. I’m pleased to see that the business is still operating.

Hipgnosis link…

http://www.hipgnosiscovers.com

Patrick Lewis… I  had this one – favourite track :Time Has Told Me by Nick Drake.

Jim Breeds…. I  remember seeing that in the shops and always meant to buy a copy. n:-/

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Motown Chartbusters Vol 3

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Mick O’Dowd… This week in 1970 Motown released the first of the Motown Chartbusters. Above no 3 is a pretty iconic cover from the past.

Alan Esdaile… All rest tracks behind a painted smile The Isley Brothers.

Janine Anne Scott… Still got this one.

Jon McCallion… Good album but five was better.

Alan Pepper… One of the first LPs bought from The RECORD shop !
Behind a painted smile … Can’t think of another MOTOWN track that has an intro and a sudden ending – anyone ? Loved the Stevie Wonder songs on this !

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Will Cornell… These are the only two vinyl Motown comps in my collection. This is the one of the earliest ones from about ’63 or so and a doozy from about ’70–a 5 LP box set that was set up like a radio documentary–like “The Beatles Story” issued over here, but with full length tunes and the dj seguing into Diana, or Stevie or Smokey or Levi or whoever, telling us something about the tune. Was only $5.99 I recall, but alas, mine was missing the souvenir booklet that was supposted to come inside.

Alan Esdaile… Don’t remember the first one being released here Will but pretty sure I remember The Motown Story in the UK. Anyone else confirm?

Mick O’Dowd… Yes I had a vinyl copy of the Motown Story. This is where jocks got the Motown hits jingles compilation from. Great album and i’ve got it on CD now. Yes it did Will. Nice full sized slinky super-doper turbo-charged booklet.

Susan Cordeux… I still have Motown Chartbusters vol 3, love Motown.

Leigh Weiland-Boys… …….and me, yet again – vinyl & CD!

Paul Morfey… Yes still got the vinyl Ive had for 40 plus years also got the C.D.!!

Pete Prescott… ME ! My brother Steve had this. I have it on cd.great album !

Heather Carter… Yep, got the album…

Paine Electrics – Opening February 1971.

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Phil Gill… Great. I bought the first Taste album and The Mothers Live at the Fillmore there. Roger Carey bought a lot of music there too.

Alan Pepper… If you had a time machine and went back to ’71 what RECORDS would you get from Paine’s Electrics ?

Alan Esdaile… Loads of great albums in 1971. Subject to budget which was very tight then, I would say Carol King Tapestry, Who Who’s Next, Janis Joplin Pearl and Leonard Cohen Songs Of Love & Hate.

Andy Qunta… If I had a time machine, I would get Time Machine by Factory! I lost my copy! Also The Yes Album, Genesis’ Nursery Cryme, and Deep Purple’s Fireball came out that year, I think.

Nigel Ford… Seeing it was formerly HORNBROOKS, I think that was what the shop in Battle was called when I first bought my 7″s. I don’t desire anything else from that time other than those I have still : GRAND FUNK Live & HUMBLE PIE Performance Rockin the Fillmore, though the latter was much later in the year. I remenber getting GENESIS Nursery Crimes & HUMBLE PIE Smokin from the DISC JOCKEY at different times around then and taking them back as they were too boring, which BIG AL did no problem.

Andy Qunta… Nursery Cryme boring? No way!

Alan Esdaile… Great album Nursery Cryme. Also like Selling England by The Pound.

HMV report sales of one vinyl turntable per minute over Christmas 2015.

Thanks to Tony Ham for finding this.

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Peter Fairless… I saw that, window full of ’em. £99 for the USB version

Chris Meachen…  I’m fortunate enough to own four decent turntables, a couple of which are at the very ‘hi’ end of ‘fi’. I’m looking forward to enjoying revisiting a lot of my vinyl collection once I’m settled into the new workshop…

Peter Fairless… Four is just greedy, Chris! I’ve two and they still get used, occasionally. Most stuff I have on the laptop now though.

Chris Meachen… Two of mine are stashed and in the attic as spares, & are likely to need some minor attention, one is included in the living room system which I don’t often get to use, but the other is going to be in the new workshop, where I will be setting up all my best stuff & can listen while I work..

Mick O’Dowd… Noticed Tesco in Hastings now has a selection box of vinyl! I think i’m going back…..

Peter Fairless… A selection box?

Jim Breeds… Chocolate vinyl Pete. (I believe in miracles). I think the USB ones that HMV were selling even play 78s, which is annoying, given that I have two Hastings orchestra 78s I haven’t been able to play yet (and some 78s that my Mum bought in the 1920s), and there’s no way I’m replacing my existing USB turntable just to get 78rpm backwards compatibility.

Paul Sleet… Must get all my old vinyl back from my son! He never plays it as he’s away travelling.