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…

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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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What is your favourite Live album?

Mick Knights… Lou Reed. Rock and Roll Animal.

Matt Thomas… Nocturne – Siouxsie & The Banshees

Shaun Pont… Slade Alive!

Kevin Sherwood… Strangers in the Night – UFO

Paul Crimin… Live and Dangerous-Thin Lizzy

Tim Moose Bruce… Frampton Comes Alive. Live n Dangerous. E.T.I by Blue Oyster Cult, If You Want Blood

David Broome… Live in the Heart of City also like Two for the Show by Kansas

Linda McGregor… Frampton Comes Alive.. saw him about 3 years ago, did this album in full, amazing

Dave Valentine… Johnny Cash At San Quentin, 801 Live, Iron Maiden – Live After Death, Daft Punk – Alive

Alan King… Back It Up – Nils Lofgren or or this one – Bert Jansch – Live at the 12 Bar (and not just because I produced it)

Len Smith… Hand Clapping, Foot Stomping, Funky but Live, Geno Washington & Ram Jam Band

Graham Sherrington… CREAM at the Albert Hall their reunion

Mike Mitchell… It’s Alive – The Ramones

Phil Gill… Allman Brothers Live at the Fillmore. The Who Live at Leeds. All the other live albums can get in the sea.

Alan King… dunno about that, as i get older i’m getting fed up with production and find myself only listening to live stuff, yes most official ‘live albums’ are over produced too, but I even quite like some mid Pink Floyd stuff ‘live’ some very good Top Gear sessions of Atom Heart Mother and Echoes – both pieces I don’t think I could ever sit through the studio versions of ever again

Dave Edwards… Alan King, forgot Little Feat Electrif Lycanthrope and Allman Brothers a dead cert.

Jim Breeds… Stop Making Sense, Alan

Nigel Sherwood… Uriah Heep live 1973

Jan Warren… The Live Adventures of…. Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper!

Colin Bell… Live At Leeds & Around The World With Three Dog Night

Jackie Hersee… Carol King live at Hyde Park

Julian Deeprose… Live and Dangerous – Thin Lizzy, by a country mile for me 🙂 Captures the very essence of a Lizzy gig, all the energy and power just cracks through. Still makes the hairs stand up every time I play it.

Alan King… but it wasn’t live was it ? all mocked up in the studio by all accounts – all a very large part of it was over dubbed – doesn’t mean it ‘aint a half decent album though – it’s just not as ‘live’ as it pretends to be

Julian Deeprose… That is a moot point as Tony Visconti who produced it says a lot of it was over dubbed whereas Chris O’Donnell the Lizzy manager hotly disputes this and says that it is 75% live but taken from different shows and only Scott Gorhams parts on 2 tracks a few essential cleanups and crowd noise overdubbed. Scott confirms this version of events. The important things is that the result is a superb album which for me recreates the 14 times that I saw Lizzy live. Halcyon days 🙂An interesting comparison is the Still Dangerous album which features several of the same recordings warts and all.

Louise Burt… Had this album its fantastic but sadly it was stolen along with all my other records in 2018

Jack Apps… All of them

Colin Gibson… I sing the body electric    Shouting in Key.    Rock of Ages

Paul Gray… It’s Too Late To Stop Now – Van Morrison.

Barry French… Wishbone Ash. Live Dates

Dave Nattress… Wow a difficult one!! Cream reunion at the RAH, Free live at the Isle of Wight and The Live adventures of Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper, 1968, got the double CD and the double vinyl, played it just the other night. Takes me back to 68 formative years and all that.

Martyn Baker… Thin Lizzy – Live and Dangerous is hard to beat as an album, but bits of it may well be dangerous, but they’re certainly not live! I was in Tony Visconti’s studio when the guitar overdubs were being done!

Alamo Leal… Martyn, I sign underneath! Followed close by the Get Yer Ya’s Ya’s Out , of the Stones.

Tim Moose Bruce… Yessongs

Steve Blackman… Gregg Allman Live at Macon

Clive Richardson… Glastonbury triple album.

Martin Richter… live at the hope and anchor

Kevin White… Seconds Out Genesis, 08:30 Weather Report, Zappa live in New York, Deep Purple live in Japan.

 

Paine Electrics – Opening 22nd February 1971.

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.

Ian Cramp… Thanks, fond memories of this shop Best album that year in my opinion Meddle by Pink Floyd.

Alan Esdaile… lots of great albums in 1971. Who’s Next, What’s Going On Marvin Gaye, Blue Joni Mitchell… difficult choice Ian.

Pete Fairless… Don’t forget ‘Sticky Fingers’, ‘Tapestry’ and ‘Hunky Dory’…

 

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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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 🙂

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Oldies Unlimited

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Anyone remember the firm Oldies Unlimited? We used to give out these catalogues in the shop. Interestingly the owner Antony Lewis lived in St Leonards before he set up Oldies in Telford. I used to buy Led Zeppelin USA import singles from him to sell in Stylus.

Redstar Richter… yeah!!

Nick Prince… Yes. Ive still got a credit note from them somewhere.

Darren Holmes… Being young Mods in late 70s/ early 80s it was like our bible trying to get hold of certain sounds! I use to biy loads from your shop!!! Lol

Karen Sweatman Was Blackman… Ordered lots from them

Matt Thomas… Spent a big chunk of my wages on them lol

Nigel Ford… Yes I still have a catalogue somewhere. I bought a number of ex-juke-box 7″ singles though from ads in Disc & Music Echo in the mid 60′s with the plastic inserts in place of the original centres, sometimes receiving 2nd choice items as what I really wanted had sold out.

Mike Vawdrey… I used to buy from them in the early 1990 s but they dropped me off the mailing list when they relocated – to Wolverhampton I think. Some good bargains especially vinyl at a time when it was going out of fashion(no more of course). There is still an Oldies Unlimited Shop in Wolverhampton ….

Carol Healy… I have a catalogue sales no 2, when does this date too?

Alan Esdaile… Sorry don’t know the date Carol.

Tony Ham… I remember Oldies Unlimited, also remember Adrian’s, who I have just Googled and found they’re still going.

Barbara Foulkes… Brilliant company, I bought loads of singles from them

 

 

Who remembers buying piano music in Attwells 22 Grand Parade St Leonards?

Josie Lawson… I remember the address now too. It was my first transistor radio I bought there. I used to listen to radio Luxembourg on it at night, and I believe the pirate stations, I think I was 16 years then so was in the 60s. Thanks Alan for finding it…

Barry French… My mum played Piano & would pop in there for sheet music , & I’m sure I bought guitar strings from there. (These were made by Cathedral & were always breaking)

Fiona Evans… I do & clarinet reeds !

Mark Hardwick… Black Cat Pub and Grill.

Part exchange your piano for a radiogram or television in 1965.

Was this still called Attwells in 1909?

Roy Penfold… in 1911 the shop was Hermitages, listed as a pianoforte dealer with branches here, Robertson Street, Eastbourne and Tunbridge Wells. (source 1911 Kellys)

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Josie Lawson… I bought a transistor radio sponsored by my dad…It was called His Masters Voice

Matt Thomas… HMV

 

Name a single 45 record that you played again and again

Joe Knight… Get back 😊 beatles

Shaun Pont… In My Chair is by Status Quo.

Leigh Wieland-Boys… The 45s I remember I had on repeat more than most – I’m my own time (Family) I’m your puppet (James & Bobby Purify), & Take it to the limit (Eagles). In my own time by Family! Just listened to it again (on YouTube as don’t have record player- still love it!)

Alan Essex… Loved Family and went to see them live many times. How many tambourines did Roger Chapman go through. Telstar by the Tornados.

 Chris Meachen… Ride a white swan, rather embarrassingly.

Eric Peckham… What’s wrong with that? Great song. Juke Box Jive – Rubettes.

Phil Thornton… I did the same !

Sharon Kirby… Blondie, Heart Of Glass

Derek Hall… Jerry Lee Lewis ‘Great Balls Of Fire’ – purchased in 1958. I played it repeatedly because it was the only 45 I had. It drove my Mother nuts!

Russell Field… How does it feel by slade

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Melody House – Music Shop Hastings 1950’s

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Jim Breeds… OK, a little early for this group – this is the fifties – but I don’t know of a FMARTIES Group so here goes. A musical shop in Queens Road advertising in my 1953 Kelly’s Directory.

Geoff Peckham… I’ll bet my dad would have bought his strings and sheet music from here!

Matt Thomas… That area seemed to have a lot of music history

Alan Esdaile… Great find Jim