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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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’…

 

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 ….

 

 

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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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

The 45 7″ single is 69 years old (Feb 1949). What was your first record?

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Arthur Fiedler demonstrates the new RCA 45 rpm record player and a 45 rpm record. Fiedler was then the conductor of the Boston Pops orchestra and the host of the RCA Victor Show on NBC Radio, as well as an RCA Victor recording artist.

Alan Esdaile….What was the first single you got?  Mine was The Beatles Hello Goodbye.

Redstar Richter….t-rex – metal guru

Sarah Harvey….She Loves You – The Beatles…. and still got it in its original sleeve

Mick O’Dowd….Cathy’s Clown by the Evely Bros. Trouble was I only got a 78 player. DOH! First single I brought when I did have a proper machine was Wild Wind by John Leyton.

Pete Fairless…..Well, I played a lot of my older brothers and sister’s records, singles and albums, but the first single I bought with my own money was ‘Can The Can’ by Suzi Quatro in June 1973

Chris Meachen…First single I bought was ‘She loves you’ by the Beatles..

John Mcewen….Space oddity.

Yvonne Cleland…..Ape man. The Kinks.

Geoff Peckham…..I’m another “She Loves You”! I played the B side, ” I’ll Get You” to death as well.

Graham Burfield….silence is golden The Tremeloes

John Wilde….The Locomotion….Little Eva

Perri Ann Haste….Son of my Father by chicory Tip… Played it on the portable shared family Dansette record player….Rock ‘N’ Roll!!!

Peter Shaw….She Loves You…Beatles…6s8d…had to get mum to go out and buy a Dansette Bermuda!
If you know what that is, we’re the same age!!

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Motown Chartbusters Vol 3

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post suggested by Mick O’Dowd

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…

Jan Warren… Yep, I’ve still got it and it’s the clear vinyl one, had it for many years!!

Tony Davis… Just bought a cd box set with the first 5 motown chartbusters albums in. Great stuff

Lynne Smith… Got it on cd. Love Motown.

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