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!

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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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.
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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.