These albums are 50 years old in 2021

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Mark Rodrigues… Linda McCartney Ram?

Stephen Singleton… With a little help from Paul

Tony Court-holmes… got a lot of them

John Gale… Wow, thats quite a list… A classic year clearly

Mark Gilham…Rather sobering tbh

Peter Thomson… I remember at the time reflecting on how wonderfully timeless all my 1921 albums were.

Pete Prescott… I’ve got a good few of those. I still play them. I wonder long the list will be of today’s classic albums in 50 years and how they would compare. Obviously each generation has their own music but some of these are being listened to by young people today. Some wonderful albums. I’m glad I was lucky enough to have heard (and sometimes seen) them as a teenager.

Graham Sherrington… I have two CD’s in the car Marvin Gaye and Yes both bought in Woolworth’s in RYE.

Mick O’Dowd… I know it has always the older generation downing the music of the youth of the day throughout time but, when I listen to todays music, with only few exceptions, can I see REAL classics in the making. Too over produced so how can they recreate them live without miming? I know this practice has been going on for a great many years and we probably have seem “live” performances that weren’t.

Dave Nattress… Got over half of these on vinyl obviously and then a good few of them on cd’s also. 50 years – almost unbelievable but true. To have really started listening to the pop of the day in about 1963 when I was 10 lived through the rest of the 60’s, the pirate era, 70’s, punk, 80’s and indie, etc. etc. and been to many gigs, done a good few with local bands, and still music is so important- a charmed life indeed!!! A great period to have lived through.

Alan Pepper… Have still got about ten of these, but have seen twice as many slip through my hands in the past. What a great year though !

Earl Grey… “Linda” McCartney: Ram is a personal favourite. Who wrote this list?

Julie Findlay-jones…That’s just scary .

Patrick Lewis… I have 18 of them. Classic year

Colin Bell… The greatest albums of The Doors & The Who here, where did the time go?!


Midnight Shift – The New Broom early 70’s


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John Breeds… Bryan Baker, John Breeds and the late Chris Turner at The New Broom, Broomgrove.

Richard Turner… My uncle Chris on the right.

John Wilde… My ole mate Chris. Man we had some fun. Shine on wherever you are.

Harry Randall… Chris bless him! Not only played with him as a kid but also in my band way back when we both had hair! RIP! Miss him and Tony/Vic Bridger!

Tony May… Brian Baker still lives in Hollington. He teaches guitar sometimes. He went on to be in the band, ‘Talisman’ who had an LP and single out called ‘Sounds In Our Minds’.

Tony Court-holmes… yet another lost pub

Band prices in 1971

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Roy Penfold… Band price list from college events magazine 30 April 1971.

Andy Hemsley… Van Der Graff Generator are good value!

Pete Prescott… Awesome

Kate Recknell-Page… Oh wow certainly remember a lot of those bands – xx

Ian McGilvray… Slade a bargain at £150

Robert Searle… We was a bargain at £20

Nick Bloomfield… I can see why my College booked Hawkwind now at only £150 – bargain!

Graham How… It was a good time for live music. Ace Promotions certainly had many on the list on Hastings Pier.

Tony Court-holmes… Graham and I went to most of them

Paul Cullen… Did you notice that Family were charging £1000 for a gig?

Glenn Piper… Traffic are also on the list as £1000

Dave Nattress… Really interesting!!

Alan Pepper… T.Rex in 1971 would be worth it. That’s my choice ! I think they were at their peak .

Glenn Piper… I saw T-Rex at Brighton Dome October’71

Marianne Zargar… Crikey! Deep Purple £1250. I saw them in London about a year before aged 14 or 15. Must have spent all my Saturday job money for the year! My friend managed to get into Ritchie Blackmore’s dressing room but was promptly thrown out. Sadly I only remember that and not the music. Still playing “Child in Time” on my original 1974 stereo though


Who remembers Virgin Records shop in Brighton around 1973?


Martin Richter… really ? i remember Virgin being a small shop in queen’s road in the 80’s – i shared a flat with the manager

Martyn Baker… Yes I do remember going there around then. I was at Hastings Grammar school in those days, and I loved the relaxed easy-going atmosphere of Virgin Records – in fact the whole of Brighton town centre! I moved there from Hastings when I was 22. Never looked back, although I still have many friends and fond memories of Hastings.

Michael Gibbs… It was in an old bank building where Boots is now. You could sit on bean bags and listen to albums on headphones

Jim Breeds… Yes, I went there a few times. Went to Brighton by train sometimes to browse the Brighton shops and the Lanes. You could just drop in to Virgin and doss on the mattresses and scattered cushions that took up much of the floor space, while listening to whatever was on the hifi, if I remember correctly. Lots of, errrr, joss stick smoke in the air!

Shaun Pont… I remember buying Hawkwind’s In Search of Space in the Queens Road shop in 1978.

Reid McDuffie… Martin, I remember the smaller shop in the later 70s as well. Maybe there were two?

Michael Gibbs… It was in an old bank building where Boots is now. You could sit on bean bags and listen to albums on headphones

Jim Breeds… Yes, I went there a few times. Went to Brighton by train sometimes to browse the Brighton shops and the Lanes. You could just drop in to Virgin and doss on the mattresses and scattered cushions that took up much of the floor space, while listening to whatever was on the hifi, if I remember correctly. Lots of, errrr, joss stick smoke in the air!

Chris Meachen… I remember headphones hanging from the ceiling & giant floor cushions, possibly also the smell of dope smoke…

Mick Knights… I queued outside in the freezing cold for three hours to buy Led Zeppelin tickets. In spite of queue jumpers I was only a couple of spaces from the door when they sold out!

The Yes Album – 50 years old today (19th February 1971)

Mike Curtis… Feeling old. This fantastic album was released 50 years ago today!

Roger Carey… My favourite Yes album and the only one I know really well.. This is a record time response for me – it came up and I chipped in! Hello Geoff Peckham- I remember one of your favourite bands was “Gracious” but we here to applaud the marvellous “Yes Album”. “I’ve seen all good people” etc.! I still have the Futurama bass- will make a project of it one day , needs some work!

Geoff Peckham… Yes, I loved Gracious – how did you remember that?! But this was a big fave too. ‘….No Disgrace’ being my favourite. So pleased the ol’ Futurama’s still with us! It’d be great if it was ‘refreshed’. Hope to see you soon.

Dave Weeks… My first prog album. Still a classic.

Pete Prescott… I still play it. My favourite YES album. Every track ! I saw an interview where Bill Bruford said the intro was the theme from Bonanza but the other guys wouldn’t hear of it !

Alastair James Thompson… Love it … still gets played chez moi

Nick Webb… ep still got Yes and Genesis album’s both a bit scratched from over playing back then. Must have brought Yes with pocket money as not working till a year later.

Tony Court-holmes… watched 2 hours plus last night on Sky Arts of Yes would have liked more music and less talking

Robert Searle… Saw Yes at the Big Apple Brighton, great band when Steve Howe joined who used to play with the underrated group Tomorrow who I thought were really good. Still got that album.Love it.

Nick Bearkeeper Rowland… I first heard the Yes Album at school. I heard it coming from out of the 6th form common room. I liked it so much that I asked one of the prefects. I ended up buying the album. Going For The One is an excellent one too.

Graham Sherrington… one of my permanent CD’s in the car along with Frampton Comes alive from San Fransisco.

Lucy Pappas… The first album I ever bought. It was so wonderfully exciting and different. I still play it but on cd now! xx

Leigh Wieland-Boys… .I have this album, bought it from  Alan Esdaile shop on the pier mid-70s, if my memory serves me well

Pete Prescott… I used to have a vinyl/CD night at the DOLPHIN I the old town once a month. (I hope to do it again when this madness is over) One night I was playing “I’ve seen all good people” and then “Perpetual Change. I stopped it at the end of the first section and Roger Carey, Dave Blackman,Andy McDuffie and Graham Belchamber all jumped up and went “Noooooo!” It was like stopping half way through sex ! Unforgivable ! When I go back to the DOLPHIN I’ll play the whole thing. I Promise !

Mike Guy… This was the album that turned me into a life-long Yes fan, I discovered their two initial albums later. My late brother Martin was a few years younger than me but left school to work as soon as he could, so he had a few bob to splash out on albums, unlike me at that time. I started of by enjoying Clap [not THE Clap!] & then just left the album play & so got into the the other track bit by bit [PROGressively!]. Since then I’ve seen them play live in Cardiff, Reading Festival, Bristol, Birmingham, Frankfurt, Antwerp, Wembley Arena, The Albert Hall, & Brighton [3 times]. I thoroughly recommend the Steve Wilson Blu-ray remixes with 7.1 surround sound headphones.

Graham Belchamber… Looking forward to you doing an all of Topographic Oceans vinyl night

Keith Rodway… Still sounds great

Dave Nattress… Wonderful album, saw them do Yours Is No Disgrace on TV – I’d like to say Whistle Test but I’m unsure, but went straight out and bought the vinyl – well what else back then, and then all the Yes stuff, have most on CD also. Starship Trooper also – wonderful. Only saw them once at Crystal Palace bowl or Party in the Park – the stage across the lake. Still have the vinyl and still play the CD. Gracious – Jaffa. They played the pier once at least? I think they were on a bill with about 4/5 bands I saw there with The Pink Fairies? Strife? and maybe two/three others. Not sure if it was a college all-nighter? Very sketchy on this one. Did Factory play the same bill? I had the poster for years, long lost.


Slade In Flame Film – The Curzon Cinema St Leonards 23rd February 1975

Pete Fairless… What a great film!

Derek Clemans… Bloody hell. … I went to see that at the Curzon.

Carol Ann Bolton…  I’ve not heard of this before. Must try and see it?

Graham Burfield… Just watched it on DVD still a great film

Mick Knights… The Curzon was a delight at the matinee interval when tea and biscuits were available, which reflected the age of their usual cinema goer!!!

50 years ago today 15th February 1971 was Decimal Day. Who remembers?

Kate Recknell-Page…Yep I know exactly where I was – at work in the BEA East workshop at Hatton Cross our 20min tea break took over an hour by the time everyone got served!!! Poor canteen ladies were soo stressed out coping with giving out the correct change !!!

Lorna Brazier… Definatly do. My granny gave me a brand new 50p piece for my birthday. I was chuffed to bits, It was my 5th birthday and I bought myself a new doll.

Leigh Wieland-Boys… My first job (Saturday girl in a supermarket) was in ‘old money’ and remember the change over and confusion it caused

Lynne Smith… My first day of work was decimal day!

Steve Thorpe… I remember training sessions at work and I wasn’t in the retail trade.

Graham Sherrington… Beer Doubled in price

Dave Nattress… Well I’m hazy about the details, but Yeah I remember it, but worst thing of all, 50 YEARS AGO, almost unbelievable!

Chris White… Remember it well

Jane Hartley… I was working in Acres the Bakers Mount Pleasant Road.

Nicholas Parsons – Warrior Hotel St Leonards 14th February 1978

Richard Moore… It was a pleasure to work with him that night with Sunshine Express, a real pro and a nice guy. Tommy Trinder appeared the following year .

Tony Ham… From Norwich, it’s the quiz of the week…

Rick Nesbit… Nicholas bloody Parsons!!

Tony Ham… I remember him in The Comic Strip Presents.

Man with umbrella on the pier – who is it asks Clive Richardson

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Clive Richardson… Anyone remember who this is?

Paul Huggett… Young Steve Wright very drunk at a BBC party..?

Jim Breeds… Gene Kelly. Doo di doo doo doo di doo di doo dooooooo…..

Mike Waghorne… Jim, singing in the rain ?

Yvonne Cleland… Looks like someone I used to know called Jack.

Alan Esdaile… I recognise him and remember him from a few gigs on the pier.

Martin Richter… kevin turvey ?

Phil Gill… It’s seventies super hero Umbrella Man. Following a bizarre lightning strike on Hastings beach in a ferocious storm, 20 year old Tom McGee’s umbrella was fused to his brain, generating super powers in young Tom.