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    Well, couldn't wait. A few interesting bits from round and about –

    Blue Mink – A Time Of Change (Regal)
    Marvin Welch & Farrar – Marvin Welch & Farrar (Regal)
    Quincy Jones – The Wiz OST (MCA)
    Twilight 22 – Street Love/Street Love dub (Vanguard) – looks like 1984 disco stuff, but still sealed and not sure if it’s worth opening…
    Cyril Havermans – Cyril (MGM) – ex-Focus chap sets out solo on psych-folk-prog opus…
    Bench – Trip & Twist (Placid Casual) – downtempo stuff, featuring Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals somewhere…
    Morgan – Organised (Source) - sort of like JTQ mixed with electronica and a dash of cheese…
    My Bloody Valentine – Tremolo EP (Creation)
    Andy Williams – Get Together With (CBS) – superb take on the hippy anthem title cut, sitars, the lot…actually a pretty good LP if you start with the third track on side 2…

    AndÂ…

    Don Estelle – Lonely Wine (Lofty Records) – yes, him, tackling the likes of Lionel Richie’s ‘Hello’ and The Cars’ ‘Drive’ with predictably compelling car-crash results. And it’s signed, very extravantly, for a certain ‘Vera’, who clearly didn’t appreciate the ageing Loftster’s gesture and dumped it in the ‘4 for £1’ bin I pulled it from this lunchtime...Now, don’t all rush at once to offer trades for this one. I’m sure another will turn up.

    Best of all, though is what looks like a private-press Florida LP by The Ben Champion Trio on Callaghan Productions. Sort of soft-pop/jazz/scat crossover stuff, with one of the best covers of ‘Fool On The Hill’ I’ve heard (vibes + flute + TWO hammonds) and some nice originals like ‘The Swing Tree’, ‘The Bogeyman’ and ‘It Ain’t Necessarily Bird Avenue’, which is apparently a version of a North West Orient radio jingle they did for a DJ named Bob Swanson…anyway, brilliant stuff. I need to post up a pic so you can all delight in the ‘interesting’ facial and head hair displayed by the pencil drawings of Ben, Kurt and Ike on the sleeve as much as I have since I found it…

    as well as those a bunch of videos for 50p each (including a colorized version of ‘Dawn Of The Dead’, Fred Williamson in ‘Black Cobra’, ‘Logan’s Run’, Terence Fisher’s 1959 Hammer ‘The Mummy’ and ‘Trees Lounge’), and a signed first edition copy of Jeff Noon’s ‘Automated Alice’.

    All of which beats queueing for a BLT, anywayÂ…

    This was after opening this morning's bumper postbag including 'Cleopatra Jones OST', 'Kosmos' and Merit Hemmingson's 'Bergtagen'...

    ...and it's been sunny as well. Bound to p*ss down tomorrow, then...
    a giant steam-powered turntable in warwickshire plays six foot cement recordings of Prince Albert's speeches to the rejoicing populace

  • #2
    Originally posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]Twilight 22 – Street Love/Street Love dub (Vanguard) – looks like 1984 disco stuff, but still sealed and not sure if it’s worth opening…
    They did a killer electro track called 'Electric Kingdom'. Bit of a classic actually. Not sure what 'Street Love' is like but it has to be worth opening.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by [b
      Quote[/b] ]Don Estelle – Lonely Wine (Lofty Records) – yes, him, tackling the likes of Lionel Richie’s ‘Hello’ and The Cars’ ‘Drive’ with predictably compelling car-crash results. And it’s signed, very extravantly, for a certain ‘Vera’, who clearly didn’t appreciate the ageing Loftster’s gesture and dumped it in the ‘4 for £1’ bin I pulled it from this lunchtime...Now, don’t all rush at once to offer trades for this one. I’m sure another will turn up.
      I'll trade you a copy of the wee man's signed version of Java Jive, lovingly dedicated to the probably equally lovely Joan
      Specialising in Rusty Goffe since 2009

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      • #4
        I've got a 'Stars on Sunday' lp with Don Estelle's version of 'Amazing grace' on it, and it's actually reasonably amazing as it features 2001 style funky drums & electric piano - a bit buried, but still there! His voice is terrible, but it's got novelty value I think, it's going to be on my Easter mix anyway, must get it finished and off!

        On another note - I went 'gold diggin' today, no Duke to be found However did I find some really old looking ( 1950's ? ) Lego in it's original packaging - anyone know anything about this sort of thing ( !? ), or sites with info - I've googled quite a bit with surprisingly few results . . .
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        • #5
          Originally posted by [b
          Quote[/b] (Blighty @ April 23 2004,18:44)]
          Originally posted by [b
          Quote[/b] ]Twilight 22 – Street Love/Street Love dub (Vanguard) – looks like 1984 disco stuff, but still sealed and not sure if it’s worth opening…
          They did a killer electro track called 'Electric Kingdom'. Bit of a classic actually. Not sure what 'Street Love' is like but it has to be worth opening.  
          i own an album by twlight 22 with both the forementioned tracks on, and yes they did some top notch electro action in the form of" electric kingdom/siberian knights" which was out as a 12" which is a must for anyone into electro! but i was pretty disapointed in the rest of the album to say the least...

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          • #6
            Originally posted by [b
            Quote[/b] (Blighty @ April 22 2004,19:44)]
            Originally posted by [b
            Quote[/b] ]Twilight 22 – Street Love/Street Love dub (Vanguard) – looks like 1984 disco stuff, but still sealed and not sure if it’s worth opening…
            They did a killer electro track called 'Electric Kingdom'. Bit of a classic actually. Not sure what 'Street Love' is like but it has to be worth opening.  
            Well, opened it, had a couple of spins, and it's a pretty solid electro cut, though I'm not that good a judge of that stuff myself. Better than I'd expected, though, especially the dub version...
            a giant steam-powered turntable in warwickshire plays six foot cement recordings of Prince Albert's speeches to the rejoicing populace

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            • #7
              I'll have no mocking of Don Estelle here, thank you very much - I've met him, and he was a really nice bloke. Tiny, though.....

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              • #8
                i saw an interview with Don Estelle on telly recently. he lived in a little flat in a big tower block. he seemed very kind, friendly and approachable, and impeccably dressed.

                he looked lonely. it made me very sad.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by [b
                  Quote[/b] (theeman @ April 26 2004,10:42)]i saw an interview with Don Estelle on telly recently. he lived in a little flat in a big tower block. he seemed very kind, friendly and approachable, and impeccably dressed.

                  he looked lonely. it made me very sad.
                  ...in that case you won't really want to know that he died last August.

                  A friend of mine recently found a copy of his vanity-published autobiography. Lots of railing against "the current dire state of showbiz" apparently.....
                  Endless Tripe

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by [b
                    Quote[/b] (theeman @ April 26 2004,10:42)]i saw an interview with Don Estelle on telly recently. he lived in a little flat in a big tower block. he seemed very kind, friendly and approachable, and impeccably dressed.

                    he looked lonely. it made me very sad.
                    Oh god yes.

                    The tower block in question was Dunkirk Rise in Rochdale, a place where the grimness of the seventies (replete with skinheads, glue sniffing, 20 Berkley, and concrete blocks being dropped from the twentieth floor) survived well into the nineties. A friend of mine had a bedsit there and it wasn't uncommon to meet Don in the lift. He always looked dapper, but it was a profoundly depressing experience. You too can share the pathos here...

                    don's afterlife

                    To think, Melvin Hayes is sitting pretty on the proceeds of his B*Witched adventure while Don was reduced to dueting with Cyril Smith.
                    It ain't shakey

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by [b
                      Quote[/b] (dr kraken @ April 26 2004,13:58)]
                      Originally posted by [b
                      Quote[/b] (theeman @ April 26 2004,10:42)]i saw an interview with Don Estelle on telly recently. he lived in a little flat in a big tower block. he seemed very kind, friendly and approachable, and impeccably dressed.

                      he looked lonely. it made me very sad.
                      Oh god yes.

                      The tower block in question was Dunkirk Rise in Rochdale, a place where the grimness of the seventies (replete with skinheads, glue sniffing, 20 Berkley, and concrete blocks being dropped from the twentieth floor) survived well into the nineties. A friend of mine had a bedsit there and it wasn't uncommon to meet Don in the lift. He always looked dapper, but it was a profoundly depressing experience. You too can share the pathos here...

                      <a href="http://" target="_blank">don's afterlife</a>

                      To think, Melvin Hayes is sitting pretty on the proceeds of his B*Witched adventure while Don was reduced to dueting with Cyril Smith.
                      What relationship did Melvyn Hayes have to B*Witched?!
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by [b
                        Quote[/b] (ladyboygrimsby @ April 26 2004,14:02)]What relationship did Melvyn Hayes have to B*Witched?!
                        I have absoultely no evidence to back this up, nor do I remember the source, but I heard that Melvyn wrote a forgetable but successful ditty for the said vapid river-dancers.

                        But then again, maybe he didn't. Anybody?
                        It ain't shakey

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by [b
                          Quote[/b] (dr kraken @ April 26 2004,14:15)]
                          Originally posted by [b
                          Quote[/b] (ladyboygrimsby @ April 26 2004,14:02)]What relationship did Melvyn Hayes have to B*Witched?!
                          I have absoultely no evidence to back this up, nor do I remember the source, but I heard that Melvyn wrote a forgetable but successful ditty for the said vapid river-dancers.

                          But then again, maybe he didn't. Anybody?
                          He wrote 'Rollercoster' for them, hence the uncanny similarity to the theme tune from 'The Doubledeckers'.

                          And here begins the thread about Tiger......
                          Matt Hero

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                          • #14
                            what was that blank link meant to be?

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by [b
                              Quote[/b] (bongolia @ April 26 2004,14:37)]what was that blank link meant to be?
                              This ... less ghostly don

                              but I warn you, Don's forced jollity in the audio does little to mask the underlying sense of desperation.

                              It also has his CV, which doesn't help either.

                              Thanks for the pop trivia Matt. Now I remember the source of my information on Melvyn... it was of course, this very board.
                              It ain't shakey

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