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  • Pinnacle Records £50,000 Competition ( The Chart )

    I recently found a record by The Chart, released in 1984 on Pinnacle records. It was by a mystery group which if you solved the puzzle held in the song and the fold out picture sleeve, you could win the prize. I decided to try to find out more about this online and have drawn a complete blank. Perhaps it is my internet search skills that are lacking, but then I got to thinking that perhaps someone on here, especially if someone specialises in Pinnacle records, could help me find out if the mystery was solved and who the group were. Perhaps even a solution to the puzzle as I have always been a keen puzzler, but from experience I know how many months or more can be spent in solving them. Sometimes reading the solution can be as interesting as taking part. So can anyone shed some light onto the Mystery ?

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    I can't even find out about Pinnacle up to 1984, everything I find ends much earlier, any suggestions welcome !

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    • #3
      It doesn't ring a bell, but maybe if you upload some pictures of the picture sleeve?
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      • #4
        On a related note, there was a capitol records competition in the 60s where the best lyrics to an instrumental track would get a cash prize and a publising deal. Sank without trace.
        As with this effort, it was more than likely a publicity gimmick.

        Just found a thread online with details of the capitol 'winners'
        "THIS IS A FINE TAPE AND BRINGS BACK MEMORIES OF YESTERYEAR WHEN THE MUSIC WORLD WAS GOOD AND NOT FOULED UP BY THE LONG HAIR SCURVES WHO JUST BEAT WILDLY ON ANYTHING AND COME UP WITH A LOT OF STUPID NOISE THat only damnfools and liars say they like it"

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        • #5
          I've often found a similar LP in charity shops where the sleeve is a fiendish puzzle but without fail, the record is ALWAYS missing!

          The band's called Kensington - has anyone ever heard this?
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          • #6
            Originally posted by cratedigger View Post
            It doesn't ring a bell, but maybe if you upload some pictures of the picture sleeve?
            I'm not very technical but I will have a bash if I can borrow a camera or something to take a picture or two, I don't even have a mobile !

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            • #7
              Originally posted by eclectiktronik View Post
              On a related note, there was a capitol records competition in the 60s where the best lyrics to an instrumental track would get a cash prize and a publising deal. Sank without trace.
              As with this effort, it was more than likely a publicity gimmick.

              Just found a thread online with details of the capitol 'winners'
              Thank's for that, it is very interesting, mind you, I don't think I would enter any competition with a winner being informed on 1st April !

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              • #8
                Originally posted by ashra View Post
                I've often found a similar LP in charity shops where the sleeve is a fiendish puzzle but without fail, the record is ALWAYS missing!

                The band's called Kensington - has anyone ever heard this?
                I thought Kensinton was always only a game, with no record ever intended to be included, perhaps I am wrong !

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                • #9
                  I'm sure this was intended humorously ... but what the hell, I'll respond! Yes, Kensington was a board game housed in a gatefold LP sleeve. There was never an LP. Has anyone ever come across a copy of Kensington unopened? I'm curious about how it was packaged. The custom-made plastic cover on mine can be arranged to either slip the game board out easily or the plastic container holding the game pieces, but not both. It doesn't seem to make sense whichever way I turn it, unless I'm missing something.
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                  • #10
                    Pinnacle were the largest independent distributor of music in the UK for a good few years. They had an office in central London, but most of the action occurred at their base in St Mary Cray and warehouse in Swanley.

                    They suffered the same fate as a lot of the distributors 5 or 6 years ago (including the Freak Emporium), death at the hands of the tax avoiding masses.

                    I don't know anyone that worked there in 84, except the big boss Steve Mason, who bought it as a failing company that same year.

                    He's a big fan of Crystal Palace, you may find him there on match days

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                    • #11
                      The only name that is mentioned in connection to the competition & Pinnacle is Joseph Cameron

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                      • #12
                        There is a copy on E-Bay for £125 staggering !

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                        • #13
                          I've been trying to get a friend to photograph it for me and help me post it for people to look at, but he has failed to do it for me, I wish I was more computer savvy at times, but not often !

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                          • #14
                            Has no-one any more information on this ?

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                            • #15
                              The search terms are a bit generic - You got a catalogue number?

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