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  • Post 10 LPs you associate with being a member of VG+...

    ...and let's see what a VG+ canon, chart, Top 100, or whatever ... looks like in 2016.

    "Nominate ten LPs you associate with being a part of the VG+ community"

    You could nominate LPs...
    - that remind you of VV / VG+ site (and always will)
    - you heard about here first, then found and fell in love with
    - you shared here with others that led to memorable discussion
    - that are 'one-trackers' (but what a track!) kind of affairs
    - that reflect what you see as reflective of the spirit of this site

    Rank your nominations from 1 to 10:
    - your number one VG+ record = 10 points
    - your number ten record = 1 point

    10 LPs is the maximum but you may want to nominate less. Either way, rank them so points can be added up to evolve a chart. There has been lots of debate about criteria in these threads as well as suggestions for what LPs should be in a VG+ 100.
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    Very Good Top 100 @ Forumusic: 27th January 2014
    http://www.verygoodplus.co.uk/showth...=Forumusic+100

    VG Plussers Assemble: 22nd July 2016
    http://www.verygoodplus.co.uk/showth...ssers-Assemble!
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    Just decide for yourself what LPs you associate with being a member of this site for whatever reason. Don't sweat or over-think it.

    Write something?
    You don't have to write anything at all to justify your choices but it would be great (and conducive to great conversation) if you could. Comments and nominations can sit all in this one thread. It won't be hard to tot up the numbers at various points to see how a 2016 VG+ canon is shaping up.

    If you find 10 limiting, just force yourself to pick and rank 10 but feel free to warble on about other LPs or artists that 'nearly made the cut', because that would also be conducive to good chat.

    Thoroughly looking forward to this....(will post mine tomorrow morning!)
    <<Soul Strut 100>>Collectable CDs 1 Forumusic: April 2014 Collectable CDs 2<<'95 WOF>>

  • #2
    1. Swingle Singers “Jazz Sebastian Bach”. An easy listening/charity shop staple I actually like and can listen to over and over again.
    2. Jimmie Haskell –“Count Down”. An Filthy Rich tip off. Killer 50s moog mania with ridiculous helium voices.
    3. RL Edwards & the Strings of Prophecy "O’Rock of Ages" . This was one of the first things I found in a charity that got me excited. Weird low budget electric gospel on what I think is a private press church label out of Streatham! Kinda totemic of VG+ for me for obvious reasons
    4. Colosseum “Valentyne Suite” . Classic. So good.
    5. Kaleidoscope "Faintly Blowing" – I knew very little about popsike (the sub-sub-genre, not the auction site) when I first got here. This is one of those LPs I picked up from following that thread and was blown away by.
    6. Euphoria “A Gift From Euphoria”. I still don’t own this (and probably never will ‘cos it costs about £200) but I associate it with Hugh’s great country chart. I DLed the MP3s and rinsed the f*** out of ‘em.
    7. Fresh “Out of Borstal”. Borstal Theme was a bit of a jaw dropper when I first heard it. Still filed.

    EDITED TO ADD
    8. Peter Hall - Estates. Utterly weird jazz guitar private press stonker with a motorway junction on the cover. I saw this on the board YEARS ago, and somehow remembered it when I say it in a shop earlier this year. It's amazing and completely where my ears are at right now. Found another copy the next day and promptly passed it on.
    Last edited by Tsundoku; 26-07-2016, 10:13 PM.
    "As technology has advanced, vinyl records are outdated as they are music from the 19th Century so only hipsters and elderly people buy vinyl records".

    Mixes for your delectation: http://www.mixcloud.com/danmatic/

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    • #3
      1. James Last – Voodoo Party (Polydor)
      The ultimate ‘uncool’ artist getting funky
      2. John Schroeder – Working In The Soul Mine (Pye)
      Master of easy listening gives it a bit of oomph.
      3. John Keating – Space Experience (Columbia)
      Never thought I’d ever want to hear Lloyd Webber/Rice material by anyone until I heard JK’s version of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’.
      4. Shirley Bassey – Something (United Artists)
      Still to be had for pence and my fave “Light My Fire” cover.
      5. The Purple Fox – Tribute To Jimi Hendrix (Stereo Gold Award)
      Exploitation-schmexploitation. Fuzzy wah wah nonsense of the highest order.
      6. Peter Thomas – Raumpatrouille (Philips)
      Spacetastic futurism from the Teutonic master that also manages to sound retro at the same time.
      7. The Animated Egg – s/t (Marble Arch)
      The pompous pooh-pooh-ing of the psych critics overlooked what is a great fun album chock full of fuzz and fun.
      8. Cliff Richard – Tracks ‘n’ Grooves (Columbia)
      Always puts a grin on your face when people ask who that version of “The Girl Can’t Help It” was by.
      9. Paul Nero –Maxi Rock (Liberty)
      Saw so many of his hits medley LPs and was never tempted but this has a super funky extended workout on Spencer Davis Group’s “I’m A Man” that stands up with the best.
      10. Jack Hawkins & His Orchestra – Psychedelic 70s/Everything Is Beautiful (Plexium/Windmill)
      Try listening to this without thinking about Bernard Hepton getting chased round a Newcastle nightclub by Michael Caine.
      "Here comes the Fun Cooker!!"

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Tsundoku View Post
        5. Kaleidoscope – I knew very little about popsike (the sub-sub-genre, not the auction site) when I first got here. This is one of those LPs I picked up from following that thread and was blown away by.
        Which band? The US or UK incarnation? Also which LP? I'm guessing the UK band and 'Tangerine Dream' but the US 'Side Trips' is also amazing.
        "..hole...road...middle thereof"

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        • #5
          Tamba Trio: DC-10 Varig - One I picked up at a regular bargain basement when I first started looking more "open-minded" beyond funk, Hip Hop and jazz around 1999 for anything that looked interesting. Groovy sleeve art, it's for an airline and it was cheap. Very nice mellow latin with some psychedelic moments. Later I realized it was a bit sought after.

          Ray Davies and The Button Down Brass: Funk In Hell - Didn't know it when I found it cheap at a indoor flea market. Even though you probably shouldn't try to cover greats like Stevie, it gets a pass exactly for the askew factor and extended percussion and synth part.

          Rev. C. Coleman: Rock Gospel Time - Another one I didn't know when I saw it in an antique shop during a summer holiday on the small Danish island Samsø. But by then I had developed the taste for exciting unknown records, so the missionary/explorer-looking bald man on Brunswick made it home with me. Love the energetic gospel funk of Share it. And crisp drums.

          Johnny Hammond: Gears - Diggin' at home and re-discovering gems in your collection that are otherwise neglected as part of an old rare groove or acid jazz scene.

          Heikki Sarmanto: New Hope Jazz Mass - Nice orchestral spiritual jazz from Finland from 1979. Another cheapie and unknown at the time. One incident where I luckily gave it a few more listens and decided not to sell it on which unfortunately happens too often.

          Sounds In Space - that RCA Victor stereo demonstration record. My brother and I used the countdown for mixtapes years ago and somehow the narrator Ken Nordine's voice made an impression. Later I found out that he had made "word jazz". I can dig it.

          Per Højholt: Turbo - Danish poetry cut-up montages from 1968. Very hip and very humorous.

          Freddie Rodriguez: The versatility of - Latin boogaloo/soul. Have a know very little in this genre and prefer this american-influenced style w English lyrics and heavy soul groove.

          Murph The Surf - Original Soundtrack - One I've kept since I started looking for breaks and funk in the late 80s. Pretty standard soundtrack funk but there's something very VG+ about keeping it around.

          Cogwheel: Sight and sound - Private pressed and numbered Dutch/German/Danish? prog-disco-wave optometrist record given for free to customers found amongst ruined old stereos and porn at a dusty countryside fleamarket if I remember correctly...? How much more VG+ can you get?!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by LDJB View Post
            Which band? The US or UK incarnation? Also which LP? I'm guessing the UK band and 'Tangerine Dream' but the US 'Side Trips' is also amazing.
            Oh shit! I meant "Faintly Blowing" - an editing mishap
            "As technology has advanced, vinyl records are outdated as they are music from the 19th Century so only hipsters and elderly people buy vinyl records".

            Mixes for your delectation: http://www.mixcloud.com/danmatic/

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Tsundoku View Post
              Seven from me.

              1. Swingle Singers “Jazz Sebastian Bach”. An easy listening/charity shop staple I actually like and can listen to over and over again.
              2. Jimmie Haskell –“Count Down”. An Filthy Rich tip off. Killer 50s moog mania with ridiculous helium voices.
              3. RL Edwards & the Strings of Prophecy "O’Rock of Ages" . This was one of the first things I found in a charity that got me excited. Weird low budget electric gospel on what I think is a private press church label out of Streatham! Kinda totemic of VG+ for me for obvious reasons
              4. Colosseum “Valentyne Suite” . Classic. So good.
              5. Kaleidoscope – I knew very little about popsike (the sub-sub-genre, not the auction site) when I first got here. This is one of those LPs I picked up from following that thread and was blown away by.
              6. Euphoria “A Gift From Euphoria”. I still don’t own this (and probably never will ‘cos it costs about £200) but I associate it with Hugh’s great country chart. I DLed the MP3s and rinsed the f*** out of ‘em.
              7. Fresh “Out of Borstal”. Borstal Theme was a bit of a jaw dropper when I first heard it. Still filed.
              Fantastic way to kick this off! Records you do own, records you'd like to but have 'rinsed' as MP3s, other members name-checked for bringing things to your attention.....

              I checked out Euphoria this morning on YouTube, loved the vibe and loved the fact that it's a cheap Rev-ola CD reissue even more. Good call on that Jimmie Haskell (via Filthy Rich) too. I didn't know it at all but it sounds bloody great.

              I think this thread may prove to be an ear-opener...
              <<Soul Strut 100>>Collectable CDs 1 Forumusic: April 2014 Collectable CDs 2<<'95 WOF>>

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              • #8
                Soundcarriers - The other world of. I remember getting this through the post, being blown away by it and immediately raving about it on the forum. I was a bit of a newbie at the time, and was very tentatively dipping my toe into discussions on the forum. In that situation, there is a fear associated with starting a thread, "what if everyone else thinks it's shit?". Fortunately, it seemed to be very well received by many plussers, and the resulting internal glow gave me the confidence to spout forth utter tripe about crappy old records on a fairly regular basis.....blame The Souncarriers. Still a top lp.

                Beast - S/T (the Cotillion one). One of the best things to come out of signing up to VG+, is you lot. I've met a few in the real world, and all have been top, friendly folk. Getting to go record hunting with a few of you has been fun and educating and made me realise I haven't even scratched the surface yet. This album is a case in point. Never heard of it before it was shoved into my grubby little mitt, with the advice "just buy it, you'll love it". Never was a truer word spoken. An absolutely bang on recommendation. No way I would have "found" this lp pre VG+.

                James Last - Well kept secret. Very well kept secret which my old man had been sitting on for donkeys years. Shame he had to pop his clogs before I realised we actually did have musical common ground. Another freebie from North of the border, so once again, sharing the knowledge and the actual artefact turned this ubiquitous chazza staple into the reason I started ploughing through the hundreds (really) of JL lps still under my mums stairs.

                The Excursion - Night Train. One of the few Eureka! chazza punts I've had since being on here. I had no idea what to expect when I got it home, but felt like I had found the crown jewels when I played it for the first time. Genuinely excited. I kind of envy you guys who live in towns/cities with charity shops that seem to keep turning up the goods. It just doesn't happen where I live, so this was a small victory. Of course you lot already knew all about it

                Movements - Johnny Harris. In many ways, this is what I think of as the archetypal VG+ lp. It's only the personal reasons associated with the previous lps that keep it from the top of my list. Didn't know this at all pre sign-up, even though I'd had the Lulu 45 for years

                Bruce Haack - Electric Lucifer. Weird, beautiful, otherworldly....can't remember what the thread was that this got flagged up in, but it was a jaw hit the floor moment, which is what keeps me coming back.

                Ananda Shankar & his music. Only recently got a real one, which doesn't really matter, it just means I can play it how I want to hear it. Streets of Calcutta....Come on guys! FFS, even MY feet are getting twitchy just thinking about it. Pure joy. Would have made one of the truly great 45s..........I'm waiting for someone to tell me it came out on an Argentinian 33 1/3 7" or some other obscure release now! Only on here.

                Johnny Hawkins - Psychedelic 70s. Worth it for the seemingly amphetamine fuelled drumming which keeps the lp "up" from start to finish. 30-60- 20! Phew! One of the reasons I think it deserves to be here is the circumstances I bought it in. I buy psych lps regularly from a few sellers at Luton. One of them had this in his cheap quid box. I was initially drawn in by the budget sleeve job. Seller told me it was "rubbish, clubby stuff (whatever that is). Had to satisfy my curiosity, gave it a spin on the portable, and gave him a quid, and was away on my toes. Smiling. I knew where this would get some appreciation.

                Pete Moore & His Orchestra. There's gold in them there grooves. Week after week I watched people turning this one up in the finds thread. Felt a bit left out, as I'd never had a sniff of it. Gifted one in a freebie purge. Of course it's all about Catwalk ( well, mainly anyway). For a seemingly ubiquitous chazza staple (I know, 2nd time, it's not "Just a minute" though)....I see why people can't leave it when they see it.

                The Animated Egg - For all friends of the Fuzz. Top, top lp. Slippin' & Trippin' indeed!

                Wouldn't have had any of the above if not for your good selves. Sometimes I think I'm a bit of an odd-ball (as do most people I know), obsessed with strange old records and trees. It's good to have a bolt hole where the nonsense makes perfect sense.
                Long may it run.
                Everyone tear down your own little wall
                That keeps you from being a part of it all
                Because you've got to be one with the one and all
                You've just got to be close to it all

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                • #9
                  Great post treeboy! Here is my own... Being a member here is like joining a sprawling charity super accelerated network shop with a presence in most of the towns and metropolitan centres of Britain with crucial continental and global exchange centres. Here are some records found there:

                  Adam Best—Wall Of Sound
                  Who is Adam Best and his primitive synthesizer? Who published the songs? Does the drummer sound like Brian Bennett in his 70 session work? VG+ means a robust interest in the ins and out of British session musicians, arrangers and composers (especially if they worked between 1965 and 1975).

                  Neil Richardson—Love Story
                  Not only is this a MFP budget reworking of a film soundtrack with a couple of ace beatey, spacey instrumentals on it (Snow Frolic and another I can't remember), the very record was given to my mother by 'Yashi' in 1971. By which I mean to say that being a member of VG+ is also about reconstructing time gone, lost and just remembered. It's about not letting go and valuing what has past and in so doing kind of refashioning yourself. It’s proababl deeply Freudian.

                  Miracles—Yma Sumac
                  VG+ is home to people with magnificent obsessions and collecting interests which are not necessarily shared here. For the last few years mine has been US spaceage pop, which perhaps I should post about more. This amazing LP is kind of like a lightning rod connecting the core VG+ territory with that interest.

                  Klaus Wunderlich—The Golden Sound of Hammond
                  Who will speak for Klaus? There is something gnostic about the search for gold in so much shit. Summertime is the light.

                  Manfred Mann—Chapter Three
                  And there is also the serious business for record collecting. Not just about the music, it's also about having an OG press. Mine is a USA issue, which I can live with, but of course I want a UK OG, thanks to habits acquired from here. Extraordinary LP. Def worth £60.

                  The League Unlimited Orchestra—Love And Dancing
                  An amazing piece of dancefloor production... but a record that stands here for the collaborations and friendships that VG+ has led me to. I've been involved in exhibitions, a publishing company (with many thankful sales from here), radical therapy and PhD supervision to name but four collaborations (!). In fact, I spend a lot of my free time doing something related to someone here. Some minor dancing at a VG+ meet up, but lots of love.

                  Los Dourados
                  From having little appreciation or collection of jazz or latin records, I now have a healthy interest and heavy shelves. Much respect to the knowledge and shared obsessions which has lead to a certain schooling. I also found this particular LP for 50p. It's on EMI, Lansdowne Series, but also badged as part of the starline series, which I had mentally filed as a budget/reissue series. Does that mean there was a previous issue? Probably not according to Discogs.... almost certainly not, but perhaps someone here will know better. Does anyone give a fuck? Yes, everyone does.

                  The Grumbleweeds ‎– In A Teknikolor Dreem
                  I haven't got this one, but it represents a number of things... the bloody obsession of wanting to find something for 99p, Agnes' remarkable comedy crusade, and via that perhaps the healthy interest in punning sleeves and humour all round.

                  Studio G—Electronic Age
                  I've been struggling to find a record to represent the ever expanding horizons, the embrace of electronic frontiers, new sounds, avant classical, weird library. These voodoo tronics fill that space.

                  Entertainment Orchestra Of The Armenian Soviet Republic
                  A big band from the magic VG+ year of 1973 delivering heavy lounge funk with an Eastern twist. How the hell do I have this? Through the kindness of VG+ board members. Big up the trades I've had here (this from gogo), & the general generosity of everyone, from the BINs of BBoB to the relentless kindness of Ben.
                  Spirit Duplicator—collectable, charming, affordable... and also socially networked on FB / Twitter / Instagram.

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                  • #10
                    As I'm not super into Vulture classics, I can only mention one LP, James Last Voodoo Party.
                    When it comes to 45s I've learnt from here, that would be a different story...
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                    "This is Modpowerpopsouljunkierock´n´roll so stop post shit like Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd, Grace Jones , Led Zeppelin and some other boring blues stuff, that kind of music don´t belong in this group, if I´ll ever see shit like that posted in this group again that person will be banned from this group forever!!!!"

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                    • #11
                      Roger Coulam - Hammond Stereo Sounds to Spoil You (Contour)

                      This is the LP that led me to the original Vinyl Vulture site back in the days when there was no forum and you had to wait with baited breath to see what was going to be in each month’s charts and what new features Chris and Sie had written. I found a copy of this LP and couldn’t see it mentioned on the site…so I emailed the chaps and life has never really been the same since. I eventually met up with the guys, went digging and DJing with them and ended up writing for the site too. I have met so many amazing people as a result of sending this one email and my record collection has been shaped in unimaginable ways. As for the record itself, it’s a budget reissue of Mr Coulam’s ‘Blow Hot - Blow Cold’ LP originally on Fontana and it’s pretty good if you like easy hammond funk..which I do. Some nice covers and a couple of decent originals. Roger was also involved in Blue Mink and plays on some KPM libraries. It used to be a charity shop staple and I do see it occasionally still and have a wee grin. As a side note, there’s another Roger Coulam LP to look out for as the Roger Coulam Quartet - Organ in Orbit, it’s a rather nice organ jazz LP and rather scarce in my experience.

                      The Gentle Rain - Moody (Polydor)

                      It HAS to be on the list. It’s a myth, a grail, a proper raer! Back in the early days of Byker Groove, Brillo and my own Dig Everything meet ups you could rely on somebody mentioning this LP in a whispered voice. I was aware of it before the site but had never paid it much heed, I would find it one day, after all it was an easy listening LP on Polydor not the Magic Shoemaker by Fire or Captain Maryatt…how difficult could it be? The years went by and it’s status remained undiminished. Imagine then, my awe when Andrew Divine told met that he’d found not one, not two but three copies of this legendary LP in his time. His digging status was assured (and still is)! The first time I went round to Fuz’s house I spotted a copy on his heaving, grail laden shelves and again his legendary dining status was confirmed. Eventually a dodgy boot of the LP appeared and sort of ruined its mystique. For a few quid you could now hear what all the fuss was about. It’s a fairly decent LP, wibbly, funky covers and the track ‘Lonely Jelly’ is amazing. I do own an original now by the way but it was an Xmas present sourced on the web. I’ve yet to find a real one in the wild…I will though.

                      The Broadway Matadors (and others) - Hair (Polymax)

                      The VV and VG+ site loves a version of Hair. There’s been charts and articles on both sites around Galt McDermot’s most famous moment. I like it too..but not as much as some people. This particular version was first played to me by, again, Andrew Divine and it quickly became THE version that the site was looking for. Initially it was a bugger to turn up online - try searching for Hair even now and you’ll see what I mean. Also German budget label LPs don’t tend to turn up too much, well in Scotland at least. I did eventually find one and it’s still my favourite LP version. Big drums, fuzz and organs - what else do you need? I was content with ticking that one off the list…until Colin and I went down to see Matt and Rich Hero for a weekend digging and talking rubbish and Rich turned up with a 45 off the LP! Arrgh - curses! It took a while and a trip to Utrecht but I have the small versions too now.

                      Terry Durham - the Crystal Telephone (Deram)

                      This LP will forever remind me of the Tanners crew and Sie Flytipper. As I’ve said before I’ve been lucky enough to meet a lot of people via this site and you know what? I’ve liked every man jack of ‘em. Some of them I now call friends! Through my association with Chris and Sie Vulture I got to know Craig, Nige, Davey and Towny who were running a night at the Tanners with Sie Flytipper as a regular guest. I went down a few times to listen and eventually to play too and it seemed like each time somebody would play this weird sort of spoken word beat jazz orchestral hybrid record - amazing. I eventually got the courage to ask Towny what it was. He showed it to me and told me it was one of his favourite records of all time. As usual Towny was well ahead the game. This and ‘Les Fleur’ will always remind me of him. It is a proper VV / VG+ record - a total one off oddity that was probably roundly ignored on release and still not that well known now. Discussions on this LP used to crop up regularly on the site and it has featured in more than one avatar in the past.

                      Various - The Big Beat Volume 1 & 2 (KPM)

                      I’m cheating here but I’m having both volumes in this one entry. VV and VG+ did more to clue me up about libraries than anywhere else. The Vulture chaps even put out a couple of CDR compilations of the best of KPM and DeWolfe, at least the best that they owned at any rate. Until I became involved with the site I thought of library LPs as something that other people had or found, I never thought I could physically own one…I mean where would I get one and if I could which one should I get? Things have moved on and gone overseas somewhat with the more desirable libraries being Italian and French in origin these days but back in the day these two KPM volumes were the Daddies! I remember trading a set from Sermad, another collector so far ahead of the game that I’m still looking for records he had on the mixes he did, and being so excited when the parcel arrived I nearly cut myself with the scissors. They are still two of the best library LPs out there to my ears.

                      Certain Lions and Tigers - Soul Condor (Polydor)

                      Another ‘circle of sound’ release but this time with one of those lovely candy stripe covers. Another LP I first heard about through this site. It’s another LP that I think epitomised the VV / VG+ ethic. It was originally released in German on BASF and is the work of legendary funky jazzer Peter Herbolzheimer. So what is it doing on a UK budget label masquerading as an easy listening LP for the discerning Granny? Mind you the circle of sound label has form in this area - Gentle Rain, Augusto Alguero, America Belloto all hiding away in the catalogue, just waiting to give the discerning pensioner a space ago jazz pop dance party.

                      Green - Green (Atco)

                      I include this LP to celebrate and illustrate the power of the VG+ swap mix. I heard a track off this LP on a swap mix CD, it was amazing and I had to find the LP. It was another of a bugger of an LP to find online…curse you REM. In those days Discogs didn’t exist (or at least not in the massive market place form that it is now) and it was even difficult to track down on eBay, but I did. Still gets spins and it;s just one of many, many records that have gone on the wants list thanks to the institution that is the VG+ CD swap. I’ve not been involved in the last couple but I aim to get back on the horse this year. Anyone remember Mr Hopkinsons classic Easter Bunny mix? A work of genius and love.

                      Fifty Foot Hose - Cauldron (limelight)

                      This one puts me in mind of that time when VG+ started moving on. Chat turned from the likes of BBC Radiophonics, Harry Stoneham and ‘could it be Hawkshaw’ to tales of weird funky records from Eastern Europe, fuzz destroyers from the USA and jazz from Africa and beyond. The Finders Keepers series kicked off and all of a sudden we were looking for the likes of Baris Manco and Selda alongside Gainsbourg and Vannier. Looking for electronic enhanced rock records and rock enchanced electronic records. Bruce Haack, Silver Apples and, yes, Fifty Foot Hose. I’d always been into psych and garage but it ran alongside my thirst for funk, soul and weird gear but now it was back…with a vengeance! I remember this LP being an iconic platter around this time and it lives up to the hype. Excellent US psych fuzz with added electronic noises and a hip hop tempo groover in ‘Rose’. Imagine my delight when I found one at a Glasgow record fair for a very reasonable sum.

                      Duke Grant - Hammond Gold (Stereo Gold Award)

                      You saw Rich Hero’s photos of the expedite of Hammond Gold LPs in the VG+ assemble thread right? Well they were mine. The LP was one of the most easily available examples of a VV / VG+ easy funker, so much so that over some drinks one night, myself, Rich, Colin and Matt decided to have a competition to see who could gather the most copies in a year. This would prove the LP’s ubiquity and also have remove a few copies form circulation so that we wouldn’t have to look at it so much. I won with 53 copies sourced in the period, I also lost as at 50p to £1 a copy I was less well off and also had 53 copies Mr Grant’s Hammond Gold! ‘Go’ off this LP is still a great track but I never need to hear it again. Funnily enough I don’t see this LP anywhere near as much as I used to.

                      Nico Gomez & his Afro Percusion - Ritual (Omega)

                      As the plussers spread their wings we got to hear about more exotic LPs and then we nerded over what colour label was the first press, what sleeve variations there were around Europe and where you could source tracks off the LP in other places. This has happened many time around many different LPs but it was all about the sharing of knowledge and giving tips about how to hear this great music for a much smaller outlay. It’s become so much easier to check out exotic sounds with the rise of spotify, youtube and the like but back then you might not be so lucky and getting a cheap earful was the only option. I got a copy of this LP in Utrecht eventually and it’s still a great LP. Latin fuzz with big drums and proper tunes.

                      Bonus beats:

                      Funniest thread LPs: Malcolm Catto 10”, Trader Horne
                      Most ‘bang for your 50p’ easy funker IMHO: Lightnin’ Red with Brass and Strings

                      10 VV / VG+ 45s:

                      Pussycat - Do it
                      MPB Mix - Light my Fire
                      DDDBM&T - The Sun Goes Down
                      The Poets - Fun Buggy
                      Ken Moule London Jazz Chamber - Mae West
                      Dave Clarke Five - Maze of Love
                      Frog - Witch Hunt
                      Cozy Powell - Then There Was Skin
                      Tullio De Piscopo - Fastness
                      Tubby Hayes - Voodoo Session
                      "..hole...road...middle thereof"

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                      • #12
                        I can't edit my post so I just need to point out that Fuz has legendary DIGGING not dining status

                        Mind you he does like a good meal...
                        "..hole...road...middle thereof"

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                        • #13
                          Here is five from me. Will have another go at it later.

                          Various ‎– Hallo Nr. 5
                          The hallo series was a cheeky compilation series of 12 titles released continously on the state owned Amiga label. What makes these special is that for a short while the editors did not push bland Schlager but gave the hardrock loving youth a taste of there very own deep purple soundalikes.
                          Why 5? could be any title from the series for me really, but the track Über Feuer from Electra seems to get the most attention for having the heaviest drums that side of the wall.

                          Staff Carpenborg And The Electric Corona ‎– Fantastic Party (Die Tanzplatte Für Heiße Stunden)

                          This really pisses all over all over all charity shop staples.
                          Sure that version of spinning wheel has lots of fuzz and echo and that sure is moog in the interludes of voodoo party but do any of these sound like outtakes from faust?
                          The Dutch Rhythm Steel & Showband ‎– Soul, Steel & Show
                          It takes a certain kind of collector to still punt on steel band LPs after undoubtedly very many dreadful purchases and I believe most of them are registered here. This is a solid album with covers from Hendrix and decent original compositions.

                          산울림* ‎– 제3집

                          more commonly known as San Ul Lim-3 or that green Korean psych record with the mad mad mad side long jam on side 2 proto hiphopbreaks and all. Released in honor of the royal family in 1979 butt kicks butt like early MC5. Sure you are probably unlikely to find it in a charity shop but then again the cover really doesnt give much away and If I hadnt seen the cover on here I might have passed on one of my favourite records.

                          А. Градский ‎– Романс О Влюбленных

                          aka Gradsky- Romance for Lovers aka undercover russian breaks listen (circa 2005)
                          A soundtrack to a Russian romcom by the "Granddad of Soviet rock" and most of the album is just as boring as that sounds . The chase has been compiled mixed and sampled numerous times and I am sure producers are still having fistfights over who found it first.
                          I couldnt decide which Melodiya I want to contribute but this seems to be a reasonable pick since I only got my copy through a trade here this year . This site has become one of the best resources for soviet vinyl this side of google translate and I hope people realize that.
                          All the Wolpertingers

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                          • #14
                            As per usual, there's lots of recommendations popping up which I don't have a Scooby about. Thanks for them chaps. It's interesting reading about the perceived changes in the on board taste too. I'm sure it's a bit of a trip down memory lane for the long time plussers, but it helps build a picture for those of us who weren't around (way back) then.
                            One of my favourite threads so far.
                            Everyone tear down your own little wall
                            That keeps you from being a part of it all
                            Because you've got to be one with the one and all
                            You've just got to be close to it all

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                            • #15
                              In the context of vgplus albums here's a few that imo should be on the list

                              Collage ‎– Misty
                              When I first heard this track it just blew me away and it still does today, somehow it reminds me of a blaxploitation film score

                              Bossa Rio s/t and that keyboard break at 1.35 ...lovely

                              Nelson Riddle And The 101 Strings , cheap as chips , superb not a duff track

                              Percy Faith ‎– Black Magic Woman

                              Colonel Elliott & The Lunatics ‎– Interstellar Reggae Drive
                              wacky reggae

                              Enoch Light And The Light Brigade ‎– Permissive Polyphonics
                              still the best enoch album imo

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