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  • January 2019 Finds

    On this day last year I had my best ever haul trawling the charity shops. Could I repeat it? No, of course not. But visiting the same chazzas again (last visited a couple of weeks before Xmas) I was struck by the apparent stock refresh, which was also noticeable last year. So do people drop off a lot of vinyl over the Xmas period, or do shop staff just have time on their hands to do some stock rotation?

    A mixed bag. Most with issues, especially the three without covers! Only really needle dropped most so far.



    Belinda And Tony – You've Got To Try. Wasn't expecting much and I was right, but as the title says.... The 'ogs lists this as Lovers Rock which briefly raised my hopes. But that is stretching a point. All seem to be slow, almost ballad pace, maybe something that would be put on at a Blues at about 4am when a squeeze was needed.

    Rory Block – Turning Point. Was hoping for something Folky but this is more SSW on the soft rock side with a tinge of country here and there. There maybe a nugget in there somewhere. It does at least warrant a proper listen.

    Uriah Heep – Salisbury. Their 2nd LP, but this one isn't a Swirl. This appears to be a '74 German Bronze issue. Felt I needed to give the Heep a try. Not as Proggy as I imagined, I need to be in the right mood for a proper appraisal but disappointing on first listen.

    The little one is Bowie's Space Oddity / Wild Eyed Boy. Multiple issues: Label partially absent on one side, title and previous owner's name written on, sellotaped adaptor, some crackle. So I like that it comes with its own story. As a big Bowie fan these things make me feel I can relate to its previous owner, and having just recently read about Bowie visiting Cornwall pre fame, finding this single made me imagine that time again. Never had a copy before and for all its bumps and bruises I will happily put it in the collection for the reasons stated.



    Papa George Lightfoot – Natchez Trace. Running blind with no cover for clues. It's Harmonica Blues.

    Rolling Stones – Their Satanic Majesties Request. Early issue (“fold down” mix not Mono though it seems looking at the matrix). Crackly in places and no cover but for a £1 well worth the admission price I thought.

    Argent – All Together Now. Nostalgia purchase. Memories of my first ever gig attended (I would like to say come flooding back, but that would be a lie).

  • #2
    Happy New Year all. Hope everyone has emerged from the festive season relatively unscathed.


    Hold my hands up, some of these finds were from the week before Christmas, so were technically December Finds, but I've been too busy eating mince pies (topped with frangipani and filled with my home-made sloe gin mincemeat - I don't mess about) and watching the dark cloud float away from Manchester, to be replaced by a ray of sunshine coming in from Scandinavia. Bang.





    The above selection came from Rob's Records. I got Iggy for my mate (I've already got one myself). Tamiko Jones - how could you not be lured in by such a stylish lady who's not afraid of blue eyeshadow? I was pleasantly surprised by the Memphis grooves as well. I'd assumed it might be sort of proto-disco, but it's got much more of a funky feel - a definite keeper. Another Miss Gilberto to add to the collection. Always classy stuff, don't think I've heard a duff LP of hers yet. And more Grace. No-one messes with Miss Jones.






    Top two here were from Rob's. The jury remains out on Dion, I'm just not sure. I actually find his vocals the problematic element of this LP, I'm leaning towards 'Out'. Ahmad Jamal was mainly bought as it was cheap, proper old and in nice condition. The lo-fi live recording is a touch muffled, but 'Poinciana' still sounds ace. Christmas presents next. Obviously, the family were steered a tad towards what I wanted, so I got exactly what I wanted. I'd been a bit hesitant and sceptical about the whole 'remastered' tag as you do wonder if the fans / public are being milked, but I have to say that both Beta Band and Kate sound absolutely amazing (also patting myself on the back for the work put in on setting up my turntable over the year). 'Dry The Rain' (of course) sounds immense, building to a funky cacophony that just envelops you. Well worth getting this box set - it's only another £15 more than the 2LP set (I got mine from A****n for substantially less than anywhere in town or on eBay). I'd resolved to only get 'Aerial' from Kate's remasters series as it's the only one of hers that I didn't already have. But it sounds SO good that I'm now tormented with thoughts of what 'Never For Ever' and 'Hounds of Love' might sound like. Sigh.






    My final piece of good luck of the year. Spontaneously went into town to get a couple of last minute Christmas presents for my Mum. Overran a little bit and decided to let the imminent bus go and instead take my time and get the later bus. Thought I'd just go and have a little potter in Oxfam to kill a few minutes and found this lovely (spare) copy of Shelagh McDonald. How on earth they priced it at £9.99 I don't know. Surely if you know it's worth more than a quid, you check how much it's actually worth? Not that I'm complaining. Nor do I feel guilty as Oxfam have done very nicely out of me over recent times! The sticker indicating a surface mark is being over-cautious, it's defo in VG+ condition. So, what I think I'll do is keep the vinyl from this copy, marry it to my other copy's sleeve (which has a bit of sticker tearing) and that leaves a marriage of VG++ vinyl in a nice sleeve to trade with. Boom. I sort of knew at the time that I'd probably used up my Christmas good fortune, so wasn't surprised at all when I went to a record fair on Christmas Friday and found absolutely nothing. On balance, no mithering here.



    And I've got my football team back. Until Phil Jones meets Harry Kane.
    Jet Boy stole my baby.

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    • #3
      Nice one! I wonder if fat fingering the search or misreading the name on the sleeve is responsible for some of these strangely underpriced ones.


      Popped out for a bike ride after Christmas (to start working off the Christmas cake) and picked up a few at some charities a bit further afield.

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      Pietro Delmont - Alone Together - an SGA I'd not seen before. Not a keeper. It's doing a sort of Mystic Moods Orchestra thing with the rain sound effects between all the tracks, but the music itself never gets a groove going. Couple of Leo Muller originals, but no out-of-place funk hiding on this one.
      The Waikiki Brass Visit Tijuana - Another one I'd never heard of. Contour reissue of an earlier US Dot LP, with the overly literal budget label sleeve redesign (original has a more stylish sleeve with a bulls head and pineapple design). Bit quirky and has it's moments but probably not a keeper.
      Maranatha Singers - Praise III - I'm sure someone once mentioned a good record by them but if so this isn't it (nor the previous ones of theirs I've found)
      Françoise Hardy - this sleeve confused me for a while because there didn't seem to be much information on it, until I realised it was the back half of a centre opening gatefold. The LP itself is luckily not as battered as the sleeve. Didn't think I was a FH fan, but I enjoyed this one, possibly because Charles Blackwell does the backings on this and they're good, so the 50p was well spent on this at least.

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      • #4
        A (belated) Oooof called for with the Shelagh McD.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by bongolia View Post
          Maranatha Singers - Praise III - I'm sure someone once mentioned a good record by them but if so this isn't it (nor the previous ones of theirs I've found)
          I wonder if you're thinking of Marantha Choir, who are a Scottish bunch I mentioned in my Charity Shop Challenge in 2018?

          "You don't want to kill the cash donkey"

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          • #6
            Chazzer action from this morning...

            G + F with the Lai, most soundtracks being good for store credit.

            Rio LP was almost a quixotic gesture. Who knows, though? Maybe there will be a decent segment I can demedlify. And the chazzer was welcome to the $2.

            The chazzer next door had Nancy for $2, which should make up for the Rio LP. I'll sit on it for a week in case anyone is Nancy-deficient.

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            • #7
              Great chazza score on the Nancy Holloway there mate. You should give it a listen .'Hurts So Bad' was a big tune in the 90s!

              https://youtu.be/YENzRd7vvSc
              Jet Boy stole my baby.

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              • #8
                Ta Ben.

                I find that I have the track on CD. I hadn't really listened before.

                A$79 is currently lowest ask on Discogs. I might get 2 reissues out of it...

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Grim Lounge Cowboy View Post

                  G + F with the Lai, most soundtracks being good for store credit.
                  No love for the beautiful "samba saravah"?



                  or

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by SirSlim View Post

                    No love for the beautiful "samba saravah"?



                    or

                    Two top tracks. I'm reliving my youth all over again. It's like I suddenly have a full head of thick hair, and can walk without pain.
                    "You don't want to kill the cash donkey"

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                    • #11
                      Found this in a pile of records a mate wanted to part with. I gladly took it from him. I love these kitschy French sounds.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by SirSlim View Post

                        No love for the beautiful "samba saravah"?
                        The vocals are the deal-breaker. The spoken bits in particular come across as 'French guy philosophizes about (mansplains?) Love'. My French is poor, so I might be selling it short.

                        Better for having been 'French woman coos about the joys of Love with an Englishman of a certain age'?

                        The other track is good, though.

                        How many years now since I heard and dismissed this LP?

                        So, thanks for the prompt. Although I do now have to decide whether to keep it after all.

                        It is going.
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                        • #13
                          Decided to pop into my local on the last real day of my Christmas holidays. I had planned to try and wangle a dad pass for the day to head off to far off lands and have a proper dig but decided, wisely, not to push my luck this week. Ended up finding a long time want from The Wake in Oxfam - not at chazza prices but under market value so still very happy and it plays beautifully. I've never moved on to their releases on Sarah as I prefer the more electronic/post punk approach from their Factory releases. Just need to track down their Here Comes Everybody LP now. For anyone not familiar with this particular single Pale Spectre is the stand out track for me

                          https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8BwK0rTlUcM

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                          • #14
                            Bit of a slow (and inexpensive) weekend for me. Always the way, when you've set a few quid aside to buy summat, there's nowt around worth buying.

                            So, just a few tiddlers:




                            Top two from Rob's. I've already got Michael Chapman's 'Fully Qualified Survivor', so picked this comp up as I think my mate needs to have 'Soulful Lady'. Well, everyone needs to have it really. Nice live set from Bob Smith and the lads as well. Now to find 'Pornography' on the cheap and I'll have ticked most of The Cure boxes that I need to.

                            Got the bottom two off the market on Saturday. Seem to be doing Ok on putting a nice collection of Nina Simone together, reasonably inexpensively too. Nice to get the Penguin Café Orchestra 12" as well - don't see them too often. I also got a nice bit of artisan bread called a 'fougasse'. I'm sure all you Metropolitan types are well familiar with them, but out here in the rural East Midlands, it's like some baked witchcraft that Marty McFly brought back from the future in a DeLorean.

                            Jet Boy stole my baby.

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                            • #15
                              Found this is my local 2nd hand vinyl shop. Exchanged bank notes for it. Nice condition and plays well.
                              eat chocolate-creams with the appetite of a blase parrot. H H Munro.

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