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  • #31
    Our children's Xmas present to us was a couple of nights away in Cornwall. We were lucky with some great weather. I of course managed to fit in a bit of charity shop digging.
    What follows is a Cornish trawler's catch.

    Stopped off in Launceston on the way down to stretch our legs - and my back. My wife had to do all the driving while I spent all the time fidgeting in the passenger seat trying to get comfortable.
    It made flicking through the vinyl a painful affair but worth it...



    Johnny Harris - Movements. Alerted to this here over the years. I finally found a copy and it was worth the wait, what a a great album this is from start to finish. An original issue that cleaned up really well, and the ugly and feelable scratch on Light My Fire is hardly audible.

    Sound Like Arden Folk - Mainly jigs and reels. No hidden gems. To the out pile with it.


    In St Ives on Friday we found ourselves in Kudos, an Aladdin's cave of ..er.. stuff. It currently has a 20% off everything end of lease sale. I was sure my wife would find some trinket or other in there but there was so much in the cabinets you couldn't really see the wood for the trees. An amazing shop, more like a museum really as the prices are crazy. I was initially torn between two items - a pair of fixed binoculars that had been installed on the Berlin Wall (of course they had) at £5500, or a beautiful (and large) Alice In Wonderland chess set at a mere £4500. Factor in a 20% discount and I was contemplating getting both, but then I saw a few records on the floor over in one corner. After the discount 40p each - that's more like it.



    I'm not really in the market for 12" singles any more, I have loads, they take up so much space, and most are a difficult sell if I choose to move them on. But at 40p a pop I came away with 6. It turns out I already have the Cameron tracks on an album, and the Bobby Bland 12" (who knew? Bobby Bland on a 12") I already have on 7". Never mind, good to hear them on nice loud 12" pressings. The white label was a complete punt as there was no clue to what it was, it is in fact A Certain Ratio's Four For The Floor, 4 tracks that are all pretty good. Intensive Heat is ho-hum Boogie. Starpoint is disco funk from 1981 in a Shalamar vein, a sound which continues to be totally irresistible to me. The real surprise is Tony Crockett - Queen Of Hearts. Again, it was a total punt, I was just curious to know what it was - Disco? Electronic? Post Punk? Turns out it is UK proto rap with a backing that borders on Jazz Funk and is unmistakably British. It's median price on the Ogs is £80! Seems the shopkeeper missed a trick but the records did seem out of place in his shop.

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    • #32
      Here's 3 from me ...

      Folk music from Hokkaido and other places (including some amazing female acrobatic vocal work) ... 100 yen from Disk Union
      Hibari Misora Best Album ... looks like it'll be shit but this woman is a national institution for a good reason. She's got an incredible voice and she sang from childhood until she died (200 yen from 10000 Tons in Kyoto). Enka can be pretty hard core, and is definitely not for everyone, or me, most of the time ...
      Amon Tobin - 4 Ton Mantis ... if I'm lucky enough to find Amon Tobin cheap, which is very rarely, I'll grab it ... another 100 yen bargain from DU

      I'm really trying hard not to buy at the moment, so I should probably not be going into Disk Union 3 times a week ...

      Illogical Turbo
      "White paper inner sleeve is pristine ..."

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      • #33
        Originally posted by candiman View Post

        Johnny Harris - Movements. Alerted to this here over the years. I finally found a copy and it was worth the wait, what a a great album this is from start to finish. An original issue that cleaned up really well, and the ugly and feelable scratch on Light My Fire is hardly audible.
        Very nice catch! That sleeve always spooks me a bit. If I ever found a copy I'd have to put it in a brown paper bag.
        "White paper inner sleeve is pristine ..."

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        • #34
          Originally posted by Turboellis View Post

          Very nice catch! That sleeve always spooks me a bit. If I ever found a copy I'd have to put it in a brown paper bag.
          Yes it is a very creepy sleeve, compellingly so .

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          • #35
            Creepy??
            He's mid sneeze, isn't he?
            Dave Lee Roth, I Too Am Running With This Devil Of Which You Speak (sic)

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            • #36
              Originally posted by candiman View Post

              It looks as though Arden Folk are exorcising Johnny. The one in the middle is saying "Out, foul demon, begone in the name of Christ the redeemer etc," and Johnny's going "SUCK COCKS IN HELL!"
              it seems like a fairly simple, routine exorcism judging by the relaxed looks on the folkies faces. The guitarist looks a little nervous, though -perhaps it's his first exorcism.
              Vardy.....¡¡¡PELIGRO!!!

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              • #37
                Originally posted by Turboellis View Post

                Very nice catch! That sleeve always spooks me a bit. If I ever found a copy I'd have to put it in a brown paper bag.
                You're not alone - the car booter guy who sold me my copy said it spooked his wife and she wanted it out of the house.

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                • #38
                  Originally posted by peretti View Post

                  You're not alone - the car booter guy who sold me my copy said it spooked his wife and she wanted it out of the house.
                  Adopting a Bercow voice - "the eyes have it, the eyes have it".

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                  • #39
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                    Purged literally about 12kg of shelf-dusting doubles and fillers cheap to buy these! Hard to tell which one exactly is punchier - them all undeniable!
                    "You are cleansed. You are cleansed. You will never hear distortion again..."
                    Attached Files
                    DANCE TO THE RADIO

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                    • #40
                      Last week was the first time I went out for a dig in about 8 months and yesterday was the 2nd time. Seems like I picked a good time to go outside again.

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                      • #41
                        Nice, you should probably go out more often!

                        Funky Charly - what's the one on the top left?

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                        • #42
                          Originally posted by bongolia View Post
                          Nice, you should probably go out more often!

                          Funky Charly - what's the one on the top left?
                          Sir, that`s a big`un - Peter Ivers' Band With Yolande Bavan ‎– Knight Of The Blue Communion. Got hooked on the thing on hearing the teasing drumbreak lifted on Diplo and Tripledouble - Aeiou Two.


                          All in all, this weirdo is a hell of a record!
                          DANCE TO THE RADIO

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                          • #43
                            Let's give this new fangle uploader thing a try then...

                            In a fancy silver foil cover which was a bit of a bugger to photograph Alan Randall ‎– Leaning On A Memory

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                            An eponymous Barry Humphries Aussie only release from 1970

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                            The Best Of Harry Secombe - Disc 2 of 5. No sign of the other four but hey, I got my 50p's worth.

                            The Best Of Harry Secombe

                            Downright sinister if you ask me Charles Penrose ‎– The Adventures Of The Laughing Policeman

                            Charles Penrose ‎– The Adventures Of The Laughing Policeman

                            From Devon there's 'Eaps More of the Cowshed Cleaners - featuring the classic lineup of Gaffer Lyne, Hayseed Trump, Scarecrow Williams and Wurzel Morrell.

                            'Eaps More of the Cowshed Cleaners

                            Ashton-under-Lyne supergroup The Fivepenny Piece ......On Stage

                            The Fivepenny Piece ......On Stage

                            Michael Flanders and Donald Swann – More Out Of The Hat! The striking cover image is by prolific theatrical portrait photographer Angus McBean, probably best known for his iconic EMI stairwell photo of the Beatles used for Please Please Me.

                            Michael Flanders And Donald Swann ‎– More Out Of The Hat!

                            Mike Neville And George House, Joe Bennett & The Northumbrian Traditional Group ‎– Geordierama

                            Mike Neville And George House, Joe Bennett & The Northumbrian Traditional Group ‎– Geordierama

                            Harry Secombe – Pickwick A musical built around the ample Dickensian form of Harry Secombe and which gave him 'If I Ruled The World', the song that became his signature tune.

                            Harry Secombe ‎– Pickwick

                            Been after this for a while. Not rare or valuable but a bugger to find Lanky Spoken Here!

                            Lanky Spoken Here!

                            Dodgy comedy and enthusiastic sentimental crooning from a Kent restaurant with the sound of prawn cocktails being slurped in the background, what's not to love? Paul Styvar, Colin Clifford, Trevor Thomas ‎– Live At Bloomers Restaurant Gravesend

                            Paul Styvar, Colin Clifford, Trevor Thomas ‎– Live At Bloomers Restaurant Gravesend

                            Crude Canadian country Maclean And Maclean ‎– Taking The 'O' Out Of Country And Sucking Their Way To The Top

                            Maclean And Maclean ‎– Taking The 'O' Out Of Country And Sucking Their Way To The Top

                            Robotic Beatles action from Metal Mickey ‎– I Wanna Hold Your Hand / Eugene Machino​​​​​​​

                            Metal Mickey ‎– I Wanna Hold Your Hand / Eugene Machino

                            More Lancashire folkines and bits of silliness The Oldham Tinkers ‎– Best O' T' Bunch - Back Street Songs Of Lancashire​​​​​​​

                            The Oldham Tinkers ‎– Best O' T' Bunch - Back Street Songs Of Lancashire

                            The Oldham Tinkers ‎– Sit Thee Down

                            The Oldham Tinkers ‎– Sit Thee Down

                            Mrs Shufflewick gracing the cover of Pubs, Pearlies & Pints

                            Pubs, Pearlies & Pints

                            Seven-A-Side - Recorded November 1964. Comedy song selections from the Oxford University shows 'Hang Down Your Head And Die' and 'Oxford Revue'. The first vinyl recording to feature future Pythons Michael Palin and (as a writer) Terry Jones.


                            Dick Durden-Smith, Michael Palin, Nigel Rees, Michael Sadler, Bob Scott, Adele Weston, David Wood With Susan Solomon, Jane Somerville ‎– Seven-A-Side










                            The Downstairs Lounge
                            http://downstairslounge.wordpress.com/
                            http://soundcloud.com/agnes-guano/

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                            • #44
                              Ashton-under-Lyne supergroup The Fivepenny Piece ......On Stage


                              I've got a bunch to post later, but one I think I didn't photograph was a Fivepenny Piece album "Wish You Were Here". There was one almost funky one with some wah-wah, but not a keeper. Nothing as good as "Lou-Lay-Lie" on Making Tracks anyway...

                              Don't often see their records dahn sarf. They certainly made a lot of albums though.
                              Last edited by bongolia; 02-04-2019, 09:07 PM.

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                              • #45
                                Everyone will be disappointed to know I've got another huge load stuff to post (and still need to finish listening to all the Greek records), but here goes...


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                                Firstly a few cheap things from ebay and Discogs -
                                Des Glasford's Combo 7 - Guyana's Young Sound - couple of quite nice jazzy instros on here, also a bit of soul. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvP6No8VXmk
                                The National Gallery - Performing Interpretations of the Paintings of Paul Klee - Chuck Mangione written psych thing. Mentioned a few times on here. His brother Gap also did versions of "Diana In the Autumn Wind" and a couple of others (coincidentally posted earlier this month). Was expecting this to be instrumental, but it's all got vocals.
                                Les Humphries - Singing Explosion - no idea why they've wrapped themselves in kitchen foil. Quite funky in parts though, best track is probably Mandrake: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlDIhEKmSqs
                                Lonesome Travellers - The Lost Children - UK folk trio on a very obscure label. Found an empty sleeve last year so nice to finally hear the actual record. Nothing traditional but some interesting song choices. Not yet sure if a keeper, but I liked this one quite a bit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIPA8w2_Q9cw



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                                Strawbs - From The Witchwood - from a local shop. Should have got this years ago, really good acid folk
                                And that's it for proper money, back to the 50p boxes - a sleeveless Transatlantic Guitar Sampler LP - Jansch, Pentangle, Rebourn, John Fahey, etc. Might be one for the freebie thread though, not worked out what I already have on this yet
                                Kenneth Connor and Glennis Bereford - Much Ado About Love and Keith Michell - Sings Ancient And Modern - two very similar records (both actors, both albums half Elizabethan and half modern songs in an Elizabethan style) bizarrely from the same box but a week apart. The Kenneth Connor has been posted on here before, don't know about the other. Not sure I like Keith Michell's voice, but Ken and Glennis sounded alright from a quick listen, and it's nice to see something else on Avenue besides soundalikes (plus looks like they actually spent some money on the sleeve design).



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                                Les Swingle Singers - Bach, Handel, Vivaldi - need no introduction I guess
                                The Fisher Fidelity Standard - has a good slightly middle-eastern instrumental called Othello: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYH6e8B0ODM&t=50s (band leader is Michael Zager owho would later inflict "Let's All Chant" on the world)
                                George Chisholm - More Music For Romantics - mostly pretty drippy stuff, but for no good reason has a cracking version of Caravan half way through. The young people on the cover look sad, maybe George has been playing his trombone right in their ears, he does look a bit guilty.
                                T.W. Ardy - Hammond In Gold - German organist, mostly the usual cheese with a German schlager slant, but he turns on his delay unit and gets pretty funky on "The Look Of Love": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJiRyN3Mu-4



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                                The New World - Trumpet A Go-Go - bonkers barely recognisable classical arrangements. Had this before and sold it for 45 quid or something crazy on ebay (and with no XXX Records style hyping, honest!). Nice to find it again finally for 50p.
                                The New Vaudeville Band - Winchester Cathedral - not sure why I bought this, because I knew the rest would be as annoying as the title track. Think I was just surprised to see a US LP in the charity shop. I like 20s/30s stuff and also like people recreating it, but this all feels like a bit of a joke.
                                Gordon Lightfoot - Endless Wire - not a SSW fan normally, but I've been enjoying a lot of covers of his stuff, so thought I'd give him a go.
                                St. John's Theatre Workshop - United We Stand - early 80s kids theatre thing, sort of a quirky reggae sound to a lot of it



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                                Had a tip-off from an old man in a charity shop that somewhere else had just put out several hundred new LPs, mostly C&W but he'd found a jazz record in them. Looked like a dealer or shop might have been clearing out stuff - a lot of country from the same numbered collection, but also easy listening and other stuff dealer's often give up on. Nice they'd donated them to the 4 for a quid place too.
                                Ted Heath - Olde Englyshe - this is great, had a 70s or 80s reissue already (from the same shop a few years ago I think as well). Not your typical Ted Heath record, this is arrangements of folk songs, a lot by Ken Moule.
                                George Shearing - Shearing Today! - not seen this before, it's good late 60s "groovy" easy.
                                Roberto Delgado - The Peanut Vendor - budget reissue of "Caramba!", nice uptempo version of "Taboo"
                                The Lettermen - Put Your Head On My Shoulder - never had one of their albums before, don't think it's a keeper but a few interesting moments, like an unlikely cover of The Doors "Hello I Love You" (the more usual "Light My Fire" is on here as well)



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                                Most of the country was random late 70s/80s stuff by people I'd never heard of but there were a few potentially more interesting things.
                                Loretta Lynn - Loretta, Entertainer of the Year - this was good, I think there was electric piano on this which made it slightly different to the usual Nashville sound
                                Johnny Rivers - Slim Slo Slider - Been posted up here before I think. I had the 45 of "Jesus Was A Soul Man" from this but got rid of it, and turns out that's the only rubbish track, the rest is really good. There was also the Blue Suede Shoes LP but aside from a very lengthy drumbreak it was all a bit disappointing.
                                The Statler Brothers - Sing Country Symphonies In E Major - quite enjoyed this, from memory a nice version of Mac Davis "I Believe In Music"
                                Roy Acuff - A Living Legend - I like his voice, quite folky, but not a keeper



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                                George Melly - Nuts - interesting sleeve on this, the picture is a photographic print that slides out, done in that old-fashioned airbrushed style (like the Kraftwerk TEE sleeve). Probably not a keeper, but after reading one volume of his autobiography years ago (must find the others) I feel I ought to give his records a go
                                Los Carabelas - Cantan - Spanish folk trio, slight latin american influence. I liked their voices a lot
                                Line et Willy - early 60s French duo, normally I'm disappointed by French stuff, always turns out to be Chanson type dreariness, but this was pretty lively
                                Marisa Robles - Harp Music Of France - I love harp LPs and had been looking out for this after finding a Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe story LP with her music on, but not sure it's a keeper, was a bit underwhelming from memory


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                                Maxine Nightingale - Night Life - passed up a copy of this a couple of years ago for 3 quid or something and regretted it, so pleased to find it again for pennies. Really great LP-only version of Ned Doheny's "Get It Up For Love". Don't think the rest was great though bar one other good track








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