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  • After missing the Aviano flea/antique market on my last trip to Italy, I was determined to get there this time...

    So, I had about 45 minutes to whizz round the market - these are the ones I picked up on my "supermarket sweep" style run through the various stalls.



    "I watussi" - ruby valente

    This label specialised in cover versions of hits of the day (in this case a cover version of the Flippers tune "I Watussi" - which I stuck on my Italian VG+swap mix a few years back, so had to grab this one). First time I've ever spotted one of these distinctive N.E.T. 7s (in the original red plastic sleeve) in the "wild".



    "la danza di zorba" - dalida

    I've seen many Dalida records on my travels but have never picked one up, something about this one compelled me to grab it - and glad I did - an odd Italian vocal version of the very well known Zorba the Greek theme.



    "la notte" - adamo

    Like Dalida, the Adamo was a first time buy for me, interesting track - great strings and nice use of harmonica - was pleasantly surprised.



    "non andare col tamburo" - remo germani

    Bought on the strength of it's cover - sadly the music on first listen doesn't live up to the promise of the sleeve.



    "tequila twist" - the champs

    Couldn't leave a version of "tequila" with such a great sleeve without a good home - not "twisty" enough for me as such but still worthy of addition to the the tequila version excursion pile.



    "dance with the devil" - cozy powell

    Much talked about on VG+ as a "staple" - and a record I remember taping off the radio back in the day - and who can resist the allure of a "disc jockey series" appellation



    "la bamba" - the latins

    Killer version of "la bamba" with excellent vibraphone - and completely new to me. Here's some bonus photos of it's first spin whilst I was still in in Italy, having coaxed my Dad's old hi-fi into life:




    Hard to beat the sound produced by those Wharfedale Rosedale 3 speakers...



    "domani" - sandie shaw

    Great to finally get some Sandie Shaw singing quite wonderfully in Italian, the B side also sounding good on first play.



    "con te sulla spiaggia" - nico fidenco

    Another tune I put on my Italian VG+ mix a few years ago - great to finally turn it up on a pristine 7" picture sleeve to replace my late 70s/early 80s comp Lp copy - the 7" features actual beach sounds on the intro/outro too!



    "el bimbo" - bombo jet

    Hard to resisit picking this up as I half remembered it from the 70s - sad to report my memory was way off beam... Still - a great sleeve.



    "j'irai twister le blues" - richard anthony

    One of of my favourite Richard Anthony tunes on a 7" with suitably moody girl on the cover? Yes please, that'll do nicely.



    "hully gully guitar" - pete antell and his american twisters

    Always good to stumble across anything on the Vedette label, despite the sleeve's proclamation of "two exceptional hully gullys" I'll settle on one good un'. This record, like many of the others I found were in excellent condition/maybe unplayed - you do wonder where they've been hiding all these years...

    And that's it - in my book that's a "haul".

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    • Originally posted by SirSlim View Post
      After missing the Aviano flea/antique market on my last trip to Italy, I was determined to get there this time...

      So, I had about 45 minutes to whizz round the market - these are the ones I picked up on my "supermarket sweep" style run through the various stalls.

      And that's it - in my book that's a "haul".
      Yup good haul! I went around the porta portese in rome and found sod all!

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      • Originally posted by diggerdumper View Post
        Yup good haul! I went around the porta portese in rome and found sod all!
        Yeah - amazing finds, Gian. Very jealous
        "Record collecting is no mere hobby, no innocuous leisurely diversion. It is a feverish passion bordering on dementia, driving those under the influence to irrational, compulsive, fanatical extremes."

        Night of the Living Vinyl

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        • Nice one Sir Slim
          some times play g+ with back noise,some times vg , super psyché juju lpfront sleeve is very nice vg back vg , but the top corne left is eating buy rats, ask for picture

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          • Originally posted by amidar View Post
            Couple of charity shop purchases. A pretty middling Martin Denny album from 1966 which opens great with 'Temptation' (which must have been sampled by someone) and then goes downhill
            it's a comp, but not of his best tracks. Temptation was sampled by Amon Tobin I think

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            • Originally posted by diggerdumper View Post
              Yup good haul! I went around the porta portese in rome and found sod all!
              Originally posted by Expiry2011 View Post
              Yeah - amazing finds, Gian. Very jealous
              Originally posted by medlar View Post
              Nice one Sir Slim
              I've put some more pictures up in the diggers guide - if you chaps ever venture up that way...

              http://www.verygoodplus.co.uk/showth...113#post568113

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              • Paul Desmond – “Skylark”. Ex+/Ex+.

                From the same charity box as the other Paul Desmond up the page a bit.

                The core group are all ‘names’- Gabor Szabo, Bob James, Jack DeJohnette, Ron Carter. Doug Payne reckons they jell despite their different styles, and rates the album accordingly.

                Certainly, for me, something isn’t quite working. No one sounds particularly inspired. Actually, I’m not taken with Ron Carter’s work here. But I suspect that it is a matter of what he is playing rather than how he is playing. Given that there are no bad performances, my guess is that it is the material. “Take Ten” sounds like a weak re-tread of guess what (narrowly avoids weak numerical joke). The Purcell tune certainly catches the attention, but it sounds disjointed. The rest is pleasant, but dull. There are nice moments here and there, but no more than that.

                I aim to listen to the Purcell again to see if I can make a deeper logic there. If I can’t, it is most likely ‘store credit time’.

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                • Norman Gadd Percussion Ensemble: “Music and Movement” (3 x EP). The Norman Gadd Ensemble: “Music for Creative Dance” (3 x EP).

                  Difficult to be sure about the vinyl. Some is Ex. Some is VG. But I expect that cleaning will help. All are picture sleeves and would be Ex, bar the occasional pen tick and comment.

                  M&M is to help develop the response of children to rhythm. Most of the tracks are very straightforward rhythm pieces. I would be surprised if anyone here would get much out of the track entitled “Walk – percussion only”, even though someone has written “Excellent” next to it. However, there are a few tracks that might find a place in the right context. Tracks such as “Tango”, “Sway” and “Relax” for example.

                  The Percussion Ensemble aren’t named on M&M. The Ensemble is named on MfCD and there is a fair range of instruments there. A slightly larger palette of sounds and a sharper focus on a creative purpose means that there is a bit more going on. Someone might make something of tracks such as “Gliding”, ”Dreams”, “Floating” and “Curves”.

                  Perhaps in the fullness of time I’ll indulge myself in a bit of sub-Trunkery and throw together a Gadd minimix.

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                  • Still from the same few chazzas, Golden Sounds Orchestra: “Golden Latin Sounds”. Ex/Ex.

                    A brief search throws up few details. The sleeve says that it is “an original Toshiba recording”, which suggests that it wasn’t recorded locally.

                    Nothing to speak of - a mild version of Mambo No.5.

                    The (female) model on the front is showing enough cleavage and white lingerie to assist me in securing some store credit.

                    Bye-bye to that, then.

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                    • In the mail today. I was reminded of this one in another thread here and had to start looking for it. As it were, a copy was on a Tradera auction a while ago, but closed with no bidders with a starting bid of £1.50. I should have known! The seller only sells records occasionally, so I guess that's why it slipped by unnoticed.
                      I contacted him, and he still had it. I had to pay a bit more than £1.50 though, but still a fair price.
                      The Outer Limits - Black Boots (1971). The main feature is of course the riff which is basically note-by-note the bassline from The Stranglers Nice'nSleazy
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                      • Originally posted by cratedigger View Post
                        The Outer Limits - Black Boots (1971). The main feature is of course the riff which is basically note-by-note the bassline from The Stranglers Nice'nSleazy
                        Cheers Cratedigger - was surprised to find this wasn't on Youtube, but for anyone else who's curious to hear this track (as I was) and how it relates to their better-known 'Just One More Chance', there's a clip and a quite informative comment on this blog here....

                        By the way, I feel I should apologise for my involvement in the recent 'Flattened Edge' Scandi-drama thing.....I'm afraid it was just too much to resist.....but I'm sure I'm not the only one who felt your fascination was actually quite touching, if a little bit unintentionally hilarious...anyhow you took it all with admirably good grace so hats off to you sir!....I should add that the only actual Swedish drama I've ever paid any attention to involved either August Strindberg or Ingmar Bergman, both of whom I imagine would have done a far better job with the 'Flattened Edge' concept!
                        you can hear colours when they rhyme...

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                        • So thanks to cherrystones then...always good to show your working.
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                          • Originally posted by giantchicken View Post
                            Cheers Cratedigger - was surprised to find this wasn't on Youtube, but for anyone else who's curious to hear this track (as I was) and how it relates to their better-known 'Just One More Chance', there's a clip and a quite informative comment on this blog here....

                            By the way, I feel I should apologise for my involvement in the recent 'Flattened Edge' Scandi-drama thing.....I'm afraid it was just too much to resist.....but I'm sure I'm not the only one who felt your fascination was actually quite touching, if a little bit unintentionally hilarious...anyhow you took it all with admirably good grace so hats off to you sir!....I should add that the only actual Swedish drama I've ever paid any attention to involved either August Strindberg or Ingmar Bergman, both of whom I imagine would have done a far better job with the 'Flattened Edge' concept!
                            No offense taken. I found the development of the thread most amusing.
                            And cheers to cherrystones for reminding me I needed this one! I had my doubts when I saw the seller had posted it in a Jiffy bag with minimal padding, but it was a super clean EX copy. Now I just have to find a proper blue spiral Decca sleeve instead of the EMI sleeve it came in.
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                            • So anyway, I had this brilliant idea whereby Wallander is in the public library talking to a student and in the course of their conversation, she mentions an entry in the journals of August Strindberg where he's recanting a dinner gathering at which Emanuel Swedenborg postulates that due to the pressure caused by the metaphysical weight of time, eventually all circles will begin to turn into squares...(cut to Jussi defecating in the biography section)...

                              ...and then I remembered this is a forum about records and that I hadn't posted any of my finds in ages - and that there had been rather a lot since the last time - so let's break it down into bite sized chunks....

                              Pt1 - A Trip To Chorley

                              As described in the diggers guide, my visit to Chorley wasn't overly fruitful, but turned up the following:



                              "Screen Trip-Seventies" (MfP) - Another work from the mysterious BWD Productions and like their 'Cinema Francais' effort I picked up recently, it's cover versions of film themes, even including the same decent version of 'Borsalino' - but there's a twist - on this album we have vocals too and in places they're not bad; 'The Weight', 'Mrs Robinson', 'Woodstock', and a particularly good 'Something In The Air' that's a bit tidier overall than the Thunderclap Newman original...the BWD crew starts to lose out though when it turns in a tinny and raucous 'Born To Be Wild', a daft 'Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head' which seems to ape Sacha Distel's version with a bad French accent (is that you, Mike Redway?), and the worst sin is a 'Sicilian Clan' (here titled 'The Italian Theme') which removes the brooding menace of the original and replaces it with a 'Terry and June go to the garden centre' type vibe. And then credits it to 'Marrione', whoever he might be....

                              The Mermaid Theatre presents 'Lock Up Your Daughters'

                              Bit of a curiosity this one - I'm not usually wont to pick up albums of songs from stage shows, but here we have a young Lionel Bart providing the lyrics for Laurie Johnson's music in an adaptation (by Bernard Miles) of Henry Fielding's comedy, 'Rape Upon Rape'. Or in other words, a British 1950's comedy take on a 1730's 'pimps and hoes' story. Much of this naturally falls foul of modern PC tolerance levels and the denouement is spectacularly reactionary, but it has it's moments - the Nightwatchman's proto Phil Danielsesque opening number 'All's Well' might even get a play out, although I'm not sure I'll get away with Mrs Squeezum's frustrated enquiry, 'When Does The Ravishing Begin?'...



                              Island Sampler - 'Nice Enough To Eat'

                              Quite chuffed to find this, hadn't seen one in the wild for many a moon - it's a tad crackly, but nice to have anyway and since it has Nick Drake doing 'Time Has Told Me' on, it's probably worth ten squillion quid anyway - these sampler albums were lifelines in the seventies and their influence should not be underestimated. The good news is that King Crimson's '20th Century Schizoid Man' has escaped relatively unscathed and will no doubt be played loudly in public in the near future...

                              I also got this....



                              ...a new box for my 45s - as you can see it's already been pressed into use and I've given you a bit of a peek at some record pron for those who like that sort of thing - although it isn't really wide enough to accommodate some PVC outers and the lid has already gone a bit skewiff....grrrrrr.....and also....



                              Some 45s to put in it....

                              nothing much, a minty 'Wuthering Heights', Space's 'Magic Fly' (missing from my Space Disco 45s collection), Dave Berry's hideous 'Mama' (for 'Walk Walk Talk Talk' on the flip - in my actual DNA) and since it seemed to be the law that every chazza in Chorley had to have at least one copy of Richard Chamberlain's 'All I Have To Do Is Dream', I bought one to see what the fuss was about...and it was about nothing...which leads me to Chorley find of the day....



                              'Original Northwest Punk: The Sonics'

                              A tremendous band. Having worn out my mp3 of 'Psycho' it was time to track it down on vinyl - I'd envisaged an expensive web score, but lo and behold, when I went in Drumbeat Records, it virtually jumped into my hand at a reasonable price and since it was 'new old stock' that Pete had purchased from another dealer, it's in fine condition and has already been troubling the ears of the good folk of Chorlton-Cum_Hardy - in a very good way....




                              Part 2 - 'There are no bargains to be had on eBay these days'

                              ....or at least, that's what I keep hearing - but it's not true - you've just got to be savvy about when to look - and summer holiday time can be a happy hunting ground...



                              Ramones - 'S/T'

                              A 180gm vinyl (I hesitate to use the word 'audiophile') reissue, still sealed.....£8.....



                              MC5 - 'Kick Out The Jams'

                              Another weighty vinyl classic reissue, EX/EX.....£5.50....

                              6x45 'Soul Pack'

                              I'd was after a copy of Georgie Fame's 'Try My World'/'No Thanks' and most copies on the bay were starting at around £6 and going up to 15 or 18...but I looked way down the page and there was Georgie on the picture sleeve staring out amidst this dubious 'Soul Pack' - it was described as VG+/EX so I bid my fiver and landed it uncontested with an Otis and a William Bell and one or two other more dubious items too - and it's as good as the man said - yaaay!!!!!

                              but my eBay bargain of the summer had to be this.....



                              Four (yes that's four) John Barry albums, all in excellent condition and the price for the whole lot?.....99p!......I'm expecting the cops to pay me a visit!

                              and finally...

                              Part 3 - 'I don't give a damn about your OGs...' - some more minty fresh reissues....

                              Two that arrived this week - as yet unplayed -



                              'Neu' - I'm assuming you'll know all about these guys....and last, but by no means least....



                              Del Shannon - 'The Further Adventures Of Charles Westover'

                              Every few months for the last two or three years (since I realised the true genius of Del Shannon) I've had a look to see if I can land a copy of this for anything less than the 85 - 100 quid it usually goes for (plus P&P from outer space, probably) and what do I find? - It was re-released!....last year!....with the original artwork!.....and did any of YOU B@ST@RDS TELL ME????????!!!!!!!!!!!.........AAAAAAAARRRRRRGGGGGH HHHHH!!!!!!!!!

                              ....Ciao till the next installment....
                              you can hear colours when they rhyme...

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                              • Del Shannon reish is news to me too. Thanks for the heads up GK
                                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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