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whats the first major record you bought and when,to start you collections

my was lynne randell stranger in my arms epic demo, from wigan around 77/78 cost around 10 quid if i remember

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Tommy Bush - I don't like it - Rika - back in 79, it cost me £10 back then.

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Bob Relf - Blowing My Mind To Pieces (Trans-American) back in 1973. Think it cost me about £1.50 (ish)

My older brother came home one night from a venue and give me a sheet of A4 with a list of records on it. The address was in the US. He said buy this one (Bob Relf), you will love it. Two weeks pocket money and abit of money from my auntie who lived up the street, I went to the post office and got my postal order and sent off. 2/3 weeks later it arrived. I stayed off school and played the record about 50 times. My brother came home from work, heard it playing and said; Great, your record arrived Okeh, what do you think of the other side. My reply was, I haven't played it yet......... LOL, LOL.

Still love playing it today.

KTF............... Bridgey

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I was buying records from a very early age so my parents knew I alsways spent my pocket money on them, they nearly died when I told them I'd paid £1.50 for The Fidels "Try a little harder" on Jayboy. That was probably extortionate back in 1974 but I loved it so much. In 1975 I paid £5 for an emidisc of I'm coming home in the morning b/w hot line, and the parents really did think I'd lost my mind, that was over 3 weeks paper round money!

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The Tams - Hey Girl Don't Bother Me (ABC)

Cost me £7, more than a weeks wages in '69, for a battered copy but I was a happy bunny. :unsure:

- Kev.

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from 1970 i bought all the club soul and oldies i could afford, costing approx 10 bob each, then when i got into northern my first big record was duke browner in1972 for £5 . i was on £15 a week working 6 days.

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Had loads of records when I was 4 or 5 - Just brought up with it.

Into my teeens I bought the Famous "Flying pig - Led Zep BBC" Bootleg for £15 in 1972/3

When I was at Global I never got paid cos I only worked part-time so I usually got paid in records.

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I was buying records from a very early age so my parents knew I alsways spent my pocket money on them, they nearly died when I told them I'd paid £1.50 for The Fidels "Try a little harder" on Jayboy. That was probably extortionate back in 1974 but I loved it so much. In 1975 I paid £5 for an emidisc of I'm coming home in the morning b/w hot line, and the parents really did think I'd lost my mind, that was over 3 weeks paper round money!

£5 was the standard price for emi discs in the mid 70s wasn't it, strange sort of NS cartel in opperation there. Amuses me to think how credible we thought they were in our youth. Hindsight would make us all rich, but I often think what I could've bought then for £5s that I spent on Emi discs. I've had a great knack of buying the wrong records from an investment perspective, which I think I'm still engaged in.

The one that started me collecting from a more serious point was a SOUL b/w demo of Jr Walker Road Runner. I got the sleeve signed at Wigan one night, I remember stumbling across the stage before he'd really finished his spot. The same night I saw S35001 Shorty Long in a box, I had a couple of others on the label and decided to get the whole run. That was before Frank Wilson arrived on the scene, or at least before it wasn't Eddie Foster. Not a big buy that started me, but that moved me from boots and re-issues onto label pride.

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My first major purchase was in 83-4 and was Frank Beverly - Because of my Heart - Fairmount £75 from a Dave Raistrick auction.

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Went down to Soul Bowl (late 70's?) with Rob & Martin Thomas , didn't realise

they didn't let you look through the records (you had to know what you wanted)

anyway came away with EDWARD HAMILTON - BABY DONT YOU WEEP £6 or £8

and HAROLD MELVIN -GET OUT £4 plus he gave me a copy of PATTI & THE LOVELITES - LOVE BANDIT

had a draw full of those. To be honest I think that's the most i've ever spent , I was only on £20 a week I reckon.

Happy Days eh!

Cheers

Swifty :thumbup:

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It's funny how many people quote EMIdiscs as their first big buy. I had a few reissues etc, but in 1973, I bought my first big northern sound, which of course was an EMI: Butch Baker Workin' At The Go Go b/w Promatics Sugar Pie Honey. Of course Ormskirk became the EMIdisc capitol of the north, with Pete Lawson & Keith Bradley selling them :hatsoff2: .

Paul

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whats the first major record you bought and when,to start you collections

my was lynne randell stranger in my arms epic demo, from wigan around 77/78 cost around 10 quid if i remember

mind to,still got it,3quid me thinks billy :hatsoff2:

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Started going to weekly Soul Nights playing rarer stuff than my local youth club in 1968, and came across Boogaloo Party and At The Discoteque (both UK issue ) for about a bob in my local village supermarket.

Did not even have a record player in the house so talked ma & pa into buying a cheap one for me, and promptly used my paper money savings to send off fifteen schillings and sixpence to FL Moore at Leighton Buzzard for the Elgins - Heaven Must Have Sent You on VIP, my first big buy, although Chubby Checker worth more.

My first EMI discs were given to me by a DJ at Cleethorpes Pier in exchange for another record I got from a supermarket Jo Armstead- I Got The Vibes. Looking back I think this was a mistake but at the time Bllly Prophet, Jeanette Williams and Debbie Fleming appealed to me more, even on that format.

Steve

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shakers ......one wonderful moment, at the torch...£7 i think, ez :thumbsup:

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whats the first major record you bought and when,to start you collections

my was lynne randell stranger in my arms epic demo, from wigan around 77/78 cost around 10 quid if i remember

1968, first holiday with mates as opposed to parents, EXCELLENT nights in the Scotch Club in Torquay, back home bought these, which I still have,Dance to the music - Sly and Family Stone (Columbia issue, NOT Direction :thumbsup: ) and Another Saturday Night - Sam Cooke (RCA)

First Major outlay (would have been, but see comment below) The Poets - She Blew a Good Thing from FL Moore who operated out of Leighton Buzzard at the time, circa 1968.

Bloodyhell, just read your post, Scunny, after adding the above, he charged high prices for the times, somwhere I've got a paper sheet catalogue of his, I'll have try and find it.

The story of how I actually aquired the record as a Freebie, instead of 35/- (thirty five shillings, to you younger folk thats £1.75P)is told in another thread on here, dont sound a lot but as a 2nd year Vauxhall apprentice I think we were paid 30/- aweek (£1.50)

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Mud - Tiger Feet then everything just went downhill after that lol

Regards - Mark Bicknell.

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Mud - Tiger Feet then everything just went downhill after that lol

Regards - Mark Bicknell.

thats neat thats neat.. lol

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It's funny how many people quote EMIdiscs as their first big buy. I had a few reissues etc, but in 1973, I bought my first big northern sound, which of course was an EMI: Butch Baker Workin' At The Go Go b/w Promatics Sugar Pie Honey. Of course Ormskirk became the EMIdisc capitol of the north, with Pete Lawson & Keith Bradley selling them :thumbsup: .

Paul

i bought a 6 track emi from a seller in nottingham around 78 who advertised in black echoes,you could pick you 6 tracks from a choice of around a 100 tracks.when it came none of the tracks where the ones id asked for, one was kiki dee magic carpet ride in the same week id picked up 3 kiki dee on fontana ,mint copys in the diskery in birmingham and sold em all for big money at wigan on the sat nite sods law aint it. anyone remember who the emidisc seller was !

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Bob Relf - Blowing My Mind To Pieces (Trans-American) back in 1973. Think it cost me about £1.50 (ish)

My older brother came home one night from a venue and give me a sheet of A4 with a list of records on it. The address was in the US. He said buy this one (Bob Relf), you will love it. Two weeks pocket money and abit of money from my auntie who lived up the street, I went to the post office and got my postal order and sent off. 2/3 weeks later it arrived. I stayed off school and played the record about 50 times. My brother came home from work, heard it playing and said; Great, your record arrived Okeh, what do you think of the other side. My reply was, I haven't played it yet......... LOL, LOL.

Still love playing it today.

KTF............... Bridgey

:thumbsup: that's what its all about ph34r.gif

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from 1970 i bought all the club soul and oldies i could afford, costing approx 10 bob each, then when i got into northern my first big record was duke browner in1972 for £5 . i was on £15 a week working 6 days.

Funnily enough, Duke Browner was my No.1 want virtually as soon as I got onto a serious level on the scene. I'd already bought an ex Soulboy's collection of 400 records for £25 circa 1971 and that kept me stoked for a year or so and provided me with many of the top Wheel and Torch sounds which effectively meant the disease became implanted relatively quickly.

I got Duke Browner for £3 at the Mecca in '72. One of the best records I ever bought to this day. Still one of my all-time faves from any era. Does it get much better?

Ian D :thumbsup:

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shakers ......one wonderful moment, at the torch...£7 i think, ez :thumbsup:

Long way to go Ez laugh.gif there were a few copies out the back room in Worcester street!!

My start on the expensive trail 3.00 for Fred Hughes Baby Boy, just when it started to get played at the Torch,now that was a Massive sound!!

Steve

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1st months wage in 1970 bought darling baby lp on english TM off a mate (not the full wage)

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DAVE CLARK FIVE, BITS & PIECES

Used to have a set of drums, made out of cardboard boxes & play along to it in the front roomyes.gif

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Having bought cheapy bits for a couple of years from Groove City,Selectadisc(1975--77) my first big buy was from Graham Wake at Northallerton Community Centre for £8 --only cos i,d got a £22 tax rebate------Patrice Holloway--Stolen Hours,and i got it played the next day on the Waltzer at Catterick Village fair---still think about that when i sit outside the Bay Horse--booming out across the village green!!!!

T.C.

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Cost me £100.00 in 1986 ,I was only earning that a month at the time !! , but worth every penny for those opening bars !!! :thumbsup:

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Sly and the Family Stone "Dance To The Music" on a US Epic demo, £3.50 from JM

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thats neat thats neat.. lol

Yeah !! I Really Like those Tiger Feet !! :thumbup::unsure::thumbsup:

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:hatsoff2: that's what its all about :lol:

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DAVE CLARK FIVE, BITS & PIECES

Used to have a set of drums, made out of cardboard boxes & play along to it in the front roomyes.gif

Me too ...............:(

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Jerry Cook - Hurt on the other side, on demo Captiol, 2 weeks wage :yes::yes::(

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Looking at an earlier scan of an emidisc, does anybody remember a guy from Southport (I'm sure) called Andy Keggin?

When we used to travel up from Southampton to Blackpool/Wigan some of us would always go home with some of his merchandise!! He was always in the record bar at the Casino with a box load of emi's of the latest top sounds. The very neat writing on the earlier scan reminded me of him.

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Some very early buys i recall were, The Carstairs, It really hurts me girl, and He who picks a rose, Sandra Phillips You suceded, Olympics The same old thing, Bob and Earl lp on B&C, Given to me by my ex's brother in law were Oh i've been blessed, Eddie Parker Love you baby, Johnny Sayles, Lee Rogers Sock some etc,,,

First weeks wages i bought a High Keys demo, then a Garnett Mimms Loookin us demo, and i was off and running.

First really big purchase was my Proffesionals from Pep for £30,never paid more until mid 80's for a Little Ritchie black demo £70 and Jimmy Mack demo £90, and its only this time around i have exceeded the ton.

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whats the first major record you bought and when,to start you collections

my was lynne randell stranger in my arms epic demo, from wigan around 77/78 cost around 10 quid if i remember

My first Northern buys were from a mate at work around '71 April Stevens Wanting You on MGM and Jimmy 'soul' Clarke Sweet Darling on Soulhawk all in for a fiver I think he threw in California Montage as a sweetener.

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One of the early buys was Soul twins Off G Warr on return from states £5.00 at the Cats still got it, i was offered a A patten Lil lovin UK Demo for a fiver at the mecca but that was my Va va / Mecca funds (but i have a fiver now any offers)laugh.giflaugh.gif

Stin

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Dave, you're right with the name, still around, pops into local soul do's in southport. He was always on the button, soul twins orig, springs to mind. There are/were quite a few with collections, uk and US,quite a lot of knowledgable collectors in the north west, even wid, was a local boy. The last time I saw you dave, was when I worked down south, and we travelled on the train together, to a brighton record fair, and ' uncle wid ', kindly replaced a copy of dd warwick- worth every tear I cry, for me. All the best, Nigel A.

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First for me buying CANDY by the ASTORS on black Atlantic off the jukebox from the guy who ran the DEL RIO cafe in Walsall. Cost me £5 back in 1969 a few weeks before being re-issued on red Atlantic. Everyone thought I was mad, still have it, still love it. Anyone on SS go/ remember the " DEL".

MICK

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First for me buying CANDY by the ASTORS on black Atlantic off the jukebox from the guy who ran the DEL RIO cafe in Walsall. Cost me £5 back in 1969 a few weeks before being re-issued on red Atlantic. Everyone thought I was mad, still have it, still love it. Anyone on SS go/ remember the " DEL".

MICK

I remember the Del Rio very well. My mom and dad heard about it being a drug den and told me not to go anywhere near the place ha ha - yeah right!! Music was played downstairs on a jukebox filled with some absolutely fantastic sounds. I can still picture selecting the Fascinations ""Girls . . "" and watching it picked up and play - still love the record as much today!

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The first original i ever bought, which i classed as starting my collection, was The Younghearts-A little Togetherness- Canterbury issue. This was bought off Dave Withers in the Casino record bar for £3.00, circa 1976. I remember Shaun Pawsey bollicking me for paying over the odds. Funny how i can remember stuff like this, but cant remember what happened last week.

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first buy big buy was... the skull snaps ...."my hang up is you "on british gsf £10 wigan record bar 1974 -1975 still love this to this day :sweatingbullets:

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first buy big buy was... the skull snaps ...."my hang up is you "on british gsf £10 wigan record bar 1974 -1975 still love this to this day :thumbsup:

Great track.....was it really a tenner back then?

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Great track.....was it really a tenner back then?

When Russ was playing it Spring of 74, I was selling them £3 or £4 each, can't remember which?

My local record shop still had it in stock on UK GSF, 65p each, made a few quid at the time.thumbsup.gif

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When Russ was playing it Spring of 74, I was selling them £3 or £4 each, can't remember which?

My local record shop still had it in stock on UK GSF, 65p each, made a few quid at the time.thumbsup.gif

In fact it was the shop owner Pauline Marshall, who 1st put me on to it as a new release in 73.

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