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Just looking for a bit of help on this little project I'm working on folks...

What would have been the most money paid for supposed one-offs back in the early to mid 70s? Anyone know who paid what to whom for what?

Also, anyone remember any one-offs which were rapidly turned into not-one-offs by discovery of quanity? Around the same time?

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Dan

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Thanks Dave

What would have been a run of the mill big price to pay in mid 70s....I'm guessing 15 - 20 quid would have been a lot of dough to spend?

dan

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Not operating in the same shere as JM, I bought a copy of Johnny Bragg they're talkin about me, on Elbejay for £6 (four weeks paper round money). Soon after it was released in the UK on Inferno and could be bought fo 99p in Turntable 2, our local record store.

My parents didnt understand my rationalle that I had the US original. Maybe thats where I began to really appreciate getting the 'real' copy, and began to turn my back on UK issues, which were at the time massively popular, and pressings.

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£30 to £40 was not unheard of,and didnt good old happy chappy Keith Minshull pay £ 50 for the Invitations ? or something like that. JM buy was a bit later than these.

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Minsh paid £50 for the second copy of The Fuller Brothers at the Torch when i was there, so that must have been about top whack then. Ian "Frank" Dewhirst paid the ubiquitous £180 for "Cigarette Ashes" a week or so before it came out on Jay Boy in 1972 so the top price rose quickly then. I think £180 was loads more (£100ish)than the previous highest . Mick'll remember a load of others.

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Not operating in the same shere as JM, I bought a copy of Johnny Bragg they're talkin about me, on Elbejay for £6 (four weeks paper round money). Soon after it was released in the UK on Inferno and could be bought fo 99p in Turntable 2, our local record store.

My parents didnt understand my rationalle that I had the US original. Maybe thats where I began to really appreciate getting the 'real' copy, and began to turn my back on UK issues, which were at the time massively popular, and pressings.

I'll bet you really pleased that today you can get as much as £30 for it ;o)))

Worst one for me like that was

7 Dwarfs - Stop Girl

I paid £15 for it which was huge for me then the very next week it was booted on an identical boot and it was worth nothing and never got played again.

I still have it somewhere ;o((

JoT

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It's intriguing that far fewer people are willing to share their tales of paying over the odds for records than share their triumphs in the "What Was Your Best Bargain..." thread.

At the 100 Club in the early 1980s I was looking through record boxes and a real dilemma presented itself: The Yum Yums "Gonna Be A Big Thing" for £25. Should I buy it, not be able to buy a drink all night and walk home to the wilds of North London in a virtual hurricane? Or buy Curtis Hairston's "I Want You All Tonight" on a Pretty Pearl WDJ 45 for £8 and spend the rest on ale? No contest!

That Curtis Hairston must be worth all of 50p these days...

One that fits into this from The Golden Days is Eula Cooper "Let Our Love Grow Higher" on Super Sound. The first copy went for a huge sum, then followed by the proverbial boxload, and the inevitable pressings. I wonder how the current price equates to the original sum, taking inflation into account?

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One that fits into this from The Golden Days is Eula Cooper "Let Our Love Grow Higher" on Super Sound. The first copy went for a huge sum, then followed by the proverbial boxload, and the inevitable pressings. I wonder how the current price equates to the original sum, taking inflation into account?

Ahh you are talking my language now Gareth.

Give me the sum and the year approx will do and as if by magic I can give the value in todays money.

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whats also worth noting is that a lot of people got rid of their originals when they were pressed not realising in fact how rare the record was,Bernie Williams is one example.

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It's intriguing that far fewer people are willing to share their tales of paying over the odds for records than share their triumphs in the "What Was Your Best Bargain..." thread.

At the 100 Club in the early 1980s I was looking through record boxes and a real dilemma presented itself: The Yum Yums "Gonna Be A Big Thing" for £25. Should I buy it, not be able to buy a drink all night and walk home to the wilds of North London in a virtual hurricane? Or buy Curtis Hairston's "I Want You All Tonight" on a Pretty Pearl WDJ 45 for £8 and spend the rest on ale? No contest!

That Curtis Hairston must be worth all of 50p these days...

One that fits into this from The Golden Days is Eula Cooper "Let Our Love Grow Higher" on Super Sound. The first copy went for a huge sum, then followed by the proverbial boxload, and the inevitable pressings. I wonder how the current price equates to the original sum, taking inflation into account?

If the Yum Yums was in Mick Smith's box and it was 1984/5, I bought it...thanks for leaving it Gareth!!

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I remember buying Al Williams off Sterling in the 70s At the Casino for £80.00, then selling it for the same price to buy that fast stuff.............

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My biggest clanger has to be selling Eric Mercury - Lonley Girl on Sac to George Sharpe at Stafford for £95.00 ok so i bought the thing for £75.00 and thought £20.00 was a good profit back in 1983/4.

Many others have gone through my hands over the years Gene Toones Simco blue stock/ issue and The Empires Candi demo sold for £800.00 the pair back in 1988/9 still a lot of money then for two records now you could get two grand each for then perhaps more,Rotations D - 9 sold at 100 Club for £30.00, Barbara McNeir UK Tamla Demo £60.00 also at The 100 Club and many more, all part of this wonderful scene we are apart off...............................I'll get me coat!

Regards - Mark Bicknell.

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when i sold a lot off in 1981/2

i remeber £8.00 for doni burdick bari track

£3.00 for marvin smith who will do yor running

£3.00 john bowie your gonna miss a good

and lots of other things for £2/3.00

i made a profit on them so cant grumble really

mark

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in the 70's i remember siz let richard borrow joey hetherington and when it was massive at wigan he asked for it back searling then had to part with about |£100 to keep it.

good way to do business hey (supply and demand)

i did find a copy of kenny smith on a gar issue when it was thought to be demo only and sold it for £15.00

mark

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The one that sticks in my mind was John Manship paying £180 for Seven Day Lover, and a week later it came out on Cream

Did hear that was the first ns 45 to go over £ 3 figures.

Can you confirm, Dave?

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Did hear that was the first ns 45 to go over £ 3 figures.

Can you confirm, Dave?

This is true Mr Abbotts

I was just a wee teenager at the Casino when this news broke out

gob smacked like everyone else

this then , in my opinion started the high prices for 45s that were indemand

baring in mind that you could do a nighter at the casino for 75p entrance on an anaversary night.

inflation rears its ugly head once again

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Talking about three figure sounds in the 70's - remember selling a copy of Lyn Varnado on Gator to Colin Curtis for £100 - think that Levine had the only other copy at that time : that was an awful lot of money in those days !

Still a great sound - a little bit of 45 heaven !

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I remember buying Al Williams off Sterling in the 70s At the Casino for £80.00, then selling it for the same price to buy that fast stuff.............

Was that wichard sterling ???????? LOL or Sterling Magee?

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