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Back in the sunrise-era (66 - 69) they didn't need to cover anything up. Even if you managed to work out the title, no record shop would stock it, and you needed artist/label info to order it. Impossible.

The sound equipment was pretty pathetic then compared to now, wirh BSR decks and ceramic cartridges etc.

Acquiring music knowledge was a laborious and costly task... buying blind and hoping!

I remember going into record shops when I was 16, and asking for "Ready or not here I come". I ended up with the Delfonics. Of course I was looking for "Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie". I got it a year later, after I'd plucked up enough courage to ask DJ Martin Wheatley (Studio One, Kingswinford) what it was.

The Diskery (Brum) would give you a little pile (and a record centre) to take upstairs to the booth to play. A godsend that. I recognised almost every one after the first two bars!

The first time I really saw records with beer mats over them was at the Jazz Club (Dudley) and Cats.

It was hard, acquiring sounds and knowledge, then.


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