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Following on from my post on UK soul, where the topic of conversation turned to lucky finds in boot fairs and charity shops, it would be good to hear of some of your best and cheapest bargain finds, whether found during a rumage, or just heavily underpriced. Here's a few of mine from over the past 23 years:

FRANKIE & JOHNNY: I'll Hold You (Decca ISSUE) 25p

MARVIN GAYE: Stubborn Kind Of Fellow (Oriole) 20p

CHUCK WOOD: Seven Days Too Long (Big T) 50p

DANNY WHITE: Keep My Woman Home (US Atteru DEMO) 50p

IKE & TINA TURNER: Dust My Broom (US Tangerine) 50p

PAT WILLIAMS: Theme From Police Story (Capitol) 10p - which I sold on Ebay last year for £51!!!

LEONARD WHITING: That's What Mama Say (Pye Studios Acetate) 25p

Sadly, I don't have any of these any more, as I stupidly sold them over the years!!

Let's hear of your bargains....

PS: I apologise for the mis-spelling of "Bargain" in the title - couldn't amend it!

Gene

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Two of my bargains(what I consider bargains) are from Car Boot sales.

Martha Reeves & The Vandellas - One Way Out - Gordy 20p

Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons - The Night - Mowest 30p

Also considering the prices Frank Wilson is going for on Tamla Motown recently, I paid £2 for mine in 1985 at Exmouth scooter run.

My Brother in law bought, Gino Washington - Like My Baby - Mala DJ for £2.50 at Feltham market, many years ago. At the time he thought it was GENO Washington! I tried to get it off him recently, but unfortunately he saw a copy on the net selling for £140!

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Oh yea, one other while I think of it.

Sister Sledge - Love Don't You Go Through No Changes -Atlantic White Label test pressing for $5.99 off Ebay. Only to see it for auction on John Manships site for over £70 a week or two later.

And please no jokes about me still having paid too much!

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Patrice Hollaway Love & Desire UK Capitol 25p(Later sold drunkenley for £20 for Beer Money!)

Barbara Mills UK Hickory Demo (I was given it) Sold on Ebay £250

Tiffanies Got to be a great song UK Chess Demo 35p Still got it( what's the value?)

April Stevens UK Demo £3 I bought one at Wigan in '74 and sold it for £8 and found another in 1991 at a car boot for £3 and sold it last year on Ebay for £134

The week after I found the April stevens I want to the same car boot and found an old bloke with a box just full of mint Oriole singles. As I excitedly flicked through it all I found was Sherry Hugo Montenegro and every other oriole release except for anything else interesting. The stall holder told me that about 5 minutes ago someone bought about 20 singles off him for 50 pence each!

Paul

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Barbara Mcnair -You're gonna love my baby. British White demo Motown. 10p Market Fair in Weston Super Mare 1985

Ty Karim - Lighten Up Romark Off a record dealer at Stafford. Couldnt shift it for £20 so he reduced it to £15, I only had a tenner. Bingo!Everybody wanted the Larry Atkins version at the time.

But SO MANY missed. Box at Hinckley in about 81. All between £8-£10, Ascots another day, Frank Beverley - If thats what you wanted (One of the Sassy versions), Tony Galla on Swan and Anthony and the Aqua Lads - I remember.

I plumped for an 'acatate'/mock up, of Marvin Gaye - lonely lover.

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One more, and hopefully I can get some feedback on this one.

I got a white demo of Gail Anderson - 'Be proud you're in Love' on Salvadore, for £30 off Pat Brady at a Bristol alldayer in the mid 80s.

Obviously there are lots of issues, but I have never seen another white demo since. Spoke to Pat about it a few times, he has made enquiries, and not unearthed another. Asked John Manship, got an email from his wife questioning it's existence. Chalky has asked about, and none of his contacts seem to have seen one. Spoke again to Pat at Prestatyn, and he is convinced it is the only one.

So the $64,000 question is, Do I have the only copy??

Oh and I have only ever sold one record, Art Freeman - Slipping around for £8, so I could go to first anniversary at Hinckley. Breaks my heart whenever I hear it now, so I wont be selling this one. Unless of course I was offered $64,000 ;-)

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Found these at car boots/junk shops through the years:-

James Royal-Work Song on Parlaphone white demo...20p

Sons of Moses-Soul Symphony on MCA..............50p

JImmy Smith- Mojo workin' on Verve demo.....10p

B.J Thomas-Never had it so good on Scepter.....10p

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1995 - Christine Cooper - Parkway Demo with Bell Sound matrix stamp (guaranteed original) - Heartaches Away My Boy from a record dealer in Manchester (one who really should have known better).

He'd just had a small northern collection in and was desperately trying to price up the records when I arrived at his shop. I think he confused the record with the much cheaper SOS, Heart in Distress.

Brian

PS - He asked for £3!! Do you think I should have tried to knock him down a bit ?

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Just remembered, while in the Navy I was in the states in '78 and in Woolworths in Jacksonville I got a load of albums at 3 for 2 dollars among them was the Detroit Sound with "Jumpin At the Go Go" plus a load of Impressions and O'Jays etc. Unfortunately I havn't any stories of warehouses full of white demos though!(Just whorehouses full of white trash!)

Paul

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Oh and The Valentines Breakaway on Sound Stage 7 for 2p at a Plymouth jumble sale

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Ok here goes..

JoAnn Courcy "i got the power" Twirl 5£ (65 swedish krona)

Jimmy Reed JR "i ain't going.. " Mercury 13$

Rhonda Davies "can you remember" Duke 11$

Dorothy Williams "well's gone dry" Goldwax 13$

BJ Thomas "keep it up" Joed 17$

Bill Brandon "rainbow road" Tower 20$

Jackie Wilson "beacuase of you" Brunswick 9$

Joe Tex "i wanna be free" Dial 9$

Erma Coffee "anyway the wind blows" Hi 15$

....there are more but can't remember..

best

Leo

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KNOCK HIM DOWN BRIAN!!! HA HA! THEY SHOULD CALL YOU DICK TURPIN MATE! --- HOW COULD ANYONE HAVE MADE SUCH A MISTAKE MATE?!!! ON THE SUBJECT OF CARBOOTS MY MISSUS WAS SELLING AT ONE ONCE (ABOUT 1OYRS AGO AND BY MISTAKE TOOK A FEW RECORDS THAT WERE NOT SUPPOSED TO HAVE BEEN TAKEN FOR SELLING!!!! VIZ:-

SYNG MCGOWAN (HOPE)

ROSE VALENTINE (RCA)

PAUL ANKA (RCA BLACK)

SHE THOUGHT SHE DID WELL GETTING A TENNER FOR THESE AND 20 OTHER POPPY SOUL RECORDS! CAN U IMAGINE MY DELIGHT WHEN SHE TOLD ME.

GRANT

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2 nice surprises that thanks to Soul Source, I now know what I have:

Dickie Wonder, - Nobody knows, father bought it off a punk rocker, and Lenis Guess. Both kept for 20 years in my 'crap' box. Both as I say, thanks to this site now sit proudly in my 'not so crap' box. Thought both were boots, only to be told otherwise.

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Grant

Car Boots really worry me. When I go to the big allniter in the sky my two children (neither of whom I can get interested) will be left with thousands of bits of plastic that will need clearing out.

I can guess where they'll end up - and probably at 10p a piece. 'For a quick sale guv!' I can already hear.

I really MUST sell them before I go, but the problem is just knowing WHEN you're going to hear that last 'record' that calls you to the final dance-floor!

Brian

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Your father bought it Mikey ? Bloody hell whats the story behind that then. When I

was young all my dad ever said to me about records was "not more records, havent you got enough?" swiftly followed by "turn that bloody noise down!" ha ha

Anyway cheap bargains ? most of mine weren't particularly bargains at the time

just the going rate with a few exceptions. But at today prices they look fairly good.

FRANCES NERO KEEP ON LOVING ME SOUL 30P

JERRY COOK I HURT ON THE OTHER SIDE CAPITOL 60P

RAY POLLARD THIS TIME SHRINE £20

LENNY CURTIS NOTHING CAN HELPYOU NOW END £20

VILLAGE SOUNDS THESE WINDOWS ONYX £15

CLIFF NOBLES MY LOVE IS GETTING STRONGER JV £4

DON & RON I'M SO SO SORRY WHITE CLIFFS £10

SUNLINERS ALL ALONE GOLDEN WORLD £8

THERESA LYNDSEY IT'S LOVE £8

CAROL ANDERSON TAKING MY MIND OFF LOVE WHIP £3

MAGNIFICENT MEN/7 ? SHE'S CALLED A WOMAN EASTERN £8 OR 10

FRANK DELL HE BROKE YOUR GAME WIDE OPEN VALISE £1

DON GARDNER IS THIS REALLY LOVE CEDRIC £1.50

ROSE ST JOHN & WONDERETTES IF I HAD MY WAY £3

JIMMY SOUL CLARK I'LL BE YOUR WINNER SOUL HAWK £15

Dave G

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Do you mean my records or my kids? Now I'd never thought of that. Which would you sell if one or other had to go?

I'm starting to have nightmares............................................

Brian

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I've managed a few recently

Bobby Paris - Show you the way LP for 99cents still sealed (cost me USD5 for the postage)

James Duncan - Three little pigs for USD10.00 in mint condition

Driza Bone - Pressure for a fiver in mint condition

Garland Green - Jealous kind of fella LP for £10.00 still sealed

Frank Wilson - Do I Love You (TMG) for £2 in mint condition

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My goodness, just recalled the other 'bargain in my box' - how could I forget?

The Constellations 'I don't know about you' on Gemini. Cost £4 in 1994.

Brian

PS - The seller? The one and only Mr Joey Dunlop. Looking at Joe's latest list he doesn't seem to be making any 'mistakes' now - grrrr!!

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when collecting soul be it northern/modern whatever,sometimes you know you've

paid over the odds,but we all remember the bargains,try these for size

Natural Four "hangin'on to a lie (boola boola) £3 lowton civic hall 1997

later traded off for Sam Dees "lonely for you baby"autographed original!

constellations "I don't know about you" (gemini star),rhonda davis "can you remember"(duke demo)and Carolyn Crawford "forget about me"(motown)

Thr Differences"five minutes(monca)£30 1996 sold in a fit of pique 2001 for£250

seen on e bay for £800 a few days ago!!

Bessie Banks "don't you worry baby"(quality)£15 that's what collecting is all about

for me,win some, lose some, always try to keep one step ahead of the game.

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Nolan porter ~ if i could only be sure ~ ABC DEMO $8

Ruby Andrews ~ Just Lovin You ~ ZODIAC £50 (in the last 8/9 months from a dealer is a result if you ask me)

Ace Spectrum ~ don't send nobody else Atlantic demo $35 (unplayed radio station copy) this was at thetime it was big, and people wanted it. (personally still love it)

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just missed out on monitors motown lp and a mary wells lp on stateside the other week at a car boot,but have found al foster band night of the wolf ,on roullette at same boot sale.personally i love digging around at car boots,youve more chance of picking up beatles etc which also goes for a fortune on ebay.

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Early last year on a rainy Sunday morning my mrs dragged me to the Sunday market/carboot sale on Salford precinct in Manchester, we came across a stall selling tools and a box on the table with some dirty singles in, they had no covers and were not in too good condition I bought the lot for a £1.00

They were,

Doris Troy I'll do anything. TOAST

The Triumphs, Walking The Duck. Verve Demo

Len Barry 123. Brunswick

The Showstoppers, Aint Nothin But A Houseparty. Beacon

Mitch Ryder, Breakout. New Voice

The Four Lads, Mocking Bird/I may hate myself in the morning. ?? OKEH

The Beatles, This Boy. Parlophone.

They cleaned up ok, but what do you want for a £1.00 :-)

Peter

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I've posted a few on this thread as Pompeysoul but now I'm a member so I'll continue.

Back in about 74 I found a load of the Bob & Earl B&C(With My Little Girl Etc) albums on a market in Liverpool for 89p. Sold 1 per week at Wigan for about a fiver. Also When they started playing "The Night" I had seen a copy at my local shop in Ormskirk for 25p another fiver on Saturday night!

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Back in about 74 I found a load of the Bob & Earl B&C(With My Little Girl Etc) albums on a market in Liverpool for 89p. Sold 1 per week at Wigan for about a fiver.

Paul,

There must be thousands of those albums knockin' about too, a record shop in London had about 40 of them for sale at 50p each in '88. I bought one at the time and still see them kickin' around up here in the charity shops of Scotland!!!!!!!

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billy harner- what about the music(instru)-uk kama sutra. 20p(brick lane)

ben e. king- can't break the news etc- uk atlantic demo. £5.00.(my 3rd copy).

darrell banks-open the door to your heart-uk london demo. £2.50.(vintage records).

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Hoagy Lands-Next in Line-Stateside Demo

Kim Weston-Helpless-Tamla Motown Demo

Both given to me by a workmate for free in 1979

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later traded off for Sam Dees "lonely for you baby"autographed original!

Does the autograph devalue the record ?

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I've found loads of interesting stuff at Oxfam, car boots and the like. But i still have nightmares about standing next to a guy at a record fair who's rummaging through the 50p box. My eyes were out on stalks as he pulls out Roy Roberts 'For Your Love' (which at that time (mid-80s) was only known at Stafford as far as I can recall). He turns round to his mate and sells it to him there and then for £30! Also had a friend Andy who got a box full of about 100 Mar-v-Lus and One-der-Ful 45s for about £5. The bloke who sold it to him was an old Wiganite who couldn't believe that there was still anyone interested in Northern after the Casino closed. No doubt he had some Spencers bags and an old vest for sale too!

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Found that Tommy Dodson - Cooperate (Main Sound) in the Record & Tape Shepherds Bush for 25p 5 years ago. Didn't think that much of it, chucked (sleeveless) it in a box where it sat for a few years until one went on ebay for over 500 bucks. After much frantic searching, retrieved said disc, lobbed it on the bay, and again, the trick was repeated with it going for over 500 US. Funnily enough I was in Tokyo a couple of weeks back, went into a record shop and what was on the wall? Tommy Dodson - Cooperate. Odd, my copy went to Japan...could have been these guys who bought it...it did look familiar...similar marks on the label...

It's taking it's time to sell...must have sold it to them 2 years back now...poor buggers. Couldn't help feeling slightly guilty, though reminded myself they did choose to pay that much.

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BOBBY ADAMS & BETTY LOU - DR.TRUELOVE-TRAX - £4.00

bought this off a lad called Paul Merrett from London - 1987ish

...he's a celebrity chef these days, you know.....

JESSIE JOHNSON- LEFT OUT- OLD TOWN ( ISSUE!! ) &

EDDIE HILL- NOTHING SWEETER - M.S

bought both these off a lad called Steve Smith from Gloucester at Notts Palais for the mad sum of - £11.00 for the two.....HAPPY DAYS!!

Would love to know what happened to him(and if he's got any records left!)

Still got Jessie Johnson & Eddie Hill - got rid of t'other a good few years back but got George Hobson with the proceeds......'nuff said.

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I wondered what had happened to Paul Merrett!! Haven't seen him since about that time (1987). Good bloke - glad he's doing well.

Gene

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Hi Joan. Steve still goes regularly. I was chatting to him up at Prestatyn. Still collecting and turning up some treasures allegedly ;-)

I also see his cousin a lot at Bristol City games. Will pass on that you were asking about him.

I'm sure Hippo will know him too. And as I dont get to many West Country do's anymore, he might see Steve before I do.

Mikey.

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I'm standing UK mint demo - Junk shop 10 pence

Touch of venus - us demo - market stall 5 pence

End of our love - us issue - same market stall - 5 pence

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over the years i've been lucky enough to make some good finds

carol anderson on whip £10 , cliff nobles - atlantic demo £10

more recently sebastion williams - too much - sound of soul, george smith - ive had it - turntable demo , lamont anthony - i didnt know - checkmate all came from

a lot of 12 records on ebay . about 4 years ago i bought a collection (2000 45,s

650 lps) which yielded a few gems like edwin starr - scotts on swingers -rictic dj

fabulous apollos -the one alone / determination -valtone, dickie wonder - nobody

knows - golden triangle , ringleaders - baby what has happened - m pac

collins & collins - top of the stairs - a&m , jack montgomery - baby take a chance-

revue and many others . its all swings and roundabouts though i think we're all

a bit guilty of paying a bit to much from time to time for those records you just

cant live without . k.

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Jock Mitchell, Not a chance in a million from Global Records around 1973. Can't have paid more thean £3 for it. I remember thinking, great record, too slow!

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ok, here we go.

Bobby Adams & Betti Lou-Dr Truelove (Tra-x) 3$ (or 20 swedish krona)

Heartstoppers-S/T LP (All platinum) 3$ (or 20 swedish krona)

Margie Joseph-One more chance (Volt) 25£ (bought it from Manship in 99´)

Gloria Scott-What am i gonna do LP (Casablanca) 20$ (or 150 swedish krona)

well that´s all for now.....!!!!

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i found my copy of dr. truelove in stockholm last year!!!

strange things are happening!!!

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Not all found in the last week (obviously!)

Ray Agee £75

Monique "If You Love Me"£35

Martha Star "Love is..." £20

Billy Kennedy demo £15

Mark Loyd-Parlophone 50p in bookshop in Howarth, later sold to Mick Smith for slightly more!

Harry Starr-End £6 at Bradford

and plenty more I missed

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Collins and Collins LP with "at the top of the stairs" on it - 3 dollars Australian

a collection of singles from Keb in the early eighties for 50 quid which included

Alfie Davison demo

Charles Johnson on Alston - Never had a love so good

Family of Eve

Otis Clay - only way is up

Nice copy of Ace Spectrum biggie of about 6 quid at a do in about "83"

Is it worth say the Futures 12" demo on PIR for a fiver in the early 80's ???

Must admit though, I am constantly amazed of the prices on JM site and Ebay....

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MY BEST FINDS ARE,

ANDREA HENRY-I NEED YOU LIKE A BABY-MGM13893------99CENTS,

THE SHIPPING WAS MORE $6.00

+PAT+THE NEUROTICS--ON CROWN,

IN MY ATIC,IN THE MIDDLE OF A LOAD OF SHIT 45'S

KEL THOMAS

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Paid £2 for Infinity Put everthing in its place Whitehorse.

Purchased at Rock City mid eighties

Raises a smile when I think what its's going for now.

J.C.

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One more, and hopefully I can get some feedback on this one.

I got a white demo of Gail Anderson - 'Be proud you're in Love' on Salvadore, for £30 off Pat Brady at a Bristol alldayer in the mid 80s.

Obviously there are lots of issues, but I have never seen another white demo since. Spoke to Pat about it a few times, he has made enquiries, and not unearthed another. Asked John Manship, got an email from his wife questioning it's existence. Chalky has asked about, and none of his contacts seem to have seen one. Spoke again to Pat at Prestatyn, and he is convinced it is the only one.

So the $64,000 question is, Do I have the only copy??

Oh and I have only ever sold one record, Art Freeman - Slipping around for £8, so I could go to first anniversary at Hinckley. Breaks my heart whenever I hear it now, so I wont be selling this one. Unless of course I was offered $64,000  ;-)

I have had a WD of Gail Anderson for a couple of years now.

Got it off Dave Flynn in a trade. He said he had'nt seen another one

,neither have I, but I didn't consider it was that rare.

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