I first started collecting soul records in 1975, buying new releases and Northern from Jumbo Records, Virgin in Leeds, and the weekly fix of the list from Soulbowl coming through the letterbox. My most expensive purchases at this time were £15 for Matt Lucas Baby You Better Go Go, bought in the Precinct Pub, Leeds, getting through to Soulbowl very nervous and asking for Shane Martin I Need You listed at £20, it had already gone so bought the Jewels We Got Togetherness for £15. Both buys in 1977, and a lot of money at the time, as my salary was £25 a week. A year later I got into jazz funk and disco and my collection of about 150 records was consigned to the attic. In 1981 the girl I was seeing pestered me to buy a car, ended up selling nearly all the records for £60 to go towards a mini. This included lots of records bought from Soulbowl e.g. Don Thomas, The Sapphires, Slow Fizz and Matt Lucas. For some reason I kept the Al Foster Band, K-Jee by the Nightlighters, Lamont Dozier Going Back to My Roots and Jean Carne If You Wanna Go Back. The relationship and the car did not survive.
Moved to London in 1993 and a couple of years later came across a CD in HMV Oxford Street called Dance, Dance, Dance a collection of 20 Northern Soul Classics. This reignited my passion for Northern, started collecting the Goldmine CD''s and in 1997 decided to start collecting vinyl , my first purchase and one I had bought from Soulbowl over 20 years previously Fantastic Johnny C Waiting for the Rain. The most I have spent is £175 for a RCA demo of Hold on Judy Freeman, about six or seven years ago, some others around the £50 to £80 mark - What Kind of Lady, Linda Jones, Breakaway Valentines etc.
I have enjoyed collecting again, coming across new sounds to my ears, (e.g. Stafford, Crossover, Latin) and the tunes highlighted by members on Soul Source
My other half is Spanish and does not understand why I need to buy vinyl when you can download it, and why I always ask for Soul Box sets at Christmas - (must have got lost on translation last year, she bought me golf lessons