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Rick Cooper

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  • Birthday 23/03/1953

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  1. Before that twice measured cut- Leave as long as you can for as long as you can.
  2. I found this picture for the Garrard rc 80. The big column shown here is the same as the one I remember on my dad's turntable and like the US RCA one. They didn't seem to catch on here so we got stuck with the old system that had a habit of dropping 2 or 3 singles at a time. https://www.vinylengine.com/library/garrard/rc80.shtml
  3. My reading of the RCA advert is that the 45 disc had the large hole specifically for the RCA invented automatic record changer. The problem of damage and wear to previous 78s was solved by "non-breakable vinyl plastic". I can't see a large hole reducing friction providing the holes were always accurate and a consistent diameter. The old small hole wouldn't have any friction as the spindle turned with the turntable. I've had a few UK discs that were a very tight fit on the spindle but played fine. I suppose removing a tight fit record could lead to damage on the brittle edge of a 78 but vinyl h
  4. Hi Pete, After a quick search it seems the record player my dad had was a Garrard Type A from the late 50s early 60s. A YT video shows one in use but, although the commentary mentions the 45 stacking adaptor it doesn't show one. It looks like the one in 45cellar photo but , as you say, was a cream colour. It seems odd that a UK company would make a turntable that could only use large holes 45s for multiple plays. Maybe the industry thought large holes would become the norm here. The turntable could also play at 78, 45, 33 and 16 and stack 10 inch as well as 12 inch LPs so it looks like th
  5. As Simon T has already said I understood the large hole was mainly because of the jukeboxes. Trying to get the small hole of a record onto a spindle was probably too hard for the selection system, easier to have large hole and a bevelled dome. In the mid 1960s my dad had a Garrard turntable that instead of the Dansette type 45 stacking system had a large hole stack adaptor that could be fitted in the small centre hole of the turntable. It wasn't much use as he only played LPs and I didn't have any US singles. He got rid of the turntable just as it would have been useful, I've never seen
  6. Interesting article about Morris Levy, boss of Roulette, and his dealings with Tommy James. The story of how the record Hanky Panky went from local plays to million seller eighteen months after a DJ picked up on it sounds familiar. https://www.theguardian.com/music/2021/jan/22/tommy-james-pop-star-robbed-interview
  7. From very early on when deleted US records started being imported in bulk (1969 /70) Ric-Tic and associated labels were fairly common, with a few exceptions . Everyone owned All Turned On, Backstreet, Real Humdinger, Festival Time etc. Blues and Soul were selling them via their Contempo mail order, Selecta Disc and Global had loads. As you say, during the mid to late 70s Ric-Tic (and Golden World) were everywhere but Ric-Tic mania had been cured by then and most titles were hard to shift at 50p. There were a few exceptions, I don't think Fantastic Four- Can't Stop Looking For My Baby, was
  8. Mike I can't think of anything I'd like to see less of, it's easy to quickly see what the topic is about and read, join in or move on . Compared to Facebook groups there's plenty of time to catch up with posts days, weeks or years later. Some subjects may seem overdone but for new members they may have missed the commotion from ten years ago. Could there be a monthly "Ten years ago" reprise for some hot topic. CD and vinyl releases are quite often listed , which I find useful but maybe it could be done in more depth with inclusion of overseas labels . Maybe invite reviews from member
  9. I'm with @cover-up here that most of the discs put up above are acetates aka EMI disc and not strictly test pressings, especially the ones that say acetate. A test pressing is a pressing done from the stampers that will make the finished records that will go for sale to the public. They are done before all the discs are made so any faults are identified before a few thousand records are made. The possible faults are jumps, skips, wrong track or A/B reversal. There are a few well known discs that weren't checked properly , Gwen Owens and Cool Off and the Billy Harner What About The Music i
  10. In a similar theme to The Ice Man how about The New Creation - The Fish Song, but I don't think they would be as appealing as Billy Watkins, a bit smelly and not as cool. This track was included on the CD Soul on the Real Side #11 which also includes Turner Bros -Let's Go Fishing so should be one for @Fish Fingers.
  11. Hi Julian About ten years ago I got what looked like a test pressing (white label with no info) of a Factory label EP. There are quite a lot of Factory Records collectors so I put it on eBay with a low starting price. I got no bids or watchers and only a couple of views, so it looked like test pressings aren't that sought after unless Factory did white labels in large numbers. The pressing plant would only do a few copies as a test , so they should be very rare. I'd think the only valuable ones would be of withdrawn singles such as Sex Pistols, Led Zeppelin, Darrell Banks. These are
  12. Steve A time and place record but I like it more than I used to. Definitely a big record at the time so must be on the CD.
  13. Well, I got that completely wrong, shouldn't judge a CD by it's cover. Got the CD for Christmas and it's really good, even Ben Zine sounds alright mixed in with the others. The Hattie Winston and Lonnie Youngblood tracks are excellent choices. @Ady Croasdell helped compile it and did the sleeve notes so apologies to Ady for my comments. At only twenty tracks it could have had a few more but maybe they have saved them for volume 2 (and 3?).
  14. I used to give this a spin at the Leeds Central around Christmas time, usually went down well with most people.

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