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Dynaflex - The Infamous Floppy Vinyl

Dynaflex - The Infamous Floppy Vinyl

Authored By Johnny Blogger
Let me take you back to 1969. Looks groovy, huh? OK we smell sweaty, have badly conditioned hair and are wearing unpleasant large underpants, but on the upside no-one has heard of quinoa, starts sentences with the word "So...", or spends all their day looking at a phone. Oh and one other good thing, there [...]
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Grateful Dead - Dark Star

Grateful Dead - Dark Star

Authored By Johnny Blogger
Grateful Dead - Born Cross-Eyed b/w Dark Star. Culled from their debut album, this was the the band's first UK 7" single and it predictably made no impact on the charts when it was released in 1967. In UK, Dark Star was the 'b' side but in USA it was flipped and made the 'a' [...]
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Black Sabbath - Evil Woman

Black Sabbath - Evil Woman

Authored By Johnny Blogger
Black Sabbath - Evil Woman b/w Wicked World. Written and originally recorded by Minneapolis-based band Crow it appeared on their 1969 album Crow Music. Who wasn't a big fan of Crow? No, me neither. This is in the very early days for the band. Their first show as Black Sabbath took place on 30 August [...]
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Queen - Keep Yourself Alive

Queen - Keep Yourself Alive

Authored By Johnny Blogger
Queen - Keep Yourself Alive/Son and Daugher. Now listen here. It is my, admittedly non-authoritative view, that Keep Yourself Alive, being the first record Queen ever released, is the BEST record they ever released. It is a riff-a-rama of the first water, is not produced to within an inch of its sonic life and is [...]
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The Best Selling Triple Album Revealed

The Best Selling Triple Album Revealed

Authored By Johnny Blogger
Before the advent of the longer running time of CDs, the triple vinyl album was a rare and exotic beast and they were never anything less than exciting. It seemed so incredible that you could buy an album and get 2 hours of music on it. Also it required more elaborate packaging, so it felt [...]
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Led Zeppelin - Communication Breakdown

Led Zeppelin - Communication Breakdown

Authored By Johnny Blogger
Led Zeppelin - Communication Breakdown b/w Good Times Bad Times Zep didn't release singles in the UK because it wasn't cool and radio wasn't going to play them anyway. Which reminds me of a famous radio programmer at the time who was asked if he'd play Whole Lotta Love, he responded in the negative. Why? [...]
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Two Singles or a Double?

Two Singles or a Double?

Authored By Johnny Blogger
The strange habit that some record companies had of releasing a double album also as two single records, didn't last long. It was something only done in 1968 and 1969 by and large. Clearly it was motivated by fear that punters couldn't afford the price of the 2-disc release, but of course, it totally changed [...]
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The Pop History Series

The Pop History Series

Authored By Johnny Blogger
As I was saying last week when discussing the Polydor 'Flashback' series, the label did some great compilations in Europe in the 70s. This 'Pop History' series ran to 30 volumes of double albums, They're really lovely, laminated gatefold records and always feature great music. Most of the ones you see secondhand in UK are [...]
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Led Zeppelin 4 - The Most Rare Copy

Led Zeppelin 4 - The Most Rare Copy

Authored By Johnny Blogger
Led Zeppelin 4 - The Most Rare Copy One of rock music's perennial classics, it has sold in many, many millions and will doubtless continue to do so, simply because it is brilliant. But have you got a rare copy? Here's your checklist Red/plum Atlantic label with Peter Grant credit on it and Led Zeppelin [...]
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Led Zeppelin 3 - The Valuable First Pressing

Led Zeppelin 3 - The Valuable First Pressing

Authored By Johnny Blogger
Led Zeppelin 3 is many people's favourite Zeppelin album, featuring one of my fave Zep tracks 'Since I've Been Loving You' (complete with squeaky bass drum pedal) it is also one of the most brilliantly packaged records. Despite it being a multi-million seller, a first pressing is still worth a lot of money in mint [...]
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Record Collecting Confessions

Record Collecting Confessions

Authored By Johnny Blogger
My name is John and I collect records. Don't laugh. Like all nerds and people obsessed by things, record collectors attract a lot of sneering from people who perhaps like to think of themselves as more cool. But to me, there's nothing cool about not having a love of something. Our passions are what make [...]
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Led Zeppelin 2 - The Rare Version

Led Zeppelin 2 - The Rare Version

Authored By Johnny Blogger
Led Zeppelin 2 has sold in many, many millions and it helped define what we came to know as rock music. However, the fact there are millions of copies out there doesn't mean it's not potentially a very rare record. Have you got a UK first pressing? If you have it could be worth up [...]
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Polydor Flashback Series

Polydor Flashback Series

Authored By Johnny Blogger
I love a list. Lists help make sense of what is essentially a chaotic world. To those of us whose minds are troubled by this and constantly fear an entire collapse of our sanity, a list brings shape and sense to life. So when it comes to record collecting, any series of albums that can [...]
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Albert King - Born Under A Bad Sign

Albert King - Born Under A Bad Sign

Authored By Johnny Blogger
Born Under a Bad Sign was the first album that Albert King made for Stax Records and his second album overall. His back band for it was the Stax house band Booker T. and the MGs, featuring the Memphis Horns. Four of the album's songs became modern blues classics: Born Under a Bad Sign, Oh [...]
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Led Zeppelin - The Rare Version

Led Zeppelin - The Rare Version

Authored By Johnny Blogger
Led Zeppelin's debut album has sold in the many millions. It transformed and revolutionised rock music and it's a super groovy toe-tapper, baby. Recorded in about 30 hours for a cost of just £1,782 it went on to gross over £3.5 million, mostly back when a million was a lot of wedge. And it keeps [...]
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Jethro Tull - Living in the Past

Jethro Tull - Living in the Past

Authored By Johnny Blogger
Jethro Tull - Living in the Past 7 single was first released in 1969 with 'Driving Song' on the 'b'-side. This is a very clean copy and is probably worth £10-15. Of note is the Island label design. It's not the usual pink label, but an alternative that, as far as I can tell, was [...]
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Canned Heat - Going Up The Country

Canned Heat - Going Up The Country

Authored By Johnny Blogger
I love to get European releases of records from the 60s and 70s because, so often, they produced them with picture sleeves. This is a good example of that. I bought this Danish copy from a guy in Copenhagen. My UK copy is in a plain sleeve and this is so much nicer. It's not [...]
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John Martyn - London Conversation

John Martyn - London Conversation

Authored By Johnny Blogger
This is one of the most rare records I own. It's John Martyn's 1968 debut album. A lovely acoustic folk record and also a very rare one. I've featured it before but I didn't show you the label and it's important to its value. Obviously, it's on the pink Island label but if you notice [...]
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Incredible String Band - Incredible String Band

Incredible String Band - Incredible String Band

Authored By Johnny Blogger
The Incredible String Band's debut album was released in 1966. It was recorded in one day - May 22nd - and is the only one they did as a trio, with Clive Palmer. It's the least psychedelic, most straightforward folk album they did in the 60s and a first pressing is very rare. As you [...]
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The Mothers of Invention - Freak Out

The Mothers of Invention - Freak Out

Authored By Johnny Blogger
The Mothers debut album from 1966 is one of the very few to be a double record, except it wasn't in the UK. The first pressings were single discs but the 1971 repress in UK was a double. It was always a double in American however where it made 130 on the Billboard charts, an [...]
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