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Pink Floyd - Arnold Layne

Pink Floyd - Arnold Layne

Authored By Johnny Blogger
Pink Floyd's debut single is a gem. Worth £80 in mint condition, a black and white promotional film was made in late February 1967, directed by Derek Nice and featuring the band dressing up a mannequin before showing it around a beach in East Wittering, West Sussex. This promo, made for £2,000, was meant to [...]
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Track Records Backtrack Series

Track Records Backtrack Series

Authored By Johnny Blogger
You'll see these records at every record fair and in secondhand record stores. They have a distinctive and unnecessary picture of a small child, apparently smoking on them. Despite that unpleasant photo, they're lovely records and they sound great. This is the history of them, right? Alright, pour yourself and drink and I'll meet you [...]
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Genesis - The Silent Sun b/w That's Me

Genesis - The Silent Sun b/w That's Me

Authored By Johnny Blogger
Oh look it's 2nd February 1968 and prog rock hasn't even been invented yet but Tony Banks and Peter Gabriel have written a song to try and keep their manager and future jailbird Jonathan King interested in them (not in that way) It doesn't sound much like the future Genesis really and it hardly sells [...]
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The History of Manticore Records

The History of Manticore Records

Authored By Johnny Blogger
A manticore is a legendary beast with the body of a lion, the head of a man, the tail of a scorpion and a giant Hammond organ for a bottom. Okay, the last bit is made up. Well, the whole thing is made up; it's a mythical creature. It's also the name of the record [...]
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What's The Real Best Selling Live Album Ever?

What's The Real Best Selling Live Album Ever?

Authored By Jim Witts
Do you know what the best-selling live album of all time is? If you're around my age of 54, you'll probably think it is Peter Frampton's Frampton Comes Alive. But you'd be wrong. That record is only certified as 6 x Platinum in USA, therefore commonly stated that it sold 6 million copies in America [...]
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Jethro Tull - Sunshine Day b/w Aeroplane

Jethro Tull - Sunshine Day b/w Aeroplane

Authored By Johnny Blogger
Tull's first single appeared in 1967 on the MGM label (always thought that was an odd choice for them) but miscredited it to Jethro Toe and that spelling error created a collectible record that remains one of the holy grails for all truly rare record collectors. As there were so few copies pressed, they now [...]
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Deep Purple - Hush

Deep Purple - Hush

Authored By Johnny Blogger
Deep Purple - Hush b/w One More Rainy Day. From the swell of the organ to the chunky riff,this was much more like later Purple than much of their first three MK1 albums. Still a bit poppy, but the Blackmore trademark Stratocaster riffola is all present and correct on their reworking of this Joe South [...]
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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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