Caribbean featuring Harry Belafonte and the Islanders


Guilty as charged for buying this one purely for the rather attractive cover – and what a damn fine thing it is.  Playing it (near mint condition this babe) gave a couple of suprises – firstly Harry Belafonte shares one side with The Islanders hosting the other – old Harry simply does nothing whatsoever for these ears – so lets forget him here and now …  The Islanders however are damn damn fine – a sort of skanking-uptempo-grooving unit if ever there was one – no idea who they are, when this was recorded (late 50s/early 60s perhaps ?) – The thing was release on the ‘World Record Club’ label – catalog number T276  …   the track listing is as follows :

  • When the Yankees are Gone
  • Lie Stone Dead in the Market
  • The Donkey Song
  • Tomorrow Man
  • Mary Walk

A lovely piece of plastic indeed !!


Screen Trip-Seventies


Or perhaps – in a parallel universe those 70s ravers / single-mums / casuals as mentioned in the previous couple of posts – all dropped some MFP-blotters – and stuck on Screen Trip-Seventies, to re-live those hazy-heady-dozy memories of the peace-lovin-celluloid moments of the 60s ….  

Another classic moment of cover-version heaven – they sort of just about manage to sound pretty frazzled on some of these babes – I mean – if you are going to try ‘Born to be Wild’ – then you sure as hell need some overdriven guitar/hammond thang going down – and they cut-it …    some tasty stuff here actually – rather nicey-nicey versions of ‘Everybody’s Talkin’ and ‘Somthing in the Air’ – makes me want to drag open the drinks-cabinet – get a couple of neighbors over, pull the curtains – and let loose !!


Go Bossa


We all know about the youth culture of early ’70s Britain. We know about the hippies and the prog-rockers. We know about the glam rockers, the northern soulsters and the skinheads too. But what do we know about their slightly older, aspirational, middle class brothers and sisters?

What do we know about Man At C&A and his missus? Their fashions and music have been simply airbrushed out of the official history books. The only evidence they ever existed can be found on the vinyl relics that cluster in darkened corners of charity shops.

Well here they are in 1971, still happily shaking their rumps to the easy-grooves of the previous dacade’s Bossa Nova craze in their cosy suburban semi-detached, seemingly oblivious to the impending doom of strikes, blackouts, 3-day weeks, rampant inflation, escalating violence and terrorism.  Mrs.C&A also seems remarkably unconcerned that her flighty younger sister has had a baby out of wedlock (see previous post), lost in the rapture of this Music For Pleasure.

Hopefully we’ll catch-up with their activities in subsequent posts…


Smash Hits 71

Lets face it – they most certainly don’t make sleeves like this anymore … No idea what the concept is? Basically they have badly (as only the MFP label knew how) – recorded some rather decent tracks – taken one scantily-clad babe – lets face it she is naked from the waste up – given some poor baby her bra for clothes – then got her to pout ever-so-sexy-like, whilst holding onto kid …  and why the hell not hey ??   You will even notice the clever use of over-sided safety pin – predating Punk by a good 5 years or so – man that MFP lot were trend-setters ….

Must be said though – and bare in mind I am indeed a Bolan freak – the cover of Hot Love is pretty damn convincing ….  so on the whole a nice find this afternoon for a mere 25 new pennies ….     also as can be seen from the back cover near her head – this copy was actually owned by that saddo-singer Seal – even has his autograph – guess must be worth a mint then !!


15 Monster Hits (Volume 1)…


Pickwick Records – home of bargin-bin-reissues, sound-alikes and general re-packaged squsihed-n-sqashed-cram-em-in compilations.

Here we have a selection of oldies (some sounding perhaps original – some to be honest I have no idea) – a couple of interesting numbers – but to be honest – it was the sleeve I got this one for … goes like that sometimes when shifting through piles of dusty discs !!

There is a Volume 2 somewhere out there waiting to found – which I suppose I will simply have to grab when I see it …. sad-case or what !!


The Editor’s Companion 4


This KPM library record from 1984 might not be of the finest vintage or the most stylistically desirable (it’s a comprehensive series of 146 short music cues, composed by Dick Walter) but it does at least prove that library albums can still be found out there in charity shop land.


Band On The Run


I don’t intend to feature many ‘normal’, ‘run-of-the-mill’ records here, but of course I do buy a few of those too. In fact I keep a mental list of all those records that my twisted psyche tells me I need to own, for whatever reason. Just recently I’ve had a fantastic run of luck and have been able to mentally strike-off nearly a dozen of the damn things.

Take Wings“Band On The Run”, for example. Now, I’ve seen copies of this one many times over the years, but they were always slightly too expensive, or not quite good enough condition. Finally I found a copy this week, in near mint condition, complete with original inner and ‘polaroid snapshots’ poster for a mere quid. The satisfaction I got from scoring this muthafucker after so long far outstrips anything I would’ve felt had I ordered an over-priced copy on the internet or, God forbid, bought a remastered CD edition.


Disco Magic!


It would not be an overstatement to say that I live for finding records like this. Dodgy budget label Pickwick once again rummaged through a bag of second-division tracks (with correspondingly cheap licencing fees), and somehow cobbled together a highly attractive and unique collection. The ‘Limited Edition’ tag adds to the allure, although close inspection of the small-print reveals that it was “limited to 150,000 copies”, which would be an impossibly huge pressing for a vinyl record by today’s standards!

The set opens with R. & J. Stone‘s tepid top-10 hit “We Do It”, but from there it’s almost entirely uncharted territory, as a succession of wannabe hit-makers like Arizona, Surprise Sisters and Lee Vanderbilt strut their funky stuff, along with several cuts by The Rah Band, who provide this double album’s only other genuine hit single, “The Crunch”.  But it’s just fascinating to check all those non-hits that have been simply swept under the carpet of pop history.

And then of course there’s the brunette babe on the sleeve; another standard Pickwick marketing ploy. In my last post I said I wouldn’t share the gatefold images, but in this case I simply cannot resist…



Disco Soundtracks



When we talk of disco soundtracks from the ’70s, naturally the first thing we think of is Saturday Night Fever. Nothing wrong with that, I found the double-vinyl soundtrack ages ago, and it’s still a good listen, certainly the high point of the Bee Gees career.


Today I felt truly blessed to find these two soundtrack albums, both from film adaptations of Jackie Collins novels. Seriously, I had to suppress a squeal of delight when I found them nestling together whilst rummaging through an otherwise disappointing crate this afternoon. Too many highlights to list here, although special mention for The Sweet‘s one great post-glam hit “Love Is Like Oxygen” – I don’t think I’ve heard it once in the intervening 30 years, but was utterly delighted to get reacquainted. Also Cameron‘s distinctly weird disco rendition of “Close Encounters Of The Third Kind” brought nothing but joy to these jaded old ears.

Incidently these two both have wicked gatefold sleeves with stills from the films, but those pleasures are for my eyes only…

Albums TV Related

Steven Smith & Father & Sixteen Great Songs


There is something so completely not right about this one that some form of elite task force should be formed immediately to ensure something so mind-shatteringly dull, can never again be attempted. But hey – who am I to comment on what is good for the masses – and there was a time in England where (apparently in the dark ages of 1972) Steven Smith (and Dad) were exactly what was wanted. After a little research – it would appear that these 2 head-down-take-no-prisoners-funk-machines were some sort of contestants if not winners on nothing other than Opportunity Knocks – if you are English and of a certain age then this will already have you running for the reset button – everyone else – think yourselves lucky for not knowing !!

Anyhows – how does this dross sound – well limp[ would be a compliment – sounding like a muffled recording of a lame Bontempi preset demo flexi-disc – with drums so low in the mix – that when Steven does his little pat-ata-bpht-bpht-duh-duh-duhsolo type thang – it has the punch of someone dropping a few clothes pegs on the floor.   The selection of songs are simply dross – the dynamics of the mix seem somehow to have fallen into a negative dimension – look – this is 72 – they had compressors and all that stuff – this is released on Decca for goodness sake – what was the engineer./label/A-and-R deptartment etc etc thinking ?

More to the point – who bought this thing ? Yikes – I did !! – Not only that but this one cost me 1 bleedin quid !!

But – lets face it you don’t get to own many LPs with Stevens’ Dad on it – just very very not correct – or what !!

The back of the sleeve looks like this (think yourselves lucky this is not an MP3 blog – otherwise I would have also uploaded an MP3 – and trust me – you would not want to get that!! ):