9 VINYL HUNTER GATHERER POSTCARDS FROM ENGLAND

In the midst of a busy schedule of family activities and social re-connections here in merry old England there has been little time for listening or writing, so no words this week.

But the committed Vinyl Hunter Gatherer will find ways both direct and devious to slink off to Charity shops or “accidentally” stumble into music shops with the result that our suitcase will be considerably heavier on departure than when we first touched down at Heathrow a couple of weeks ago. Here is a small selection from the haul.

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tears for fears big chair

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Barry White Can't get enough

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Santana Greatest hits

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Tony Banks Bankstatement

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Blondie Parallel lines

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bert weedon

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Prince - Love sexy

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Space Invasion

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Faust - So Far

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Tears for Fears

Barry White

Santana

Tony Banks

Blondie

Bert Weedon (I fell for the cover. True story)

Prince

Various Artists

Faust

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23 comments

  1. Brilliant! (I hope I don’t embarrass myself by saying so, but I confess I don’t get the placement of Barry White in front of the painting, or of LoveSexy in front of the Loughton Police Station…?)

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    1. I’d love to be deeply, artistically mystic about these photographs, but, alas, it is not so.
      I found the blue on blue Barry pleasing and the naked Prince at the Police Station amusing. That’s it, I’m afraid.

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  2. Some nice finds there, Bruce. Like the snaps … I’m seeing a Fopp sticker on that Faust album (or perhaps HMV)?

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    1. FOPP it is indeed, James. Their ‘specials’ were so much better value than anything I saw in Reckless or Sister Ray in Soho that the received pretty much all my pounds!

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      1. I thought so. A favourite of mine (though admittedly I don’t shop there as much since HMV took over). Still, I’m often drawn in as it’s one of the only decent new record stockists nearby – the deals can be ridiculous at times.

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  3. Just bought the tears for fears one last week too!
    Parallel Lines is $ (or pound sterling) well spent

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    1. Here, he sheepishly owns up that he has Parallel Ls on CD and vinyl (Aussie) but was taken with this UK pressing. Sigh.

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  4. I recognise a few of those as fairly regularly turning up in UK charity shops, but the Banks I’ve never seen and the Faust – a great find!

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    1. The Faust album – their second, So Far – is brilliant. Absolutely unlike anything else. It came from Fopp in Convent Garden and was new… for six quid. Of course I bought a second (or perhaps third) copy!

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  5. Wow – clearly having a good time Bruce. I really rather like your guerrilla LP blogging style here – great work!

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  6. I am impressed by the restraint as much as I am by the finds.

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    1. How fortunate that your conclusion was based on what I revealed, not what I bought.

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    1. It’s amazing what you’ll walk out of a charity shop with!

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  7. The Tears for fears album crops up a lot here in England – rather like Duran Duran Rio – they’re both often in a pile of records when people bring them to my stall to sell (and Simon and Garfunkel’s greatest hits) . Blondie though is a great find , well done

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    1. Thanks! You know, I thought I had Parallel Lines and was rather indulgently acquiring a UK pressing to perhaps replace my Aussie one. But on returning home I discovered that I only had it on CD. So that’s a bonus.
      Not a huge fan of T for F. But at 50 p…

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      1. It’s a really good seller – when I have one I sell one . Fleetwood mac rumours is another one that sells as soon as it comes in

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        1. I guess they qualify as ‘classic rock’ due to their enduring popularity.

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        2. I think rumours has been reissued and it’s in HMV for about £20 – hence the rush for the second ones at a fiver. Why they re-press albums that are available by the million god only knows!

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      2. I bet it would be fun to collect pressings around the world
        Of one album ?

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        1. A few years back I was going to try to do that with The Who ‘Live at Leeds’, but cost helped me regain my senses.
          Once knew a guy who had 13 copies of ‘The Wall’. Thirteen too many if you ask me.

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        2. haha , well at least 12 too many

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