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Re: Why Am I Obsessed With Records?

PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2013 8:50 am
by Adam Blake
Yep, Beggars Banquet. Remember it well. The only decent record shop in Earls Court.

Re: Why Am I Obsessed With Records?

PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2013 9:13 am
by NormanD
Beanos (needless to say, RIP) in Croydon used to sell many of these. Often, the sleeve was stamped or embossed with a company warning forbidding the sale, which is like telling teens not to have sex. The availabilty of Reviews proliferated with CDs, and sometimes innocent punters like myself ended up buying a CD that had a 'spoiler' recorded into each track (thank you very much, Manu Chao's label).

But buying a white label vinyl album, especially as a pre-release, was a real treat. All you'd have was an A and B on the label, and sometimes no info on the printed sleeve even. There'd be disappointments, however. That Tuli Kupferberg album sleeve contained some avantrock piece I've never been able to identify...

Re: Why Am I Obsessed With Records?

PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2013 10:06 am
by Adam Blake
I got a white label of Patti Smith's "Radio Ethiopia" and got rid of it almost immediately for having the unbelievable audacity to not be as good as "Horses". Duh....
Bought it again on cd many years later and found that, while it's still not as good as "Horses", it really isn't all bad.

Re: Why Am I Obsessed With Records?

PostPosted: Sat May 11, 2013 2:29 pm
by Ronald
When I visited London with wife/girlfriends it was always the same, they wanted to go to clothes shops and I record shops. I remember myself getting impatient after visiting the fortieth or so shoe shop while all those records were waiting for me and I was just wasting my time.

Several years ago a friend and I visited Paris and like me he loved going to recordshops. On the last day we had still one hour before the train left, we were thirsty and hungry but my friend said that we could go to a restaurant near the station or take the subway to go to another recordshop, of course we went to the recordshop and had to race back to catch the train. Hungry but satisfied.

Re: Why Am I Obsessed With Records?

PostPosted: Sat May 11, 2013 8:53 pm
by kas
After our several mutually frustrating waiting-while-the-other-shops-arounds my wife and I came to the conclusion that the best thing we could do for our relationship was to split for the day: she would be free to dive into all the clothes shops she wants and I would be free to go after the records I was currently obsessed with.

Then we would reconvene for a tour in the bookshops.

Re: Why Am I Obsessed With Records?

PostPosted: Sat Jul 04, 2015 12:07 am
by allears
Adam Blake wrote:Great stuff! Do let me know how you get on.

The first album is probably the most difficult to listen to.
The second ("So Far") is probably the easiest.
The Third ("The Faust Tapes") is probably the most interesting.
The fourth ("Faust IV") is a bit like the best of the first two.

But everything they did has a cheeky question mark hovering over it like a cloud. I'm something of a fan, as you've no doubt gathered.

Can had a much better drummer, however...

Hallo again, Adam!
I feel like one of your students who is turning in his homework a little late, but I did take your advice and listen to Faust.
I really enjoyed their albums, so many thanks for the recommendation. In fact, whenever Can begin to feel stale and predictable, I now switch to Faust to kind of freshen up with some more out-there possibilities - they have a very invigorating approach to music making.

Re: Why Am I Obsessed With Records?

PostPosted: Sat Jul 04, 2015 8:32 am
by Adam Blake
Oh, how fab! I am so glad you enjoyed them. Faust are so wonderfully unique, their world of music so fresh and original. The fact that they were able to make such records on a major label is such a testament to how fecund the music industry was, briefly, in the late 60s and early 70s.

Re: Why Am I Obsessed With Records?

PostPosted: Sat Jul 04, 2015 8:39 am
by NormanD
Last night, friends (The Magic City Trio) held their record launch in a small record shop, Deptford Vinyl. A small store that has tables and chairs outside, in the pedestrianised part of the area, open til 10.00 each night, with a drinks licence. It seems to be getting by, the owner is a nice guy.

David Katz was there, rummaging through the reggae section, buying away. I resisted. How, I don't know. No, I don't really want a Freddy Cannon LP on Top Rank (£10), but may go back for the Elektra Tom Rush LP (signed!) for £3.50.