CHARITY SHOP EXCURSIONS – CHESTER-LE-STREET & BIRTLEY – PART 18

Digging in a box of charity shop records:

I had two excursions this weekend on the hunt for donated albums. Vinyl LPs that, instead of ending up in someone’s bin, make their way to a charity shop for one last chance of love, care and attention.

It seems that poor old Gene Pitney has had his day in the sun. No one appears to be that interested in his music anymore. Apart from one or two of his 45s I’ve got no idea what his early sixties records sound like. But I’m about to find out because I bought three Pitney’s and found another one mistakenly hidden away in one of the covers.

I hit lucky at an animal rescue associated charity shop called The Tulip Tree Ltd, which is basically an old school junk shop with bits and pieces strewn all over the floor space of the interior. They had so much house clearance items that they were also invading the pavement at the front of the shop. This is where a box of records were on show.

So it’s a case of buy three Gene Pitney records and get one free.
Coming home today:
  • Duane Eddy – “Lonely Guitar” (RCA Victor LPM-2798) 1964
  • Geoff Love and his Orchestra – “Big Suspense Movie themes” (Music For Pleasure MFP 50035) 1972
  • Bee Gees – “Gotta Get A Message To You” (Contour 2870 404) 1974
  • Bee Gees – “Greats” (Polydor 2855 001) 1971
  • Gene Pitney – “Big Sixteen” (Stateside SL 10118) 1964
  • Gene Pitney – “More Big Sixteen – Vol 2” (Stateside SL 10132) 1964
  • Gene Pitney – “Greatest Hits Series – Vol 1” (Hallmark SHM 842) 1974
  • Gene Pitney – “The Gene Pitney Collection” (Pickwick PDA 004) 1984
  • The World Of Hits – “Volume 2” (Decca PA 35) 1969
  • Al Caiola – “TV Western Themes” (Sunset SLS 50360) 1976

I’m going to make a post on each album and select the most appealing cut. Keep checking in for those updates. The amount of records I’m buying at these charity shops means that my reviews will extend well into 2022.

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