11 albums for £17.50

Digging in a box of charity shop records:

It was my childhood friend Kenny Wardhaugh’s funeral today at 1:30pm in Sunderland. Sadly, because of my severe social anxiety and avoidance tactics I decided to just get away from it all and be on my own, inside the protective bubble I’ve created over the past twenty years.

I wanted to attend, but as usual I couldn’t get my mind from sensing that overwhelming fear of such a social gathering. My unwanted phobia got the better of me as usual. It always does.

Safe travels Kenny, I hope one day we’ll meet up again on the other side to chat about football, subbuteo, sledging and bird nesting.

Getting away from it all meant buying myself a day ticket to bus it around the Gateshead and Newcastle area. For the first time I made my way to Low Fell with my impetus based solely on rescuing charity shop records.

There are currently three charity shops in Low Fell but regrettably only Emmaus stocked vinyl albums. There was perhaps a few hundred crammed into a couple of boxes. The main shelf was over-stocked and it was difficult to flick my way through them, especially with my terrible carpal tunnel wrecked fingers.

Hidden secret

One of the records I bought from Emmaus was “The World Of Progressive Music” on Decca and I was quite surprised to find such an underground album in a charity shop that hadn’t been ‘picked-over’ before by other collectors.

Imagine my disappointment when I got home and looked inside the cover and staring at me was a copy of “Orchestral Moments From Favourite Operas” on the Music For Pleasure label!

Next stop was Gateshead town centre and despite the place being full of charity shops there was nothing on offer for me today. I’m hopeful things will change in the future and I’ll definitely travel there again, probably in the Summer months.

I walked over the bridge into Newcastle and struck lucky in a couple of shops. The PDSA were selling their unwanted records at half price for fifty pence each. I decided to take a chance on three, one of which an original by The Peddlers. The cover was wrecked but the record itself looked fine.

Coming home today:
  • Glen Campbell – “Plays Twelve-String” (World Records Ltd SMF 287) 19??
  • Glen Campbell – “Record 6” (World Records Ltd SM 286) 19??
  • Glen Campbell – “Record 5” (World Records Ltd SM 285) 19??
  • Glen Campbell – “Wichita Lineman” (Music For Pleasure SPR 90060) 1975
  • Glen Campbell – “Two Sides Of” (Starline SRS 5142) 1973
  • Burt Bacharach – “Reach Out” (A&M AMLS 908) 1967
  • Peddlers – “Freewheelers” (CBS 63183) 1967
  • Shadows – “Dance With The Shadows” (Music For Pleasure DL 1092) 1973
  • Top Of The Pops – “Volume 20” (Hallmark SHM 745) July 1971
  • Herman’s Hermits – “The Most Of – Vol 2” (Music For Pleasure MFP 50008) 1972

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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