SEARCHING FOR RECORDS IN NEWCASTLE


MY NEVER ENDING QUEST FOR RECORDS


I failed in my attempt to obtain a copy of “Foolish Seasons” LP by Dana Gillespie on Saturday. This item was a ‘Record Store Day’ exclusive with two unreleased tracks, “Goin’ Round In Circles” and “Come To My Arms.” Unfortunately, ‘Hot Rats’ in Sunderland didn’t order any copies from the supplier.

This of course meant that I needed to seek out a copy somewhere before the prices went ballistic. For instance, The Damned album “Strawberries” is already selling for £50+ on eBay!!

So, the only answer was a trip to Newcastle first thing on Monday morning.

I checked out ‘Windows’ and ‘Reflex’ without any luck. They had no Dana Gillespie LPs left. There was still hope of course. I knew that three other record shops in Newcastle were participating.

My next visit was ‘Beyond Vinyl’ on the outskirts of the Toon, they had advertised it on their Twitter page so I was hoping that I’d be in luck. And sure enough, they had one copy left for £24. Hurrah!! the grenades can go back in my cupboard for another day. No need to kick off now.

Whilst checking out the racks in ‘Beyond Vinyl’ I noticed that they had hundreds of records hidden away on the bottom shelves in a neglected alcove. Lots of tatty old second hand singles and LPs from (mainly) the 1970s. Of course I was bound by my instincts to investigate.

None of the records were priced but I found a hand full of items and took them to the shop owner who informed me that he was so busy working the shop on his own, he just didn’t have the the time to research, examine and price those pieces of vinyl history.

There was nothing major, apart from original pressings of Beatles and Animals discs.

Coming home today:

  • Dana Gillespie – ‘Foolish Seasons’ (Decca 450 313-5) 2022 £24
  • England’s 12 Top Hits – ‘Various’ (Avenue AVE-059) 1970 £3
  • Top Of The Pops – ‘Volume 32’ (Hallmark SHM 830) 1973 £3
  • Francoise Hardy – ‘Best Of’ (Golden Hour GH 830) 1974 £5
  • Hot Hits – ‘Volume 7’ (Music For Pleasure MFP 5236) 1973 £3
  • Bay City Rollers – ‘Rollin'” (Bells 244) 1974 £3
  • Chart Busters – ‘Volume 3’ (Pye PCB. 15002) 1972 £3

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