Early 1960s, from the age of about 2 or 3, I played records on my parent's Pye radiogram. I learnt how to use it and came downstairs early in the mornings, on my own, to play my father's records. He had a decent collection including rock n' roll, blues, country, jazz and classical. He was also a Dylan nut who bought every album on the day of release, from the first album.

Bought my own first record in 1967, Edelweiss by Vince Hill.

Got my first full-time job in 1978 earning £50pw. Gave my mother £10 housekeeping and spent the rest on records.
Haven't stopped since then.

Worked in local radio in Brighton 1985 - 2015 and consequently was on promo mailing lists for 30 years.
Worked in second-hand record shops and bought and sold at record fairs throughout that time.
Ran the mail-order dept. of a record shop from 2000 - 2005. A busy time as the internet mail order business was just taking off.

Disenchanted with vinyl for the most part now, terrible pressings and high prices made me switch to CD. I only want to hear new things. Not in the least bit interested in the cult of vinyl hype, hoarding records unplayed or trying to flip them. Still buy vinyl occasionally though, because I'm an addict.

There's a lot of funny folk out there so I've disengaged personal messages as I was getting some odd requests. Also, removed my collection from public view as it was attracting unwanted attention.

Discogs is a great resource but as it gets bigger it seems to me to be creaking at the seams. The search function doesn't work very well, the voting system is contemptible, the feedback system appears corrupted, the forum is full of unfriendly, sarcastic know-alls and the lack of imgs for items on sale is worse than hopeless.

I see a lot of things that need correcting in the DB, but nowadays I don't bother to edit much. A lot of the time I just leave a comment and move on.

The guidelines are just that: a guide, not inflexible laws: "Rules are for the obedience of fools and the guidance of wise men".

On the turntable and CD player at the moment:
lots of classical and opera, 2008/9 era dubstep, reggae 45s, Light Sounds Dark comps, Messthetics comps, library funk, original jungle, 60s punk, Capt Beefheart, The Fall, Faust, James Brown and The VU.

Small part of the CDs (mainly classical). There's another 10,000+ but they're mostly in filing boxes in cabinets.

Re: my avatar: I'm the one on the left.
Recent Activity
posted a review of Tom Boogizm - Devil On The Cross. about 19 hours ago
Builds slowly with a long sequence of ambient drift before delivering a quality, forward-thinking, genre-hopping selection of out-there delights. Wish there was a track list.
posted a comment on Various - Boulders Vol 1. 5 days ago
It's a bootleg/ at least 10 words must be entered
posted a review of Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Electricity. 8 days ago
I went into Virgin Records one day in 1979 and asked if they had the new Joy Division single. The bloke said "no, but we have the new Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark". I didn't know what the hell he was talking about, but I said "ok, I'll have it".... See full review
posted a review of Grooverider - Hardstep Selection Volume 1. 11 days ago
I found this for £1 in a charity shop fairly recently. It's a good selection .... bit heavy on wailing women but good nonetheless.
submitted Bempah - Drill Mix Volume 1. 11 days ago
posted a review of Les Rallizes Dénudes* - Naked Diza Star. 12 days ago
This may well have "originated from a request by a music critic in 2003 for Mizutani to produce a high-quality release from a master source" but it's far from my favourite LRD collection. I don't find the quality noticeably better than any other... See full review
posted a review of Gold (6) - No Parking. 12 days ago
Fantastically urgent high-energy MC5 style burnout. Wish it lasted a bit longer though.
The B side is a completely different take of the song.
posted a review of J Da Flex Vs Oris Jay - Sleazenation Soundclash Mix CD Volume 01 Future Garage. 19 days ago
I don't normally like paying for free CD covermounts .... but this one was worth twenty times the 99p I paid for it from British Heart Foundation. Fantastic stuff.
posted a review of Animal Collective. 22 days ago
Back in May 2004 I was presenting a radio show for a four week station set up for the Brighton Festival. The producer of the show had fixed up Animal Collective to come in for an interview. Sung Tongs had just come out. I didn't know anything about... See full review
posted a review of Davy Kehoe - The Pilot. 26 days ago
A side is an electro groove in the Suicide vein.
B side is a strange, low-key, fuzzy, bass-ridden, almost subliminal groove. The lack of treble frequencies is frightening.
posted a review of Full Circle (16) - Trip To Knowhere. 30 days ago
Sublime and monumental artefact of screwed trance and hypnotic Baleriac grooves. Great for summer listening if it wasn't 12 degrees and torrential rain outside. Was going to write more but my tea's ready.
posted a review of Rip Rig & Panic. about 1 month ago
I saw them in 1981 at Sussex University. The poster advertised them as 'Rig, Rip & Panic". I've got one somewhere as I nicked it after the gig. I can't remember anything about the night apart from I shouted for "Knee Deep In Shit" and one of the band... See full review
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posted a review of Teisco - Musiche De Teisco. about 1 month ago
Great companion to Teisco - Tuscan Castle And Country Seat (Colonna Sonora Originale Dei Filmati Televisivi) .... and cheap too. I picked up a brand new copy for £5 last week.
As with the Tuscan album .... like a sort of VU with classical pretensions and a library fixation. Highly recommended if you like music that's hard to place.
posted a review of GAM - 1976. about 1 month ago
Should be much better known. Furious album of driving rhythms, echoed guitar and eerie vocals. Once Gam Jam gets going there's no respite from the pulverising drums and walls of mantric guitars.

This is the only vinyl version of the album... only... See full review
posted a review of Osymyso - Pat n' Peg. 2 months ago
Not only have I got this 12" and the CDr promo - I also have a promotional Pat n' Peg T-shirt sent to me by Osymyso at the time.
He came on my radio show in 2000. I interviewed him a bit. The results you can hear on the B-side 'Cut-Up Nonsense'. That's me. See full review
posted a review of Philus - Tetra. 2 months ago
Reissued on the 31 July so don't pay high prices. Coming out on vinyl too. Can't see the point of that exactly as any surface noise, pops, clicks etc will ruin the experience. Best heard through a decent hi-fi with sub woofers to really capture the... See full review
posted a review of Cerberus Future Technologies. 2 months ago
Funky, lo-fi, acidic disco/house music with a drugged-out aesthetic. I bought a bunch of these on cassette cuz I saw 'em cheap. I never really wanted to start buying tapes again. I've got thousands I don't listen to. The best idea is to go to the... See full review
posted a review of Davy Kehoe - Short Passing Game. 2 months ago
Drum-machine-driven synthetic explorations of great quality. Layers of instrumentation revealed by crisp production. Rather good.
posted a review of Bohren & Der Club Of Gore - Mitleid Lady. 2 months ago
Good to play at 33 for a different experience. . .
posted a comment on Amancio D'Silva - Integration. 3 months ago
Side one plays almost perfectly. Side two has some crackling and distortion towards the end.
posted a review of Archimedes Badkar - Tre. 3 months ago
I wish I could remember where I got this record from. I've had it since the late '70s. Maybe it was from the Recommended Records catalogue.
Really great ensemble jazz playing, with afro elements. 'Tumpianomusik' is played on a thumb piano. Take a... See full review
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posted a comment on International Harvester - Remains . 3 months ago
I got a second hand copy of the box off Amazon. It was fairly cheap. I took a chance. The LPs are all in good nick but on the quieter tracks there is some light crackle. Got a cheap Pärson Sound off Amazon too. Dronelords rule!
posted a comment on Various - Dengue Fever Presents Electric Cambodia. 3 months ago
According to the label it's virtually impossible to find Cambodian music from this era that hasn't been altered over the years. To quote Bruce Miller : "Dengue Fever didn't add the drums; this has happened through remixing in Cambodia over the... See full review
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posted a comment on MEV* - United Patchwork. 3 months ago
Oh ok thanks. I bought the cheap one and it sounds good (to me anyway).
posted a review of Prince Far I - Under Heavy Manners. 3 months ago
This is one that my friend Lyndon brought down from London back around 1978. Everything about it blew my mind... the sleeve, the label, the music, the vocals.... the trousers.
I had heard Prince Far-I on Peel but having a whole album was incredible.... See full review
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posted a review of Jody Wisternoff - X-Psych-Ting. 3 months ago
I can detect Man Machine "Step Into Time' and a very brief Tangerine Dream sample from 'Ricochet' on the B side.

My copy has the track marks on side A but plays thru no problem.
posted a comment on Various - Broadside Ballads Vol. 1. 4 months ago
Semi-interesting fact .... my copy of this LP used to belong to Robert Shelton.
posted a comment on Various - Number 8 Wire: 16 Trippy New Zealand Nuggets 1967-69. 4 months ago
They're bootlegs. Totally unofficial . . . . . . .
posted a comment on Venancio* - Spectacular Synthesizer. 4 months ago
I've got a signed copy of this which I'm going to pass down to my grandchildren.
posted a review of Bar 9 - Malicious Tactics / Midnight. 4 months ago
"Midnight" is the pick for me ... an absolute screamer with it's classical piano introduction and interludes coupled with aggressive mid-range grind. Essential gear and just right for a crossover audience. Only £1 atm too, what's stopping you?
posted a comment on The Velvet Underground - Sweet Sister Ray. 4 months ago
Thirteen over-run copies of the first disc got put into better looking sleeves and were sold as The Velvet Underground - Half Sister
posted a review of Matumbi - Seven Seals. 4 months ago
Takes me back to the late '70s, John Peel played this a lot back then. In my mind I'd pair it with Reggae Regular - Where Is Jah from a year earlier - another tune he caned remorselessly on his late night show. Peely really opened doors for me. I loved the punk he... See full review
posted a review of Various - Mogadisco (Dancing Mogadishu - Somalia 1972​-​1991). 4 months ago
A good companion album to Various - Sweet As Broken Dates: Lost Somali Tapes From The Horn Of Africa .
Disco, soulful grooves, hints of reggae and funk. A large booklet gives you background on the artists, a window into the political situation in Somalia and the awe-inspiring (and terrifying) story of how the tapes... See full review
posted a review of Cecil Taylor - Air Above Mountains . 4 months ago
Magical stuff. Unbelievably dexterous playing. At first it's somewhat of a hard listen, then Cecil finds his rhythm and he's off, playing the most skillful piano you've ever heard. Stunningly fluid lines almost sounding like a player-piano a la Conlon... See full review
posted a comment on Obscure Independent Classics. 4 months ago
There's also this one - same series but on Hamster
Various - Obscure Independent Classics: Volume 5 (Special Hamster Edition)
posted a comment on Gerry And The Holograms - Gerry And The Holograms. 4 months ago
The 2008 YT upload is from the original 7" single ... which plays fine. The problem is with all versions of this album. Bit of a shame but not really that much of a problem. I expect it with vinyl these days :(
posted a review of Dub Specialist - Bionic Dub - Part One. 4 months ago
Every few months a guy in a white van would draw up outside our record shop in Brighton. He always had tons of reggae repressings, all brand new, all £5 each. I used to buy a bunch for the shop and then get a load for myself. This is one I bought back... See full review
posted a comment on The Velvet Underground - Live At The Boston Tea Party. 4 months ago
It's now 2020 and I'm listening again. Playing it loud on a Saturday while g/f's at the allotment. I wriggled out of going this morning.
It actually sounds great.
EQ it a bit and pitch down side 1 and you got a winner, if you don't pay too much.
I've... See full review
posted a review of Kraftwerk - Kraftwerk. 4 months ago
I found this issue .... complete with spiral labels and inners ... in a second hand shop a few years ago. I think I paid £30. I just wanted the record at the time, didn't care about value etc. The first disc has slight edge warp which causes a minor... See full review
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posted a comment on Macintosh Plus - Floral Shoppe. 4 months ago
Or maybe some ppl just press "Add to Collection" even if they haven't got it. Anybody can add anything they like, doesn't mean they got it.
posted a review of Derek Bailey & Andrea Centazzo - Drops. 4 months ago
Dynamic interplay between two improv giants. Engages the senses from the off with percussive playing from Bailey and melodic strikes from Centazzo... roles reversed!
I found my copy for pennies in a second hand shop, didn't hold out much hope at first... See full review
posted a comment on MEV* - United Patchwork. 4 months ago
What's wrong with it? I also have to write 10 words
posted a comment on Dean Blunt - The Redeemer. 4 months ago
Late to the party on this one .... but... you've been on Discogs since 2011 yet this is the only record you have an opinion on. Of the millions of releases you chose this one to comment on. You don't have to be 'fed' this. There's a lot of other stuff... See full review
posted a comment on Max Romeo / Jah Batta / Jezzreel - Birth Of Reggae Music / Trickey Girl / Youth Man. 5 months ago
Riddim cut as 'Conference' by Sly N Robbie. . .