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.
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posted a review of Prae Kraut Pandaemonium. 5 days ago
At least two further volumes came out in the late 2000s, volumes 16 and 17, but they were download only.
posted a review of Various - Cuneiform For Pumapunku . 6 days ago
Same mix of drone and industrial/experimental electronics as the last few volumes but a much better pressing and more interesting tracks. Pity they don't get back into the more eclectic style of their earlier releases but this one is a good listen. The ... See full review
posted a review that has since been deleted. 8 days ago
posted a review of Rod McKuen - Live In London!. 18 days ago
I bought this the other day as a totally random purchase. I just saw it in the rack and thought "I'll have it".

I'm only really aware of Rod McKuen from his very early beat-poetry releases like The Mummy and Beat Generation, both of which are novelty ... See full review
posted a comment on Ash Ra Tempel, Manuel Göttsching - Inventions For Electric Guitar. 18 days ago
I used to work in a record shop and we got new vinyl reissues in around 2006 / 2007. That version doesn't seem to be on here though.
posted a review of Kraftwerk - Kraftwerk. about 1 month ago
I found one of these spiral label copies for £30 in a second hand shop. One edge of the second disc is slightly warped / wobbly.
It has the spiral inners and the sleeve is in good order, so apart from the slight edge warp it's still a good find.
posted a review of Cluster - Qua. about 1 month ago
T7: the jumping beat of No Ernel is exceptional. Sounds like the CD is skipping. Endlessly fascinating to listen to.
posted a comment on Alan Silva And The Celestrial Communication Orchestra - Seasons. about 1 month ago
Gargantuan free jazz oddyssey over six sides of skronking wax. This one has to be heard to be believed ... played by a massive free jazz orchestra, music that knows no bounds. I found this cheap at a record fair. A great day.
posted a review of Various - Run It Red. about 1 month ago
No matter your opinion of M Hucknall, his selections here can't be faulted. Some wonderful gems from the B&F catalogue.
Heavy dubs, sublime vocals and all nicely sequenced. Top marks.
submitted Various - Rhythm & Blues Christmas. about 1 month ago
submitted John Lee Hooker - John Lee Hooker. 2 months ago
posted a review of AK Process - Electronic Music. 2 months ago
Another stellar release from the ????? section of my record collection. This was the type of thing I bought on sight back in the late '70s when anything went. After the first wave of punk 76/77 the dam broke and ppl realised that anyone could put out a ... See full review
posted a review of Les Rallizes Denudes - France Demo Tapes. 2 months ago
Just three tracks. The first I find a bit perfunctory... not long enough.... but the other two tracks are the business. The headlines are right- this is one of the most monstrous collisions of guitar feedback, drone and bass ever committed to wax. The ... See full review
posted a review of Les Rallizes Denudes - Great White Wonder. 2 months ago
Four CD set with the same tracks that appear on every other LRD album... but with different versions and in a different order. If you are addicted to the band (like me) then you will know how important it is to collect every single album you can find in ... See full review
posted a comment on Django Django - LateNightTales. 2 months ago
I trust the artwork that appears on this release was properly credited to, and licensed from, the artist who made it?
added Kevin Coyne - Peel Sessions to their wantlist. 2 months ago
posted a comment on Tangerine Dream - Zeit. 2 months ago
Peel definitely played Swastika Girls off No Pussyfooting by Eno/Fripp backwards in 1973 - or at least his engineer did. It was on reel-to-reel tape.
A subsquent re-release of the album on CD did contain the backwards version as an extra.
I don't know if ... See full review
posted a review of Cobra Killer - Right Into A Kick For More. 2 months ago
Freaky version of King Floyd's "Groove Me". Pretty good. . .
submitted The Will Collier Septet - Everybody Loves The Will Collier Septet. 2 months ago
posted a review of The Impressions - Seven Years / The Girl I Find. 3 months ago
One of Curtis Mayfield's best late-era Impressions songs. Lyrically downbeat but musically ecstatic with really memorable hooks and an all-round joyous sound, despite the melancholy lyrics.
posted a review of Bob Dylan - Empire Burlesque. 3 months ago
Funny how the production on the '60s records sounds so timeless and yet the job they did on Dylan's '80s records sounds so old-fashioned and dated.

Slightly off-topic, but someone I knew who knew Gene Clark well said that he (Gene) wanted to make ... See full review
posted a comment on Bob Dylan - More Blood, More Tracks - The Bootleg Series Vol. 14 Deluxe Edition. 3 months ago
The hardback book is meant to contain Dylan's entire "Blood On The Tracks" notebooks (the notebooks he used to write the albums's lyrics).
Due to Sony's error four pages are missing. If you read the Amazon reviews you can learn more.
It's annoying as ... See full review
posted a review of Various - The Big Itch. 3 months ago
First volume in the crazy Big Itch series. This one is more inclined towards frat-rock whilst others in the series veer more into novelty records.

This volume is themed rather nicely, with a bunch of really great 'papa ooh mow mow' / 'surfin' bird' ... See full review
posted a review of Bob Dylan - More Blood, More Tracks - The Bootleg Series Vol. 14 Deluxe Edition. 3 months ago
The hardback book is missing four pages from the notebooks. Sony apologise by saying "we are not perfect". Paying £100 for a 6CD / book set one might expect perfection.
I'm also not a fan of the slots that the CDs fit into. They don't afford much ... See full review
posted a review of Aphex Twin - Collapse EP. 3 months ago
Terrible pressing, unlistenable really. Why do I persist with vinyl? I must be a masochist.
posted a review of The Cramps - Human Fly. 3 months ago
I saw the first two Vengeance singles way back in the '80s in a second-hand shop for £6 each. I didn't have much money at the time and wasn't sure about them, so I left them. I did some research and went back in, later in the week, to buy them.

They ... See full review
posted a review of Bob Dylan - Another Side Of Bob Dylan. 4 months ago
An album that strikes me as being a collection of publishing demos. Many of the songs would be hits recorded by other artists (notably The Byrds and The Turtles, but many others covered them). Recorded in one day and with several bum notes and mis-steps. ... See full review
posted a review of Undisputed Truth (2) - Mama I Got A Brand New Thing (Don't Say No) / Gonna Keep On Tryin' Till I Win Your Love. 4 months ago
I seriously rate this song. One of Norman Whitfield's finest. Norman could crank out superior psychedelic funk by the yard at this point in the '70s. I like a song that tells a story, the lyrics and melody combine really well on this tune about a young ... See full review
posted a review of Shabba Ranks - Shine Eye Gal (Remixes). 4 months ago
My ex-girlfriend (who was a much better DJ than me) used to mash-up the acappella (Eyepella) with the Blue Monday instrumental (The Beach). This blew a few people's minds at the time (about 20 years ago). Everyone wanted to know where she got the tune. ... See full review
posted a review of Scientist - Jah Life In Dub. 4 months ago
This is a great dub album. Heavy charging rhythms.

The first copies pressed used up original sleeves which were printed way back. They had been stored carefully.
They stickered them on reverse with contemporary info.

Then they printed new sleeves for ... See full review
posted a review of Junior West* - Splash It Out. 4 months ago
At last! One of the best, and most elusive, dancehall 7"s of the '80s has been reissued. I've been waiting for this for some years.
Sublime, atmospheric production. Not sure I'd pay £400 for an original, but highly delighted to pick up a reissue for ... See full review
posted a comment on Otis Redding. 4 months ago
"Shout Bamalama" by The Pinetoppers ft Otis Redding . . .
posted a review of Joni Mitchell - Night Ride Home. 4 months ago
I nearly swerved this when I saw it for £1 in a charity shop. (I've bought a ton of cheap turkeys lately, which have been listened to once and then fiiled into a box, to get rid of painlessly at some point, don't worry, they won't suffer).

'60s and ... See full review
posted a review of Tom Rapp - Familiar Songs. 4 months ago
This is the album that Tom Rapp had no knowledge of .... until the day he went into a record shop and saw his own friendly smile beaming from the LP display racks. Yup - Reprise issued this album of demos without consulting Tom. Somewhat shady practice, ... See full review
posted a comment on Various - Configuration / Deployment . 4 months ago
Rub A Dub are main distributors for LSD. . .
posted a review that has since been deleted. 4 months ago
submitted Various - Configuration / Deployment . 4 months ago
posted a review of Plunderphonics* - Plunderphonics. 4 months ago
This was sent to me, free of charge, by the folks at Recommended Records in 1988.
posted a review of Pierre Henry - Polyphonies. 4 months ago
Really tremendous selection of ground-breaking abstract, experimental electronics ... with the exception of the Spooky Tooth stuff which really hasn't aged well at all and should have been left off.
posted a comment on Various - The Very Best Of Burlesque. 4 months ago
Artists don't match some of the titles . ... T1-8 is Louis Prima.
Don't know who 1-6 and 1-7 are but they aren't Louis Prima.
posted a comment on MACプラス* - フローラルの専門店. 4 months ago
What I'm saying is .... if you get a copy that's NOT pressed off-centre then it will sound ok. Good luck.
posted a review of Peter Wyngarde - When Sex Leers Its Inquisitive Head. 4 months ago
Bizarre album from a time when a starring role (or even a bit-part) in a TV show could guarantee a recording contract.
Peter Wyngarde couldn't really sing - so he murmurs seductively and actor-ly through most of these tracks.

There's moments of ... See full review
posted a review of The Lime Spiders - Slave Girl. 4 months ago
Crucial single from this '80s Australian outfit. One of the best garage singles from the post-60s era.
Really urgent perfromance and a great song (if a trifle un-pc, heh heh).
posted a comment on MACプラス* - フローラルの専門店. 4 months ago
Not heard the pink. Sound quality is ok, part from the droning effect, caused by off-centre pressing. Disappointing.
posted a review that has since been deleted. 4 months ago
posted a review of The Revolutionaries - Earthquake Dub. 4 months ago
The front sleeve is a triumph of design, employing at least five different typefaces and utilising the logo from the '70s disaster movie 'Earthquake'. Genius.
Check out the lion with his regal crown, blowing on his shiny trumpet.... mic'd up for maximum ... See full review
submitted Caterpillar Ghost - My Beautiful Revolution. 4 months ago
posted a comment on Darrow Fletcher - No Limit / What Good Am I Without You. 5 months ago
It's called 'capitalism' my friend. Copy here for £80 now. Where will it all end?
posted a review of Various - New Mexico Punk From The Sixties. 5 months ago
One of the best of the Eva regional US comps of '60s garage punk (compiled in the '80s).
This one has several premium grade 'A' classics: The Burgundy Runn check in with their two minute breakneck offering 'Stop!'. This track is genius.

Ditto Lincoln St ... See full review
posted a review of Gasper-Lawal* - Ajomasé. 5 months ago
I was at a record fair sometime in the '80s and heard this album booming from a stall across the hall. The track was Kita Kita.
I ran across and bought the record straight away. £4 I think it was. Great record.