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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added Kevin Coyne - Peel Sessions to their wantlist. about 7 hours ago
posted a comment on Tangerine Dream - Zeit. 12 days 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. 14 days ago
Freaky version of King Floyd's "Groove Me". Pretty good. . .
submitted The Will Collier Septet - Everybody Loves The Will Collier Septet. 17 days ago
posted a review of The Impressions - Seven Years / The Girl I Find. 28 days 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. about 1 month 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. about 1 month 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. about 1 month 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. about 1 month 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. about 1 month ago
Terrible pressing, unlistenable really. Why do I persist with vinyl? I must be a masochist.
posted a review of The Cramps - Human Fly. about 1 month 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. about 1 month 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. 2 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). 2 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. 2 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. 2 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. 2 months ago
"Shout Bamalama" by The Pinetoppers ft Otis Redding . . .
posted a review of Joni Mitchell - Night Ride Home. 2 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. 2 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 . 2 months ago
Rub A Dub are main distributors for LSD. . .
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posted a review of Plunderphonics* - Plunderphonics. 2 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. 2 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. 2 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. 2 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. 2 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. 2 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. 2 months ago
Not heard the pink. Sound quality is ok, part from the droning effect, caused by off-centre pressing. Disappointing.
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posted a review of The Revolutionaries - Earthquake Dub. 2 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. 2 months ago
posted a comment on Darrow Fletcher - No Limit / What Good Am I Without You. 2 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. 2 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. 2 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.
posted a review of John's Children - The Legendary Orgasm Album. 2 months ago
Good sleevenotes. Hilarious story about how Simon Napier-Bell went to see them live and thought they were pitifully bad with no hope of success. He took them to the pub to let them down gently ... and two hours later he had signed them.
posted a review of Bobby Bland - Ain't Nothing You Can Do. 2 months ago
Belying its somewhat cheaply designed cover, this is probably Bobby's best album. It all hangs together as a cohesive almanac of heartache and grief. Of course, most of Bobby's songs concern affairs of the heart - usually broken ones - but this album ... See full review
posted a review of Junior Boys - You'll Improve Me. 2 months ago
Trippy remix from Caribou - one of the best things he's ever done.
posted a comment on Fuchsia - Fuchsia. 2 months ago
Just subbed (as 'Fuchsia With Black Streaks').... (Fuchsia is a colour and, unsurprisingly, FdM did a run in that hue.)
posted a review of Fuchsia - Fuchsia. 2 months ago
An excellently produced reissue from the esteemed FdM stable. They always do things right. This package is spot-on, with the original album, plus demos, some new recordings, a DVD, a poster and a substantial booklet. Lovely sounding pressing ... See full review
submitted Fuchsia - Fuchsia. 2 months ago
posted a review of $hit & $hine* - Very High EP. 2 months ago
Rambunctious, funky slow jams from $&$, channeling Prince (or perhaps LMLYP-era Ween) on this EP. Purple-sprayed funk with metallic flecks of RnB, plus of course some sporadic disjointed tics and blips. Hi-gloss super-smooth production job with chorused ... See full review
submitted $hit & $hine* - Very High EP. 2 months ago
posted a comment on Homer And The Barnstormers - Bluegrass Banjo....On Fire. 2 months ago
A person very much in the know on US country matters told me that they were none other than The Kentucky Colonels. He told me that Clarence White definitely played on it anyway.

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posted a review of Sonic Youth - Walls Have Ears. 3 months ago
You can hear one of the tracks left off Walls Have Ears "I Love Her All The Time" on Various - Impact! (Auto·Edit).

I saw Walls Have Ears in HMV when it was released but, rather stupidly, passed it by.
posted a review of Swans - Public Castration Is A Good Idea. 3 months ago
I was on a massive Swans kick around 84 / 85 / 86.
I saw them at the Zap in Brighton in 1985. An oft-told story, so excuse me if I'm repeating myself, but they filled up the small arch of this tiny club with their own PA system. The noise was severe. ... See full review
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posted a comment on Powertrip - Lab Animal. 3 months ago
I've got one of those. I was given it by a mad Jeff Dahl fan about 30 years ago. He also ran a mail order record company. I always assumed he had some 7"s but no sleeves - so he just knocked up some copies. But I'm not sure.
As your post is nearly 8 ... See full review