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 Traffic. 14 days ago
In the late 70s/early 80s I had all the Traffic albums and listened and enjoyed them. By mid 80s I had sold them all and never listened to them again. Maybe I just overdid it.
posted a comment on MDMA (2) - Eyes Wide Open. about 1 month ago
When I worked in local radio this band came in, apparently doing a tour of radio stations to try to get their single played. I was called down to reception and they tried a hard sell on me. Wanted me to play the record through in their company ....... See full review
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posted a review of Monks* - The Early Years 1964 - 1965. about 1 month ago
Surprisingly, this is a rare occasion when the demos are actually substantially less raw and less wild than the finished release. Usually the demo versions are tougher-edged and rougher quality with garage/punk type stuff. Still, for Monks fanatics... See full review
posted a comment on Soft Machine - Third. about 1 month ago
Re-reading his comment, he says "c'd version that contains third through to 6 or 7" .... in which case I believe he is referring to this CD set: Soft Machine - Original Album Classics. This does contain "third through 6 or 7" (7 in fact).

These 5 CD 'original album classic' box... See full review
posted a review of The Solitaires - Magic Rose / Later For You Baby. about 1 month ago
Contains a verse that Lou Reed later inserted into the VU's Foggy Notion, virtually unchanged. Thanks to Simonm from the Velvet Forum for that snippet. You can read more of the story there.
posted a review of Throbbing Gristle. about 1 month ago
Bought 2nd Annual Report and DOA back in the 70s. I liked them but more or less filed them after a while and didn't really go back to them. Liked Psychic TV ok and saw them a couple of times, once at the Hacienda with Wm Burroughs.

Interviewed... See full review
posted a review of Ghost (4) - Freedom Of Thought EP #1. about 1 month ago
In case anyone is wondering, the guitar loop from 'Way You Feel' is taken from The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band - Vol. 3: A Child's Guide To Good & Evil - track called Eighteen Is Over The Hill.
posted a review of Lou Reed - Lou Reed Live - Take No Prisoners. about 1 month ago
I saw Lou Reed live several times in the late 70s and 80s and he never said a dickie bird. The doctor must have changed his prescription just before he played this gig.
Non-stop verbiage from the maestro, telling you how he wrote each song and the... See full review
posted a comment on Rat Heart (MCR) - Rat Heart. about 1 month ago
Album of the year stuff, surely? Whatever he touches turns to gold.
posted a review of Feliu* I Joan Albert* - Feliu I Joan Albert. about 1 month ago
Interesting instrumental album with some great guitar and piano work. Coming out of a traditional Spanish sounding style but with some modern flourishes which elevate it into something different. I first got hold of it from the Recommended Records... See full review
posted a review of The Fish Brothers / Anal Beard - Across The Dirty Bridge / The I Dont Like Going Out Its Too Big And There's People There EP. about 1 month ago
Is 'Herbie Curdcheese' Herbie Flowers? He plays tuba and also lived near Brighton. I interviewed him once, nice guy. I also interviewed the Fish Brothers. Martin Fish is a very very funny man. Should have gone into the comedy business (well, I suppoose he did). See full review
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posted a review of Cassandra (10) / 7 Gituars* - Love Me Sweeter Tonight / Albatross. about 1 month ago
The Guitarist (or 'gituarist' if you prefer) on the B side is John Kpiaye who was in Matumbi and played on a lot of reggae sessions from the '70s on.
posted a comment on Various - Boulders Vol 1. 2 months ago
It's definitely a boot. No publishing, no copyright, a spurious 'promo' designation and a Philippine address. Yeah seems legit.
posted a review of Giant Claw - Mirror Guide. 2 months ago
Manically constructed and meticulously edited frenzy of super-fast cuts. From acoustic bass and wooden block percussion through synthetic sweeps, orchestral bursts and what sounds like samples from library CDs.
The best 'vapour wave' style release... See full review
posted a review of Heldon - Third. 2 months ago
A friend lent me his original copy of this back around 1978. I taped it but wasn't paying attention and recorded the whole thing at 45rpm. Crazy stuff man. I didn't notice for a while but I thought it was a bit strange when I got the whole double... See full review
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posted a review of Sea Urchin - Tahtib Tehbat. 2 months ago
Really good tape. Wouldn't describe it as 'dub', although it has dubby elements. Stripped down and minimal experimental percussion and some tripped out effects, plus the occasional chanted vox. Always good to put this one on. Sounds better with each listen. See full review
posted a comment on Velvet Underground* - Ride Into The Sun. 2 months ago
The video on this page isn't the same version of RITS as on this single.
posted a comment on Conor Thomas - The Smoking Man - MCR 2002-2006. 2 months ago
Just been reissued if you're quick. 150 copies. . .
posted a review of Novo Line - Doors Of Proprioception – Articulation 123 45678. 2 months ago
Perhaps not as good as the Autobahn Zwei set but still a really good album of relentless, pulsing electronics with abstract elements and symphonic leanings.
posted a comment on Lumpen Media Group. 2 months ago
I've got a Lumptronic CD that comes in a round metal can. No tracklist or insert. It's subtitled 'Chicago Electronica v.1'. No other info.
posted a comment on Mogwai - Live At ATP. 2 months ago
I'd like to hear this as I was there. Sadly, I was a little tired and emotional and can't remember anything about it.
posted a review of Crystal Fighters - Champion Sound. 2 months ago
Great song with three awesome remixes (there's more on the other promo issue, but that's missing the superb Gongon mix for some reason).

It's not the sort of thing I usually like but the song is so good that it transcends taste for me.
The... See full review
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posted a review of Jimi Hendrix - The Total Experience. 3 months ago
Got this CD for 10 pence in a charity shop today (10 CDs for £1) and just playing it. No idea where the tapes are from but the SQ is good. I'm not a Hendrix expert but this CD was well worth what I paid for it.
posted a comment on Jimi Hendrix - The Total Experience. 3 months ago
I got this in a charity shop today (for 10p) and the artwork and CD both match this sub's imgs.
posted a review of The Velvet Underground - Gold. 3 months ago
Worth getting for hardcore VU fans (even though most of the tracks you've got 100 times)... as it contains the original mix of Temptation (and not the '80s remix as featured on VU).
posted a review of Kevin Coyne. 3 months ago
The classic Virgin albums are some of my favourite records from the '70s. I was listening to Kevin back then, and I'm still listening today.

Composer of deep and dark observational blues songs exploring mental instability, hostile relationships and... See full review
posted a comment on Sound 5 - Work In Progress / Album Sampler. 3 months ago
Box is in fact more reminiscent of a 5" reel-to-reel tape box, rather than a computer game box. Graphics and layout very similar.
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posted a review of Robert Rental & The Normal - Live At West Runton Pavilion, 6-3-79. 3 months ago
Found in a chazzer recently for a couple of quid. Mrs Bradx says that it sounds like Hizatron sampled it for the track "Von Glooperstein" off this 12" Hizatron / Geiom - Von Glooperstein / Bubbles
Or maybe "Schlupinski" off this one, unsure which: Various - Wigflex EP

Great synth and tape work... See full review
submitted DJ Fitz - Fitz Mix. 3 months ago
posted a comment on Jabu (3), Daniela Dyson - Jabu + Daniela Dyson. 3 months ago
You can still get this at Juno for under £9
posted a review of Savage Republic - Trudge. 3 months ago
Tha band had an original 19th century letterpress that they created some of their sleeve art on. For some reason that I now can't remember, maybe because I was on a mailing list or I interviewed them or sth .... I have a lovely little book of stamps,... See full review
posted a review of Ranking Dread. 3 months ago
I saw Ranking Dread live at the Brighton Top Rank, must've been 1984, something like that. Reggae gigs at the Top Rank in the late '70s were laid back affairs but by the '80s a more serious vibe had arrived. The place was packed and there was groups... See full review
posted a review of Band Of The Irish Guards* - Marching With The Beatles. 3 months ago
Probably the best beatles album by quite a long way.
posted a review of Can - Auf Der Einbahnstrasse (Live In Köln). 3 months ago
Even tho the fi is none too hi on this release Can at least sound like they have fire in their bellys on this apparent Tago Mago offcut.
I'd much rather listen to this than the recent Stuttgart release where they sound bogged down in a stodgy jam... See full review
posted a review of Oï les Ox - Crooner Qui Coule Sous Les Clous. 4 months ago
One of the best releases from the past year. A sublime and unique experience. Abstract sounds, dub bass, electronic textures, spoken word, treated vocals. Highly accessible but at the same time unearthly and weird. Been listening to it for a few... See full review
posted a review of Can - Live In Stuttgart 1975. 4 months ago
Not impressed with this at all. The band had lost the vibe at this point. The interminable noodling guitar of Karoli is extremely irritating. Some of the rest of it has hints of the old Can... but the magic of the early years was in the edit when a... See full review
posted a comment on Miles Davis - Water Babies. 4 months ago
Doesn't work like that. Miles chose the musicians and paid for the date :)
posted a review of Roy Vedas - Roy Vedas. 4 months ago
Three track sampler for an album that never was. A2 and A3 are exclusive to this tape.
For the whole Roy Vedas story have a look here:
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posted a review of Various - Bed Spring Poker - Meat In Motion 1926-1951. 4 months ago
Absolute filth. Five stars. Found this in a chazzer for £1. Delightd.
posted a comment on Lou Reed - American Poet (Special Edition). 4 months ago
I just found a CD version on Alchemy Entertainment in a charity shop. It's 'special edition' - front sleeve as this sub. It's only a single CD though, no box, second CD or owt.

Cat. no. on the CD itself is Pilot 194 which seems to link to a version... See full review
posted a review of Lou Reed - The Bells. 4 months ago
This is the one where Lou tries out a new voice. A sort of quavering and quivering delivery. It's also the one where he got Don Cherry in, only to bury him way down in the mix.

The title track is really, really good. An agonisingly crawling grinding... See full review