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"It’s better knowing what you DON’T like, to help you find the true meaning of collecting records"

Glam * Punk * Funk * DIsco * House * Reggae

I’ve been purchasing records since 1975.
My original purchases were firmly in the Glam Rock genre, then after the wasteland of decent music (1976 mostly) Punk Rock became my thing, which also, in turn, meant Reggae (yin and yang).
Going to see bands like The Clash, Ramones and Buzzcocks early on meant that I was educated in many forms of music that I wouldn’t have been exposed to otherwise (Don Lett’s Reggae sets supportng The Clash/ John Peel for weird and wonderful music and sessions)
Post-punk allow me to have healthy dabble in the origins of Glam/ Punk (mostly the original 50’s rockers - Elvis on Sun/ Carl Perkins/ Little Richard).
In the early 80’s learning to play guitar, busking and playing in bands until a lack of decent Rock n’ Roll/ inspiration in the mid-80’s (“wasteland 2”) brought me to Prince, P-Funk, and James Brown.
I MADE my funk the P-Funk (and my funk IS still funked up btw!)
By 1986 HOUSE MUSIC was born, and a whole new genre/ way of life ensued.... Clubs/ Raves/ part of acene that was as VITAL as Punk, but WAAAAY bigger.
Being the collector I am I became compelled to tracing House Music back to it’s Underground Disco roots - which became another obsession - often bidding on “rare" LPs on eBay in the early days - purchasing LPs/ 12s for £50-£100, only to see the same LPs/12s selling for £10-25 years later (ouch!).
Throughout the 90’s I was hosting clubs, and “dabbling" in DJ-ing (ie playing a few records Iliked at parties and in local pubs).
That all stepped up a gear in 1999, when I became a “proper” DJ, working for many years in Glasgow, Scotland; playing bars, clubs, and festivals like T In The Park.
Recently I’ve not been playing out so much, so been building my collection - filling in the gaps in my Punk/ Glam Rock collection(s), and “discovering" Reggae “properly” - ie. TOTAL immersion - which has been SO satisfying over the last few years.
I’ve also been building up as much of the Classic Disco stuff - Artist Albums & Compilations to fill the (important) gaps in that genre.
I know what I like, and am about as completist as a person can get in my chosen genres - I guess I’m lucky having lived through some of the most important musical times of the 20th and 21st Centuries (so far!).
As much as I’ve been collecting for years and years, I keep discovering “new” (to me) LPs/ tracks/ re0issues/ re-edits/ remixes to search out, so there’s still around 1.7k records on my wants list - which is not getting any smaller!
I’ve also only included a fraction of my full collection on here so far, although I’m now putting the finishing touches to my “record room” so expect to work my way through that task over the next few years.
Discogs is such a great resource, not perfect by any stretch of the imagination - but it does allow me and others like me to find releases and information that would be almost impossibe “out in the wild”.
I do wish that Discogs/ PayPal/ eBay didn’t take such a big cut from buyers and sellers, but that’s just how it is.
DIscogs is ALMOST perfect for now, and quite possibly my favourite website.
Long may it continue.

All the best,

Andy

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Sex Pistols - Never Mind The Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols
posted a review of Sex Pistols - Never Mind The Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols. about 1 month ago
I had a “blank back” copy, purchased on day/ week of release in 1977.
It *definitely* had 12 tracks.
As I sold it many years ago I have no idea of matrices etc - but surely there must be a (seperate?) listing for that one.
Any pointers appreciated.
Thanks. See full review
Bar-Kays - Nightcruising / Hit And Run
posted a review of Bar-Kays - Nightcruising / Hit And Run. 2 months ago
Solid 80’s funk on both sides of this 12” - nice find if you can get it at a bargain price!
For fans of post-disco 80’s dancefloor funk from the likes of Skyy/ BT Express/ Cameo/ Gap Band etc.
Could light up the dancefloor in the right circumstances.
Elvis Presley - The Sun Collection
posted a review of Elvis Presley - The Sun Collection. 9 months ago
One of the finest compilation LPs since the dawn of recorded music. Essential for any music lover. A release that puts perspective into why Elvis was just SO damn important.
Augustus Pablo - King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown
posted a review of Augustus Pablo - King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown. 9 months ago
Sorry Onlyroots, your label and store are awesome, but this is not a great reissue.
Sound is flat/ lifeless, and the version of Satta Dub suffers from severe drifting from the source (vinyl) recording.
The screen print sleeve is kinda nice, but that... See full review
Johnny Clarke - Can't Get Enough
posted a review of Johnny Clarke - Can't Get Enough. 9 months ago
1. Pressing is fine - silent and clear.
2. Cut from CD - source of your info please? (And please bear in mind that about 99% of reggae reissues are from digital source, ‘cos most of the tapes are now DUST)
3. I’m playing it again just now, and the... See full review
David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars: The Motion Picture Soundtrack
posted a review of David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars: The Motion Picture Soundtrack. 10 months ago
Apologies if I’m adding insult to injury here (I do believe this is a worthwhile reissue), but the reason this LP doesn’t show in my collection is that I’ve had to send the copy I received back to the seller.
There were a significant amount of black... See full review
David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars: The Motion Picture Soundtrack
posted a review of David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars: The Motion Picture Soundtrack. 10 months ago
TomMegginson, yes I’m pretty sure. Most noticeably on R’n’R Suicide, where there’s panned multi-layered BVs from Mr. Bowie. A close listen on headphones confirmed. Mixed down maybe, but still there.
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David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars: The Motion Picture Soundtrack
posted a review of David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars: The Motion Picture Soundtrack. 10 months ago
Can we please have the mix WITHOUT the overdubbed BVs?
ie. the original “bootleg” mix.
Please?
Surely someone has the “un-tampered” tapes???
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Johnny Clarke - Can't Get Enough
posted a review of Johnny Clarke - Can't Get Enough. 10 months ago
Having deliberated for some time (see my comment from 8 months ago) I decided to “bite the bullet” and purchase this reissue.
And I’m glad I did... It sounds good.
Despite all the naysayers on here (why the hate people?) this release sounds clear,... See full review
Pink Floyd - A Nice Pair
posted a review of Pink Floyd - A Nice Pair. 10 months ago
So, I appear to have TPATGOD from this release, except in a mid-70’s TPATGOD sleeve!
Not sure if this was any kind of stand alone release at any point, or if previous owner just swapped sleeves.
Anyone else with this same LP?
Little Richard - Little Richard
posted a review of Little Richard - Little Richard. 10 months ago
Considering this is a budget label reissue of Mr Penniman’s re-recorded hits, it is an AWESOME sleeve design!
Mud - It's Better Than Working
posted a review of Mud - It's Better Than Working. 10 months ago
Tut tut Mud.
What a seriously badly-timed LP title.
With punk on the horizon, and Britain in another bloody recession, we didn’t need these upstart popstars rubbing our noses in it, did we?
Sad, because their previous LP kicked some post-glam ass!
Mud... See full review
Ellen Foley - Nightout
posted a review of Ellen Foley - Nightout. 10 months ago
My pressing isn’t listed here.
It's a (later) UK version with the blue/ yellow epic label (not the orange ones as shown here).
One day I might get around to taking some pics, and creating a new listing.
Until then....
Kraftwerk - Numbers
posted a review of Kraftwerk - Numbers. 10 months ago
PM me if you want a copy of this - I have one for sale.
The Glitter Band - Rock 'N' Roll Dudes
posted a review of The Glitter Band - Rock 'N' Roll Dudes. 10 months ago
A great example of the “Glitter Sound” as produced my Mike Leander. This is the sound of the band developing from their original Glitter stomp trademark, with more mature songwriting, and featuring the sublime “Goodbye My Love” - one of the last GREAT... See full review
The Glitter Band - Hey!
posted a review of The Glitter Band - Hey!. 10 months ago
This is the first pressing, with LAMINATED sleeve. The other UK pressing (or variations of) is a matte sleeve with a different address for Bell Records.
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The Velvet Underground - Live At The Gymnasium
posted a review of The Velvet Underground - Live At The Gymnasium. 10 months ago
Stunning sound quality.
A couple of rather brutal edits, and Lou Reed’s sometimes off-key singing aside, this is an incredible document of the VU around the time they were working on their 2nd LP (without Nico).
That they captured their studio sound... See full review
Generation X (4) - Generation X
posted a review of Generation X (4) - Generation X. 10 months ago
Gotte echo Braido here, this pressing is wonderful. Super punchy, everything sounds fresh, and has that punk rock punch as if it was 1978 all over again.
To my ears this sounds like the same mastering job done on the Generation X box set, and... See full review
Elvis Presley - Elvis Presley
posted a review of Elvis Presley - Elvis Presley. 10 months ago
Cloudy clear vinyl, and a whole lotta vinyl wasted as the tracks take up so little amount of space on each side.
And, although it may be a quiet pressing, it still sounds DAMN good...
Elvis ROCKS baby!
Slade - Nobody's Fools
posted a review of Slade - Nobody's Fools. 10 months ago
Firstly, I love Slade.
One of my fave bands of all time.
When I was at primary school they were massive, with great singles, and I liked them - a LOT.
In my school we had playground challenges - one side Sweet one side Slade. The Slade side usually... See full review
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The Velvet Underground - Live At Max's Kansas City
posted a review of The Velvet Underground - Live At Max's Kansas City. 10 months ago
Managed to pick up a (very cheap!) copy of this pressing, with lots of surface marks. It’s a loud pressing, with a full sonic palette - and sounds pretty solid to me. Considering this was originally transferred from a mono cassette, it is a very very... See full review
Bunny Scott - To Love Somebody
posted a review of Bunny Scott - To Love Somebody. 11 months ago
Great LP, with a LOT of bass.
However, the top end (on my copy at least) is marred by lots of crackling and hiss - maybe due to the poor quality of the vinyl used?
Not sure if vinyl is recycled, or treated with something during manufacturing... See full review
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Jungle Brothers - Done By The Forces Of Nature
posted a review of Jungle Brothers - Done By The Forces Of Nature. 11 months ago
It was... 5 years before your post!!!
Grab a "Get On Down” 2 x LP press, and hear how it should sound on vinyl.
Jungle Brothers - Done By The Forces Of Nature
posted a review of Jungle Brothers - Done By The Forces Of Nature. 11 months ago
I had this on CASSETTE in 1989, so didn’t experience any of the quiet pressing issues of the LP at the time. With those OG pressings the sheer length of this LP was always gonna have issues. The solution? Get your hands on one of the Get On Down 2 x... See full review
Ian Hunter - All Of The Good Ones Are Taken
posted a review of Ian Hunter - All Of The Good Ones Are Taken. 12 months ago
I’ve got two identical copies of this LP - except one is in a matte sleeve, the other glossy (not laminated). Judging by the fact the glossy one is in a PVC storage sleeve, it looks like the OG - but certainly different variants. (And the LP sold in... See full review
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Mott The Hoople - All The Way From Memphis
posted a review of Mott The Hoople - All The Way From Memphis. 12 months ago
This was like a gateway drug to the wondeful Rock and Roll world of MTH for many people in the early 80’s - A GREAT budget-priced comp. that was this young punk's introduction to Mott.
Mott The Hoople - Greatest Hits
posted a review of Mott The Hoople - Greatest Hits. 12 months ago
The typeface/ colouring and labels all suggest this as the potential earliest release. My copy also has the printed inner feat lots of pics of the band, and a a short bio.
Generation X (4) - 4
posted a review of Generation X (4) - 4. 12 months ago
I also have a copy of this 12” EP, which was sold as a domestic release, but the vinyl was manufactured in France. Would suggest that BOTH versions are correct, so would suggest that they are split for TWO distinct UK releases - as both - technically... See full review
Slade - Old New Borrowed And Blue
posted a review of Slade - Old New Borrowed And Blue. about 1 year ago
executable03
sounds compressed and muffled. not very happy with this release at all


The original pressing sounds compressed and muffled. I’m listening to it just now, and it needs a boost on bottom end, and top end all the way up -... See full review
The Rolling Stones - Beggars Banquet
posted a review of The Rolling Stones - Beggars Banquet. about 1 year ago
Quiet pressing, needs quite a bit of a boost on some EQ, but does sound good.
Sylford Walker - Lamb's Bread
posted a review of Sylford Walker - Lamb's Bread. about 1 year ago
This LP is ESSENTIAL!
Why this was never released when it was originally recorded (1978) is a total mystery.
That aside, generation after generation of reggae fans have been delighted by all the (ir)regular reissues over the years.
This particular... See full review
Generation X (4) - The Best Of Generation X
posted a review of Generation X (4) - The Best Of Generation X. about 1 year ago
This LP features an anomaly, not available elsewhere else (that I know of) ...an (almost) instrumental version of Wild Youth. It has all lead vocals removed, leaving just chorus backing vocals. Ideal for Gen X Karaoke I suppose, if that’s your... See full review
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Generation X (4)
posted a comment on Generation X (4). about 1 year ago
I heard rumour back in the day (’78/’79) of a bootleg LP: “Ready. Steady. Butcher”. Does anyone know if such a thing even exists/existed?
African Star - Days In Creation
posted a review of African Star - Days In Creation. about 1 year ago
Here’s a question for ya...
2023 Issue: why only 6 (short) tracks - selling at the same price as most reissue LPs - instead of the 9 tracks of the CD release?
Carlton And The Shoes - Love Me Forever
posted a review of Carlton And The Shoes - Love Me Forever. about 1 year ago
Audio quality is pretty good for an “unofficial” release. It’s not the overdubbed version either.
It’s available out there, mine is in a Peckings die-cut sleeve.
No idea of the legitimacy of the pressing, but that seems the way in many Reggae... See full review
Carlton And The Shoes - Love Me Forever
posted a review of Carlton And The Shoes - Love Me Forever. about 1 year ago
It HAS been repressed. But Discogs have decided that it is an unofficial release, so therefore not available for sale on here. It’s available elsewhere in a Peckings die-cut sleeve. Audio quality is pretty good for an “unofficial” release. It’s not... See full review
Carlton And The Shoes - This Heart Of Mine
posted a review of Carlton And The Shoes - This Heart Of Mine. about 1 year ago
Twelves inches of the smoothest perfection I have ever heard in my life.
A wonderful mastering job, for these beautiful songs.
Alvin Stardust - The Untouchable
posted a review of Alvin Stardust - The Untouchable. about 1 year ago
My hunch (not based on any kind of fact) is Peter Shelley was probably trying to “do a Mike Leander” and play a lot of the instruments himself/ with Alvin on acoustic guitars. With drums/ brass etc. likely session men.

Interestingly the recording... See full review
Farley
posted a review of Farley "Jackmaster" Funk & Jessie Saunders* - Love Can't Turn Around. about 1 year ago
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