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Salut from Reckless!!!

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This blog was written to the sounds of Robert Fripp and Brian Eno.

It’s been a really full on week so far. Exactly what didn’t need after Static Shock Weekender (which was absolutely amazing by the way!).

Firstly there was a huge leak from upstairs over the weekend. Loads of water was streaming in as we opened the shop, and a fair bit of stock was damaged. So this week has mostly been taken up by assessing the damage and clearing out any wet stock. This has obviously been a right nightmare so we needed a few things to boost the staff morale. This came with a collection from Kent. An absolutely banging collection of all things weird. There were about 1500 titles in total – split between CDs and Vinyl.

The collection spans Progressive Rock, Psychedelia, Blues Rock, Classic Rock, Kosmiche, Garage, Canterbury, Folk, African, Funk, Fusion, Jazz, Avant Garden. Just here in my pricing pile are classic titles from artists like: Frumpy, Agitation Free, Uriah Heep, Spooky Tooth, Kingdom Come, Taste, Man, Three Man Army, Incredible String Band, Cream, Country Joe & The Fish, The Rolling Stones, John Lee Hooker, Ragnarok, Colosseum, Led Zeppelin, Family, David Bowie, The Who, Sweet Smoke, The Pentangle, Caravan, Atomic Rooster, Jefferson Airplane, The Savage Rose, Brian Eno, King Crimson, Grateful Dead, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, New York Dolls, Patti Smith, The Kinks, Lou Reed, Janis Joplin, Yardbirds, Groundhogs, Lord Such, Ginger Baker, Felt Kuti, Jimi Hendrix, Exuma, Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart, Vanilla Fudge, John Martyn, The Pretty Things, Robert Wyatt, Jobriath, Art Ensemble Of Chicago, The Beatles, Ravi Shankar, Can, Kapingbdi, Kevin Coyne….

Its a really cool collection. Quite a few of the titles have really interesting Psychedelic scribbling on the inner sleeves (only if they are plain sleeves) – some of them are really cool. There are a lot of super obscure records in here too; from all genres. Lots of beautifully garish sleeves. The CDs are totally similar, and include lots of nice Box Sets as well as some DVDs. Its a really great collection and will go out as soon as we can price it up!

We had a nice small selection of Punk records come in yesterday: all very clean. Cock Sparrer, Sham 69, Sex Pistols, Cockney Rejects, The Business. These will go out ASAP.

Loads more of that UK Garage has gone out this week. As well as a lot of Jungle and Drum & Bass. Scott was also pricing up some original Rap rarities; including titles from Souls Of Mischief, De La Soul and Lord Finesse.

Some more Metal has gone out this week (and also a fair bit has come in!). The stuff coming in has mainly been Relapse-ish Doom-ish bands like Rwake, High On Fire, Sleep – and some more Black Metal.

Probably one of the rarest records we had in this week was a UK original copy of Distance Between Us by Don Bradshaw-Leather. This is an absolutely mad LP. Championed by the underground. Its a wild wall of sound that takes you on all sorts of journeys. I don’t know if its on the Nurse With Wound list but it has that vibe. Also in the same collection were rare titles from Richard Thompson, Mythos, Krokodil, Ike Quebec, Betty Davis, Ash Ra Temple etc. Unusual pile of LPs!!!

Lots of interesting collections coming up. I’d get down the shop – and fast!

This weeks Top Ten is from Walter Garber AKA Veloziped! Thanks Walter!!!

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1) M People – Moving On Up (Unreleased KDJ Edit) (NDATL)

2) Black Boxx – Final EP (Ferrispark)

3) Secret Society – Lonely Hearts Club (Secret Society)

4) SW./ SVN (SUED 18)

5) DJ Fett Burger – Track One (Mongo Fett)

6) KH – Question (Text)

7) The Disciples of Jovan Blade – Take Me Away (Mojuba)

8) Tolouse Low Trax – Rushing Into Water (Themes For Great Cities)

9) Young Seth & Omar-S – Deep (Tuskegee Music)

10) Funkadelic Vs. Moodymann – Let’s Make It Last (Westbound)

 

Static Shock Festival and loads of vinyl!

Hola from Reckless!

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Feel the rush!

OK cool. This week has been a little quieter; which to be honest is no bad thing. We’ve had a bit of time to catch up after the last few months. You may have noticed that they are re-jigging the whole of Berwick Street. They are putting down a new (much larger) pavement so hopefully it will be a lot nicer once its all done. This work is meant to take about another week, so if you want to sell us your collection this week call us first and we will work out a way for you to get here easier (or maybe even come to you!).

We’ve been focusing on getting lots of super nice bits out this week. Loads of Punk and Hardcore went out in time for Static Shock; including records by Wire, Crisis, The Clash, Undertones, Bold, Poison Idea, Conflict, Crass, The Boys, Cabaret Voltaire, compilation 45 with The Execute, Concrete Sox etc).

Loads of really nice Soul came in this week – lots of nice original issues too. There were titles from artists like Aretha Franklin, Quincy Jones, Gil Scott Heron, Shuggie Otis, Edna Wright, Ann Peebles etc.

Some great original Blues LPs came in this week; Magic Sam, Jimmy Witherspoon, Johnny Young etc. Lovely condition.

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We had a decent pile of Ska, Rocksteady and Reggae 45s too. Really rare ones from Prince Buster, Dandy, The Skatalites, Andy Capp, The Dials, Derrick Morgan, Joya Landis, Lloyd Parks.

Loads of Rare Jungle, Hardcore and Rave going out at some point this weekend. We have some big boys from people like Orca, Acen, DJ Crystl, Remarc, Congo Natty, FBD Project, Ratty, LTJ Bukem, Slipmatt, Photek etc.

The racks are properly bulging at the moment – insane amount of killer records in right now from Apple Acetates to Rare UK Jazz to Original JA Dub to rare Banksy sleeve Blur 7″s. Absolutely mental amount of Classic Rock and UK Garage also went out this week so come check the sections whilst its quiet!!!!

We will be operating on a skeleton staff this weekend as loads of us are playing, DJing or organising (Tom!) Static Shock Festival. 21015957_10159121270920431_1434514061191003354_o.jpg

This is going to be really killer. Toru and me are playing a proper Hardcore/Acid/Jungle/Techno set on Friday night.

This week we have a Top Ten from our friends at Hot Salvation! Hot Salvation is a killer shop in Folkestone, Kent. George and Nat have both worked in record shops for ages and really know their stuff. Last time I went there I got some really killer records and had a few beers with the whole family after! Top Ten picked by George, hopefully we can get Nat to do one soon too!

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1)Mariah – Utakata No Hibi (Better Days/Palto Flats)

2) Alice Coltrane – The Ecstatic Music Of (Luake Bop)

3) Jenny Hval – Blood Bitch (Sacred Bones)

4) Happy Meals – Full Ashram Devotional Ceremony (Optimo/OM SO LOW)
5) Brian Eno/David Byrne – My Life In The Bush of Ghosts (Sire)
6) Siouxsie And The Banshees – JuJu (Polydor)
7) Coil – Horse Rotorvator (Force And Form)
8) Terry Riley – A Rainbow In Curved Air (Columbia)
9) Lungfish – The Unanimous Hour (Dischord)
10) The Sods – Under En Sort Sol (Medley)
Thanks guys!
https://hotsalvation.com

Tidal waves of vinyl crashing down on the Isle of Reckless

Salut!

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This post was written to the sounds of Paul Hardcastle.

It’s been really mad at Reckless this week. So much buying came in that we were constantly making trips to the bank to get more money! Apart from the huge collection I bought a few months ago this must be the most vinyl that has come in to the shop in years. Hopefully this will continue! Lets get started!

  1. I went to a collection at the end of last week in South London to look at a pretty big collection of Metal and Noise/Industrial. I had been to the house a few times and bought a lot of stuff, this time – he wanted to sell everything that was left (including a lot of the best stuff!). All in all I purchased about 400 Black Metal, Death Metal, Industrial and Noise LPs, 800 CDs, 200 7″s and 40 Cassettes. There are so many killer bits here: artists like Blasphemy, Volahn, Suffocation, Atrax Morgue, Con-Dom, Abigor, Mystifier, Incantation, Ildjarn, Whitehouse, Malevolent Creation, Immolation, Necromantia, Emperor, Immortal etc. Some very, very underground titles here as well as the slightly more famous artists listed above. Super kult! Great to have such an underground collection in.

2) Two HUGE collections of UK Garage came in this week. Plus someone has started bringing in about 20-30 Killer UKG titles a week as well. The guy who is bringing in the smaller amounts is bringing in super clean rarities from labels like VIP, Confetti and Cash Trax. The first collection was about 300 titles, and had a mix of UKG, Grime and Hip Hop. The second collection was a bit larger (about 500 records) and had a lot of decent UK Garage. The collection went from clean but standard titles from Locked On to really rare ones from people like EL-B and Anthill Mob. Loads of these records will be going out this weekend. We haven’t had much UKG in for a while so pretty bonkers that it all came in at the same time.

3) One dude has been coming in twice a day most days this week selling his Metal, Garage, Punk and Rock bits. Its always a mix of vinyl and CD. To sum up what kind of bits are coming in his last pile included rare LPs from Pop Punk artists like Pennywise and The Offspring, loads of rare Sub Pop 45s, Autopsy CDs, Fat Wreck Chords titles on CD, Nashville Pussy/Turbonegro Garage rock singles and an LP by Part Chimp thats gone out of print. He says he has thousands more titles for sale; fingers crossed he has a load of unplayed 80s NYHC lol.

4) Classic Rock records have just been coming in by the boatload. I feel like Ive paid out thousands and thousands of pounds this week on Rock vinyl. Quite a few collections have come in:

A) 400 70s and 80s LPs from artists like Led Zeppelin, Motorhead, Fleetwood Mac, David Bowie, Lloyd Cole, Elvis Costello, Hawkwind, Cat Stevens etc

B) about 1000 80s titles, Synth Pop/Indie/Rock from people like The Art Of Noise, Julian Cope, Depeche Mode, Soft Cell, Felt, The Smiths, The Human League, Spandau Ballet, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Tears For Fears etc. Some more obscure titles too. The collection included a fair few long out of print and slightly pricey titles from Kitchens Of Distinction, Marc Almond and Tony McPhee!

C) About 150 amazing condition Classic Rock and New Wave titles from artists like The Clash, The Vapors, Elvis Costello, The Undertones, Sex Pistols, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, Devo etc.

D) More bigger name rock LPs from artists like The Cure, The Electric Prunes, The Who, Suicide, The Rolling Stones, Television, The Ruts etc

As a result of buying so much Classic Rock I also refilled all of the bargain vinyl – I probably put out about 150 Cheap (but really good) titles. These have been flying out so get in quick for a bargain!

5) Just the other day I bought a huge pile of really great Bollywood and Indian titles. There are great soundtrack LPs with Indian Disco nuggets as well as traditional Indian Classical music. These are in varied condition but maybe a little nicer than the average Bollywood/Indian collection! There are about 75 titles so these will take a little while to get out in the racks.

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6) Saving the wildest Reckless purchase for sometime until last. We bought some super, SUPER rare Apple Acetates from Cat Stevens and Argent. Our in-house Beatles Expert had this to say about them:

“These are 3 of the rarest records we’ve ever had at Reckless – acetates cut in the Beatles’ own mastering room on the top floor of 3 Savile Row aka the Apple building, business HQ and scene, as any fule kno, of their final public performance together in 1969.
The Beatles had a studio in the basement at Savile Row which they would hire out to other bands when not using it themselves, and a production suite on the top floor, overseen by the legendary George “Porky” Peckham, where acetates would be cut for the Fabs and others. In this case, one features a collection of songs by Cat Stevens, some of which were unreleased at the time, and the second comprises 2 one-sided acetates featuring both sides of Argent’s prog banger “Circus”. How rare are theses Apple acetates? Well, in the 30 years that the shop has been open, this is the first time we’ve ever had any for sale. So quite rare, in other words.”
This weeks Top Ten is from Wull from legendary Scottish band The Hollows!
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10- the dukes of stratosphear – chips from the chocolate fireball……..this is produced to sound like a 60s record and it f*cking delivers man!! It’s the band XTC doing their own version of sgt pepper and it’s f*cking glorious!!! Look out for the track collideascope, the vocals are amazing!!
9- Ryan Adams – Gold….blew me away when I first heard this, some f*cking gems on this, rich as f*ck writing and his vocals and lyrics are spot on with the times, he’s a f*cking great songwritier, he’s took the “American country” genre to new heights!!! Honourable mention -demolition
8 – black rebel motorcycle club – BRMC……first album, they’ve never been sleazier than this, the f*cking drums alone on “love burns” first track sets the tone of this and as soon as everything comes in it sets you up for a f*cking dirty ride on the rest of the album!! Honourable mention baby 81
7 – the la’s – la’s…….lee mavers is a f*cking genius, 3 minute pop songs at their very best!! I’m actually glad they only ever done 1 album because they done everything on the 1st album!! They leave you wanting more which is in my opinion is just the way to go out!!!
6 – the jam – the gift….I f*cking know….how not all mod cons or setting sons or sound effects….well this was the first jam record I bought and it’s close to my heart, when growing up my da played those aforementioned albums to death and he never played the gift….i love those other records but I always felt as if the gift that piece of my heart!! Ghosts is still in my top 5 tracks of all time!!!
5 – Simon and Garfunkel live at Central Park…… this is an album I’ve had in my ears and on the vhs since I can remember, since then I’ve obviously checked out their albums and I love everyone of them but I don’t know how many nights I’ve had with my uncle Dek and we end up sticking this album on and we sing our f*cking nut of to this gig!! It’s all about that album taking you back to those memories!!!
4 – the Beatles– magical mystery tour…. the very first Beatles record I bought, strawberry fields forever i still listen to this day and find something new, I love the Beatles, every album they have done I love, I picked mmt just for sentimental reasons but I could have had 4 of my top 10 filled with Beatles albums!!!
3 – the coral – the coral…..I seen the coral live in king tuts before their album came out, I went there with zero expectations and by the f*cking sword of he man I was a fan by the 1st f*cking note they played!! I seen them live another 2 times before the album had even hit the shelves, I couldn’t wait on this album coming out!!! Once it did it changed my whole way of songwriting and song structure!! I love this f*cking record, the playing the voice the f*cking scally madness of it!! Love everything about this mob!!! Honourable mention night freak and the sons of Becker!!!
2 – ocean colour scene – Mosley shoals……a f*cking perfect record in my opinion, this album changed my life, every song on this is f*cking huge even the slower more melody driven tunes are higher than the f*cking sun!! It’s my shadow gets a special mention because it’s just f*cking perfection!! This album never tries too hard and it shows, it’s just f*cking genius songwriting, amazing execution on all fronts!! Honourable mention- marchin already…one from the modern!!!
1 – oasis– definitely maybe…..this album changed my f*cking life!!!! Without this I know for a fact I wouldn’t be who I am man!!! I heard this when I was 14 year old and by f*ck it was like a bolt of lightning hitting me and f*cking instantly changed as a human!!! It made me pick up the guitar, it made my whole point of view change on what a f*cking no hoper like me at the time could be!! They came from the same schemes that I was growing up in and gave c*nts like me hope!! I can’t praise oasis enough for what they have done for me!!! Obviously morning glory and be here now would be in my top 3 but I had to change it up a bit haha!!!
Thanks Wull!!! Check out The Hollows here: https://soundcloud.com/the-hollows-official
Also check this amazing video of The Hollows doing a cover of Born Slippy!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlgIpN9YXlU