What a week it’s been, we’ve had some seriously amazing albums put out this week. No dilly dallying, I’m gonna jump straight in and start with the Folk albums that have been going out with our ususals, I’m a big UK Folk fan and we’ve been getting into it this week. One of the best things about working in a record shop is getting to hear some beautiful music on vinyl and share it with the other people you work with as well as people who hear it when browsing the racks. Saturday was a big Folk day as far as what we played in the shop and all these beauties went out too.
A Davey Graham feast! Large As Life And Twice As Natural, 1st press Mono on Decca. Midnight Man, another Decca 1st press. Godington Boundary, UK original. Dance For Two People and Hat, a crazy rare UK Decca original in stereo. Davey Graham is a staple for any Folk fan, if you’ve not heard any of his stuff before, here’s some of his jangley folk flavour for you; Lotus Blossom from Hat and Blue Raga from Large As Life And Twice As Natural
Also in the Folk collection were these classics, John Martyn’s The Tumbler and Fotheringay , with their self titled album. Both UK Pink Island original pressings in amazing condition. John Martyn’s Solid Air is a firm favourite in the shop and will get played probably once a month. His luscious voice, songwriting capabilities and impressive finger-picking style set him apart from other UK Folk artists of the time, I think. It really is a shame he was plagued by so many problems that lead him to drink drink himself into oblivion, his story is an interesting one that’s worth reading up on if you’re not familiar with it.
And now for something really special, the jewel in any Folk collector’s crown, the holy grail… We have an Anne Briggs! The Time Has Come it’s so rare and so folky, Anne Briggs was hugely influential on the UK Folk scene but shied away from the limelight so, like Nick Drake, not many people purchased her albums at the time they were released; hence the rarity and juicy price tag. Worth every penny though ans she has a beautifully haunting and reedy voice, the best kind of voice for folk music.
This track Wishing Well that was co-written with Bert Jansch is wonderful and has the line “will the waters hold my burden until I return” which always resonated deeply…
And a flick through the Folk section…
Now time for a first on this blog, I’m going to write about CDs!! We always have a huge selection of CDs in stock and pride ourselves on how reasonably they’re priced. Sometimes we get collections, like the one I’m going to write about, that stand out. We often have some seriously rare (yes, there are rare CDs in existence) items that go out in the CD racks and it’s just as satisfying for someone to make noise over finding a rare CD they’ve been after for years as when it happens with vinyl. We have classic albums as well as the rare (yes, still believe it) stuff, and you can always be sure to pick up a bargain CD when you come in for a browse.
This week we put out all of these interesting and beautifully packaged Psych and Prog CDs:
A lot of them are on the Akarma label that package they’re reissues of obscure, rare and interesting Psych and Prog CDs really beautifully. I’ve slowly been working my way through listening to most of these as there were so many I’d never even heard of. So far these have been of interest: Crabby Day by Lucifer, Tobacco Road by The Outlaw Blues Band and The Rugbys with You, I
This week has been a real gem for all your Soul, Funk and Disco needs too. We have a regular customer who sells us in some cracking pieces that will always go immediately onto the wall and into the racks so they’re filled with sweet sweet goodness that people snap up as quick as possible. The seller always takes care of his LPs and they arrive with us in such pristine condition that you can always be guaranteed to hear squeals of delight coming from staff and customers alike when his stuff comes into the shop.
Here are a few examples of the delights we have on offer for all you Funky Fresh, Slippery Soul and Dope Ass Disco lovers out there, do try not to pee in your pants…
Samba De Flora by Airto on Montuno, an ’84 original press. Dorothy’s Harp by Dorothy Ashby, a super rare original US promo. Creation One by Danser’s Inferno, private press killer psych/funk/soul/jazz loopiness. Make It Last Forever by Donna McGee, a Patrick Adams stone-cold classic US original Red Greg pressing. It’s Just A Matter of Time by Bobby Patterson, an original ’78 US press. Help Us Spread The Message by Mighty Ryeders, a rare groove masterpiece on Sun Glo with FULLERSOUND stamped in the runout.
You lucky people! Here’s some selections for you to bump whilst doing the washing-up or whatever…
And a quick look through the Funk Soul and Disco New Arrivals…
As always we have a huge rage and brand new and sealed reissues on sale, classics at bargain prices. Here are a few selections that arrived this week. You’ll always be able to find something you like or want or should have and any of the reissues we have on sale make excellent gifts for you-know-what that’s happening soon.
This week’s playlist can be found here in all it’s folky psychy proggy funky souly harpy glory.
For my playlist for this week I got stuck in a folky rut so here are some of my favourite folk selections both old and new.