Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Tenby Charity Shop Music Finds - August, 2017

Whilst on holiday in Tenby last week, I did the usual perusal of charity shops for vinyl finds. There were a few vinyl's on offer, particularly from artists I enjoy listening to, while the prices were pretty static, averaging at a pound for most finds.
The week got off to a good start on August 14 on a rainy afternoon with a visit to two charity shops.
Eddie Calvert – Jealousy / Malta G.C. (Columbia Records, 1960)A few weeks after locating an Eddie Calvert EP in Newport, I found this 1960 release on Columbia Records at Tenovus in Tenby. This instrumental rendition by the Man With The Golden Trumpet also began life as the tango Jalousie by Danish composer Jacob Gade. Despite Eddie Calvert's lively interpretation with accompaniment from Norrie Paramor and his Orchestra this rendition failed to chart, but a version by Billy Fury would reach the top ten in 1961.
Bing Crosby - Bing Sings Broadway LP  (MCA Records, 1982)
A 1982 compilation album also found in Tenovus in Tenby from MCA featuring 16 recordings of Bing Crosby performing hits from Broadway shows in the 1940s and 50s.        
Eddie Calvert – Italian Carnival LP (Music For Pleasure, 1965)The Ty Hafan shop in Tenby  also had an Eddie Calvert record, making this my second Calvert find of the day. Italian Carnival, is an early Music For Pleasure compilation featuring 12 recordings from The Man With The Golden Trumpet made in the late 50s and early 60s.
We made a return visit to town on the Friday August 18 where I took in a few more charity shops (and found a copy of Casino Royale - 1967 on DVD from British Red Cross for £2).

Tenby's Sartori Stores also had an eclectic selection of seven inch singles at a pound each, among them I found two singles by Russ Conway...
Russ Conway – Passing Breeze / The Key To Love (Columbia, 1960)Passing Breeze is a beautiful piano instrumental from Russ Conway (written under his real name Trevor Stanford) and features accompaniment from Tony Osborne and his Orchestra, recorded in 1960 when it reached No.16 in the charts.
Russ Conway – Party Pops  No.7  (Columbia, 1959)
Although they started off as chart hits, Russ Conway's Party Pops medleys fell in popularity as far as chart success was concerned in favour of his more complete tunes such as Side-Saddle and Roulette by 1959. Columbia however would regularly still issue Party Pops singles from Conway well into 1964. This 1959 release features favourites such as Tom Dooley, Soneday You'll Want Me To Want You and More Than Ever, delivered in his pub piano style with Geoff Love and His Orchestra
- all great fun!

Friday, 11 August 2017

Charity Shop Music Finds - July 29, 2017

Two finds in the National Trust Second Hand Bookshop at Tredegar Park for 50p each....

The Princes Trust 10th Anniversary Birthday Party (A&M Records, 1987)
A collective of artists including Big Country, Elton John, Howard Jones and Paul McCartney among others.

A Monument To British Rock - Volume 1
A compilation featuring rock classics from the 60s and 70s including ELO, The Beatles. Johnny Kidd & The Pirates, Chris Farlowe and The Shadows.

Also two CD finds in Cwmbran charity shops...

Going Latin With Geoff Love & His Orchestra
More Geoff Love! For 50p! Actually this was a buy one get one free at Ty Hafan so I picked up a Miley Cyrus CD for my daughter too!

Doctor Who - Pest Control
Not strictly a music CD, this is a 2 CD audiobook read by David Tennant so might come in handy over the holiday period to listen to! £1.99 from British Heart foundation.

Charity Shop Music Finds: August 7, 2017

I paid a visit to the local Tip Shop on Monday which sells recyclable goods in order to help the homeless in the community. I've picked several vinyl albums up from there in the last year usually between 25p - 50p.

Most finds have been exceptionally good, you get the odd duff quality one but at these prices you can't really complain to much!

Anyhow my finds from Monday were seven albums and one extended play all totalling £2!

20 Fabulous No.1's of the 50's (Music For Pleasure, 1984)
Does what it says on the label, some good ones here too, Eddie Calvert, Al Martino, Buddy Holly, Adam Faith, Frankie Lymon and Cliff Richard to name a few! Part of MFP's 50s series released back in 1984).

Burt Bacharach - Portrait In Music (A&M Records, 1971)
Arranged, conducted and produced by Burt Bacharach here are some of the mans finest compositions including I'll Never Fall In Love Again, The Look Of Love and I Say a Little Prayer.

Geoff Love & His Orchestra - Your Hundred Instrumental Favourites Volume 1 (Music For Pleasure, 1980)
14 tracks from Geoff Love and his Orchestra compiled and released at the beginning of the 80s, some then current recordings such as Theme from Elvira Madigan and The Continental sitting alongside well established Love recordings of  Theme from The Big Country and Spanish Harlem

No Volume 2 in this series but there was...

Geoff Love & His Orchestra - Your Hundred Instrumental Favourites Volume 3 (Music For Pleasure, 1982)
Featuring recent hits Chariots of Fire and Chi Mai as well as oldies The Magnificent Seven and The Birthday Cake Walk.

and there was also Geoff Love under a pseudonym...

Manuel and The Music Of The Mountains - Manuel and The Music Of The Movies (EMI, Columbia, 1971)
Featuring Wand'rin Star, Midnight Cowboy, The Windmills of Your Mind and The Love Theme From Romeo & Juliet

then more movie magic...

Norrie Paramor and His Orchestra - Music From The Big Screen (Contour, 1971)
Featuring The Windmills Of Your Mind, The Way To The Stars, Alfie and more...

and on 10 inch LP...

Paul Robeson - The Incomparable Voice Of Paul Robeson (HMV, 1950s)
Compilation album featuring 10 tracks including Ol' Man River, St Louis Blues and Solitude.

and on an EP...

Edith Piaf - Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien (Columbia, 1961)
Featuring the title track and three other songs.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Charity Shop Music Finds: July 22, 2017

A few 45RPM's found in Newport Charity Shops on Saturday July 22. I love a 60s EP, so it was nice to find two of those on this particular day.

Ken Dodd - Love Is Like A Violin EP
Decca Records, 1961
St David's Foundation, 50p
A few years before signing to EMI and ultimately scoring the biggest hit of the 1960s with the single Tears, Liverpool entertainer Ken Dodd had a hit on Decca Records with Love Is Like A Violin. This 6 track EP was released in 1961.

Eddie Calvert - Eddie Plays Leroy EP
Columbia Records. 1961
St David's Foundation, 50p
Eddie Calvert became known as The Man with The Golden Trumpet during his chart peak in the 1950s. In 1961this EP, recorded with Norrie Paramor and his orchestra featured the musician paying homage to composer Leroy Anderson.

The Singing Nun - Dominique
Philips, 1963
St David's Hospice, 50p
At the height of Beatlemania in 1963, Dominique became one of the most popular singles in the UK charts having already scaled the heights of the American chart. The composition was written and performed by Jeanne-Paule Marie "Jeannine" Deckers better known as Sœur Sourire which translates as "Sister Smile", often credited as The Singing Nun in English-speaking countries. I had only been thinking of this release days before finding it, as its quite an unusual single to appear in the charts of late 1963 when the new Beat sounds were predominant, although to my mind its gentle delivery possibly struck a chord with many still reeling from the shock of the assassination of President John F Kennedy only weeks before (though it’s worth remembering its release predates Kennedy’s death by over a month).
œur Sourire own story would unfold as a tragic over the next 20 years but this slice of folk-pop when the world needed a Singing Nun in the charts is a sweet addition to the collection.

Trini Lopez - Trini-Trax (Special Dance Party Medley)
RCA, 1981
St David's Hospice, 50p
In the fall of 1963, Texan Trini Lopez scored a huge worldwide hit with the single If I Had A Hammer. Although he would re-enter the UK charts with a few minor hits over the next few years, there was a break until he returned to the UK chartsone last time  in 1981 with this recording of a hits. Medley which reached No.59. Such recordings were the flavour of the day in 1981, popularised by the Stars on 45 craze., although I have to admit I wasn't aware of this until finding it last week. Its great fun however and nice to find Trini was having another crack at the charts with classics like La Bamba, America and If I Had A Hammer.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Charity Shop Classics : My Listeners Choice

One radio show I love listening to is ALLFM's weekly programme Charity Shop Classics which goes out every Sunday morning at 11am and is also uploaded as a podcast on MixCloud.

I recently had the privilege of been asked to present a Listener's Choice Special by one of the shows regular presenters which went out on Sunday July 16.

I selected several recent charity shop finds, mainly with a Geoff Love theme to commemorate the bandleader and music arranger's forthcoming centenary on September 4,

The programme can be listened to in its entirety here:

The releases played on the show were as follows:

Geoff Love & His Orchestra - The Big Country (Big Western Movie Themes, MFP, 1969)

Russ Conway - China Tea (His Greatest Hits, MFP)

Shirley Bassey - Let There Be Love (In The Still Of The Night, Regal Starline, 1969)

Johnny Kidd & The Pirates - Hungry For Love (Johnny Kidd, HMV, 1963)

Patricia Mills - All My Loving (Patricia Mills, Si Orchestra Esdkil Holten, Electrecord, 1964)

Manuel & The Music Of The Mountans - Rodrigo's Guitar Concerto De Aranjuez (Hit Kaleidoscope, Note Records, 1976)

The Geoff Love Sound - Wedding Of The Painted Doll (Banjo Movie Parade, Columbia 1971)

Geoff Love & His Orchestra - Colonel Bogey (Big War Movie Themes, MFP, 1971)

Geoff Love & His Orchestra - On Her Majesty's Secret Service (Big Bond Movie Themes, MFP, 1975)
Zygmunt Janowski - Help Yourself (Help Yourself To Hammond, Deacon Records, 1970)

Procul Harum - Homburg (Hits of the Sixties, Castle, 1987)

Geoff Love & His Orchestra - Steptoe and Son (Columbia, 1962)

The King Brothers - A White Sport Coat (Kings of Song, Encore!)

Harry Roy - Bugle Call Rag (Shoot That Tiger, Vocalion, 1997)

The Temperance Seven - You're Driving Me Crazy (Parlophone, 1961)

Geoff Love & His Orchestra - Theme from Jaws (MFP, 1976)

I had great fun putting the programme together and special thanks must go to Charity Shop Classics presenter Simon Galloway for editing the show and putting it on the air!


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