Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Retro Vinyl Finds: Bing Crosby, Russ Conway, Matt Monro and Hit Hits

Five more recent vinyl album finds, this time from Oxfam and Healthy Planet shops in Newport, Gwent.

Bing Crosby Oxfam find
  • Hey Jude/Hey Bing! - Bing Crosby, London Records, 1969
  • Russ Conway Plays Jolson Hits, Music For Pleasure, 1969
  • Hit Hits, Music For Pleasure, 1969
  • The Impossible Dream - Matt Monro Sounds Superb/Music For Pleasure, 1967
  • Crosby Classics - Bing Crosby, Hallmark, 1967
I rarely come across any Bing Crosby releases so it was quite a surprise where the first shop I visited Oxfam I found the 1969 album Hey Jude/Hey Bing! A release that features Bing Crosby giving a nod to The Beatles has to be a bit of a collectible in my eyes and love the classic looking cover too! The album was a £1 but considering its in mono too and very clean condition I thought it a worthy addition.

Healthy Planet Finds
Earlier I had visited the Salvation Army shop and found releases by Russ Conway and Bill Wellings anonymous cover versions. Healthy Planet threw up two further releases, this time a Russ Conway homage compilation to Al Jolson and a Bill Wellings compilation of covers from 1968 entitled Hit Hits.

I recently located a Matt Monro LP for 20p and have now found another entitled The Impossible Dream, a 70s reissue on Music For pleasure's Sounds Superb label of a 60s LP.

Finally I ended where I began the day with another Bing Crosby LP this time entitled Crosby Classics, a nice cover with some great typography!

As usual with Healthy Planet all items are free as long as you don't chuck them away, you can keep them or recycle them!

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