May has finally arrived and the new booting season is finally
spluttering into life.There will no doubt be the odd occasional
scattered shower with light winds but it’s pretty much boots on.
Over the past few months I have picked up some nice 7” singles
as well as some unusual flexi-discs I had not come across before.
I am looking forward to a healthier booting season this year than
the washout of 2012 so fingers x the fields produce good yields!
YOUNG FOLK : A Festival Of Folk Song
This EP by various artists claims on the rear of the sleeve to be
"recorded by young people with an average age of 17… nothing
too remarkable in that until you hear them!” Well I have listened to
Barbara Bunning, Venturing Folk and Sally & Jane and can confirm
it does indeed have some remarkable songs, most especially the
version of All My Trials sung by Sally & Jane. This has been covered
by folk such as Paul McCartney, Nick Drake and Cerys Matthews and
the girls have done a lovely version you can hear for yourself here.
Abbey Folk : 1960’s
VARIOUS ARTISTS : 1970 Hits
These 2 compilation EP singles on Avenue Records were part of
a set of 5 for cover version fans to collect, not just for the songs
but to win an actual holiday! The ones I found here feature the letters
T and E in their intros, but as far as worthwhile songs to listen and
enjoy go then unfortunately they fall some way short which may be
why a Spanish holiday was the only lure to get folks to waste their
7 shillings on them back then. Listen to the letter E intro / Black Night
Avenue Records : 1970
The titles on this one below make for a pretty grim read!
ABC CINEMAS : Happy Birthday / ABC Minors Song
This was one of my nicest finds of recent times, a 7” single in
very good condition despite the fact it must have been played
dozens of times every Saturday morning in some probably long
demolished cinema. I now take my own kid to the morning matinee
at the local multiplex (usually when it’s raining as there are of course
car boots on a Saturday morning) However this tune was never played
to me when I were a lad, we were expected to stand up to the national
anthem at the Electra Cinema in Newport Pagnell, or else!
ABC Minors Song
RPL Records : 1968
STONED AID / THE CANNIBALS : Are You Going To Stonehenge?
Featuring ex members of The Inmates and The Count Bishops,
this charity record was released to try and make some bread for
the Stonehenge Festival Benefit Fund. It seems unlikely Stoned Aid
raised as much as even a teenth of Band Aid but they tried their best,
bless ‘em. I even went to one of the last Stonehenge Festivals and
remember it being about as much fun as listening to this awful single.
This copy was rescued from the skip after my radio station defaced it
and then chucked it out, and I can understand why, download it here.
(S)HIT Records : 1989
JOHNNY PEARSON : Spy Trap - Theme from Quator / Playgirl
This is a fairly funky theme from a TV show I have no memory of
as it was slightly before my time. But the B side titled Playgirl is a
much better tune from a show of which I could find very little info
online - I did try. Pearson was in charge of the Top Of The Pops
Orchestra from 1965 to 1981 and is perhaps best known for his
top 10 single Sleepy Shores - you can download Playgirl here
BBC Records : 1971
SPIKE MILLIGAN : Girl On A Pony
Despite being one of the greatest and most surreal of all comedians,
Spike must have thought he might copy Richard Harris’ success with
MacArthur Park by releasing this pretty straightforward tune as a single.
Despite being produced by George Martin it never bothered the charts,
and when you consider it’s actually Spike Milligan singing here it isn’t all that suprising as we know how off the wall he could be.
Warner Bros Records : 1972
DAVID CALLISTER : The Laxey Wheel / T.T. Hall Of Fame
I have quite a few records on the T.T. Races from the Isle Of Man
which are mainly full albums, but this is a folk song single recorded
in tribute to it’s annual motorcycle race and it comes in this sweet
homemade sleeve. The B side is a song about the other popular
attraction on the island and what is the world’s largest waterwheel
called The Laxey Wheel, you can listen to Davids song here.
Hilary Records : 1971