The new car boot season has started - at last! it feels like months
since I was able to get down on my knees and scrabble about in mucky
boxes under tables in wet fields or litter strewn car parks but now I can
finally do it again, oh joy! Mind you the Northamptonshire boots are yet
to really kick off, that will hopefully be when it stops bloody raining.
We may be in one of the dryest counties in middle England but it seems the
rain has come down on the last few Friday nights to put the kibosh on early
Saturday morning starts, tsk typical. So fingers x for the coming season and
I don’t mind if it rains as long as it’s on a Tuesday around teatime, thanks God.
CENTURY 21 : Marina Speaks
This was one of two Century 21 EP’s I picked up last weekend, the first
of which features Marina, the mysterious beauty from 60’s TV show Stingray
The big thing about Marina was that she never spoke, so imagine the
excitement and incredible anticipation to finally be able to hear her speak!
Well, i’m sorry to disappoint you but she spends most of side one nodding,
I assume she’s nodding as she doesn’t open her mouth to say actual words.
However on side 2 she narrates her own story of why she was cursed to
remain dumb struck thanks to the evil Titan, but I could swear her voice
is the same as Atlanta’s and Lady Penelope’s and Sylvia Anderson’s…
Century 21 Records ~ 1965
CENTURY 21 : Lady Penelope & Other TV Themes
Well talk of the she-devil, here she is on an EP featuring her favourite TV
themes along with some help from her trusty chauffeur
Noel Gallagher sorry
I mean Parker, who even gets to sing on one track. I was quite disappointed
in the very poor version of the Bewitched theme, which is slowed down to a
lounge muzak version and the sleeve itself has a small tear on the front but
otherwise this is a keeper even if there are still another 36 in the set to collect.
Century 21 Records ~ 1966
RADHA KRISHNA TEMPLE : Govinda
This single was released in 1970 on The Beatles own Apple label and was the
complete fault of hippy George who produced it and probably hand-clapped
along to it on side 2 too. This was the less sucessful follow up to their Top 20
smash hit Hare Krishna Mantra and I find it kinda scary to think that there was
an entire album of this stuff released too though I have never picked up a copy. Radha Krishna Temple was the home to the Society for Krishna Consciousness which is still open most days in sunny Watford.
Apple Records ~ 1971
PHIL TATE & THE WINDJAMMERS : All The Nice Girls
This easy listening instrumental album has not only a fine sleeve with
some lovely bikini clad lasses on it it also features a sweet version of
the classic tune Sunny which makes it worth tracking down for that alone.
All the other tracks on it are named after girls names like Delilah and
Michelle and of course who could forget Jeanie With The Light Brown Hair
I think she must be sitting second from the left.
Plexium Records ~ 1971
MOLLY MOLLOY : Rock Dance
What a great find this was as I would have bought it for the sleeve alone,
but it has some really sweet funky breaks and beats. It’s all instrumental
and would have been used as backing music for teaching dance in schools
and although it’s titled Rock Dance on the cover it really is anything but,
which I suppose is a blessing as it’s much better than I hoped it might be.
An instructional booklet is enclosed with exercises for the Intermediate dancer,
this album turned out to be my best find of the last few weeks.
Check the title track Rock Dance
Gamba Educational Records ~ 1970’s
MYSTERY ACETATE : ???
I was a tiny bit excited by this when I discovered it squashed between
a couple of Suzi Quatro albums although I should have known it wouldn’t
actually be by her. Quite who it is exactly is still a mystery to me even
after giving it a spin however, it turns out to be fairground organ music!
bummer… For a few moments before the needle hit the grooves it could
have been some long-lost Psych classic or a Folk oddity, instead it’s just
rubbish, nice sleeve though.
City Of London ~ 1960’s