Well. I think we can consider the first Glossop Record Club session to have been a success. About twenty people turned up, which is incredible, especially considering it was wet and blustery out. Even more incredible is that a few attendees came from out of town, including one who drove seventy miles just to be there! Now that’s what I call dedication.
It was great to see everyone listening and really giving the music their full attention. The labour club snug did indeed prove to be free from distraction as hoped (apart from the bar of course) and everyone seemed to be willing to put phones on silent or even turn them off. That’s a big ask in this day and age, so well done.
There was a real buzz about the place. Lots of great music, discussion and chat. Stevie Wonder’s Innervisions was the winner of the online poll (with David Bowie, Pink Floyd and Iggy & The Stooges close behind). The reel-to-reel machine garnered a lot attention. Brett entertained us with a selection of 1973 comedy songs by some very well known names (the Bruce Forsyth track has to be heard to be believed – funky and then some!). A few brought their own records along for the ‘free play’ section (we’ll let Bill off for deviating from the theme, as he had some cracking rock ‘n’ roll lps with him – the Jerry Lee Lewis track was quite something) and we got some great suggestions for future sessions too.
Here are a selection of the many positive comments posted on Twitter:
“good night, great to hear albums in their entirety”
“Strangely moving and lovely night“
“Great evening spent listening to two fantastic albums in all their analogue and vinyl glory. I do mean listening not hearing!”
“Great evening, thank you! Fab choices and good atmosphere – looking forward to October 10th”
And what about the chap who drove seventy miles? Well, he’s posted on his blog about his experience.
Everything about the session surpassed my expectations, so thank you all for making it a great evening. Can’t wait until October 10th. More about that soon.
Here’s what was played on the night:
Roxy Music – For Your Pleasure (Island)
Side 1: Do The Strand/Beauty Queen/Strictly Confidential/Editions Of You/In Every Dream Home A Heartache
Side 2: The Bogus Man/Grey Lagoons/For Your Pleasure
My brother’s copy of For Your Pleasure, which he bought upon release and gave to me a few years later, but not before his cat had had a nibble at the sleeve.
Stevie Wonder – Innervisions (Tamla)
Side 1: Too High/Visions/Living For The City/Golden Lady
Side 2: Higher Ground/Jesus Children Of America/All In Love Is Fair/Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing/He’s Misstra Know-It-All
BRETT’S BRITISH COMEDY RECORDS
Bruce Forsyth – Lucretia Mac Evil (The Musical Side Of Bruce Forsyth, Pye)
The Barron Knights – Down By The Lazy River (Barron Knights, Tavern Records)
The Two Ronnies – Up Cat Pole Cat (Jehosophat and Jones, Philips)
Dick Emery – Didn’t I (Dick Emery Sings, Pye)
Jim Dale – The Peacemaker (This Is Me, Pye)
Jerry Lee Lewis – Mean Woman Blues (Live at the Star Club, Hamburg, Philips, 1964)
Herbie Hancock – Chameleon (Head Hunters, CBS)
David Bowie – Lady Grinning Soul (Aladdin Sane, RCA)
ZZ Top – Waitin’ For The Bus/Jesus Just Left Chicago (Tres Hombres, Warner Bros)
Little Feat – Fat Man In The Bathtub (Dixie Chicken, Warner Bros)
James Brown – The Payback (The Payback, Polydor)
1973 REEL-TO-REEL MIXTAPE
Cozy Powell – Dance With The Devil
New York Dolls – Looking For A Kiss
Sly & The Family Stone – If You Want Me To Stay
Thin Lizzy – The Rocker
Neu! – Super
Frank White – Not Fade Away
Bob Dylan – Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
John Martyn – May You Never
The Isley Brothers – If You Were There
The Faces – Cindy Incidentally
The Rolling Stones – Star Star
Al Green – Here I Am (Come And Take Me)
Frank Zappa – Dirty Love
Alice Cooper – Generation Landslide
The Who – I’m One
John Cale – Macbeth
James Brown – The Boss
The Wailers – I Shot The Sheriff
Led Zeppelin – The Ocean
Listen to digital highlights.