1968: Vinyl Revolutions – Records Played

Pink Floyd – Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun (from A Saucerful Of Secrets, Harvest reisssue)
The Moody Blues – The Best Way To Travel (from In Search Of The Lost Chord, Deram)
Lothar & The Hand People – Machines (from This Is It, Machines, See For Miles compilation)
The Appletree Theatre – I Wonder If Louise Is Home (from Playback, Verve Forecast)
Pretty Things – Baron Saturday (from SF Sorrow, Madfish reissue)

The Kinks – Wicked Anabella (from The Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society, Sanctuary 50th anniversary reissue)
Small Faces – Song Of A Baker (from Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake, Immediate/Charly reissue)
The Hush – Grey (Chocolate Soup For Diabetics Vol.2, Relics compilation)
Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera – Flames (Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera, Direction Records)
The Beatles – Revolution 9 (The Beatles, aka White Album, Apple Records)

The Jimi Hendrix Experience – All Along The Watchtower (from Electric Ladyland, Track Records)
Tyrannosaurus Rex – One Inch Rock (from Debora 7″, Fly Records reissue)
Peter Cook & Dudley Moore – Bedazzled (from Bedazzled, Decca)
The Byrds – Wasn’t Born To Follow (from The Notorious Byrd Brothers, Columbia Records)
Johnny Cash – Folsom Prison Blues (live) (from Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison)

The Zombies – She’s Not There (Decca Records, 1964)


The Zombies – Odessey & Oracle (Big Beat Records 20th anniversary edition)


SIDE ONE: Care Of Cell 44 / A Rose For Emily / Maybe After He’s Gone / Beechwood Park / Brief Candles / Hung Up On A Dream
SIDE TWO: Changes / I Want Her She Wants Me / This Will Be Our Year / Butchers Tale (Western Front 1914) / Friends Of Mine / Time Of The Season

The Monkees – Porpoise Song (Theme from Head) (from Head, RCA Records)
Biff Rose – Fill Your Heart (from The Thorn In Mrs. Rose’s Side, Buddah Records)
Rolling Stones – Street Fighting Man (from Beggar’s Banguet, Decca)
The Beatles – Revolution (from Hey Jude, Apple Records)

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R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Aretha Franklin – Records Played


Thanks to everyone who braved Storm Callum and ventured out for our Aretha Franklin tribute session. Special thanks also to Steve McNamee for great records and stories. Pure joy from start to finish! A full list of records played is below, along with links to listen to a selection of those records.

@GlossopRecord another top night, listening to Aretha Franklin. Always amazed at how much knowledge there is in the room. Thanks to @SteveMcVinyl and @simongmusic73. Only heard the classic Aretha songs before the live album stuff was ace.

It was a joy to hear Aretha letting rip at full volume through the big speakers at @GlossopRecord last night. If her ecstatic screaming on Mary Don’t You Weep doesn’t get your spine tingling then you’d better check your pulse.

As always it was a great night especially with the edition of Smashy and Nicey.Some fantastic songs played.Thanks Steve and Simon.

Never thought I’d hear myself say that a live gospel album was my favourite part of the evening. As usual, enjoyable and educational in equal measures, Thanks @SteveMcVinyl and @simongmusic73

Great night thanks Simon! Powerful choice & range of records from the wonderful Aretha,loved it!

We’re back on Thursday 8th November for 1968: Vinyl Revolutions, full details on that soon.

Also, another date for your diary! We’ll be at the Crystal Ballroom, Norfolk Street on Saturday 29th December for RIP IT UP, our end-of-year retro disco, spinning a heady mix of Rhythm & Blues, Soul, Girl Groups, Ska, Psych, Glam, Funk, Disco, New Wave, Synth Pop, Indie and more. Tickets will are on sale now. More event info here.




Soulville/Try A Little Tenderness (from Greatest Hits 1960-1965, CBS Records)
The Weight (Atlantic 7″, 1969)
Border Song (Holy Moses) (Atlantic 7″, 1970)

I Never Loved A Man The Way I Loved You (Atlantic, 1967)

: Respect / Drown In My Own Tears / I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You) / Soul Serenade / Don’t Let Me Lose This Dream / Baby, Baby, Baby
SIDE TWO: Dr. Feelgood / Good Times / Do Right Woman – Do Right Man / Save Me / A Change Is Gonna Come

Mary Don’t You Weep / How I Got Over / Amazing Grace (from Amazing Grace, Atlantic, 1972)

Dr. Feelgood / Spirit In The Dark / Spirit In The Dark Reprise / Reach Out And Touch (from Live At Fillmore West, Atlantic, 1971)

Think (Atlantic 7″, 1968)
Baby I Love You (Atlantic 7″, 1967)
I Say A Little Prayer (Atlantic 7″, 1968)

Listen to a selection of records played here or click the player below.

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It was a packed labour club for our fifth anniversary session, as we dug deep and delved into the forgotten and seldom-heard corners of David Bowie’s long and productive career, playing live tracks, radio sessions, demos and outtakes to show another face of the Dame. We also played probably the most valuable record ever to grace to the record club turntable, Bowie’s 1970 flop single ‘The Prettiest Star’, which was quite a special moment (for your host anyway). My thanks to Beany for very kindly bringing that in to share with us all. And thanks to everyone who came along.

We’ll be back on Thursday 11th October for R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Aretha Franklin, a whole night of the Queen Of Soul on vinyl. It’s going to be a special one. Details soon.


Station To Station (live at Nassau Coliseum, 1976 – from ‘The Thin White Duke’)
Waiting For The Man/Five Years/White Light White Heat/Moonage Daydream (BBC radio sessions, 1972 – from Bowie At The Beeb)
London Bye Ta Ta (unreleased single, 1970 – from ChangesThree)
The Prettiest Star (single version featuring Marc Bolan – Mercury 7″, 1970)
Tired Of My Life/Shadowman (demos c.1970-71 – from The Trident Tapes)
Zion (aka A Lad In Vain, aka Tragic Moments) (recorded during the Pin Ups sessions, 1973 – from BowieStudio70-75)


TOY (unreleased album, recorded 2000)
SIDE ONE:  Uncle Floyd/Afraid/I Dig Everything/Let Me Sleep Beside You/Toy (Your Turn To Drive)/Hole In The Ground
SIDE TWO: Shadow Man/In The Heat Of The Morning/Silly Boy Blue/Liza Jane/The London Boys

Rebel Rebel (US single mix, 1974)
John, I’m Only Dancing (sax version, 1973)
When I’m Five (BBC session, 1968)

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Krautrock 2 – records played

Amon Duul II – Archangel’s Thunderbird (1970)
Faust – It’s A Rainy Day, Sunshine Girl (1972)
Neu! – Negativland (1972)
Harmonia – Monza (Rauf und Runter) (1975)
La Dusseldorf – Rheinita (1978)
Can – Halleluwah (1971)
Kraftwerk – Ruckzuck (1970)

Kraftwerk – Radio-Activity (Capitol Records, 1975)


:  Geiger Counter / Radioactivity / Radioland / Airwaves / Intermission / News
SIDE TWO: The Voice Of Energy / Antenna / Radio Stars / Uranium / Transistor / Ohm Sweet Ohm

Neu! – Hallogallo (1972)

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Psychedelic Soul (1967-74) – Records Played

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Photos above courtesy of Rachel, Darren and Mark

Souls were well and truly psychedelicized and a few minds freed at our Psychedelic Soul session. There was even an outbreak of actual dancing, a rare but beautiful sight at record club. Their asses did indeed follow. Right on!

As ever, we only had time to scrape the surface, but hopefully those who asked “What exactly is Psychedelic Soul?” will have had their question answered in full. It was a real pleasure to share this music with you all and made me think we should get down and funky more often. Plans are being hatched!

Thanks to all who came, listened and danced to the music, and also a big thanks to Brooklyn’s Slice Of Spice Records for suggesting (and sending over) a few tunes to get us warmed up.

Here are a few comments from the world of social media:

At & Mr has done some ace research on Psychedelic Soul. I’m learning so much!

A brilliant Record Club last night. I’m aching from fast stepping to the full version of Poppa Was A Rolling Stone.

Nice grooves Simon. The Chairmen of the Board tracks were a revelation.

Enjoyed it immensely. The dancing at the back was fantastic.

It was fantastic, thank you! 

Listen back here or click the player at the end of this post.

We’re back on Thursday 12th July for Krautrock 2 when we’ll further explore the kosmische music of 1970s Germany, including tracks from Amon Duul 2, Neu!, Can and Harmonia alongside a full album by Kraftwerk. Details soon.


Slice Of Spice mix
Young-Holt Unlimited – Hot Pants / Baby Huey and The Babysitters – Hard Times / David Axelrod – Mucho Chupar / Dorothy Ashby – Soul Vibrations / Young-Holt Unlimited – Food Stamps / Baby Huey and The Babysitters – Mama Get Yourself Together / David Axelrod – The Warning Talk (part 1) / Dorothy Ashby – The Moving Finger / Young-Holt Unlimited – Rubber Lips / Baby Huey and The Babysitters – Running / Dorothy Ashby – Truth Spoken Here / Parliament – Put Love In Your Life

Sly & The Family Stone – Dance To The Music (7″, Direction, 1968)


The Chambers Brothers – Time Has Come Today
(from ‘The Time Has Come’, Columbia, 1967)
The Temptations – Cloud Nine (from ‘Greatest Hits II, Tamla Motown, 1970, orig. 1968)
Curtis Mayfield – (Don’t Worry) If There’s A Hell Below We’re All Going To Go (from ‘Curtis’, Curtom Records, 1970)
(The New) Rotary Connection – I Am The Blackgold Of The Sun (from ‘Hey, Love’, Cadet Concept, 1971)


Funkadelic – Can You Get To That
(from ‘Maggot Brain’, Westbound, 1971)
Shuggie Otis – Aht Uh Mi Hed (from ‘Introducing Shuggie Otis’, Epic Records, 2013, orig. 1974)
Chairmen Of The Board – Morning Glory/Life & Death Pt. I/White Rose (Freedom Flower)/Life & Death Pt. II (from ‘Skin I’m In’, Invictus Records, 1974)


Spanky Wilson – Sunshine Of Your Love (7″, BGP, 1969)
Johnny Jones & The King Casuals – Purple Haze (7″, Cream, 1968)
The French Fries – Small Fries (7″, Columbia Special Products, 1968)


Sly & The Family Stone – Underdog (from ‘A Whole New Thing’, Epic, 1967)

SLY & THE FAMILY STONE – Stand (Epic, 1969)
SIDE ONE: Stand!/Don’t Call Me Nigger, Whitey/I Want To Take You Higher/Somebody’s Watching You/Sing A Simple Song
SIDE TWO: Everyday People/Sex Machine/You Can Make It If You Try

The Temptations – Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone (full version) (from ‘All Directions’. Gordy, 1972)

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2 TONE RECORDS: records played


Our thanks to John Walmsley for a fantastic night of music and stories all drawn from the 2 Tone label. After starting with a selection of 45s that were all in the top 40 the week The Specials (and 2 Tone) first hit the charts, John took us through the ‘rise and demise’ of the short-lived but hugely influential label, with a mix of A sides, B sides, album tracks and live cuts from The Specials (and variants of, including their pre-fame incarnation The Coventry Automatics), Madness, The Selecter, The Beat, Elvis Costello, The Bodysnatchers and The Apollinaires. You can listen back to all the 2 Tone records played here (or click the player at the bottom of this post).

We’ll be back on Thursday 14th June for PSYCHEDELIC SOUL, full details soon.

A very Specials night of Two Tone at from I was tempted to dance at several moments but thankfully thought better of it. Timeless music, great to hear it played loud on those speakers.

Great night with giving us the insight to the rise and fall of Two Tone records

Great night great tunes. brought back so many memories. Thanks John & Simon.

Brilliant night Thanks toe tappingly brilliant

Fabulous 2 Tone night on Thursday  really enjoyed myself, brought back some good memories. Thanks John.


A selection of top 40 singles from the week ‘Gangsters’ by The Special AKA first entered the charts (28 July 1979)

Teena Marie – I’m Just A Sucker For Your Love (Motown)
Tubeway Army – Are ‘Friends’ Electric? (Beggars Banquet)
Squeeze – Up The Junction (A&M Records)
Undertones – Here Comes The Summer (Sire Records)
Blondie – Sunday Girl (Chrysalis)
Buzzcocks – Harmony In My Head (United Artists)
Sex Pistols – C’Mon Everybody (Virgin)
The Knack – My Sharona (Capitol)
Boomtown Rats – I Don’t Like Mondays (Ensign)


The Coventry Automatics – Rock And Roll Nightmare (from Dawning Of A New Era, Free Range Product, 2018)
The Specials – It’s Up To You (from Live At The Moonlight Club, TT 5011, 1992)
The Special A.K.A. – Gangsters/The Selecter – The Selecter (TT1, TT2, 1979)
Madness – The Prince (TT3, 1979)
The Selecter – On My Radio (TT 4, 1979)
The Beat – Tears Of A Clown (TT 6, 1979)
Specials – Do The Dog/Stupid Marriage (from Specials, TT 5001,1979)
The Special A.K.A – Too Much Too Young (live) (TT7, 1980)
Elvis Costello & The Attractions – I Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down (TT 7, 1980)


The Bodysnatchers – Easy Life (live)/The Specials – Nite Klub (live) (from Dance Craze, TT 5004, 1981)
The Specials – Stereotypes/Stereotypes Part 2 (from More Specials, TT 5003, 1980)
The Specials ‎– Ghost Town (TT 17, 1981)
The Apollinaires – Envy The Love (TT 22, 1982)
The Special AKA ‎– Nelson Mandela (TT 26, 1984)
Rhoda with The Special A.K.A – The Boiler (TT 18, 1982)
The Special AKA – What I Like Most About You Is Your Girlfriend (from In The Studio, TT 5008, 1984)
The Specials – Enjoy Yourself/Pearl’s Cafe (from More Specials, TT 5003, 1980)
Specials – You’re Wondering Now (from Specials, TT 5001,1979)
The Specials – Why?/Friday Night, Saturday Morning (from Ghost Town 12″, TT 1217)
Specials – A Message To You Rudy (from Specials, TT 5001,1979)

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An Evening with David Hepworth: podcast and photos


It was our great pleasure to welcome David Hepworth as our guest on April 19th. Gavin Hogg was our host with the most, and steered David through a range of topics relating to his books, Whistle Test, Live Aid and of course Smash Hits. Add to that the Q&A (Benny Hill, Top Of The Pops and Van Morrison all got a look in there) plus a few records, it was a very entertaining evening. David was even presented a record from Beany by the Hepworth Band, a platter we’re sure he’ll treasure from this day forth (see David’s tweet about it below).

A big thank you to Lyn (door and photos) and to Steve (book stall and roadie) for their invaluable assistance on the night. If you want to find out more about George Street Community Bookshop and maybe even get involved, check out their Facebook page.

Stream the talk here, click the player below or download (minus music) here.

We’ll be back on Thursday 10th May for a session dedicated to 2 Tone Records with John Walmsley. Details soon.

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