November’s Record Club: 1968 – VINYL REVOLUTIONS


Glossop Record Club is back on Thursday 8th November for 1968: Vinyl Revolutions, exploring the music of this notoriously turbulent year that saw protests and riots on the streets of London, Paris and across the USA, unrest that found its way into the music of the time.

The sunny optimism and idealism of the music of 1967 gave way to an array of different sounds. Pop turned in to rock as album sales overtook sales of singles in the UK for the first time. Some bands went deeper into psychedelia while others rejected the Summer of Love and went for a back-to-basics approach, embracing early rock & roll, Americana, folk and electric blues…

Our full album will be The Zombies baroque psych-pop masterpiece Odessey & Oracle, a flop at the time but whose reputation slowly grew over the years, gaining cult status and finally becoming acknowledged as a classic.

We’ll also be playing tracks from albums of a similar pedigree, alongside lesser-known cuts and established acts that were experimenting with new sounds and styles. And if you’ve got a favourite 1968 record you want to share, please bring it along.

It’s all happening at Glossop Labour Club. Doors open at 8pm, the music starts at 8.30pm and it’s free admission. See you there.

1968: Vinyl Revolutions
Thursday 8th November, 8-11pm
Glossop Labour Club, Chapel Street, Glossop, SK13 8AT

Established 2013, Glossop Record Club is the monthly vinyl-listening session which puts the music first. Have a look here to find out more about what we do and our past sessions.

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THE SOUNDS OF 1967: records played

Lights courtesy of Matt


Various Artists – Hit ’67 (Stax, 1967)


SIDE ONE: Sam & Dave – Soul Man/Otis Redding – Let Me Come On Home/Carla Thomas – Something Good (Is Gonna Happen To You)/Eddie Floyd – Things Getting Better/Booker T & The MG’s – Groovin’/Otis Redding & Carla Thomas Knock On Wood

SIDE TWO: William Bell Eloise (Hang On In There)/Otis Redding & Carla Thomas – Tramp/Bar-Kays Soul Finger/Otis Redding – Glory Of Love/Booker T & The MG’s – Hip Hug-her/Sam & Dave – Soothe Me

Simon’s 10 from ’67

The Bonzo Dog Band – The Intro And The Outro (from ‘Gorilla’, Liberty, 1967)
The Pink Floyd – Astronomy Domine (from ‘The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn’, Columbia, 1967)
David Bowie – She’s Got Medals (from ‘David Bowie’, Deram, 1967)
The Beatles – It’s All Too Much (from ‘Yellow Submarine’, Apple, 1969, recorded 1967)
The Rolling Stones – 2000 Light Years From Home (from ‘Their Satanic Majesties Request’, Decca, 1967)
The Bee Gees – Every Christian Lion Hearted Man Will Show You (from ‘The Bee Gees 1st’, Polydor, 1967)
The Move – I Can Hear The Grass Grow (7″, Deram, 1967)
The Troggs – Night Of The Long Grass (7″, Page One, 1967)
The Kinks – Waterloo Sunset (7″, Pye, 1967)
The Small Faces – Tin Soldier (7″, Immediate, 1967)



The Hollies – King Midas In Reverse (7″, Parlophone, 1967)
The Who – Pictures Of Lily (7″, Track Records, 1967)
Cream – Strange Brew (from ‘Disraeli Gears’, Reaction, 1967)
R. Dean Taylor – There’s A Ghost In My House (7″, Tamla Motown, 1967)
The Doors – The Crystal Ship (from ‘The Doors’, Elektra, 1967)
The Who – Armenia City In The Sky (from ‘Sell Out’, Track Records, 1967)
Jefferson Airplane – White Rabbit (7″, RCA, 1967)

Thanks to Penny for the show-stealing white rabbit!



Love – Alone Again Or (from ‘Forever Changes’, Elektra, 1967)
Spencer Davis Group – I’m A Man (7″, Fontana, 1967)
as chosen by Gavin

Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band ‎– Dropout Boogie (from ‘Safe As Milk’, Buddah Records, 1967)
as chosen by Darren

The Kinks – David Watts/Death Of A Clown (from ‘Something Else’, Pye, 1967)
as chosen by Scotty

Esther & Abi Ofarim ‎– Cinderella Rockefella (7″, Philips, 1967)
The Monkees – Pleasant Valley Sunday (7″, RCA, 1967)
as chosen by Penny

The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Radio One Jingle (from ‘Radio One’, Castle, 1989)

The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Are You Experienced? (Track Records, 1967)


SIDE ONE: Foxy Lady/Manic Depression/Red House/Can You See Me/Love Or Confusion
SIDE TWO: I Don’t Live Today/May This Be Love/Fire/3rd Stone From The Sun/Remember/Are You Experienced

The Beach Boys – Vegetables (from ‘Smiley Smile’, Capitol, 1967)
The Beatles – Strawberry Fields Forever (7″, Parlophone, 1967)
The King Brothers ‎- The Tupperware Brigade (from ‘There’s No Business – Like Our Business’ EP, 1967)

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An evening with Paul Du Noyer: Post-session review


Armed with a notepad and a stack of records, our resident Parky*, Gavin Hogg, played the perfect host to our guest, music writer Paul Du Noyer, asking what he described as “a mix of vaguely insightful and plainly ridiculous questions.”

Paul graciously responded by talking about McCartney, Bowie, Deaf School, the difference between the musical cultures of Liverpool and London, his years in the music press, took loads of questions from the audience and told THE best Van Morrison anecdote you’ll ever hear. I bet we could have kept him talking all night. The pile of records was barely touched!


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Some comments from the world of social media:

Great club w/ Paul du Noyer skillfully compered by Loved the Van Morrison story & the Jimmy Campbell tip.

Great night last night – very interesting. Loved the story of Dylan as a fanboy.

Very enjoyable and entertaining session tonight – Paul Du Noyer in conversation with . Great stories and insights.

Fab night!

Tremendous evening yesterday at c/o . Paul Du Noyer’s insights from a career in music journalism were fascinating.

Paul’s latest book Conversations With McCartney is available from Bay Tree Books in Glossop.

We’ll be back on Thursday 9th June for PRINCE ON VINYL with Lippy Kid. Details soon.



BILLY FURY – The World of Billy Fury (Decca, 1971)
Halfway To Paradise/Because Of Love/In Summer/Nobody’s Child/A Thousand Stars/Magic Eyes

ELVIS COSTELLO – Spike (Warner Bros, 1989)
…This Town…/Let Him Dangle/Deep Dark Truthful Mirror/Veronica/God’s Comic/Chewing Gum

Paul McCartney – Back Seat Of My Car (from Ram, 1971)
Wings – Dear Friend (from Wild Life, 1971)
Roxy Music – Virginia Plain (single, 1972)

T.REX – Bolan Boogie (Fly Records, 1972)
Get It On/Beltane Walk/The King Of The Mountain Cometh/Jewel/She Was Born To Be My Unicorn/Dove

David Bowie – Golden Years (Station To Station, 1976)
Deaf School – Hi Jo Hi (2nd Honeymoon, 1976)
The Beatles – Let It Be (single, 1970)

XTC – Senses Working Overtime (single, 1982)
Anthony Newley – If She Should Come To You/Girls Were Made To Love And Kiss (ep, 1960)
Keith West – Excerpt from a Teenage Opera (single, 1967)

*Michael Parkinson and not the local park keeper.

Photos courtesy of Lyn, Trevor and Lyla.

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On Thursday 12th May, we welcome respected author and music journalist Paul Du Noyer to Glossop Record Club.


If you’ve picked up a British music magazine over the past 35 years or so, the chances are you’ll have read Paul’s work. He was a writer at the NME, editor of Q, founding editor of Mojo and associate editor of the greatly missed Word magazine.

He’s interviewed the likes of David Bowie, Mick JaggerMadonna, Pavarotti and nearly everyone with a strong connection to The Beatles, not least Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.

He’s also written several books including definitive musical histories of Liverpool and London, plus tomes dedicated to John Lennon and seminal art-rock band Deaf School. His latest book, Conversations With McCartney, draws from the many interviews Du Noyer has conducted with Macca over the years.


He’ll be in conversation with Gavin Hogg, no doubt discussing all of the above and playing a few records relating to his books along the way too. So get ready with your own questions but make sure you do your research!

Thursday 12th May from 8pm
Glossop Labour Club, Chapel Street, Glossop, SK13 8AT

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July’s Record Club: VINYL FEST 2014 live albums special


Glastonbury. Isle of Wight. Reading. T in the Park. Bestival. Cropredy… Festival season is in full swing, and you can bet that on any given weekend over the summer months, there’s one happening somewhere. Maybe even near you.

And we can now add to that illustrious list Glossop Record Club’s VINYL FEST 2014 on Thursday 10th July. One night of live music. On vinyl. No wellies or waterproofs required.

Who ‘headlines’ VINYL FEST is up to you. Vote in the poll below for the live album you want to hear in full on the night (you can choose as many of the albums as you like). The runners-up will be ‘support acts’.


The Beatles, Otis Redding, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Johnny Cash, Led Zeppelin, The Who, David Bowie, Lou Reed, Roxy Music, Ramones, Rolling Stones, The Cramps, Talking Heads and U2 are the choices so far. If you have a live album you want to add to the poll and bring on the night, just get in touch via the website, Twitter or Facebook and let me know.

As well as there being some more additions to the below poll, we’re pleased to announce that People’s Kitchen Glossop will be at VINYL FEST to give us some authentic festival flavours, serving a classic veggie burger complete with onions, relishes and salad. And best of all, it’s free!

The volunteer-run People’s Kitchen also hold a monthly event down at the labour club serving local, sustainable and affordable meals. Find out more on their website, or follow them on Twitter or Facebook.

‘Live’ music. Free food. Cheap beer. What more could you ask for?!


Glossop Records Club’s VINYL FEST 2014
Thursday 10th July, 8-11pm
Glossop Labour Club, Chapel Street, Glossop, SK13 8AT

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June’s Record Club: THE SOUNDS OF ’66


Honestly, it’s a complete coincidence. But let’s call it serendipity…

I’m not much of a football fan, and although I am of course aware that England last won the World Cup in 1966, when I put this event on the calendar a few months back, I wasn’t aware that this year is World Cup year. And more to the point, that it’s the first match of the tournament on the very same day as this session. (Brazil v Croatia if you’re wondering).

But who cares about that?!

On Thursday 12th June, we’ll be having our very own international tournament, as we time travel via the power of vinyl back to 1966 and pitch the UK against the USA. Six (albums) a side, including a fine selection of classics and lost gems.

The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Who, The Hollies and Georgie Fame represent the UK, with Bob Dylan, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, Nina Simone, Simon & Garfunkel and Bob Lind for the USA.

Vote in the polls below for the ones you want to hear (a maximum of two choices in each poll) and we’ll play the winning two albums in full on the night.


For the authentic sound of ’66, the Dansette RG31 will be making a return appearance with a stack of 45s for a spot of Dansette Roulette, plus Manchester DJ legend Martin the Mod will be on hand to spin a few choice cuts. And of course, if you have any records from 1966 that you’d like to share then bring them along.

Cast your votes now – two for the UK and two for the USA.

As for the footy… Well, if you want to bring a football-related record, I’m sure we’ll find time to slip one or two in at the end of the night as a good luck gesture to the England squad. Such generosity of spirit!

Glossop Record Club presents THE SOUNDS OF ’66
Thursday 12th June, 8-11pm.
Glossop Labour Club, Chapel Street, Glossop, SK13 8AT.

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A splendid time is guaranteed for all

So you think you’ve heard it all before? There’s definitely a case to be made for Sgt Pepper being the most over-rated album ever. For years, it regularly topped ‘best album’ polls whether voted for by critics or fans. But at some point over the last 15 years, it started to fall from favour. Overfamiliarity means it is now often passed over, with Abbey Road having become the more highly regarded album from The Beatles output (I prefer A Hard Day’s Night, Revolver and the White Album myself, thanks for asking!). Pepper may still make the top ten in these polls, but it’s not the talking point it once was.

However, giving the album my full attention for the first time in many years the other night (and at high volume), I found myself hearing it with fresh ears and a new perspective. Part 1 of the Merseybeat mixtape (covering the years 1963 to 1967) put the album firmly in context, and clearly showed what a huge leap forward this brilliantly inventive album was at the time. McCartney’s fluid and melodic bass playing throughout the album steals the show. The Indian percussion on Within You Without You is another highlight, as is Lennon messing around at the end of Lovely Rita. While listening, I found myself noticing long-forgotten small details and was thoroughly swept along by the music, smiling and laughing along the way.

Overrated or underrated? Listen again…


My thanks to Steve Roberts for choosing two great albums and sharing his stories of the Liverpool music scene. Whilst Sgt Pepper may have been familiar to most who were there, I think it’s probably fair to say that very few had heard the Rockin’ Horse album before, myself included. It’s the mark of good songs that after just one listen (and several days later) I still find myself humming them. With echoes of Badfinger and latter day Beatles, the nearest comparison I can draw is the first Big Star album, particularly the songs of Chris Bell. Definitely one to check out if you’re partial to a bit of 70s power pop.


I’d also like to thank Roy Berry for sending me a couple of Merseybeat rarities to include on the ‘mixtape’, and to Brett, Matt, Rick, Jonathan and the other Steve for bringing Liverpool records to share. An extra ‘thank you’ to Matt for the photos.

The next session is on Thursday 10th April – Sun Records and The Million Dollar Quartet, hosted by record club regular Bill Jubb. More details soon.


Listen to the digital highlights mix here.

The Beatles – I Feel Fine (7”, Parlophone, 1964)
Cast – Alright (7”, Polydor, 2005)
The Teardrop Explodes – Bouncing Babies (7”, Zoo Records, 1979)
The Teardrop Explodes – Books (7”, Zoo Records, 1979)

The Beatles – Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Parlophone, 1967. 2012 reissue)

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Side One: Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band/With A Little Help From My Friends/Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds/Getting Better/Fixing A Hole/She’s Leaving Home/Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite

Side Two: Within You Without You/When I’m Sixty-Four/Lovely RIta/Good Morning, Good Morning/Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (reprise)/A Day In The Life

The Tambourines – Taxman (live) (She Blows My Mind EP, Long Beach Records, 1991)
Kenny Everett – Nice Time (7”, Deram, 1969)
Freddie Starr and The Midnighters – It’s Shaking Time (7”, Decca, 1963)
Rain – Lemonstone Desired (7”, Columbia, 1991)
Unknown – Eleanor Rigby (white label)
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Souvenir (Architecture & Morality, Dindisc, 1981)
The Wild Swans – Revolutionary Spirit (12” Zoo, 1982)
Frank Sidebottom – Twist And Shout (Medium Play EP, In Tape, 1990)
The Hokum Clones – Breakin’ From A Jailhouse Blues (7”, For Us Records, 2003)
Echo & The Bunnymen – Rescue (Songs To Learn And Sing, Korova, 1985)

Rockin’ Horse – Yes It Is (Philips, 1971. Sing Sing reissue, 2012)


Side One: Biggest Gossip In Town/Oh Carol, I’m So Sad/You’re Spending All My Money/Baby Walk Out With Your Darlin’ Man/Don’t You Think I Ever Cry/Yes It Is

Side Two: Stayed Out Late Last Night/Delicate Situation/Son, Son/Golden Opportunity/I’m Trying To Forget You/Julian The Hooligan


The Real People – The Truth (7” Columbia, 1991)
Half Man Half Biscuit – Dickie Davies Eyes (7”, Probe Plus, 1986)
The Norrie Paramor Orchestra – Theme From Z-Cars (7”, Columbia, 1962)
The Lightning Seeds – Pure (7”, Ghetto Recording Company, 1989)
The Scaffold – Lily The Pink/Thank U Very Much (EP, EMI, 1977)
Ken Dodd – Tears (20 Golden Greats, Warwick Records)
Lily Savage – Tough At The Top (12”, Nightmare Records, 1988)
Alexei Sayle – Play That Funky Music Jewish Boy (Panic, CBS, 1985)
Norman Vaughan – Things Are Swingin’ (A Touch Of The Norman Vaughans, Pye Golden Guinea, 1968)
Arthur Askey – I’m A Little Wrong Note (Hello Playmates, Oriole, 1957)
Jimmy Tarbuck – Let’s Dance (Jimmy Tarbuck, RCA Victor, 1968)

Merseybeat (…and beyond) mixtape

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The Big Three – Some Other Guy (1963)
Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas – Bad To Me (1963)
The Fourmost – I’m In Love (1963)
The Swinging Blue Jeans – You’re No Good (1964)
Gerry & The Pacemakers – Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying (1964)
The Eyes – She (1965)
The Mojos – Everything’s Alright (1964)
The Merseys – Sorrow (1966)
The Kirkbys – Penny In My Pocket (1966)
The Searchers – Popcorn, Double Feature (1967)
Wimple Winch – Save My Soul (1966)
Koobas – Gypsy Fred (1967)
The 23rd Turnoff – Michael Angelo (1967)
The Remo Four – In The First Place (1967)
Jackie Lomax – Sour Milk Sea (1968)
Stealing Sheep – Genevieve (2012)
Miles Kane – Better Left Invisible (2011)
The Coral – Don’t Think You’re The First (2003)
The La’s – Feelin’ (1990) Shack – Cup Of Tea (2006)
Ian McNabb – Liverpool Girl (2001)
Half Man Half Biscuit – The Trumpton Riots (1986)