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When Tracy Ullman was with Stiff Records the man in charge would not release They Don't Know until they could get the run time to under 3 minutes, instead of re-recording it they just speeded it up. That's why she sounded a bit like pinky and perky on the record.

 

And not a patch on Kirsty's version

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Here you go. Supposedly also sounds like Tears for Fears, but I think it sounds like Dusty...

 

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the ex jukebox stall on the market was always a good place to buy bundles of bargains

If my memory serves me right I think Tib Street in Manchester had a few of these stalls that were always packed with "Just out of the top 20" singles off Juke Boxes

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If my memory serves me right I think Tib Street in Manchester had a few of these stalls that were always packed with "Just out of the top 20" singles off Juke Boxes

 to my memory jukeboxes in the 80s seem to have the left hand side display full of the charts (that got changed on a regular basis) hence ending up in market bundles and the right hand side was listed with the "classics" from the 60s and 70s that never got changed.

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It does serve you well. Tib Street was also full of pet shops. It also had, in the early 1960s at least one record shop that was full of jazz imports from the US 'cos I used to spend hours in there as a youth deciding on what LPs I could not afford. They also had a lot of British jazz on the Esquire label. Probably still got some of them somewhere but owing to heavy usage an mishandling/storage, they are in a bad way.  I've also got this somewhere plus some on the Riverside label, also bought in a shop at the far end of Tib Street.

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It does serve you well. Tib Street was also full of pet shops. It also had, in the early 1960s at least one record shop that was full of jazz imports from the US 'cos I used to spend hours in there as a youth deciding on what LPs I could not afford. They also had a lot of British jazz on the Esquire label. Probably still got some of them somewhere but owing to heavy usage an mishandling/storage, they are in a bad way.  I've also got this somewhere plus some on the Riverside label, also bought in a shop at the far end of Tib Street.

 

Tib Street was great. Full of pet shops, record shops, and just loads of interesting places to while away an afternoon. Lots of Manchester's centre was like that, though. I remember a little side street off Cannon Street that was full of bespoke tailors, with their wares on display.

 

I'm sure you will remember the old joke about Tib Street. A police constable is being shown the ropes by his sergeant and, while on patrol in Piccadilly Gardens, they come across a horse which has collapsed and died. The sergeant tells the constable to make a note of their find and the constable writes "10:45 am Dead horse found in " "'Ere, sarge," he says, "How do you spell Piccadilly?" The sergeant says, "P I C A D er, P I C C A D D er, P I C A D D er... Get your coat off and we'll drag the beggar round into Tib Street" (I did say old - I first heard that one over 50 years ago  :( )

 

edited because the sweary filter doesn't like beggar with a u instead of the e! Honestly, JD, come on!

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 not to mention Mazel Radio on London Road. Used to buy the odd record plus tape for my reel-to reel there in the early 60s.  see http://www.manchesterbeat.com/shops/mazelradio/mazelradio.php

 

and http://www.manchesterbeat.com/shops/shops_record.php

 

and http://www.flickr.com/photos/manchesterarchiveplus/sets/72157625478076342/

 

and http://forums.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=272521&sid=641330ded7e6679d1305b719ca70fe5e&view=print

 

 

ended up in 1967 with a Thorens TD150, an RSC transistor amp kit  and Wharfedale Gold 10" rsdd speakers .: http://archive.org/stream/PracticalWireless1966April#page/n3/mode/2up

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Why are second-hand Richie Havens LPs always* in shocking condition? I had to get out the PVA wood glue to clean up one this weekend which was filthy.

 

*all the ones I've bought, anyway.

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PVA? How does that work?

You spread a fairly thick layer of PVA glue over the playing surface and let it dry completely. Vinyl is PVC, so PVA won't bond to it, but it will stick to all the crud in the grooves. When it has dried, you peel off the glue (hopefully in one piece) and your record is much cleaner. It won't get absolutely everything, and of course it won't help with scratched records, but if you've got a really filthy record, it's worth a go. There are some tips and suggestions available online, like this site: http://www.lencoheaven.net/forum/index.php?topic=320.0

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By the way, I used HomeBase own-brand PVA Adhesive. I've known of the technique for a while, but only recently tried it. It made quite a difference to the Richie Havens album.

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oh ######...that's another load of jobs to go on the to-do list!

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It doesn't work on shellac, oldtimer! ;)

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cylinders?

I don't think it will do your motorbike much good, John.

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By the way, I used HomeBase own-brand PVA Adhesive. I've known of the technique for a while, but only recently tried it. It made quite a difference to the Richie Havens album.

I'm intrigued. I might give it a go sometime.

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You need to leave it for a long time, to make sure it is completely dry. 24 hours, to be on the safe side.

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I've read about PVA to clean records but have never tried it. Sounds a bit risky to me can you guarantee all of the glue out of the grooves any that gets onto your needle could knack it. I use a cleaner from a dealer on e bay £10 a bottle and clean my records with a soft small paint pad from B&Q. They do one that is the perfect fit for 12inch and LP records.

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I've read about PVA to clean records but have never tried it. Sounds a bit risky to me can you guarantee all of the glue out of the grooves any that gets onto your needle could knack it. I use a cleaner from a dealer on e bay £10 a bottle and clean my records with a soft small paint pad from B&Q. They do one that is the perfect fit for 12inch and LP records.

That was why I hesitated and did a bit of reading before taking the plunge. The overwhelming majority have had no problems. I wouldn't use the method for any but the absolute worst-condition records, though.

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