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An Ebay member since 1999, a Discogs member since 2006, I have been selling vinyl for 17 years and have collected vinyl for 58 years - buy with confidence from my two stores at the links below.

You will find over 31,000 records to browse (including CD's and even cassettes!), and also (at Ebay only)  music related items such as posters, books, magazines, back stage passes, concert programmes, sheet music, fridge magnets, patches, coasters, keyrings and lots more!

Here's some recent feedback from satisfied customers:
"Great seller. Item correctly graded and fast despatch. If only all sellers were like this! A+" (AW, Salford)
"Thanks for the LP. Accurately described and at a proper price point. Much appreciated." (TS, Inverness)
"Great comms. Fast delivery, in even better than advertised condition. Recommended seller" (DF, Glasgow)
"Records as described as always. Received quickly and well packaged. Thanks again, John" (SH, Northants)


About 2,000 items in my Ebay store, lots of vinyl plus music related gift items such as vintage magazines, fridge magnets, coasters, keyrings, patches, posters etc.

About 27,000 vinyl records in my Discogs store, both 7" singles and LP's, and quite a few cassettes & CD's

Contact me for a swift reply, e.g. if you are looking for something I am not showing in stock, I have lots of back stock not yet listed in my stores, or if you want more information about any record.


NO WAY - Live @ The Beeb - limited edition 23 track CD for sale on my own Opportunes label - limited to 500 copies, only £4.99 (This CD features 11 bonus tracks exclusive to this release)

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BLITZKRIEG BOP - Live 77 & Beyond
limited edition 28 track CD for sale
on my own Opportunes label - limited to 300 copies, only £3.99 - original 1977 punk - remastered
live tracks.

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BASCZAX - Music From The Post Punk
Dystopia 1979-80 limited edition 16 track CD on my own Opportunes label - limited to 500 copies, only £3.99 - remastered studio tracks.


FAST CAKES (former Blitzkrieg Bop & Basczax member's solo name) - When You Die You Dream Forever limited edition 13 track CD, limited to 500 copies, only £2.99


FAST CAKES - Liveyoungdiefast (debut 2012 album) limited edition 13 track CD, limited to 1000 copies, only £2.99


Great Song Intros Of Our Time

Most of us have got them lurking in our record collection somewhere. They can usually be found on live albums, but they occasionally crop up on studio cuts. Frank Zappa is undoubtedly the master, indeed I could fill this article with his amazing preambles, but I will resist that.

1) "Okay listen, this is very important... your attention please... this is an important Public Announcement. It is necessary for me to tell you at this point that there's a clause in our contract here tonight that says if anything nasty happens on stage terrible things happen to us...

So we just want to assure you that our only interest here is doing a swell job for you. However, it is also necessary to prove our good intentions before we begin, by reciting our Mothers of Invention anti-smut loyalty oath!

If the members of our rocking team combo will please repeat after me:

I do hereby solemnly swear in accordance with the regulations in the contract for this rock and roll engagement and the imbecilic laws of the State of Florida and the respective regulations perpetrated by rednecks everywhere do hereby solemnly swear under no circumstances to reveal my tube, wad, dings, wee wee and/or penis any place on the stage. This does not include private showings at the motel room however", announced Frank and the Mothers at a 1970 Florida gig.

2) "This piece of shit's called my arsehole's on fire" screamed a crazed Captain Sensible on an obscure live b-side which was actually called Teenage Dream.

3) "I've suffered for my music now it's your turn" insisted Neil Innes on his Dylan inspired Protest Song.

4) "I think I've bust a button on my trousers, hope they don't fall down. You don't want my trousers to fall down now do you?" sneered a teasing Mick Jagger prior to a rousing version of Carol on their live LP Get Your Ya Ya's Out.

5) "This is one of the most beautiful poems in the English language it was written by William Blake when he was thirteen. It was the first poem he spewed out of his brilliant mind, walking naked in his garden. He ran into a lesbian troll, he loved her, she didn't love him. She wanted the galactic banana, the great golden electric toothbrush in the sky, attached to Nico" one of the more printable monologues from The Fugs live LP Live at the Fillmore East way back in 1968. Oh yes, the song was called How Sweet I Roamed, a William Blake poem put to music.

6) "I'd like to slow the pace down a little bit, give you a chance to buy your popcorn or your peanuts whatever they buy at circuses. Fuck off man! let me talk! and like if you didn't bring any blues with you we'll make sure you have some to take home" Uttered Jimi Hendrix before performing a blistering Red House at a gig in New York weeks before his death, a track from the LP The Jimmy Hendrix Concerts,

7) "This is a song Charles Manson stole from the Beatles, we're stealing it back" Bono handing Helter Skelter back to the people on Rattle and Hum.

8) "My name is Ian Underwood and I am the straight member of the group, one month ago I heard the Mothers Of Invention at the theatre. I heard them on two occasions and on the second occasion I went up to Jim Black and I said "I like your music I'd like to come down and play with you"

Two days later I came up to the recording session and Frank Zappa was sitting in the control room, I walked up and said how do you do my name is Ian Underwood, I like your music and I'd like to play with your group. Frank Zappa said "What can you do that's fantastic?" I said I can play alto saxophone on piano, he said "Alright, whip it out" Self-explanatory anecdote preceeding the track "Ian Underwood Whips It Out" from Uncle Meat.

9) "I love America, I love America, I tell you I wake up every day and say thank God for America. Believe me I do. Imagine being like a Russian getting all that misinformation that they give you over there, they don't give the people the truth at all you know, I mean those Russians think that Billy Joel is a rock and roll singer" pronounced Graham Parker during his white hot one man tour entitled "Live Alone In America"

10) "Will the people in the cheaper seats clap your hands, all the rest of you if you just rattle your jewelry" nervously announced the Lennonmeister at the Royal Variety Performance on the 4th of November 1963, arguably the most famous rock and roll intro of our time.


In mainland Europe during the 60's and 70's vinyl 7" singles were very often housed in picture sleeves, but in the UK they were much less popular until the late 70's when the arrival of punk and new wave initiated an explosion of picture sleeves which continued apace into the 80's.

Most of the singles up to that point were sold in what are referred to as "company sleeves" which, as well as promoting the label and brand awareness, they sometimes had advertisements for make-up, hair dryers and other ephemera that appealed to the spotty youths who were the target demographic.

For many older collectors (like myself) these company bags have a nostalgic appeal beyond their often basic design. Some have perfunctory almost utilitarian designs, but even the simpler ones have become iconic over time.

For example, my favourite company bag design, amongst all the gaudy and artistically superior designs, is the humble 60's Decca bag. Each time I look at the simple orange and white pinstripe pattern my mind goes back to one of the first record I bought, "The Last Time" by The Rolling Stones.

A while ago I put together a little video that shows many of these company sleeves, some instantly recognisable, some quite hard to find. You can view it here:


On the 17th March 2023 legendary rock band U2 released "Songs Of Surrender", a sprawling 4CD, 40 track, re-imagining of songs from their vast back catalogue.

I am a huge U2 fan, and consider their body of work to be almost beyond reproach, excepting the puzzling misstep that was 1997's "Pop".

The habit of re-hashing old material is not something that happens often in popular music. Bryan Ferry (with mixed results) sprinkled his early solo singles with re-workings of Roxy Music songs on the b-sides, but it was Joni Mitchell's incredible "Travelogue" from 2002 that raised the bar for such endeavours.

So I was a little nervous before listening. Was it a self-indulgent vanity project? Was it a sign that U2's creative well had run dry?

Well, they haven't let us down. The 40 songs are a cornucopia of delights, with no discernable filler to my ears. We are presented mostly with stripped down acoustic arrangements, with piano and sampled percussion to the fore. There are brass sections, new lyrics, new chords, new keys (presumably to assist with Bono's older voice), and new sentiments, with updated lyrics sometimes reflecting the ever-changing political landscape that is often the subject of Bono's words.

There's enough meat on the bones here to keep this set high on my playlist for some time to come, and if you are a U2 fan that might be considering passing on this, I urge you to check it out.

John Hodgson - April 2023

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