February 2011 Vinyl And Rarities
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Lynyrd and Skynyrd Free Bird 12" Single
We used to go to a night club on a Wednesday evening at the Eseex Barn Braintree, the bouncers had a bad reputation as I found out one night. When been asked to drink up and leave a mate who I was with took his time and as we walked out the bouncer punched me in the face, the blow knocked me down. He had of course hit the wrong guy as it should have been Barry Magowan and not me. Someone called the police and the funny thing about it was we had also gone up with a group of old school mates who were much more academic than what we were at school, needless to say they never came out with us again.

Back to the record that I bought on 12” vinyl after first hearing it at The Essex Barn as the DJ would play it during the interlude when you got your basket of scampi and chips. There was a record store in the night club were I purchased the vinyl, the B side was Sweet Home Alabama and Double Trouble. A more appropriate title perhaps.

Maurice Hyde February 2011

The Vibrators - Baby Baby

It was the 7.7.77 when the Vibrators played the Chancellor Hall in Chelmsford , I was there but unfortunately haven't got the ticket any more. I had bought the single 'Baby Baby' just pre to the gig, like you did then. I can remember a mate of ours (Hammy) came to his first concert all dressed up for the first time as a Punk , funny thing was all his cloths and props were immaculate. He was the sort of chap who dressed well and never had a hair out of place, when we were all scruffy . He looked so funny as a well dressed Punk., shame we never took a photo

Maurice Hyde February 2011

Dave and Ansel Collins - Double Barrel
To carry on Mo’s theme of records that take you back, I would like to put this reggae number one from 1971. When I hear the immortal “I am the magnificent” it takes me back to my first school disco at my secondary school, Baddow Comp. I was about 11 at the time and was a spotty youth. I think that this record started my love of reggae music. When ever I hear the thumping piano beat of this song, it always takes me back to Primmer hall. It was light outside and the heavy curtains were pulled making it pitch black. Great days, none of the grown up worries that we have now. It was still a shit school though.

Duncan, February 11.

David Bowie - Golden Years
Another one that reminds me of nights out. This always takes me back to the Marconi Club, where on a Thursday night they always had a disco. This was supposed to be for the workers of Marconi’s, one of Chelmsford’s leading employers. You could only get in if you were signed in by someone who was a member of the club. This meant a wait outside trying to get a member to agree to sign you in. Once in there were 2 bars, 4 snooker tables and the only place where you could play fruit machines with a £100 jackpot in the 70’s. As a 16 year old that had just started work, this was like nirvana. But on the Thursday night there was a disco. It was a strange thing really, it would always follow the same play list, there would be a reggae section that always started with the Israelites, a bit more Desmond Dekker and Toots and the Maytails thrown in, finishing with Harry J’s Liquidator. There would be a rock and roll section that always played At the hop. Even a northern soul part, where some of the older boys threw themselves around the floor. For some reason the song that always stood out for me was a piece of blue eyed soul from Mr Bowie. I still love this song and the memories it evokes, especially thinking back in 1976 you could get into a disco, have 5 bottles of Newcastle Brown, all for the grand price of £1.50 the lot.

Happy days, Duncan, February 11

AC/DC - The Jack

The first time I heard this track I thought it was Alex Harvey on vocals with a new realise as I had all the SAHB LPs at the time and had never heard this before. But despite been convinced it was 'Harvey' I was wrong as the Radio Caroline DJ announced this was a band called AC/DC with there début LP 'High Voltage'. I wasted no time and immediacy went in to town and bought the album from one of Chelmsford' record stores.

I was not disappointed and played the record over and over and shortly after this it was advertised that AC/DC would be playing at the Southend Kursaal. I wasted no time in purchasing tickets for the gig. My self and Barry Magowan went and I remember there were a couple of guys at the front in the mosh pit area throwing there weight around in a very violent manor. To our astonishment a bounce jumped down from the stage and started punching these thugs , he was then joined by the AC/DC drummer who assisted in punching them out of the ballroom. The band continued to play the packed crowd opened a narrow corridor all the way to the rear exit as the eviction took place, Phil Rudd the drummer then retook his position and the show continued as if nothing had happened. I would put this gig in my all time top 10 of all time and there is a bootleg CD available of the show.

Maurice Hyde February 2011.

Al Perkinns& Betty Bibbs - Homework

Looking forward Friday, to a night out in the sticks. Nine Below Zero are playing Hullbridge Sports Club, quite a big band for there me thinks. Anyway if you ask my brother Colin what is one of the best records ever made and he will tell you Homework by Nine below Zero. Anyway here is the more soulful original from Al Perkins & Betty Bibbs from a great CD I reviewed not so long ago, A beginners guide to Rhythm and Blues.


Rufus Thomas - The Funky Chicken

having read this months rareties I tought I would get involved with an early memory from a school disco, although it was probley 1973-74 and I was a second year at Baddow Comp, the montly disco to go to was at Meadgate School, where the disco would always end with something by the Stylistics or Chi-lites when you made your move. It didn't work any better as I got older as the 10 to 2 songs came on.

The song i remember was The Funky Chicken, I can remember rows of teenagers doing the dance as popular then as the Row Boat song later became. So anyone reading this who remembered the Meadgate discos, lay backand enjoy.

Colin February 2011