About My Vinyl

The world of music is very subjective. The vinyl record once the main source of owning music lost out in a battle to what was described at the time as an indestructible product that would mean no scratches, better sound and space-saving. This modern technology was Compact Discs. I resisted these for as long as I could but eventually I had to give way. Today in the 21st Century music is provided as a computer download or a “Stream”. I’ve a few downloads but over the last few years the production of the vinyl format has been making a small comeback and is regarded as retro. In my youth, the early 1970’s, I remember the excitement of going to a record shop and selecting a few single “45’s” and maybe once in a while a Long Playing “33”, arriving home, removing the record from its sleeve and placing it on a record deck. I played my records over and over. I have a large collection, and although I’m not a professional musician or critic, I’d like to share my love of music, artists and genres.

Aged 21 – Christmas 1982. You can just make out the UK cover for the single Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey released in 1981. It peaked at #62 and it wasn’t until 2009 that after a series of entering and falling from the charts it finally made the top ten in the UK in 2010.

Some of my first albums and singles were bought for me as birthday or Christmas presents. One of my early albums was “Tubular Bells” by Mike Oldfield (Virgin V2001), my pressing being on what is known as the beige design Virgin label published in 1975. The first single I actually bought was “Tell Him” by Hello on the Bell label (BELL 1377). This was a cover version that hit the UK Top 10 in 1974, the original UK version that charted was recorded by Billie Davis in 1963 (Decca F11572).

General Information About The Blog

All photographs of record labels & sleeves have been taken by myself using a small inexpensive digital camera or my mobile phone handset. All the vinyl featured I have purchased and still have in my possession. I am slowly converting much of it to MP3 files. What is written is researched by reading various sources such as artists web sites and clicking onto some facts highlighted in bold will link into the sources for further information. UK chart positions are held online via http://www.officialcharts.com/archive and European chart positions are via a portal at http://www.swedishcharts.com/search.asp

Dave Feb 2014


2 thoughts on “About My Vinyl”

  1. Hi! I stumbled across your blog while looking into label variations for Tubular Bells. I just picked up the same early issue you show at a charity shop in Devon, in excellent shape, to add to my other variations of this iconic album. I can see that you and I have very similar collections and taste, so I’ll enjoy your blog, for sure. My own blog regards the audio equipment and, to a lesser extent, the music from the 1960’s and 1970’s, so hopefully you’ll also enjoy my writing. Keep up the great work! Best wishes, Rob (VHFSE.wordpress.com).


    1. Hi Robert,

      Sorry for the slow response, as you can tell I’ve not written anything for almost a year, but having said that I’ve actually been listening to a lot of my vinyl last few months and have started to collect a few things from a great used vinyl shop in Birmingham called “The Diskery”, its been going for over 50 years. My main musical taste is the chart hits of my teenage years of the 1970’s. I’m going to revive my blog maybe by overhauling a few things. Thats for your comment its nice to find like minded people.

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