Buying the albums sampled on “You Can All Join In”.
This was possibly the hardest to find in any proper form, though I did buy a “wrong” copy of the LP in the summer of 1976. I was working then in the Labour Exchange (as Job Centres were known then) on West Street in Sheffield, UK, with an hour lunch break. Two minutes walk from there was a second hand record store called “Rare and Racy”, in which I spent the greater part of those lunch breaks. One day I found the cover of this group’s first LP “Somewhere Down The Line” in the racks, and decided to buy it. To prevent theft, the actual vinyl discs were kept behind the counter. Having presented the cover, the LP in its paper sleeve was handed over to me to inspect. To my surprise, I found that the paper labels on both sides of the record had been removed, and my suspicions were aroused, as the LP could be anything!
One curious effect of getting into all this by dint of the original purchases of the samplers, the serial numbers of the sampled LPs were at that time firmly imprinted on my mind (and indeed some still are!). I therefore looked for the serial number imprinted in the vinyl round the space where the label had been, as is the case with all LPs. There I found “ILPS 9095”, and immediately realised the vinyl was in fact “Moves of Vegetable Centuries”! I was therefore able to negotiate a small discount on the price, as the cover and the record did not match.
Anyway, as can easily be seen, this record takes the prize for the weirdest LP title. It gets another prize as well, as we shall see in the next post.