Sunday, June 16, 2013

Five 45 finds

I've picked up some interesting 45s in the last couple of days at a charity shop yesterday and a car boot sale this morning. All are quite collectable and, even though they aren't in pristine condition, they are still worth having.
1. The Cheynes - Down and Out/ Stop Running Around. Released in 1965. Mint value £100.
London band The Cheynes had three R and B styled singles released, none of which made the charts, but the group's members went on to bigger things. Leader Pete Bardens was later in Them, Shotgun Express and Camel, guitarist Phil Sawyer was with the Fleur de Lys, and drummer Mick Fleetwood made his name with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers before forming Fleetwood Mac. Both sides are good bluesy numbers, the B side having been written by Bill Wyman.
2. The Beatles - Please Please Me/ Ask Me Why. Released in 1963. Mint value £200.
The Beatles first number one is very common on the black Parlophone label, but this first pressing with a red label is surprisingly hard to find, hence the high value for good quality copies.
 3. Elvis Presley - Tryin' To Get To You/ Lawdy Miss Clawdy. Released in 1957. Mint value £50.
A great double sider from the time when Elvis could do no wrong - the A side (of a song first recorded by a group called the Eagles), recorded at Sun in 1955, and the B side, a cover of the Lloyd Price hit, at RCA in 1956. Both are superb.
 4. Gene Vincent - A Gene Vincent Record Date EP - Part 1. Released in 1959. Mint value £75.
Four excellent tracks from the great Gene Vincent on this EP - Five Feet Of Lovin', The Wayward Wind, Somebody Help Me and Keep It A Secret.  Here are the two more up tempo tracks from the record.
5. Rufus Thomas - Jump Back With Rufus Thomas EP. Released in 1965. Mint value £50.
One of the first big names to emerge from Stax was Rufus Thomas, a bluesman and local Memphis DJ who made his first record in 1943. The EP features two Rufus originals (Jump Back and I Want To Be Loved) and two covers (John Lee Hooker's Boom Boom and Lee Dorsey's Ya Ya).  Here's a live version of the title track from Ready Steady Go.


At 8:52 pm , Anonymous Harry van Vliet said...

Wow ! what a great Rufus Thomas EP ! And what did you pay for it ? 50p ? :)
Nick are you going to Porretta this year ? We've just booked our tickets ... the Amsterdam posse is growing again . There's 11 of us now ! Take care Harry

At 9:37 pm , Blogger Nick said...

Yes I'll be at Porretta. So will Arsenal Dave and quite a few others. Looks like a great line up. Looking forward to meeting up with the Amsterdam posse again!
PS The Rufus Thomas EP was 10p!

At 8:12 pm , Anonymous John S said...

Nice 45 finds Nick. Particularly jealous of the Presley and Beatles.


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