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  22nd Sep 2012, 10:28 AM#1  QUOTE  REPORT  
Mark76

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What I mean by this is a disgarded/dumped records in strange and unusual places?

My first experience of this was as a child rooting around the garden of a derelict house (as you do as a 7 year old!) and stumbling across a long forgotten late 70s Hot Chocolate 7 inch (my first exposure to the RAK label) obviously had been there some time and seen a few summers hence it's badly warped and melted edges!

Another one was when we moved into our new house I discovered a disgarded dansette record player behind the shed! Loads of Parlophone paper sleeves but no records! Then I uncovered a hidden stash of hundreds of Lyntone flexi disks! Loads of them, think they're still at the parents house somewhere!

Anyway, would love to hear everyone's stories, what did you find/what condition was it in?


  22nd Sep 2012, 10:45 AM#2  QUOTE  REPORT  
wurlitzer 1550a

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Don't know whether I should mention this. A friend of mine works at a Funeral Director's. It is common for the deceased to have requested to meet his maker with his favourite music. Not a problem with burials but due to pollution issues etc, vinyl, and other formats cannot be cremated. To avoid upsetting the families, items are taken out prior to cremation and frequently binned. A strange place to find records? Yes but I would not suggest to go rummaging through the bins at a Crematorium !!!!


  22nd Sep 2012, 2:42 PM#3  QUOTE  REPORT  
carey jeggs

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Mark76 wrote:
What I mean by this is a disgarded/dumped records in strange and unusual places?

My first experience of this was as a child rooting around the garden of a derelict house (as you do as a 7 year old!) and stumbling across a long forgotten late 70s Hot Chocolate 7 inch (my first exposure to the RAK label) obviously had been there some time and seen a few summers hence it's badly warped and melted edges!

Another one was when we moved into our new house I discovered a disgarded dansette record player behind the shed! Loads of Parlophone paper sleeves but no records! Then I uncovered a hidden stash of hundreds of Lyntone flexi disks! Loads of them, think they're still at the parents house somewhere!

Anyway, would love to hear everyone's stories, what did you find/what condition was it in?

Maybe RAK singles are like scorpions and will survive a nuclear conflagration.


  22nd Sep 2012, 3:48 PM#4  QUOTE  REPORT  
Paul Vinyl

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My sister found this in a Telephone Box in the early 70's,






  22nd Sep 2012, 4:04 PM#5  QUOTE  REPORT  
Oakley Boys

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I had a selection of records which to this day I cannot recollect where I had got them from. One of them was a demo of MIckey's Monkey by Choker Campbell ( since sold unfortunately) and another was Major Lance's Pride and Joy demo. I am fairly certain that I never paid for them and possibly found them dumped in a park in Collier Row in Essex.I think this was in the '70's.

Edited by Oakley Boys on 22nd Sep 2012, 4:05 PM

  22nd Sep 2012, 4:11 PM#6  QUOTE  REPORT  
nboldock

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Me and my mate found a copy of Nena's "99 Red Balloons" in the gutter in a street in Withernsea (on the North East coast, for non-UK folk!)... we were teenagers at the time and I'm sorry to say we smashed it to bits.

I do now own another copy though... :embarrassed:


  22nd Sep 2012, 4:26 PM#7  QUOTE  REPORT  
Boursin

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About a decade ago, a friend found a French Martha and the Vandellas "Nowhere To Run" EP, in beautiful EX/EX condition, in a municipal litter bin. If I recall correctly, it was in a lot of 5 or 6 discs, but all the others were completely nondescript and much later. He traded it to another friend, who traded it to me, who finally traded it to a UK Motown collector.



  22nd Sep 2012, 7:08 PM#8  QUOTE  REPORT  
Strawberry_Lynn

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When I was a teen, I found a copy of "She's Not There" by the Zombies on some waste ground, a song that I'd never heard before in my life. There was a half inch chunk missing from the grooves, but non-the-less, I took it home with me and had a listen to the second half of the song.

I loved it, and several years later I came across an original copy in a record shop called 'Mainly Singles', on Pink Lane, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, who sold mostly re-issue oldies, but also some unplayed originals

I then got to hear the song in full for the first time, and I've still got it!


  22nd Sep 2012, 8:01 PM#9  QUOTE  REPORT  
23Daves

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wurlitzer 1550a wrote:
Don't know whether I should mention this. A friend of mine works at a Funeral Director's. It is common for the deceased to have requested to meet his maker with his favourite music. Not a problem with burials but due to pollution issues etc, vinyl, and other formats cannot be cremated. To avoid upsetting the families, items are taken out prior to cremation and frequently binned. A strange place to find records? Yes but I would not suggest to go rummaging through the bins at a Crematorium !!!!

I really do hope that there haven't been any cases of deceased record collectors having their copies of "Vacuum Cleaner" by Tintern Abbey buried with them. A horrible waste something like that would be...

YouTube user Sids60Sounds recollects that he found a demo copy of "A Winter's Tale" by Genesis in a bush at school (http://youtu.be/CcyOMiYdvN8) and he and his classmates promptly began to use it as a frisbee.

Then there's the famous case of dozens of copies of Larry Lurex's "I Can Hear Music" being found in a skip.


  24th Sep 2012, 12:00 PM#10  QUOTE  REPORT  
Steel-River-Wet

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23Daves wrote:

Then there's the famous case of dozens of copies of Larry Lurex's "I Can Hear Music" being found in a skip.

Poor Freddie Mercury will be turnin' in his grave..


  28th Sep 2012, 10:01 PM#11  QUOTE  REPORT  
fanzine

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hi
my mate's Dad used to run a newsagent and somebody left a load
of reggae / ska (nu beat / Escort / white island etc ) on the counter. they were
never claimed and after about a month i got them.
i kept them for years and years ( found round-a-about 1973)
and actually sold them on evil bay 3 years ago.
which i now regret though the money was good !


  28th Sep 2012, 11:07 PM#12  QUOTE  REPORT  
freakbeatjames

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As a kid I used to take my dog for a walk at the field at the top of our road. While walking him one day I found a 45 stuck in the grass at an angle, broken. Then a little while later, another, also broken. Some kids had obviously been using their parents collection as frisbees as after half an hour i'd found loads. Almost all were broken apart from two, My boy lollipop and Peggy Sue which both came home with me and were consequently often played on my hand-me-down red and cream dansette.


  29th Sep 2012, 11:36 AM#13  QUOTE  REPORT  
carryonsidney

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I once spotted about 1000 albums in a skip but unfortunately was in the works van of the secondhand shop i used to work in so the boss claimed it all for his shop, I got a sandie shaw LP out of it, rest was tedium. No 45s though.


  2nd Oct 2012, 2:06 AM#14  QUOTE  REPORT  
Kent T

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A garbage man who knows me intercepted several huge cartons of 1950's and 1960's 45 RPM singles in sleeves and Jukebox EP 33 1/3 7" discs. He gave them to me and some discarded 1970's stereo components and turntables. I bought him a case of beer for his thoughtfulness.


  2nd Oct 2012, 9:30 AM#15  QUOTE  REPORT  
harry1958

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Not 45s but i recall in the 70s abt 73 i think was asked if me and my pal would help clear an old garage for someone who had bought a house and pocket maney being non existent the offer of 10 bob went down well so clearing away came across an old very old record player with wind up handle and maybe 50 78s all operatic i think the owner took the player and me and my mate then had fun smashing all the glass records we thought what fools and the ten bob never lasted long either dowwwwww.


  23rd May 2014, 9:03 PM#16  QUOTE  REPORT  
zabadak

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Not a 45 but a promo mini-CD

Many years ago, my friend "albert" (on here) and I went to the Dublin Castle on spec and saw a line-up of 3 or 4 bands. None was particularly whizzo but they were all quite good and we had a good evening.

One of the bands was called Lemonade Handgrenade. On the way out, on the floor, I spotted an empty card CD cover with their name on it. I said "Wouldn't it be grat if the CD were there as well?" Next to it, on the floor, there was the CD! I have magic powers! :cool:


  23rd May 2014, 9:55 PM#17  QUOTE  REPORT  
GeneRobertson

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23Daves wrote:
wurlitzer 1550a wrote:
Then there's the famous case of dozens of copies of Larry Lurex's "I Can Hear Music" being found in a skip.

Apparently, the story is they were found in a box in an empty flat. The catch? They were all bootlegs.



  23rd May 2014, 9:58 PM#18  QUOTE  REPORT  
GeneRobertson

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Again, not 45s but anyway............in 1970, my mum took a job as a cleaner in a hospital. Whilst cleaning up a room, she came across a cupboard of a doctor's (probably deceased) belongings. Amongst these were a pile of old classical 12" 78s. They were there for the taking, as no one wanted them.

So began my collection of 78s at 6 years old! Thanks Mum.


  23rd May 2014, 10:18 PM#19  QUOTE  REPORT  
dezwarteschijf

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The only record I found was about 30 years ago .. in The Netherlands we celebrate Queens day every year (now it's Kings day)

On that day kids and little children can sell there second hand stuff on carpets on the streets in every city in The Netherlands and every year I visit some of the city's around my place .. it's a real nice day to find lots of goodies .. toys, records, clothes .. anything people wants to sell you can buy for cheap.

After a long day going thru stuff it was about the time they were about to clean the streets (must be late in the afternoon) where there was a card board box left alone by someone ..

Looking inside that box there was a tiny turntable made for children .. plastic but in good shape and a few 33RPM records .. one was from "Henk Wijngaard" a Dutch singer .. the other ones I can't recall.

I took the box home and plugged the turntable and to my suprise it worked ..

It had build in speakers with a volume switch on top .. turning the switch louder made some disco lights turned up at the front of the turntable .. it was like magic as I was around 11 at that time.

I had that turntable some years before throwing it away because I couldn't find a matching needle for it and my parents bought me a real one instead.

That was because my parents owned a wooden cabinet wich had a Dual turntable inside with a radio and casette deck wich I used quite often when they where away or let me play with it .. they sold it .. and I was pretty sick about that.

The first real turntable I got was from my parents .. they bought me a stereo set for my room and at that time I allready owned some hundred 45's and a few 33's as well.

Never found any record since than .. :happy:


  23rd May 2014, 11:27 PM#20  QUOTE  REPORT  
sgt weatherman

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Only remember finding three 45's in a skip once Curved Air, Medicine Head and a rather nice Swedish copy of Nero & the Gladiators Entry Of The Gladiators which I still have


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