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  18th Jun 2011, 6:22 PM#1  QUOTE  REPORT  
Maxonian

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Let's first of all talk about how many London records Mr. McKie has! Then how many of us missed other gems around the 2nd hand shops in the 60s looking only for London records.


  19th Jun 2011, 2:55 PM#2  QUOTE  REPORT  
Oakley Boys

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By all accounts Mr McKie has a wonderful collection of London and I admire him for that. It certainly dwarfs my 299 Harvest singles and 109 Track singles (demo's included in case you wondered)


  19th Jun 2011, 7:11 PM#3  QUOTE  REPORT  
Maxonian

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Posts: 1984
Over 2300 at the last count. Wonderful. But how important that we missed collecting other labels in our search for London. At least I also looked for Vogue records and Felsted.


  19th Jun 2011, 8:27 PM#4  QUOTE  REPORT  
sladesounds

Sex & Drugs & 45s (Its All My Brain & Body Needs)
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360 London 7" as at today.



  24th Jun 2011, 4:51 PM#5  QUOTE  REPORT  
David M. McKee

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Posts: 2503
I've got 2,259 Londons at present and need another 245 for the set (only adds up to 2,504 45s I know, because 78 were only issued on 78rpm.)
I didn't miss out on collectng other artists though, and had a complete run of Elvis singles up to 1966, also all Gene Vincent's Capitol and Columbia stuff, I had lots of John Barry, Freddy Cannon, the Beach Boys, Adam Faith, Billy Fury, Gene Pitney, Buddy Holly and the Crickets, Neil Sedaka, Brenda Lee, Bob Luman, Marty Wilde, Cliff and the Shads.
Transferred the lot to tape and sold them in 1967 when I got married, got a mortgage and kids and money was short. How I regretted that later on!


Edited by David M. McKee on 21st Sep 2011, 11:36 AM

  24th Jun 2011, 4:56 PM#6  QUOTE  REPORT  
KeithS

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I bet you're glad you've got us to tell that to.....tell people that in your local pub and you'll soon have the table to yourself

Edited by KeithS on 24th Jun 2011, 4:57 PM

  24th Jun 2011, 7:56 PM#7  QUOTE  REPORT  
Oakley Boys

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How soooooooo true Keith. 'He's ok to talk to.... just don't mention collecting records!'
Also just checked my London collection.. a mere 304 which pales considerably in comparison. Still I suppose it depends when you were born really and what music you were brought up listening to ( My excuse and I'm sticking to it).

Edited by Oakley Boys on 24th Jun 2011, 9:22 PM

  24th Jun 2011, 10:26 PM#8  QUOTE  REPORT  
carryonsidney

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not sure how many Londons, I have, probably at 250 singles/ eps and a fair few albums, gotta to fiqure out how to divide my excel sheets in order to 'count' artists/ labels.


  25th Jun 2011, 7:44 AM#9  QUOTE  REPORT  
Dr Doom

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carryonsidney wrote:
not sure how many Londons, I have, probably at 250 singles/ eps and a fair few albums, gotta to fiqure out how to divide my excel sheets in order to 'count' artists/ labels.

You can view your collection 'by label' on 45cat.

By label

It wouldn't surprise me if Orbiting Cat expands the 'my collection' feature at some point in the future to include totals for artists/labels. We were kind of waiting to see if the feature was popular first, and it does seem to be.




  25th Jun 2011, 8:30 AM#10  QUOTE  REPORT  
Oakley Boys

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I have listed my collection on Excel (it took a while) so I can tell exactly how many of each label and artist I have at the click of a button. I've also got a list of all the 50's and 60's UK singles hits, taken from The Guinness Book, which I use in my quest to get a copy of every one. Referring to an earlier thread about rarest chart hits I reckon Shaye Cogan's 'Mean To Me' is probably the hardest to find by all accounts- 1 week @no 40 in 1960.


  25th Jun 2011, 8:39 AM#11  QUOTE  REPORT  
YankeeDisc

When in doubt.......accelerate........
Joined: Dec 2010
Posts: 3527
....I have a piss poor 53 (or so) London releases, and I make no apologies.

I just used to collect them as was my want, and collected other older copies as and when. I do admire the dedication that some of the members show in their quest - me, I'm off to find the The Golden Fleece.........


  6th Jul 2011, 12:03 PM#12  QUOTE  REPORT  
Tony P

Joined: Feb 2011
Posts: 754
Which are the rarest London singles?

I used to know two London label collectors: GM of Enfield and MT of Hayling.
I still have MT's list of which 45's he didn't have. Taking those 45's with no image on 45cat, removing those which MT had and removing those which I have seen offered for sale over the years leaves the following:
8027, 8070(x), 8092(x), 8094(x), 8129, 8138, 8146(x),
8178, 8187(x), 8198, 8204(x), 8208, 8219(x), 8234(x), 8306, 8401(d)(x), 8507

x indicates I have a 78 or have seen a 78 for sale.
d indicates there is an image of a demo version on 45cat.

I have only considered HL8001 to HL10000

The following were only issued on 78's and I have not seen offered for sale:
All numbers start HL80
28,34,38,44,49,50,52,54,57,72,73,74,75,88,97,98

UPDATED 02/10/13

Edited by Tony P on 3rd Oct 2013, 3:32 PM

  6th Jul 2011, 3:31 PM#13  QUOTE  REPORT  
Hawkmarty

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I have been (half-heartedly I admit) after a demo copy of HLZ 10053 for many years. Never seen one.


  8th Jul 2011, 9:46 PM#14  QUOTE  REPORT  
gordon7009

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Joined: Apr 2011
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2,259 Londons!! Wow David, that's dedication! As I only have around 2800 45's in total (probably around 35 London, but no reissues or unplayable ones with the Tri's missing!) my hat is off to you, sir.


  19th Oct 2011, 1:02 AM#15  QUOTE  REPORT  
slotman17

Joined: Sep 2011
Posts: 515
I have just over 1,200 London singles in my collection which I thought was a pretty good effort until I read how many David McKee has!

I have concentrated my collection mainly on those after HL 9000...
a) because those are the ones I remember better from my youth, and
b) a lot of the HL 8xxx singles are prohibitively expensive these days.

I am trying to complete a collection of all the issued singles in the HL 9000 to HL 10000 series and am currently 62 short of that aim.



  18th Dec 2011, 6:33 PM#16  QUOTE  REPORT  
David M. McKee

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I still need 17 in the 9000 to 10000 range


  18th Dec 2011, 7:59 PM#17  QUOTE  REPORT  
Bobzyeruncle

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Joined: Dec 2011
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I used to have more on 78's than 45s. :shocked:
My latest acquisition was 45-HLK 9643, Mel Torme's "Comin' Home Baby".
Perhaps, once "33 1/3 cat" goes online, I'll have shed-loads to put on that .
To this day, I find it odd that Monty Sunshine's L.P.s were released on London American rather than Decca. I have a hard time comprehending how these were first available on Kapp. (Maybe someone will illuminate this.)
I already know the story behind The Who coming out on Brunswick.

Edited by Bobzyeruncle on 18th Dec 2011, 8:00 PM

  19th Dec 2011, 3:05 PM#18  QUOTE  REPORT  
carey jeggs

Don't start me off on the British Invasion.
Joined: May 2011
Posts: 2326
Bobzyeruncle wrote:
I used to have more on 78's than 45s. :shocked:
My latest acquisition was 45-HLK 9643, Mel Torme's "Comin' Home Baby".
Perhaps, once "33 1/3 cat" goes online, I'll have shed-loads to put on that .
To this day, I find it odd that Monty Sunshine's L.P.s were released on London American rather than Decca. I have a hard time comprehending how these were first available on Kapp. (Maybe someone will illuminate this.)
I already know the story behind The Who coming out on Brunswick.

Monty Sunshine's version of Gonna Build A Mountain was released on London in the UK the same week as Hully Gully by Delbert McClinton was released on Decca.When I saw these records listed in the Decca new releases advertisement in the NME at the time I assumed they had got the label and cat. number details the wrong way round.It transpired that this was not the case.I subseqently assumed that Monty Sunshine had been working in America but his Wiki entry is very brief and does not mention this.


  19th Dec 2011, 3:25 PM#19  QUOTE  REPORT  
Paul Vinyl

Joined: Feb 2011
Posts: 1670
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When people collect the London Label, is it only the Black Labels from the 50s/60s/ or just with the Cat HL that they collect, or do you collect everything,
Fine Young Cannibals, Blancmange,Bananarama, etc etc?






  19th Dec 2011, 3:31 PM#20  QUOTE  REPORT  
Paul Vinyl

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Posts: 1670
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Another question whats with the cat numbers

HL 1149 Oct 1954

Then it jumps up to

HL 8004 Oct 1954

Why didn't they start with HL 0001?

Edited by Paul Vinyl on 19th Dec 2011, 4:31 PM

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