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  28th Jul 2011, 2:01 AM#1  QUOTE  REPORT  
metters28

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I love weird & unusual formats. I've seen 5" discs, flexi discs, square discs and shaped discs. Anyone else seen any different odd formats? (I'd also like to hear about unusual coloured vinyl or cool picture discs)


  28th Jul 2011, 3:04 PM#2  QUOTE  REPORT  
dn784533

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You might want to look out for a 1979 single by one Freda Gothenburg, "Like A Dream", one side of which had a centre start. I no longer have my copy, but I recall that the sleeve asked "Is this the world's first backwards playing record?" - to which the answer is definitely no: the French Pathé company were producing centre start discs in 1906, and radio transcription discs from the 1940s and '50s often started at the centre as they were easier to cue up (apparently).

Parallel-groove records can be quite fun - for example this one, which is still very easy to find. (Slightly off-topic, but in the 78rpm era these "puzzle records" were very popular. I used to have one with eight grooves per side, each track lasting about 25 - 30 seconds.)

Then there's the RRRecords "RRR 100" - consisting of 100 locked grooves! An LP version with 500 also exists.


  28th Jul 2011, 4:40 PM#3  QUOTE  REPORT  
lester

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Did anyone buy a copy of the Gay Bikers on Acid LP called drill your own hole, which I believe on certain copies you had to, wbet a lot of records were ruined in the process


  28th Jul 2011, 4:55 PM#4  QUOTE  REPORT  
poohbear

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Fightstar's single "Deathcar" (CDVINSRE 07) was available as a VinylDisc, 1 side vinyl the other CD


  29th Jul 2011, 9:53 AM#5  QUOTE  REPORT  
Tony P

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See Cirrus: S JET 12 123


  29th Jul 2011, 12:53 PM#6  QUOTE  REPORT  
Tony P

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See also Richard Myhill and
116-45


  29th Jul 2011, 5:13 PM#7  QUOTE  REPORT  
Billy Two

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lester wrote:
Did anyone buy a copy of the Gay Bikers on Acid LP called drill your own hole, which I believe on certain copies you had to, wbet a lot of records were ruined in the process

The Gaye Bykers On Acid LP actually just had non-holed paper labels, so you could push the spindle through - not quite as potentially destructive !


  29th Jul 2011, 5:14 PM#8  QUOTE  REPORT  
lester

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Billy Two wrote:
lester wrote:
Did anyone buy a copy of the Gay Bikers on Acid LP called drill your own hole, which I believe on certain copies you had to, wbet a lot of records were ruined in the process

The Gaye Bykers On Acid LP actually just had non-holed paper labels, so you could push the spindle through - not quite as potentially destructive !

gutted, those grebo's, never as good as pop will eat itself


  29th Jul 2011, 11:16 PM#9  QUOTE  REPORT  
fatpizzaman

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I've seen a triangular shaped 45 called "Gimmix!" by John Cooper-Clarke.


  13th Aug 2011, 2:42 PM#10  QUOTE  REPORT  
TonyCurrie

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Don't have it to hand any more - I sold it - but I had a copy of the theme from the Yorkie TV commercial, titled "Truckin' Along" which was pressed as an oblong shape on chocolate-coloured vinyl and the sleeve was exactly the same design as a Yorkie bar!


  13th Aug 2011, 2:46 PM#11  QUOTE  REPORT  
headcoat

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You can get etched B-sides, I have seen a few of them, the first one I recall is Split Enz


  14th Aug 2011, 11:20 AM#12  QUOTE  REPORT  
Paul Vinyl

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fatpizzaman wrote:
I've seen a triangular shaped 45 called "Gimmix!" by John Cooper-Clarke.





  25th Aug 2011, 4:28 PM#13  QUOTE  REPORT  
alan5000

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Some of the strangest I've seen are the postcard flexi's produced behind the Iron Curtain in th 1960's and 70's...weird to have a flexi embossed onto a postcard.! Most are Russian or Polish.


  26th Aug 2011, 8:30 AM#14  QUOTE  REPORT  
dinker

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I can remember in the mid 60s when i was a toddler, my first "record player" was a fisher price sort of thing with steel needles.
There was a whole series of 6" vinyl records with yellow labels sold along with them although i cant remember the label name.


  27th Aug 2011, 1:55 PM#15  QUOTE  REPORT  
djraggy

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dinker wrote:
I can remember in the mid 60s when i was a toddler, my first "record player" was a fisher price sort of thing with steel needles.
There was a whole series of 6" vinyl records with yellow labels sold along with them although i cant remember the label name.

Ah yes, one of those Louis Marx battery operated record players styled like an old wind-up gramophone. The records were (if my memory's correct) "Kidditunes" which played at 78rpm.

By the way they do turn up on eBay from time to time - I've seen a couple on there today with bids ranging from £10 - £15.


  7th Sep 2011, 9:55 PM#16  QUOTE  REPORT  
dirtypj

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I have a postcard that plays Return to Sender by Elvis Presley.


  21st Sep 2012, 7:30 PM#17  QUOTE  REPORT  
Stepping Razor

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  21st Sep 2012, 8:53 PM#18  QUOTE  REPORT  
pjlazenby

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Super Furry Animals released a couple of albums that are great for vinyl fetishists. 2003's "Phantom Power" was a three-sided double (fourth side etched), while its predecessor "Rings Around The World" (2001), while a four-sided double, had one side that played from the centre out.

Additionally, "Rings" came in a gatefold that had one pocket sealed, so both LPs slipped into the same side. As a consequence, many people may have been unaware of the enclosed free 7" - accessed by reaching right through the opened out sleeve. This was a one-sided white label with a locked groove just one rotation long, situated at the mid-point between the edge and the label! The 'loop' was of a keyboard motif that can be heard on the coda to the band's "All That Shit U Do" (included on the "Rings" DVD).


  21st Sep 2012, 9:10 PM#19  QUOTE  REPORT  
An6y66

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I have a single which has a CD a side and a vinyl b side. That's pretty wierd


  21st Sep 2012, 11:16 PM#20  QUOTE  REPORT  
Auto_Da_Fe

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This one has two holes, and suggests playing at any speed...


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