Category Archives: VINYL RECORDS

Selected ads from The Gramophone, September, 1955

The Gramophone is a monthly classical music magazine that was founded in 1923 by the English-born Scottish author Compton Mackenzie and his brother-in-law – Britain’s first DJ Christopher Stone.

Front cover of The Gramophone, September, 1955. Cost – one Shilling.

The issue I acquired is from September, 1955 – VOL. XXXIII – No. 388. It consists of 68 pages of classical and operatic musical reviews and features. There are a number of adverts dedicated to 1950s music recording technology and related accessories, a small selection of which are featured below.

W.H. Barnes LTD.

Monarch autochanger. Birmingham Sound Reproducers LTD.

Winel gramophone record storage cases.

A festival of favourites from Decca Records.

Record Housing with Nordyk cabinets.

Broadcaster stylus needles.

Trixette gramophones.

E.A.R. Balanced High Fidelity. A750 gramophones.

Collaro tape transcription units.

His Master’s Voice vinyl recordings.

Ferrograph tape unit.

Quad II amplifier.

Don Giovanni.

Columbia Records.


That’s all for this post. Thanks for looking 🙂

Vinyl Records: soundtracks from films and Cartoons

Alongside a decent collection of Star Wars vinyl records and a fairly eclectic mix of rock, metal, reggae and pop albums, I’ve been tenderly nurturing a set of mostly 80s French film and cartoon soundtracks. If you like Mad Max, Spider-Man, Pac-Man and MOTU then you may like these…

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome 12 inch album. 1985. Capitol Records.

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome 12 inch album. 1985. Capitol Records.

 

Les mysterieuses cites D'or 7 inch single. French pressing. Saban records. 1982.

Les mysterieuses cites D’or 7 inch single. French pressing. Saban records. 1982.

 

Spider-Man vinyl record from Power Records circa 1974.

Spider-Man vinyl record from Power Records circa 1974.

 

Superman Film Themes. French Pressing.

Superman Film Themes. French Pressing.

 

MOTU. 7 inch single. French pressing. Polydor. 1983.

MOTU. 7 inch single. French pressing. Polydor. 1983.

 

MOTU. 7 inch single and colouring book. Mattel AB. 1985.

MOTU. 7 inch single and colouring book. Mattel AB. 1985.

 

 Geoff Love Top TV Themes. UK pressing. 12 inch album. MFP 1972.

Geoff Love Top TV Themes. UK pressing. 12 inch album. MFP 1972.

 

Geoff Love. Star wars and other Space Themes. UK Pressing.

Geoff Love. Star wars and other Space Themes. UK Pressing.

 

Pac-Man French pressing 7 inch vinyl record, sang by Willy. 1983. Polydor Records.

Pac-Man French pressing 7 inch vinyl record, sang by Willy. 1983. Polydor Records.

 

La chanson de Kiki, 45 RPM record, 1978.

La chanson de Kiki. 7 inch record. WEA. 1978.

 

Godorak 12 inch album. French pressing. Saban Records and Music. 1982.

Godorak 12 inch album. French pressing. Saban Records and Music. 1982.

 

 

Star Wars Disco Theme - Galaxy 42. French pressing. CBS. 1977. The cover of this 7 inch single is inspired by a 1934 UK science fiction comic/magazine called Scoops.

Star Wars Disco Theme – Galaxy 42. French pressing. CBS. 1977. The cover of this 7 inch single is inspired by a 1934 UK science fiction comic/magazine called Scoops.

 

Albator 7 inch single. 1982. French pressing. Carrere.

Albator 7 inch single. 1982. French pressing. Carrere.

 

Star Wars Records… May The Vinyl Be With You!

SW vinyl records

The office of TVTA is rocking to the sounds of the Empire. Disco funk Jedi pop anthems are causing our neighbours to bang angrily on the wall. Even our office cat Wooof has dived for cover under the sofa (sorry, Wooof, I should never have played you “What can you get a Wookie for Christmas when he already has a comb”). But really neighbours and Wooof, get a grip… because Star Wars records are actually great fun to play, and even better to collect! The cover designs alone can make for many pleasing displays and range from movie stills to original artwork, while the musical offerings found within the grooves feature official John Williams soundtracks, Meco disco anthems, synth rock, jazz, electro, pop, reggae and most things inbetween – including a sizeable number of knockoffs and compilation features.

Here are a few highlights direct from my own collection. (Wooof, you can come out now, it’s just the pictures).

One of the first available recordings was the official soundtrack by composer John Williams. The album was released successfully worldwide and many editions contained a free poster.

Original soundtrack. 1977. 20th Century Records. French pressing. The first recording was the official soundtrack by composer John Williams. The album was released worldwide with many editions containing a free poster.

The poster artwork was by John Berkey. Look closely and you'll see more than one YT-1300 space vehicle. What's a YT-1300? Clue: Han and Chewie flew a heavily-modified version :)

The poster artwork was by John Berkey. Look closely and you’ll see more than one YT-1300 space vehicle. What’s a YT-1300? Clue: Han and Chewie flew a heavily-modified version 🙂


Disco themes…

Star Wars And Other Galactic Funk by Meco. 1977. RCA. UK pressing. In contrast to the symphonic glory of the original soundtrack was Meco Monardo's Galctactic Funk verson. Meco went on to reimagine many of the Williams Star Wars themes with his own brand of disco funk.

Star Wars And Other Galactic Funk by Meco. 1977. RCA. UK pressing. Standing in contrast to the symphonic glories of the original soundtrack was Meco Monardo’s Galctactic Funk verson. Meco went on to reimagine many of the Williams Star Wars themes with his special brand of disco funk.

Here's the Spanish pressing of the 12

Here’s the Spanish pressing of the 12″ Meco Supersingle La Guerra De Las Galaxias. RCA 1977.


Star Wars record tote…

In 1982, Disneyland Vista Records in the US produced a Star Wars record tote. This box was ideal for storing the many 7

In 1982, Disneyland Vista Records in the US produced a Star Wars record tote to store 7 inch vinyl records.

The tote was ideal for storing the many 7

The tote was ideal for storing the many 7″ vinyl Read-Along storybook and record sets that were being produced at the time, as well as other singles.


Jazz and blues…

Maynard Ferguson New Vintage. Japanes pressing. CBS. 1977.

Maynard Ferguson New Vintage. Japanese pressing. CBS. 1977.

Another Japanese pressing, this time it's Ron Carter's Empire Jazz. RSO. 1977.

Another Japanese pressing, this time it’s Ron Carter’s Empire Jazz. RSO. 1977.

The cover art features a fantastic stage lineup of Chewie on keys, 3P0 on double-bass, a Stormie on sax, and R2 rocking the drums! Vader seems to be enjoying the show so far... he doesn't appear to have force-choked anyone yet.

The cover art features a fantastic stage lineup of Chewie on keys, 3P0 on double-bass, a Stormie on sax, and R2 rocking the drums! Vader seems to be enjoying the show… he doesn’t appear to have force-choked anyone yet.


Han and Leia in love…

Boris Midney Music From The Empire Strikes Back. US import. RSO 1980.

Boris Midney – Music From The Empire Strikes Back. US import. RSO 1980.

John Williams - The Empire Strikes Back Symphonic Suite. US pressing. Chalfont. 1980.

John Williams – The Empire Strikes Back Symphonic Suite. US pressing. Chalfont. 1980.

The Adventures of Luke Skywalker. RSO. 1980.

The Adventures of Luke Skywalker. RSO. 1980.


Recognise the cool dude playing the piano?

Music From The Motion Picture Scott Joplin. US pressing. MCA. 1977.

Music From The Motion Picture Scott Joplin. US pressing. MCA. 1977.


Scoops…

Star Wars Disco Theme - Galaxy 42. French pressing. CBS. 1977. The cover of this 7 inch single is inspired by a 1934 UK science fiction comic/magazine called Scoops.

Star Wars Disco Theme – Galaxy 42. French pressing. CBS. 1977. The cover of this 7 inch single is inspired by a 1934 UK science fiction comic/magazine called Scoops.

Here's a pic of that 1934 Scoops cover. Artist unknown.

Here’s a pic of that 1934 Scoops cover. Artist unknown.

Looks like Dave Grohl's Probot found inspiration too.

Looks like Dave Grohl’s Probot found inspiration too.

Ha, looks like Wooof found inspiration too!

Ha, even Wooof is at it! Wooof, you are such a wizard with MS Paint!!


This is just a small selection of the Star Wars records I have. I try and add to the collection whenever I can. The postage can sometimes be a bit on the heavy side when ordering from outside your own country, but don’t let that put you off starting your own collection. If vinyl’s your thing there are plenty of themes to tempt you – I also dabble in movie and TV animation soundtracks. I hope to post some of those up at TVTA soon. Until then, I’ll leave you with a final vinyl goodie…  does the saber-wielding young pop Jedi below remind you of a famous footballer?


Star Wars knockoff... Chart Wars - May The Hits Be With You. UK pressing. Ronco. 1982.

Star Wars knockoff… Chart Wars – May The Hits Be With You. UK pressing. Ronco. 1982.