To celebrate the tenth Saltaire Festival the organisers of Record Club selected 10 vinyl albums that they think everyone should hear at least once in their lifetime.
You voted for your favourite, and we squeezed the top four into a great evening of music and chat.
The pakora was particularly strong, so we’ll try to make sure that it’s a bit easier on the pallet next time!
Photo’s should appear in the gallery soon…
Winner of the vote for the Saltaire Festival Special. Managed to beat Dark Side of the Moon and Rubber Soul in a popular vote. What does that tell you about the Record Club regulars?
4th in the vote for the Saltaire Festival event, a good ol’ bit of classic Beatles.
The album that everyone owns?
Very pleased that this made it into the Saltaire Festival Event. A big one from David’s teenage years. Listened to on a personal stereo much of the time back then, but great to hear it on vinyl again.
Sandwiched between the year defining events of 2012, the Jubilee and the Olympics, July’s event had a Jubilympics theme.
Here’s what YOU did…
You picked out some records that were released in either a Jubilee and/or Olympicyear, and that you wanted to hear at the July Record Club.
So WE selected some of them for the vote.
So YOU voted and you chose the records below.
Again it was a lovely intimate night, with record talk, nostalgia, good company and a fine bar (even if we were a bit more disorganised than usual).
Lovely to see both new and returning faces. Thanks to Daz for the photos
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At last a Jubilee record. God save the Queen!
Like many albums you think you know, for some of us this was the first time of hearing it all the way through. Intersting to hear it 35 years on, and trying to work out what all the fuss was about back then!
This was a big one for a few of us in our teenage years.
Winner of the Jubilympics vote, personally I was quite surprised. It had made it into the vote on a whim and went on to win it.
A popular choice that came second in theJubilimpics poll.
The instructions on the sleave read “Play at maximum volume” so we did. (Well obviously that would have been too loud – but it did sound good cranked up a bit!)
A box of records was given to the Record Club by a couple who were moving, and needed to get rid of their vinyl collection (long ago copied to digital). The records in the box include Hendrix, Dylan, Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, Fairport Convention, Martin Carthy, Madonna, Velvet Underground, Yes, Steeleye Span, Carly Simon, John Mayal, Cream, and more.
We put a few of these to the vote in order to pick 3 albums for the main event. Hendrix, The Velvet Underground, and Ian Dury canme out on top.
The box of records was available for people to pick through at the event, so we played a few tracks from the other records in between.
We also had Steve turn up with an ace collection of singles, so we were treated a few great 45’s fropm his collection. Maybe he’ll come and curate an evening for us in the future.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
This was voted as one of the records to be played at our June event.
David said: “Because our impression of Hendrix has probably been formed by many different influences, it’s interesting to listen to an album in full, and Axis has many great songs that you might not think would be the kind of thing Hendrix and co. would do.”
Ian Dury & The Blockheads
“I can’t help thinking that the title is probably a bit rude, knowing what Ian Dury was like” – Daz
The Velvet Underground
“I had this compilation album Diving for Pearls for years, with some great tracks on it, and Pale Blue Eyes is on there by Edwin Coillins and Paul Quinn. It wasn’t until I dug this out of our gifted box of records that I realised it was a cover” – David
In May, we played the vital vinyl that you’d rescue from the flames if your house was on fire.
For this event the turntable was at the mercy of the Record Club audience/members/punters. What would they save and why?
We had 8 people lined up, including: @boemason, @LeeGoater, @Mezandy, @Danbliboos, Nagbea, Paul, Brian, and Bill, bringing along about 30 minutes worth of music on vinyl, to show, tell and play for the rest of us.
We ended up with Nagbea, Bill, Paul, Brian, Andy, @boemason and @LeeGoater. Set lists below:
- Sweet Gene Vincent (Ian Dury)
- King Creole(Elvis)
- Hot Diggity Dog(1910Fruit Gum Co)
- Cuz it’s You Girl (James Walsh Gypsy Band)
- Natural Mystic(White label Band Mix) (Bob Marley)
- Rudi’s in Love (Locomotive)
- Life of Copntradiction(Joe Higgs)
- 20 Seconds to Comply (Silver Bullet Band)
- Young Americans(Bowie)
- Groovy People (Lou Rawls)
- Joy Division – Transmission
- The Sisters of Mercy – Marian
- Grant Hart – All of my Senses
- Sonic Youth – Hyperstation
- Bob Dylan – Boots of Spanish Leather
- Throwing Muses – Hate my Way
- Stan Freberg – John and Marsha
- Faust – Exercise with several hands on a piano
- Faust – Exercise with voices, drum and sax
- Faust – Faslhback Caruso
- (All from The Faust Tapes)
- The Fall – War
- The Fall – Cab Driver
- Cabaret Voltaire – Just Fascination
- Devo – Social Fools
- Devo – Turn Around
- Stan Freberg – The Word is Waiting for the Sunrise
Andy (@Mezandy) played:
- Bob Tilton (side one of “wake me when it’s spring time again” 7″ ep) songs – My very own rope & Ring o’ roses
- Policy of 3 (side one of the “American woodworking” 7″) song – Nine years old
- Polaris (side one of the Polaris/ Baby harp seal split 7″) song – Monkey puzzle
- Bob Tilton (side two of above) songs – Veronica & Gears Turn
- Baby Harp Seal (side two of split 7″ with Polaris) song – If you Saw me
- Voorhees (split 7″ with Stalingrad) Song – Powertrip
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This is the album that gave us the title for the House is on Fire event in May 2012.
It will probably never get played in full at the record club – more’s the shame. I only got this recently, but had it on tape from about 1987 I reckon.
Author, historian and “former vocalist with legendary local rock gods Phobia”, Gary Cavanagh hosted our April event.
His book, Noise of the Valleys, is all about Bradford’s music history between the years of 1976 and 1987.
But for this event he played 3 records from the Munich based ECM label. With 3 albums at his disposal he chose to play albums by the following artists:
With the exception of one or two people, the label and some of the artists were all new to most of us. Great to see some ECM, (and other vinyl) carried through the door by people coming to the event.
As usual the Record Club evenings are as much about good conversation, good company, and a good bar, as it is about the music. I think it’s fair to say that the music was loved by some, tolerated by others, but universally discussed and debated by everyone.
Next month we have the ‘House is on fire’ event. If you want to play some vinyl there,get in touch.
Another of the albums on ECM from bassist Miroslav Vitous.
This record has only 2 tracks, one on each side of the record.
Part of the ECM event, hosted by Gary Cavenagh.
This was Gary Cavaenagh’s final album of the night at the April 2012 event, and this was the record that turned him onto the German ECMlabel that inspired the whole of that event.
With Gary Cavenagh’s slot moving to April, we subbed in Record Club regular, Bill, to bring us a fine evening of vinyl music.
Bill said, “To give the American indie a whirl you can’t go far wrong with Come on Pilgrim by the Pixies, which is IMHO by far their best record, and at only 8 songs not too long. My favourite R.E.M. album is Murmur, which does stand up to being played right through, and conveniently contains a song called Pilgrimage – starting to see an emerging theme here…”
He also selected 3 other albums from Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles, and The Stone Roses, to be put to the vote for the final album of the night. Revovler came out on top, but we managed to slip in some tracks from the other albums as well.
Great to have a few tracks from those people had brought along as well, includingRock Lobster, and tracks from Zounds, The Cure, DJ Shadow, Husker Du,Curve, and many more.
“To give the American indie a whirl you can’t go far wrong with Come on Pilgrim by the Pixies, which is IMHO by far their best record, and at only 8 songs not too long.” – Bill, Record Club
“My favourite R.E.M. album” – Bill, Record Club
Selected with 58% of the vote, Revolver was the last album of the night in March 2012.
From snatched bits of conversation: Ringo’s drumming on Tomorrow Never Knows got praise; there were calls to play the whole thing again; some people cited it as their favourite Beatles album.
February’s record club was delivered in style by the good people at Buffet.
They picked two cracking albums, and the rest of us chose Blondie’s Parallel Lines as the third album via online vote.
Another relaxed evening of good company, good music, and fine refreshments. The Buffet crew experimented with some visuals which looked impressive, and even with some new fangled technology (a mixer!).
Buffet is a supersonic disco.
We’re called Buffet cos we put on a nice spread, including music, formation dancing (with resident dance troupe The Bet Lynch Mob!) and cheese on sticks. You can listen to us on the radio via http://www.bcbradio.co.uk – we deliver an hour long show channelling the vibes of Cheggars Plays Pop with a dash of Calendar.
Maria‘s choice for the Feb 2012 club:
“I’ve always wanted the Deal twins to adopt me as their triplet. I was torn between choosing this and Pod, which boasts triple Goddess action with Tanya Donelly on lead guitar. However, Last Splash is a more obvious crowd pleaser and features the mosh-masterpiece Cannonball, as well as other brilliant songs that range from total noise pop to the fantastically angular and odd. The Deal sisters ROCK, and Kelley knits handbags – what more do you need?!”
This was chosen as the third album for our Fanny Power event by quite a large majority, both online and in the room. It beat off competion from other great albums . Tracks from the contenders, PJ Harvey, Goldfrapp and Sister Sledge also got played!
Jenny Jet‘s choice for the Feb. 2012 club:
“When I was in Sixth Form all the boys had this album alongside Iron Maiden and The Clash (think it was something to do with the leotard-clad TOTP appearances) so I avoided it like the plague. But someone played it to me on my first day at Uni and was one of those amazing album moments when you know the world will look differently once the record finishes. She’s a complete musical genius and true maverick. Sensual World and The Dreaming are also great albums so it was hard to choose to be honest (the new album has its moments, but it also – sob – has Elton John…)”
The Record Club teamed up with the Shipley Film Society to present an evening of film and music.
We showed the film Moon, directed by David Bowie’s son, Duncan Jones , and scored by Clint Mansell from Pop Will Eat Itself.
The film was the British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) winner of the 2009 award for the Best British Independent Film. Duncan Jones was also awarded the BIFA Douglas Hickox Award. The film was also nominated for two BAFTAs at the 2010 awards. It won the award for “Outstanding Debut by a British writer, director or producer”.
Afterwards we played David Bowie’s Hunky Dory in full, on vinyl. It features the track “Kooks” apparently written for the birth of Duncan (also known as Zowie). We’ll also managed to find a PWEI’s single and a bunch of moon, space, stars related tunes.
Good film, good music, good company. Not bad for a Sunday in January.
The perfect follow up to a sci-fi film directed by his son.
This is Bowie’s 4th album, and the track ‘Kooks’ is dedicated to his young son, known to the world asZowie Bowie but legally named Duncan Zowie Haywood Jones, director of Moon.
Hopefully we’ll have some 1971 vinyl for you. Otherwise it will be re-issue version.
As Stu and Lucy were leaving and moving to London the next day, it seemed fitting that we used January’s Record Club to mark their move, and we thought why not do that with a ‘London’ theme. Both have been instrumental in getting Record Club going, so for that, and many other reasons, we’re sad to see then go.
Still we had a good time, kicking the evening off with the Clash’s London Calling in it’s entirety. (Yep, a whole double album!)
Unhalfbricking got a nice introduction from Stu – we’re still not sure if we played his mum’s copy, his dad’s copy, or one his dad got by nefarious means.
Various London themed singles and album tracks filled out the night. A bit of Madness, a bit of punk, some Motorhead live at Hammersmith, etc
Abbey Road by the Beatles was the last album of the night, with an original copy from Stu’s mum getting an outing. This was the record she bought with her first hi-fi because ‘it had good bass’.
A few singles later, (and some dancing – yeah, I know!) we closed the night with West End Girls by the Pet Shop Boys.
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This was played at the January 2012 event.
We had an original copy from Stu’s mum and it sounded great.
The perfect sound track for friends as they make a life changing move to the smoke?
“Great cover photo taken in Wimbledon and one of my favourite albums EVER. I have my dad’s vinyl copy too. Is that ok? Great mix of trad and modern,different tempos,ace singing and some sing-a-longs and amazing instrumental sections. It’s brill!”
This was our last club before Christmas 2011. We decided to mark the festive season with 3 great vinyl albums – but probably none of them would be by Slade, Shakin’ Stevens, or Wizzard. Then again perhaps that was what the punters wanted. We asked people to consider what they might bring along:
- Maybe it’s something you’d like to receive, or give?
- Maybe it something that just fits this time of year?
- Maybe it’s the anti-dote to commercial Christmas?
- Maybe it’s something you were given many years ago?
In the end, The Pogues made it due to some synchronicity of thought between a couple of people, both brining an album along. Moondog made it cos it seemed different and because he had a long white beard (honestly!), and Lennon seemed a popular choice – with the added bonus of only having one Christmas song on the album, right at the end.
45s and 12″ filled out the night with Dean McPhee‘s single going down well – you cansee him live on the 10th December. Mazzy Star’s Flowers in December seemed to be a hit, but Abba’s Happy New Year, not so…ach well, Daz will be back for the next one, so maybe we’ll get some tastier 45s.
The massive pile of old NME papers went down well. Something for everyone in there. Listening to records and reading the NME, takes me back.
See you in Jan.
Playing around with the Christmas theme, Stu turned up with ‘Rum Sodomy & the Lash’, an album by the band with that Christmas song, but without the Christmas song on it. At the same time, the album with the Christmas song on also turned up, so that cemented The Pogues as one of the records of the night. But which one? The Christmas song won the day.
This compilation album ends with “Happy Xmas (War is Over) / Give Peace A Chance (Reprise)”, so it’s not a bad choice around Christmas time. A bit of Lennon seemed like a good concensus choice for ending the evening, so that was that.
Moondog made the cut for the ‘A not quite Christmas special’ event, quite shamefully, because he looked a bit like Santa with his long white beard.
Highly recommended by a couple of the people at the event, for most of us this was pleasing new ground. Well worth checking out.