Music matters - with John Murray

John Murray
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It was so nice to see some vinyl memories response in Your Letters in last week’s issue.

Amazing to think how busy the initial High Street Bruce’s was being the only trendy record shop in town.

Manager was Paddy O’Connell then and he went on to produce indie hits with national recognition. His sister Rosie was singer in local band Raspberry with keyboard player Tom Taylor and they backed Don Fardon on tour.

His top 3 hit Indian Reservation meant they also did Top Of The Pops.

After Bruce’s moved to Whytescauseway it became Sleeves after Bruce Findlay sold up and manager Ian and his partner bought this and the Falkirk site in Cow Wynd in order to continue.

Author Ian Rankin in his early teens would discover his punk and alternative rock right here helped by the knowledgeable staff.

Danny Holland for one was in The Receiving End band then Gordon Blair found success as producer and DJ as ZBD. He released hardcore limited white label 12” vinyl on the Shoop! label like Bass X and QFX and as a DJ played to huge rave crowds at Rezerection in the early 1990s.

In 1976 Sleeves, like other chains, would import US deleted LPs in bulk known over there as ‘cut outs’ as, although many were shrink wrapped would have a slot cut out the corner like a punched ticket.

They sold from 99p to £1.99 and to this day I regret not buying The Beatles US only album Yesterday And Today for that price as I already had the tracks on it. Now extremely rare due to the withdrawn sleeve design of the boys with dolls and butcher meat it sells to collectors today for around £3500.

In fact a sealed copy in the US has a guide price of $25000. John Lennon offered to sell his own copy in 1976 for $11 million.

Lennon once feared that after the many rejections they had in 1961 the only label that would sign them would be ‘Embassy’. That was Woolworth’s own label of cover versions of hits – a poor substitute.