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PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2013 6:23 pm    Post subject: Jumbo Records  Reply with quote

A piece in the Guardian Travel supplement yesterday about regional England. James Brown, Former NME  writer, Inventor of Lads mag and inspiration for Reg, (only two of them are true) offers a homage to this Leeds Institution.

No idea how many pieces of 12" vinyl i have. It's about 8 foot long but i'm guessing a good yard has come from Jumbos. I still love the place, the little Rockabilly section is brilliant especially.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2013 7:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tis an institution without a doubt. A few years ago when record companies started reissuing classic albums on vinyl these were one of the first stockists. Bought some great John Coltrane stuff and Rare groove compilations on vinyl in there. I love it for a browse but alas as Independant music shops have to survive their prices have had to go up thus there vinyl and CDs are way more than on Amazon. I just hope they manage to survive the tidal wave of change that music buying has and is going through. Long Live Jumbo!
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2013 10:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can't find it on the www. Someone put a picture up on Twitter. I'd like to read it.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 10:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cutsyke wrote:
I can't find it on the www. Someone put a picture up on Twitter. I'd like to read it.


http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/...b/04/leeds-record-store-adventure
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks. Why couldn't I find that?
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I go in mostly these days to pick gig tickets up but always have a good long peruse around, I feel a bit strange doing that, maybe i worry too much but i always get the impression that they'll have a bit of a laugh at old giffers paying over the odds for indie music.  I would do it and have done it purely for the sake of supporting such a brilliant establishment but then again i look at the cool lass behind the counter and can't help thinking she's thinking "don't you pity us you silly sentimental  old sausage and if you think buying some Rolling Stones tribute band CD is going to impress me think again you  sad old lad" which is just what i thought when i got the Last spiritualised album there.

It's almost as if buying anything mainstream there  isn't encouraged and actually scorned. That's the way i feel about the place anyway
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 8:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You think too much. Buy what you feckin' like. Since when did music have age limits on it. Buy Spiritualized or buy a McFly cd. Its whatever rocks each individuals own soul that matters, not what the hep cats are into. Good art has no limits to who should be into it. All those too-cool-for-school chinstrokers can jump in the fucking canal for all I care. It's pop music. Nowt more nowt less. If it gets your foot a tappin' or your head a noddin' it's your business and no fucker else's.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 9:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I go in mostly these days to pick gig tickets up but always have a good long peruse around, I feel a bit strange doing that, maybe i worry too much but i always get the impression that they'll have a bit of a laugh at old giffers paying over the odds for indie music.  I would do it and have done it purely for the sake of supporting such a brilliant establishment but then again i look at the cool lass behind the counter and can't help thinking she's thinking "don't you pity us you silly sentimental  old sausage and if you think buying some Rolling Stones tribute band CD is going to impress me think again you  sad old lad" which is just what i thought when i got the Last spiritualised album there.

It's almost as if buying anything mainstream there  isn't encouraged and actually scorned. That's the way i feel about the place anyway


Not sure why I remember this but its stuck in the memory banks (cant remember my pin number or wedding anniversary but remember this) back in the day when Jumbo was in the Merrion they had a gold disc on display. It was this..

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it was in recognition of selling a boatload of copies of this cheesiest of disco hits.


First time I ever heard The Teardrop Explodes was in Jumbo. Good times.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2013 1:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Boom boom. Boom boom.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2013 1:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is so shite, it's almost good.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2013 1:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I never got that impression about Jumbo. I always got the feeling they were all music lovers pure and simple. I bought more Al Green albums from Jumbo than anything by any other artist or band. Now Al's not exactly left field is he? They were great and ordered loads for me and played them in the shop.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2013 6:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well i do buy what i like where i like, it makes no difference to me but its just the impression i get in the St Johns shop.

Never got it in the Merion center shop, i loved it in there. You on about the Merion center one Cuts? or the St Johns?

Now if a dedicated CD buyer like me can feel that whether it's right or wrong i think the management should think about that. Customer perception right or wrong is vital and i think they can do some things to make the place a lot more welcoming and inviting for Mr average, especially Middle aged Mr Average who seem to the only planks actually buying music these days on any format let alone something physical. Its true as well i rarely see any one actually buying something in the place young or old.

I get past it though, and its a place i always have a look around and will continue to support
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2013 11:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used to go to the Northern Soul allnighters at Sam's in Sheff in 1974-5 and tape the sounds on a cassette player. I used to play them back to the guys at Jumbo's and buy the singles. They knew the songs. Not sure how but I have a sneaky feeling one of the staff was actually a DJ at Sam's.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2013 3:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Think that might have been down to Trevor (I think that was his name), bloke who had a tashe and drank up East Street. Real nice fellow, like all the staff in there, I'm sure he was into Soul.

Phil, I'd love to know/hear about the Soul Scene in Leeds . I think Northern Soul is probably the most interesting, misunderstood and underground of all the youth cults. It also has some brilliant music.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 22, 2013 7:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good to see that you still have a nice independent record shop in your parts. Havent had the likes in Colchester since the late 90's i guess. We had two or three at one point.
The usual HMV store for us. And that nearly closed a month or two back..
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 22, 2013 10:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Since this thread ive forced myself to take the trouble of chatting to the staff and owner. Yeah, once you get going about music you realise how great the place is. Last time he was telling me about when he had John Grant playing outside a few weeks back. Bought a Phospheresence album as well during the course of the chat on the strength of it. You don't get that buying online or importing binary code through a telephone wire. Long live the record shop, viva Jumbos . Had a right laugh at one of Cuts' tweets about running out of the shop with a stolen LP on record day for old times sake.

err not that i've ever done owt like that, well not in Jumbos anyway
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I first got introduced to Northern Soul when I worked at Butlins Skeggy in 73-74. In Leeds they played it in the Central Club (which I think was in the Admiral (later Hollywood days and nights)) and in the bar downstairs at the Corn Exchange. The closest allnighters were at Samanthas in Sheff on a friday night. I used to drink in the Ostler's then get the train to Sheff at about 10.30pm.
This is in 1974-5.
My Northern Soul top 10 (in no order)

Out on the Floor - Dobie Gray
Landslide - Tony Clarke
The Snake - Al Wilson
Do I Love You - Frank Wilson
Here I go again - Archie Bell
Tell me it's just a rumour - Isleys
That Drivin' Beat - Willie Mitchell
If you ask me - Jerry Williams
There's a ghost in my house - R Dean Taylor
Baby hit and Run - The Contours

Any others out there 'Keeping the Faith'?
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 23, 2013 7:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Used to do loads of Scooter Rallies back in the 80's where there was a huge Northern Soul following going on and 'All Nighters' all the time.
Had mates that were well into the Northern Soul thang and one that has a huge collection still. Just didnt get into it myself. Suppose i was more into the Reggae/ Punky sounds to be heard on Rallies.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 23, 2013 11:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Northern Soul

I'm on my way - Dean Parrish

Needle in a hay stack - The Velvettes

Landslide - Tony Clarke

I've been hurt - Guy Darrell

Agent double o' soul - Edwin Starr

Had a decent NS collection in my younger years, them was the day's.


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