The first albums I bought were Columbia ten-inchers by Percy Faith, about 1953. I'm still fond of "Carnival Rhythms". I explored classical music by means of the public library (Walter's Mahler), and the Musical Masterpiece Society through the mail, budget ten-inchers of cheaply made European recordings, but not bad performances.
On Jul 30, 2013, at 5:42 AM, Don Cox wrote:
On 30/07/2013, Donald Clarke wrote:
> There's no way to know now, but I would dispute that kids were buying
> e.g. Belafonte's big hit albums. 1956 was the year I was 16 and went
> to work in a record shop, and kids didn't have enough money for albums
> then. But grownups were buying albums, not singles, and that's
> increasingly where the money was for the record companies, long before
> popcrock pushed evertyhing else off the Billboard chart.
I started buying albums when I first got a Summer job as a student. That
would be the Summer before going away to College.
I think my first purchase was Krips conducting Beethoven's Eighth, and
then Beecham doing the Enigma Variations. An album of "Chicago Style
Jazz" with a cover by Ben Shahn and a best of Billie Holiday. Chris
Later on, "Songs for Swinging Lovers", "Such Sweet Thunder", and a few
This is all around 1960-1.
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