Robyn's Secret Passage
My Parents' Record Collection
My first purchase of a recorded piece of music was a compilation tape called "The Hit Zone". I was 10 years old and I only bought it because it has "The Power of Love" by Huey Lewis and the News on it. Sadly the tape broke a few months later due to it being left unprotected and getting dust and stuff inside it. This has since taught me that tapes, records and CDs come in protective cases for a reason.
But before I started buying my own music. I got my musical thrills partly from my parents record collection. The record collection was definitely part of my childhood and has shaped me and made me the person I am today. A bit.
Before my parents got married they both had their own record collections. My father had a variety of records including classical and those James Last records that people are getting into at the moment. He had a method of cataloging them with little labels that were numbered. My mother had no cataloging system. When they got married and combined their records the one record that was doubled was the soundtrack to the film "Dr Zhivago".
My parents belonged the World Record Club, which, in the late seventies, sent out complimentary records. This is supposedly the origin of musical masterpieces by such respected artists as Rolf Harris, Nana Mouskouri and a personal favourite "Non-stop Party Hits". It is also the origin of the album that everyone's parents has, "Hot August Night", by Neil Diamond.
Here's a list of the best and the most distinctive albums in my parents record collection.
Victor Borge Caught in the Act
Breakfast at Tiffany's Soundtrack
Neil Diamond Hot August Night
Dick Hyman Moog
High Society Soundtrack
The Geisha Feilding Community Players
Gilbert and Sullivan The Mikado
Golden Hour of Best Loved Fairy Stories Famous people
Arlo Guthrie Alice's Restaurant
Rolf Harris All Together Now
Francis Lai A Man and a Woman
James Last Trumpet A Go Go
Nana Mouskouri The Magic of
Mike Oldfield Tubular Bells
Music for the Millions I don't know...
Bobby Richards Orchestra Great Film Themes III
The Seekers Seen in Green
Simon and Garfunkel The Graduate
Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture