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 Posted:   May 18, 2011 - 2:55 PM   
 By:   Bromhead   (Member)

Always used Dean Street Records in the early 80s for my vinyl like SHOGUN ASSASSIN,THE BEYOND,BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS,THE BOOGEY MAN ect and visited them each time i took a trip to London on a buying spree.......those where the days before buying online :-).........

 
 Posted:   May 18, 2011 - 5:01 PM   
 By:   agentMaestraX   (Member)

Now your talking!
I was very interested in collection John Carpenter scores as I had been a huge fan and belonged to the fan club here in the UK! I saw an advert in the James Bond 007 fan club magazine advertising 58 Dean St Records ' a source for film soundtracks' and also a shop called 'Movie Boulevard' in Leeds.
So everytime I had an opportunity I visited the store in dean st and began my immense collection of vinyl - To this day I still have my wonderful collection and their shop bags!
I can remember them having pretty much every score by JC so I purchased the lot - 10 in all!
I got to know the owners quite well - Martin, Phillip and the scary guy!
On occasions to London I would go into the shop to find out the new releases and seem to purchase somewhat two or more vinyls at each visit!
Some rarities I have is an australian Raiders & Doom gatefoldout colour sleeve vinyls of the entire film in pictures and I purchased ALL the Elm St scores there aswell!
It was such a great atmosphere and I can remember when decided on buying your record you hand it over to whoever was on duty and he went back into the stockroom and brought out a BRAND NEW/FACTORY PRESSED RECORD. Then I saw them put the original record back on display! I remember going to their new premises near Oxford Circus but they began to offload their vinyl soundtracks and were more into shows and cd scores!
Miss them but I STILL see Martin now and again!
Great Times>>!

 
 Posted:   May 18, 2011 - 10:34 PM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

It was interesting at the time to see them incorporating the first soundtrack CDs into their displays. There was much doubt about whether CD would catch on, but they embraced the format from the start, displaying them in some rather awkward wall racks that swung outwards from the wall.
I was a supporter of soundtrack CDs at that point, having tired of the useless pressings so many soundtrack LPs suffered from. So I bought quite a few of those early CDs from them.
If I recall correctly, the Gerhardt Empire Strikes Back and Kojian Robin Hood were two of the earliest I bought there.

 
 
 Posted:   May 19, 2011 - 11:48 AM   
 By:   siriami   (Member)

Thought readers might like to see what 58 Dean Street looked like in its heyday: link here

http://www.flickr.com/photos/63085853@N02/?saved=1

Must have taken these around 1980 - 1981, I reckon.
Alistair

 
 Posted:   May 19, 2011 - 12:11 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Thought readers might like to see what 58 Dean Street looked like in its heyday: link here

http://www.flickr.com/photos/63085853@N02/?saved=1

Must have taken these around 1980 - 1981, I reckon.
Alistair


And round the corner is where the local drunks used to hang out. LOL

 
 Posted:   May 19, 2011 - 12:32 PM   
 By:   Julian K   (Member)

Thought readers might like to see what 58 Dean Street looked like in its heyday: link here

http://www.flickr.com/photos/63085853@N02/?saved=1

Must have taken these around 1980 - 1981, I reckon.
Alistair


Nice, thanks!

Where is/was that Flashbacks shop? It doesn't look like the one I used to visit, in Silver Place.

 
 Posted:   May 19, 2011 - 12:33 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)




Apologies to G'Kar. big grin

I believe that when we leave a place, part of it goes with us and part of us remains. Go anywhere when it is quiet, and just listen. After a while, you will hear the echoes of all our conversations, every thought and word we’ve exchanged. Long after we are gone, our voices will linger in these walls for as long as this place remains. But I will admit that the part of me that is going will very much miss the part of you that is staying.

 
 
 Posted:   May 19, 2011 - 1:04 PM   
 By:   Montana Dave   (Member)




Apologies to G'Kar. big grin

I believe that when we leave a place, part of it goes with us and part of us remains. Go anywhere when it is quiet, and just listen. After a while, you will hear the echoes of all our conversations, every thought and word we’ve exchanged. Long after we are gone, our voices will linger in these walls for as long as this place remains. But I will admit that the part of me that is going will very much miss the part of you that is staying.


Ooohh - in the window I see 'Octopussy', 'Days of Heaven' & 'Mary Queen of Scots'. Damn I miss pawing through record bins. (I miss pawing through cd bins! If I recall correctly, either around the corner in the photo or, on this actual street, there were indeed sex-shops that made me think my cab driver was lost when he dropped me off. Nothing I hadn't seen before in San Francisco, but it just was a bit of a surprise. I think it was because I was in England and of course......The English don't have sex - as everyone knows.
Sort of like that scene in the porn cinema in 'American Werewolf in London'. wink

 
 Posted:   May 19, 2011 - 1:14 PM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

Everyone thinks of them as "58 Dean Street Records" but I assume they were really just "Dean Street Records" and happened to make the 58 on the left of their banner a bit too large.
Anyone recall if they were they listed in directories as 58 Dean Street Records, or just Dean Street Records?

 
 
 Posted:   May 19, 2011 - 1:26 PM   
 By:   Mike_J   (Member)

Thought readers might like to see what 58 Dean Street looked like in its heyday: link here

http://www.flickr.com/photos/63085853@N02/?saved=1

Must have taken these around 1980 - 1981, I reckon.
Alistair


And round the corner is where the local drunks used to hang out. LOL


Well mate, you had to have somewhere to go for lunch......

 
 
 Posted:   May 19, 2011 - 1:27 PM   
 By:   Mike_J   (Member)

Thought readers might like to see what 58 Dean Street looked like in its heyday: link here

http://www.flickr.com/photos/63085853@N02/?saved=1

Must have taken these around 1980 - 1981, I reckon.
Alistair


What an awesome photograph. Talk about bringing back memories. Thanks.

 
 Posted:   May 19, 2011 - 1:51 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Thought readers might like to see what 58 Dean Street looked like in its heyday: link here

http://www.flickr.com/photos/63085853@N02/?saved=1

Must have taken these around 1980 - 1981, I reckon.
Alistair


And round the corner is where the local drunks used to hang out. LOL


Well mate, you had to have somewhere to go for lunch......


They always saved the best spot for you. LOL

 
 Posted:   May 19, 2011 - 2:40 PM   
 By:   Doug Raynes   (Member)

Everyone thinks of them as "58 Dean Street Records" but I assume they were really just "Dean Street Records" and happened to make the 58 on the left of their banner a bit too large.
Anyone recall if they were they listed in directories as 58 Dean Street Records, or just Dean Street Records?


They definitely advertised themselves as "58 Dean Street Records".

 
 
 Posted:   May 19, 2011 - 2:42 PM   
 By:   soundtracksi   (Member)

great shots , full of so many memories ,

talk about spot the cover, top soundtracks

 
 
 Posted:   May 19, 2011 - 6:44 PM   
 By:   brofax   (Member)

What memories that photo brings back. Anytime I stayed in London it was straight down to 58 having checked into hotel. It was so engrossing that a few times the guys had to gently remind me that it was time to close up for the day but were always willing to wait a little longer so you could decide how many of the 20 LP's you had in your mind to buy you could actually afford. Got many a Morricone LP there including L'Avventuriero for £20 which at one time was on auction at Bongiovanni in Italy. (remember them?) Someone once told me that Morricone himself was seen rummaging at 58.

 
 
 Posted:   May 21, 2011 - 1:43 AM   
 By:   siriami   (Member)


Where is/was that Flashbacks shop? It doesn't look like the one I used to visit, in Silver Place.

Can't really remember - think it was down the street from the current Dress Circle shop. Hope that helps?
Alistair

 
 
 Posted:   May 21, 2011 - 2:57 AM   
 By:   Mike_J   (Member)

Where is/was that Flashbacks shop? It doesn't look like the one I used to visit, in Silver Place.

Can't really remember - think it was down the street from the current Dress Circle shop. Hope that helps?
Alistair

It was originally in Covent Garden. You had to go up a red iron spiral staircase as I recall.

 
 Posted:   May 21, 2011 - 4:50 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Got many a Morricone LP there including L'Avventuriero for £20 which at one time was on auction at Bongiovanni in Italy. (remember them?) Someone once told me that Morricone himself was seen rummaging at 58.

I was in there that day - it was a bald bloke with glasses who they joked looked like Morricone's photo on the LPs!
This thing about the composers going in - we had this come up on previous Dean Street/Derek threads.
Undoubtedly Goldsmith did go in but he was living in London for many years then wasnt he?
But whoever the fan was in the shop - whatever their preference - funnily enough whoever they collected "had been in the day before or the week before whilst in London doing some business/recording a score/delivering a score to a producer/doing some shoppin with their wife"
Yeah right!!

Visited Bongiovanni shop in Bologna, Italy a few years ago, got a pic. His grandfather was the first to publish the music of Ottorino Respighi - a native of Bologna, who eventually lived in Rome and was also later a teacher at Santa Cecilia, where Morricone went after the war. The shop is still in the family now, he was still there but the daughter runs it now. They specialise in classical music, although he does have trays of soundtracks Cds too. He was a key man in the late 60s/early 70s days and helped get Mike Jones (of soundtrack at the arts/soundtrack and general in brockley) and Lionel Woodman of Hillside access to scores they couldn't get elsewhere, really got them into soundtrack LP dealing.





 
 
 Posted:   May 22, 2011 - 1:57 AM   
 By:   philip*eric   (Member)

As an infrequent visitor to London , I ,too , have great memories of visiting 58 Dean Street like Ron Pulliam. I think I made my first visit there in 1978 --

and the great prize I purchased was the original soundtrack recording by Mario Nascimbene to DOCTOR FAUSTUS ( a 1967 film I loved) that I had never found anywhere in the US - and I was told by the owner/manager( maybe it was James) that this album (which I still have and value) - a rare foldout with many pictures from the film - was one of only two he had ever had in stock?! The other copy had been personally purchased by Richard Burton he said. True or not, it was my prime collectors item for many years .
Now of course, the music is easily found on the DRG release but the actual album is still a genuine rarity.

I also found and spent a lot of time at the Cinema Book Shop off Tottenham Court Rd.(also in those 1980 pics)- looking at rare book, stills , posters, etc. -- is that gone too? I remember purchasing for a lot of money the original slipcased German printing of MARILYN MONROE : THE LAST SITTING there and lugging that giant home on the plane to Chicago. Times have sure changed!

 
 
 Posted:   May 22, 2011 - 2:06 AM   
 By:   James MacMillan   (Member)

Yes, the Cinema Bookshop, sadly missed. Remember the guy who ran it had such a grey pallor from his chain-smoking habit. Great shop though!

- JMM.

 
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