Stories About Records – Paul Gamblin

15 February 2021

Welcome to the second interview in our brand new interview series, ‘Stories About Records’ where we ask our members and some of our favourite Djs about their most cherished 45.

This is not about perceived or discogs monetary value but personal value that is tied up in memories, stories, love, loss, life, family and a passion for this particular 7″ vinyl record.

We want to know what the record is, what it sounds like and why it is so important to you. 

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Now to Paul Gamblin from Perth, Australia!

1.     Firstly, tell us about yourself as a Dj and Collector of 45s, how long have you been playing and collecting, why 45s, what was the first 45 you were given and also the first 45 you bought? Do you still have them?

I have been an active working  gigs for over 30 years, both in England and Western Australia.  I class myself more as a selector over a ‘DJ’ (I don’t bother to mix or scratch), my style  is to offer a quality selection of wicked music from many genres… that kind of relate to each other.

My obsession with vinyl started in England in the mid to late 1970’s. 

November 1978 was a pivotal time for me, I had just turned 15 and punk rock and Jamaican dub reggae was my go to music.  ‘Punk’ / ‘New Wave’ (or whatever it referred to back then)  was mainly released on 45 and was relatively easy to score from local independent stores, quite cheap and wouldn’t break the bank so to speak. 

However, Jamaican imports were  another story, very expensive on LP, hard to obtain in my small town and I rarely could afford one or two a month if that. 

Sadly, I don’t recall my very first 45 although I would still have it in my collection, I kept a majority of those 45’s purchased back then. 

You’ve got to remember, in the 70’s music was exciting and dangerous, there was a lot of gang activity, city violence, anger and desperation in the air and the only way of releasing that anger was to shout about it on the streets and at gigs and buy records and support those that felt the same as you. 

Funnily enough, I do miss that energy but  have kept the ‘mantra’ I had going on back then thru to my selections now in my sets.

2.     What is your most cherished 45? 

Oh man, I don’t know where to start, I have hundreds in my collection that span many years, both originals and reissues.  I’m a stickler for sound quality when I play out and always chasing clean 45’s for that very reason.  

Moving on to a most cherished 45, this is a relatively recent find and I never knew it existed until I received a sealed copy. 

It is Donald Byrd’s Band and Voices, called ‘Elijah’ on 7” (33 rpm), at just under 6 minutes but not quite the 9 minute jam on the LP.  

Why is it so important to you? 

First, you need to hear it for yourself. 

Then you need to take a breath and think about what had just happened, take in what you heard. Then play it again. 

The record not only captures 60’s jazz and the skills of the musicians and the that of the sound engineer, but takes in vocal harmonies that lift you up spiritually that sing with the groove. 

Believe me, YOU can dance to jazz! 

3.     What is it’s story (label, year, artist, musicians), where did it come from? 

I purchased my copy from the USA.

The music itself was from 1964 (release when I was two). 

The vinyl was still sealed and also came with those little juke box strips, which was very sweet to have. 

The 7” was released on the classic jazz label, ‘Blue Note’. 

The format is called a ‘Little LP’ and were meant for juke boxes primarily, played at 33rpm so you get near enough but not quite the full version.  

The players are (you shouldn’t have asked);

•   Donald Byrd – trumpet

•   Hank Mobley – tenor saxophone

•   Herbie Hancock – piano

•   Kenny Burrell – guitar

•   Donald Best – vibraphone, vocals

•   Butch Warren – bass

•   Lex Humphries – drums

•   Duke Pearson – arranger

•   Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson – choir direction

4.     Is the B-Side any good?

Another, breath taking track taken from the same album called ‘A New Perspective’, Duke Pearson’s version of ‘Cristo Redentor’.  

I should probably stop typing now and go an play it!

Thank you and stay safe.

Check out Paul’s great mix he did for us over a year ago:

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