CASTLE RECORDS Part 2
Here is the first single from my Castle Records collection. Of course, it is a normal seven inch piece of vinyl, which is quite thick and heavy. It is thicker and heavier than the normal sixties singles.
The label shows it as a 'Castle Records' pressing with the pressing code/number as: CAS 003. So, it is an early release from Castle Records, being the third release on this particular label.
I have seen different label designs and colours for Castle Records, but I am not sure whether or not the company used consecutive numbers (CAS 001, CAS 002, CAS 003 etc.) or numbers for each label design. If they only used one pressing code (CAS + number), then this was the third single to be released by the company.
There was no picture sleeve with the single when I bought it, only a plain white sleeve. There is no date on the labels, so I can't give you the year. It is an 'Extended Play' '45 RPM' disc. There are three tracks on the disc. Side A: These Are My Mountains by Marion Robinson (acc. by David Kellet)
Under the title of the song there is some print which has been covered over by correcting fluid or something similar. There seems to be three words, but I can't make any of the words out. It may have been intended to have two songs on the 'A side' and after the labels had been printed someone decided to have only one song on the 'A side. Or, the title may have been longer and they shortened it. Viewing the 'A side' label, both are possible. Above the title of the song it has stamped 'PAT SEED APPEAL FUND'.
Side B: There Is A Heartache Following Me + A Railroad Bum by Bill Sutcliffe (acc. by David Kellet). On this 'B side' there are two tracks and both are by Bill Sutcliffe.
This is another seven inch piece of vinyl. The name of the band is 'Read All Over' The name of the band is written three ways! On the front of the cover it is written: 'Read all over'. On the back of the cover it is written: 'Read All Over'. On the label it is written: 'READ ALL OVER'. So, it is not clear which way the band would like it written. The 'A side' is: 'Outside to the Other World' written by Stuart Barker and 'B side' is: 'Vice Like Grip', again written by Stuart Barker.
The band line-up is as follows:
- Keith Watkins - Keyboard
- Craig Rose - Drums
- Neil Seddon - Bass and Backing Vocals
- Stuart Barker - Lead Vocals and Guitar
- Sax on 'Vice Like Grip' played by Martin Speak.
This single is 'Station Records' with the pressing code/number: STA 002. Release date is: 1986. On the back of the picture sleeve is: 'Station Records STA 002, 361 Manchester Rd, Blackrod, Bolton. BL6 5BL
I know Blackrod very well, because members of my family live there and have lived there most of my life. But, I do not know of any record company being there nor ever being there. Also, I do not know anything about this band and I do not know any of the members of the band. It is quite amazing that back in 1986 I hadn't heard anything about the band, because I was extremly active on the music scene back in the eighties.
Ian P: July 2014