This was the very first LP that I ever bought, I was 12 going on 13 and used record tokens that I had been given for my birthday. I think it must have cost me over £2.00 as I know that I had a couple of 10/- tokens (50p to the youngsters reading this), topped up with half crowns from my piggy bank. It was bought from Boots in Southend High Street. Before this major purchase was made, you could listen to selected tracks in the five booths at the back of the record department, open at the front, they had hardboard walls with tiny holes drilled into them allegedly to absorb the sound and you had to don archaic ear-phones to listen.
You could then sit on the bus home taking the album out of the bag, reading the words written on the back of the sleeve, singing the songs in your head. Walking quickly from the bus stop and then dashing up the stairs to the back bedroom where the Dansette record player sat. Our Dansette was the aqua green version, no chance of the girly pink one that I longed for as my bother was its guardian.
The LP was covered by the inner paper sleeve advertising other albums that were currently in the charts, then slipping the record out, being careful not to touch it, wiping it over with the anti-static cloth and placing it on the centre spoke and bringing the arm across. Now the final check that it was on 33 rpm and then pulling the lever across which lifted the needle onto the LP and this is what you heard...
Happy Birthday Bridge over Troubled Water!