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 Posted:   Jan 11, 2012 - 11:28 PM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

I remember when I first got into collecting movie soundtrack LP's around 1968. I was 11 years old.

I used to take the bus to downtown San Jose with my mom and we always went to Woolworth.

Here are some of the great LP Soundtrack Albums I picked up for dirt cheap.

Trying to remember but I think they were always like 69 cents each or maybe even 3 for $1.69

Does anyone remember for sure, or what you remember paying?

Please share your Woolworth's buys from the good old days!


Probably the first two John Williams soundtracks I ever bought:



 
 
 Posted:   Jan 11, 2012 - 11:33 PM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

As I recall, they seemed to mostly have a bunch of MGM and UA Label soundtracks in the bins.

Here's a great Elmer B. I got at Woolworth:



and one of my first Alex North soundtracks:



 
 
 Posted:   Jan 11, 2012 - 11:45 PM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

All the Woolworth buys I got were "Cut Outs" and these photos are just representations of the albums without the cut out.

Here's another great Elmer B. I picked up:

 
 Posted:   Jan 11, 2012 - 11:58 PM   
 By:   ZapBrannigan   (Member)

Great post, zooba! When I was four or five, circa 1966, we were a one-car family so my mom and I would walk to Woolworth's. Their lunch counter was the big draw for me; she'd usually get me a little something. I can remember wanting various merchandise and not grasping the concept that money was severely limited, and her trying to explain it to me. "We can't afford it." What the heck does that mean? Now you've got me wondering what the LP deals were in that store.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 12, 2012 - 12:00 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

I loved those Woolworth cutout sales of the early 1970s. And I managed to get more than a few titles at the low, low 3/$1.00 price. Here are several that have not yet made it to CD:











My greatest disappointment at a Woolworth's sale was the time I set aside some albums to buy, grouped together in one of the display bins. One of them was the LP of Warners "Battle of the Bulge" with the great cover of the tank battle. I then went to look at a few other items in the store. When I returned, all of my set aside albums were there, except for "Battle of the Bulge," which was gone. I never saw another copy of the LP, and had to wait years to buy the expensive Japanese CD version.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 12, 2012 - 12:03 AM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

Great post, zooba! When I was four or five, circa 1966, we were a one-car family so my mom and I would walk to Woolworth's. Their lunch counter was the big draw for me. I can remember not grasping the concept that money was severely limited, and her trying to explain it to me. "We can't afford it." What the heck does that mean? Now you've got me wondering what the LP deals were in that store.

Oh that great lunch counter!

The smell of the Hot Dogs on those roller cookers and that big Bubble Drink dispenser with the beautiful Orangeade!!! Woolworth's had the greatest lunch counter smell! Such simple and unforgettable memories of youth!

Yeah, wonder what a deal Woolworth's had with MGM and UA?

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 12, 2012 - 12:14 AM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

Oh yeah baby!!

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 12, 2012 - 12:23 AM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

Here's the actual Woolworth's store where I bought my great LP Soundtracks as a kid:

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 12, 2012 - 12:39 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

We had Woolworths in the uk, of course, but none of the great deals you lot are talking about. In the 70s ours was just a standard department store with record section in the corner and all the soundtracks were retail prices.

Plenty of MFP and Geoff Love and the RCACAM Fistful of Dollars/Few Dollars More but no Battle of the Bulge or Cast a Giant Shadow!!! Cor, what a treat that wouldve been!

 
 Posted:   Jan 12, 2012 - 1:39 AM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

We had Woolworths in the uk, of course, but none of the great deals you lot are talking about.

Not even "Orance Of Arabia"?

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 12, 2012 - 1:51 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Here are some more Woolworth's LP bargains that are not on CD. At the time, I'd buy any soundtrack for 33 cents, even song albums.









 
 
 Posted:   Jan 12, 2012 - 5:45 AM   
 By:   Bill Finn   (Member)

I remember when I first got into collecting movie soundtrack LP's around 1968. I was 11 years old.

I think I was about 12 then.


I used to take the bus to downtown San Jose with my mom and we always went to Woolworth.

Here are some of the great LP Soundtrack Albums I picked up for dirt cheap.

Trying to remember but I think they were always like 69 cents each or maybe even 3 for $1.69

Does anyone remember for sure, or what you remember paying?

Please share your Woolworth's buys from the good old days!


Great memories, thanks. I can't remember exactly what I was paying, but it was somthing
like you mentioned. The Woolworths I visited was in the small town of Bedford, Indiana. It
actually had two floors however, an oddity for stores there, or even near there, back then.

Some of the great soundtracks I bought were ONE EYED JACKS and CRIME IN THE STREETS
(the Decca recording obviously),.

I can't remember some of the others. I still have JACKS (even though I also bought the
Kritzerland reissue) and it still plays great (although it was a mono release).

 
 Posted:   Jan 12, 2012 - 6:05 AM   
 By:   mark ford   (Member)

We're the same age Zoob and I remember doing pretty much the same thing except at Woolworth's Woolco discount retail store. Lots of cut outs for well under a dollar. I started buying there in the early 70s, but bought mostly...8-TRACKS!

I wasn't yet a big time soundtrack buyer, but I do remember buying PATTON on 8-track. Of course at the time I bought it more for the infamous opening speech. I used to blast it out of my car window as I drove down the street or through the high school parking lot. Ah...memories!

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 12, 2012 - 6:32 AM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

We had Woolworths in the uk, of course, but none of the great deals you lot are talking about. In the 70s ours was just a standard department store with record section in the corner and all the soundtracks were retail prices.

Plenty of MFP and Geoff Love and the RCACAM Fistful of Dollars/Few Dollars More but no Battle of the Bulge or Cast a Giant Shadow!!! Cor, what a treat that wouldve been!




Absolutely right Bill, plus loads of those 'Top of The Pops' albums with eye catching bikini clad girls on the cover wink

I vividly remember picking up this score from Woolworth's a couple of days before Christmas 1979...



On the Disney/Pickwick label, it was about half the price of standard LP's.

Later I was also lucky to pick up the double LP of THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK after I'd hunted through every likely store only to see that they were all selling the single LP release, Woolworth was the last one I tried and Bingo! there it was cool

 
 Posted:   Jan 12, 2012 - 7:06 AM   
 By:   Chris Rimmer   (Member)

We had Woolworths in the uk, of course, but none of the great deals you lot are talking about. In the 70s ours was just a standard department store with record section in the corner and all the soundtracks were retail prices.

Plenty of MFP and Geoff Love and the RCACAM Fistful of Dollars/Few Dollars More but no Battle of the Bulge or Cast a Giant Shadow!!! Cor, what a treat that wouldve been!


I got my Fistful of Dollars/For a Few Dollars More and Great Movie Themes Composed by Miklós Rózsa album from Woolworths, plus several Geoff Love LP's.

Those were the days, when you could pop down the local High Street and buy soundtracks.

Now it's internet or nothing.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 12, 2012 - 8:53 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

We had Woolworths in the uk, of course, but none of the great deals you lot are talking about.

Not even "Orance Of Arabia"?


There may have been an 'Orans of Arabia' - (nerr) - as they were quite widely available back then. I never saw an Orrence though. Tone!

Yeah Timmer - bloody Top of the Pops LPs with smiley bikini women or girls in wispy, see-through beach dresses - they brought one out about every 3 weeks in those days and they had some seriously crap cover versions - they were nearly as frequent as T-Rex singles! Still, there mustv been a market for them. Single 7inchs were about 50p then and a 12-ish track TOTPs LP was about £1.50.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 12, 2012 - 10:34 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

Those were the days, when you could pop down the local High Street and buy soundtracks.

Now it's internet or nothing.


Our Price, HMV, Virgin, Tower Records... all sadly missed.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 12, 2012 - 10:48 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Our Price, HMV, Virgin, Tower Records... all sadly missed.

Our Price and Virgin were more late 70s early 80s! My memory says our high street was more WH Smith record department with little private booths where you could listen to the LP (like the Python sketch, "I'm sorry the record's stuck"! and jasper Carrot's unhelpful record shop assistant "What? You wanna hear the WHOLE of the first track?!!")

Plus the Co-op record department (a little bit like Woolworths) with the same selection.
And one or two small independent local record shops whose names would mean nothing on here but all had one section of "films AND shows" as a single category and no more than about 30 LPs - and it was all the same old suspects!
Oliver, Fiddler of the roof, 2001 Space Oddyssey, Shaft, Across 100th street, The Godfather Part 2; Funny Girl; The Good The Bad and The Ugly; Easy Rider, Orrence or Orans of Arabia and, if you were lucky, a Bond score. Usually Goldfinger.

 
 Posted:   Jan 12, 2012 - 11:55 AM   
 By:   Chris Rimmer   (Member)

Our Price, HMV, Virgin, Tower Records... all sadly missed.

Our Price and Virgin were more late 70s early 80s! My memory says our high street was more WH Smith record department with little private booths where you could listen to the LP (like the Python sketch, "I'm sorry the record's stuck"! and jasper Carrot's unhelpful record shop assistant "What? You wanna hear the WHOLE of the first track?!!")

Plus the Co-op record department (a little bit like Woolworths) with the same selection.
And one or two small independent local record shops whose names would mean nothing on here but all had one section of "films AND shows" as a single category and no more than about 30 LPs - and it was all the same old suspects!
Oliver, Fiddler of the roof, 2001 Space Oddyssey, Shaft, Across 100th street, The Godfather Part 2; Funny Girl; The Good The Bad and The Ugly; Easy Rider, Orrence or Orans of Arabia and, if you were lucky, a Bond score. Usually Goldfinger.


We had W.H. Smith, Boots, Brady's, Woolworths and The Wayfairers, where they kept a little yellow book containing all the latest releases, and if you asked nicely they'd let you browse through the Film and Show releases, they got most of my trade, Wild Bunch, Two Mules For Sister Sara, Duck You Sucker, Sicilian Clan, Love Circle etc. if was in the book, they'd get it for you.
I think most of my wages were spent at that shop.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 12, 2012 - 12:05 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Some more Woolworth's bargains not on CD. These were 50 cents each.









 
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