How much did an LP cost in 1971?

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Globalti, 26 Nov 2007.

  1. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    ....'cos I've just bought the superb, wonderful, melodic Blue by Joni Mitchell on CD for £3.88.

    Just listened to it three times from end to end while reminiscing about the seventies, when my elder sister had it on LP. But it's better now because you don't get all the pops and crackles and there's no need to jump up half way to turn it over.
  2. terry huckle

    terry huckle New Member

    Yes, I`ve got it on CD, audio cassette and LP. I bought the latter when it came out, but it`s in a box right at the back of a cupboard.

    I may start an expedition to discover it tomorrow, to see if it has a price marked upon it.
  3. bof

    bof Senior member. Oi! Less of the senior please

    The world
    37s/6d I seem to recall was the price of almost all LPs, except samplers pre decimalisation and VAT. Considering a pint of beer was around 3 bob when I was an illegal underage drinker, that was pretty darned expensive.
  4. SickCert

    SickCert New Member

    Dublin Ireland
  5. simon l& and a half

    simon l& and a half New Member

    Streatham Hill

    thirty seven and sixpence is my recollection - although I remember beer for 1 shilling and tenpence ha'penny....
  6. OP

    Globalti Legendary Member

    It wasn't so many years ago that a GF and I went into a pub on the A5 in Bethesda, that noted Welsh village of pro-English sentiment, to buy a drink. The barmaid told her with a gleam of anticipation in her eye "That will be nineteen shillings and nine pence please!"

    My GF fell straight into the trap: "Oh!" she laughed, "is that more or less than a pound? I can't remember!"

    This was exactly what the Welsh harpy was waiting for; she let rip in a voice that could abort a sheep: "I can tell you're English; you've no education!"
  7. Monst

    Monst New Member

    The boonies
    Dunno about cost but have a few of those gawd darn awful 'top of the pops' albums done by not the real artists.
  8. Alan Biles

    Alan Biles Senior Member

    Salisbury, England
    I remember in 1968 buying Sgt Peppers for 32/6d and Witchita Lineman (for my mother of course) for 7/6d. That kicked a serious hole in my £4/4/0 week's pay and I had to walk to work a couple of times that week.

  9. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    Ah, if only you had a bike! :biggrin:
  10. John Ponting

    John Ponting Über Member


    I've just dug out Clouds by Joni Mitchell on Reprise Records RSLP 6341 and the slip cover is marked £2.15 reduced to £1.96. Clouds was released in May 1969, the year SWMBO and I got married.

    Side 1 is declicked, side 2 to be done then out to a single cd.

    And yes, it was released in 1969 but my copy was marked up, and bought, after decimalisation.
  11. betty swollocks

    betty swollocks large member

    In 1972, I got my first ever summer job digging roads....for the princely sum of 33p per hour. At the end of my first week's work, I had £14 and spent 98p of that on ELP's first album. I still have it with the price sticker on the cover.
  12. ChrisKH

    ChrisKH Veteran

    Surely this would have been in new pounds and pence as decimalisation occurred in February 1971 (I remember it well; three years of pound, shillings and pence schooling up the swanee and quite rightly so). £2.99 - £3.50 rings a bell but this was when I embarked on my musical purchases in 1975/76. And we know what inflation was like then because of the government of the day, strikes, power cuts, tank tops, elasticated belts, Choppers, jumpers for goal posts.......................
  13. Alan Biles

    Alan Biles Senior Member

    Salisbury, England
    Absolutely right but I spent all my money on records.
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