Neil Carter's Castaway Tracks
Being brought up as an Officer’s kid (aka as an OK), in a Salvation Army Officer’s household in the 1950s, I became aware of those deep blue Regal Zonophone 78 record labels from a very early age, and even today I am transported back to our old Quarter’s living room every time I click to re-visit Ian’s RZ WebSite and see again that old familiar label. It is safe to say that almost the whole of my early musical education, apart from practicing the C scale on a battered old YP Band cornet, came from listening to so many of those Army 78 recordings, played via a very primitive “gramophone”, which required the sharp steel “needle” to be changed after every few plays in order to protect the “record”. Apart from a few classical recordings, those RZ 78s were all we had, and I still remember my father’s shock/horror when my older sister came home with a Glenn Miller 78 with which to sully the family gramophone. It has been a joy to re-discover all these old boyhood memories via the RZ WebSite.
Like many radio listening Brits, I have often mentally composed lists of my favourite eight “castaway “ records, which is why it seemed rather natural to list my SA choice for the RZ WebSite. Now that Ian has uploaded upwards of two and a half thousand tracks from which I could choose, it wasn’t quite as easy as I’d supposed, but it did bring back oh so many memories. What has surprised me is the number of devotional works which I have chosen, which I suppose brings home just how much of a message is contained within our Salvation Army treasury of God inspired music.