A disc that dates back even before 'Top of the Pops' - and I can't imagine it was ever a bestseller. But I was very happy to pick it up for £2 at Noel Lynch's treasure of a bric-a-brac shop, The Green Room, on Archway Road. (He also has a slightly obscene Margaret Thatcher 'nutcracker' - it's in the widnow, and a snip at £14 and a few therapy sessions).
It was so cheap because although this 78rpm disc is in one piece, it's so scratched and cracked as to be unplayable.
The record's from the 1929 election campaign - which resulted in a minority Labour government. Ramsay Macdonald has already had a brief spell in power - Labour's first Prime Minister. On one side of this disc is Macdonald speaking about unemployment, and the other he addresses world peace. Want to hear him? Then click here. And there's a bit more about Macdonald's oratory, and this record in particular, here.
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