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About Oast House Records

Oast House Records is the retirement venture of Harold Moores, run from his Tudor house in rural Sussex. He sold his world famous, central London shop, Harold Moores Records six years ago, and he now intends to sell a good part of his personal LP and CD collection to discerning music lovers through this website. However, he has no connection now to the shop, which still operates under his name in the West End, continuing the excellent service to musicians and collectors that Harold started in the 1970s.

These are Harold's personal items, picked up over the years, many of which are special in some way, either rare early monos, unusual, quirky, or simply great favourites. This has been a family venture, with his artist wife Brenda Hartill, photographing the covers, and his son Jim designing the website. Over the last few months he has re-discovered the amazing sound and performances from these original pressings, and he and Brenda have enjoyed the stunning range of original artwork which made sleeves and booklets of the LP period so special. He feels a missionary zeal about establishing the finer editions of this 'golden age of recording' as objects worthy of being admired, collected and preserved as we do works of fine art, and beautiful book editions. While he has been testing the records, the high ceilings in the Oast house music room have resounded to Bruckner's 9th, Pablo Casals, Maria Callas, Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong, amongst many hundreds of compositions, musicians and orchestras.

Harold is meticulous in his descriptions of the records, and all are well illustrated in the listings. Initially there are 500 LPs, to which he will gradually add hundreds more LP's and CD's over the next few months. He has purchased a Moth Pro 2 record cleaning machine so items will reach customers in the best possible condition.

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