Phew! I didn’t really know how to phrase this post.
I used to be able to go Woolworths or another record shop and purchase Paul’s latest. I’d then go home and carefully place it on the record player and listen while looking at the sleeve and artwork. Great stuff. Side B’s were really a treasure as they used to be unavailable elsewhere. I remember walking into town on the dark, on a mission to buy 7” ‘Once upon a long ago’ and waiting until the last possible moment so my purchase would be registered on the Christmas chart.
anyway, blah blah blah... You all know this. But I went into HMV last year to ask for ‘Come On To Me’ as a CD single but was told is was not available in this format.
A 7” single used to be a precious source for new material, so it was an essential purchase.
Is there a list of physical 7” releases? And also CD singles? When was the first and last cassingle? When was the first download only song? Etc etc.