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John Friesen

Postby Gatwick1946 » Fri Feb 14, 2020 2:37 pm

When I worked in Chessington, Surrey I discovered John Freison's shop in Ashford, Surrey. This would have been in the 1980's. I got my copy of The Shadows by George Geddes there, and went back several time for bits of Shads records and related items. When I moved to Gatwick Airport in 1988, I never went back. I do not know when the shop closed, but have often wondered what happened to the stock?

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Re: John Freison

Postby Teflon » Fri Feb 14, 2020 11:24 pm

Oddly enough, only today I was wondering what happened to John Friesen. He seemed to be "all things Shadows" back in the 70's & 80's, but I seldom see his name mentioned these days. Is he still around on the Shadows scene?

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Re: John Friesen

Postby drakula63 » Thu Mar 26, 2020 3:38 pm

I actually spoke to John on the phone... must have been about 2015 at a guess... and he still seemed fine. He told me that he does occasionally keep an eye on this forum although I'm not sure if he actually posts or not.
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Re: John Friesen

Postby Gatwick1946 » Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:35 pm

Thankyou Chris (Drake).

Nice to hear John was still around in 2015. About the first thing I looked at when I first visited his shop, was a 12' disc of The Shadows at the Coliseum Johannesburg, i.e. the four live tracks. There were also imports from other european countries. These I enjoyed looking at but did not buy, as I already had the tracks on the UK LP's.

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Re: John Friesen

Postby davec » Thu Mar 26, 2020 11:58 pm

I lived in Feltham Hill Road -- about half a mile from John's shop -- in '73 and '74. I think Ashford was in Middlesex in those days :) .

I've still got a lot of the vinyl I bought there. The price stickers say "Record Scene £2.75".

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Re: John Friesen

Postby bosunbob » Thu Jul 09, 2020 8:05 am

Now stepping back into the Shadows again after a twenty year hiatus, I'm reminded of the many faces I had the pleasure to know back then and further still, into the 1970's after the release of: "Twenty Golden Greats" that caused collectors in great numbers to start out on a hunt for compilations from foreign lands.
My interest was in tracks I hadn't heard before or weren't released in my country and it was my correspondence with John Fresian that went a long way to expand my collection in the direction I wanted it to go. Other notable Shadows experts to, but this here is about John - and his wife who often went out of their way to help this collector Kiwi to get what I needed.
So a massive tanker load of thanks to you, if your here, John.
Cheers
Bruce Gibbins.
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