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Vinyl now on the supermarket shelves

We’ve heard that vinyl is making a comeback with its own chart lists (NB audio-cassettes are coming back too).

So it’s nice to see my local Tesco supermarket stocking some alongside the narrow range of CDs that they stock.

These are obviously safe bets with the likes of Adele, The Eagles, Prince, Fleetwood Mac, The Stone Roses, AC DC, Guns and Roses. Priced between £12 and £17 these will be attractive to people who’ve kept the faith and kept their turntables.

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Vinyl back in fashion

imagesSales of vinyl records in Britain are at their highest for 2o years.

That means over 1 million sales of music by modern bands the Arctic Monkeys and Royal Blood alongside classic acts like Pink Floyd, the Stone Roses, and Led Zeppelin.

This comes at a time when CD sales are falling because of digital downloads and streaming services.

One music retailer has seen vinyl sales jump by almost 50% this year with most buyers being under 25.

Vinyl may have its detractors but the tactile experience of taking it from its sleeve, physically placing it on a turntable and then sitting back to read the liner notes or admire the sleeve’s artwork make it all worth-while.

The vinyl trade is worth about £20 million a year to Britain but only comprise 2% of the market.

Arctic Monkeys LP “AM” is the biggest seller this year

David Bowie’s compilation Nothing has Changed” is currently top of the vinyl charts

Pink Floyd’s latest, and possibly last, LP “Endless River” sold more than 6,000 copies in its first week of release making it the fastest selling LP this century

Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin 1, and Led Zeppelin 2, have all featured in the top ten vinyl LPs of the year.

Time to order that vinyl copy of “Lily was Here” I heard in Lithuania!

FYI the illustration on the cover of the Led Zeppelin album is of the Hindenburg disaster in New Jersey in 1937.