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Vinyl has best sales for 25 years

P1030382More than 3 million vinyl records were sold last year, the highest number since 1991, and the ninth consecutive year of growth.

And the best-selling artists were:

  1. David Bowie with Blackstar
  2. Amy Winehouse with Back to Black
  3. Various artists, Guardians of the Galaxy Mix 1
  4. Radiohead with a Moon shaped pool
  5. Fleetwood Mac with Rumours

A new generation of music lovers is learning the sensual pleasures associated with vinyl and record sleeves; retro record players are everywhere, and supermarkets like Tesco and Sainsbury’s are selling a selection of vinyl too. Events like Record Store Day help too.

Streaming however continues to grow with a billion audio streams recorded in one week recently and accounts for more than a third of British music consumption .


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Record Store Day, 2016……….get out there and support your local shop

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Before countless downloads and streaming services, record stores were the centre of the world for music fans. Countless teens poured into music shops every weekend, eager to pick up the next release from their favourite artists, and musicians made their mark on legions of fans.

And this weekend, on April 16, fans will do so again on Record Store Day. Now in its ninth year the day is an annual celebration of enthusiasm for music, which will see more than 200 independent record shops across the country join in.

Many music fans will be able to revisit the places where they used to indulge their hobby, while for others it will be the chance to discover new music and learn about the renewed enthusiasm for vinyl. Record Store Day will also see record labels release limited editions that will be up for grabs at stores across the country.

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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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National Record Store Day……….ah, the smell of vinyl!

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IMGP2779 Today, 18 April 2015 is National Record Store Day and for those of us of a certain age (and generation) it is one to celebrate and support. There are very few places that one can actually purchase a CD or vinyl record these days as virtually all record shops have gone out of business.

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Granted there is the odd HMV shop hanging around but most have disappeared, and the ones left sell virtually nothing except the top 20 pop records. Gone are the days when I could go to the big HMV store on Market Street in Manchester, go down the escalator to the basement and be surrounded by thousands of classical and jazz CDs. There was always a kind of reverential silence in the room as the latest release from Deutsche Gramophon would be playing often featuring the Berlin Philharmonic or some esoteric release on the ESP label giving…

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Northern Soul record is world’s rarest

MI0002369168A copy of “Open the Door to my Heart” by Darrell Banks is up for sale.

Northern Soul fans have spent 50 years looking for this single 45 rpm record. Now a pristine copy of this vinyl record has been discovered.

It was recorded on London American but released in the UK by EMI. Decca, which owned London American had already pressed some promotional copies which it then destroyed.

So this one must have been “liberated’ by a Decca worker and traded to a collector.

Darrell Banks recorded two albums before he was killed by an off-duty policeman who was having an affair with Banks’s girlfriend in the 1970s. This record, backed with “Our Love” was his biggest hit.

The record is being auctioned on the RareSoulMan site and bids have already reached over £10,000 with a week to go.

The previous record for a Northern Soul record was£25,000 for a copy of “Do I Love You (Indeed I do)” by Frank Wilson seen here on Youtube

Other vinyl records which have fetched fancy prices include: The Beatles’Love me Do” demo disc on Parlophone which fetched £11,000; the Sex Pistols’God Save the Queen” on A&M which fetched almost £13,000; The Quarrymen’s acetate of “That’ll be the Day” which fetched $200,000; and John Lennon & Yoko Ono’sDouble Fantasy” which was Mark Chapman’s signed copy which fetched $400,000.

Northern Soul fans are well-known for their fanaticism when it comes to their music.


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Chris Rea sings about Xmas

SCAN0099Chris Rea, singer and blues/slide guitarist, has recorded 24 albums, released 70 odd singles and had over 30 UK hits.

He’s also written many memorable songs including “On the Beach” “Stainsbury Girls” and “Road to Hell“. Plus a few songs about Christmas.

This one,  “Winter Song“, was recorded in 1991 and it reached No 27 in the UK charts.

This particular copy of the 7” 45 rpm  vinyl is unusual in that the cover has been produced as an Advent Calendar.

SCAN0100The back of the sleeve shows a miniature shot of the cover of the Auberge album from which it was taken.

There were two other tracks on the record; “Footprints in the snow” and “Tell me there’s a heaven“, so quite a Christmas/religious theme to this particular release.

Here’s the song taken from Youtube