Thursday, 31 December 2020

Happy New Year

 What can you say about the last year, we are all ready to move on but we would like to wish you ALL the very best for the New Year and hopefully we will all have a better one in 2021. 

Thank you so much for your support , although operating Saturdays CLICK and COLLECT for now we will be back with new Opening Times as soon as this is possible.

Thursday, 24 December 2020

Merry Christmas

 Not the Christmas we all planned for and hopefully next years will be closer to what we are used too, for now all the very best from us all and have the best Christmas possible under the circumstances...take care and see you in the New Year.

Monday, 21 December 2020

Click and Collect

Following the Welsh Government briefing today we can confirm that this time it will be possible to operate a CLICK AND COLLECT system. For more details visit our APPOINTMENTS page on our website. This will start on Saturday 2nd January 2021

Sunday, 20 December 2020

Our top 50

TOP 50
Better late than never, we have been waiting for the last few arrivals to finalise our best sellers vinyl album chart for 2020. It is a list based solely on sales not preference but we have to say despite everything its been a busy year for releases and some cracking albums too.

1.Mansun-The Dead Flowers Reject
2.Neil Young-Homegrown
3.PJ Harvey-Rid of me
4.King Gizzard and the Lizzard Wizzard-Chunky Shrapnel
5.Idles-Ulta Mono
6.PJ Harvey-To bring you my love
7.Fontaines DC-A heros Death
8.Working Mens Club0Workingmens Club
9.Jehnny Beth-To love is to live
10.PJ Harvey-Dry
11.Nick Cave-Idiot Prayer
12.PJ Harvey-Dry demos
13.Doves-The Universal want
14.PJ Harvey-To bring you my love demos
15.David Bowie-Changesnowbowie
16.PJ Harvey-4 track demos
17.The Flaming Lips-American Head
18.AC DC-Power up
19.David Bowie-Metrobolist
20.Alison Cotton-Only Darkness now
21.Tame Impala-Slow Rush
22.Late Night Final-A wonderfl hope.
23.John Parish and Polly Jean Harvey-Dance Hall at Louse Point
24.Agnes Obel-Myopia
25.Rose City-Summerlong
27.Oasis-Whats the Story (anniversary edition)
28.Osees-Protean Threat
29.Kavus Torabi-Hip to the Jag
30.Laura Marling-Song for our daughter
31.Liam Gallagher-MTV unplugged
32.Courteeners-More Again Forever
33.Omar Souleyman-Shlon
34.Iron Maiden-Nights of the Dead
35.King Gizzard and The Lizzard Wizard-Live in San Francisco
36.Neil Young and Crazy Horse-Return to Greendale
37.Joy Division-Closer (40th Anniversary edition)
38.Guns n Roses-Greatest Hits
39.the National-High Velvet expanded
41.The Strokes-The New abnormal
42.This is the Kit-Off Off On
43.Eels-Earth to Dora
44.Angel Olsen-Whole new Mess
45.The Stone Roses-Remixes
46.Acanthus-Le Frission Des Vampires
47.Pearl Jam-Gigaton
48.LA Witch-Play with Fire
49.Bob Mould-Blue Hearts
50.White Hills- Splintered Metal Sky

Incidentally our top selling CD album was:
AC DC-Power up

Saturday, 19 December 2020

Lockdown from tonight

 Following the announcement by the Welsh government this afternoon it means we will be unable to open on Monday due to the Lockdown restrictions from Midnight tonight. We will update on our next steps soon.

Wednesday, 16 December 2020

Nostalgia Trip number 8

 In view of the announcement in the last hour of another Lockdown looming  in Wales ..something to lighten the mood.

50 YEARS - NOSTALGIA 'TRIP'..continued
With the year we have all had our mission of revisting 12 shops that now exist as something else became a mission impossible.but we had this one in 'the can' visited back in January of this year......We will continue our journey in 2021 .
So for now here is the last of this year, No.8

Cherry Tree Shopping Centre
I may need some help on this one, if anyone out there remembers it? Just over the road from Gravy Train in the shopping centre was the record shop Bargain Box,it was always an exciting Saturday visit (taking in the two shops) but can i find any information on it? May have been some strange dream but i have vinylific evidence so it must be true. The fact is i was a regular , what i am beginning to question is the shop name. It sold new vinyl, my first purchase there being Babe Ruth-First Base but the one shown here was by a band called Seventh Wave. The shop itself was compact but sold competitively priced new vinyl....and lots of Rock Music. Not sure what happened to the shop, maybe it still exists in a parrallel universe.

Released on Gull records in 1975 i was immediately drawn to it by the artwork and the sort of glam get up of Ken Elloitt and Kieran O Connor on the back of the sleeve. This was a studio project by the two musicians and was a keyboard based prog album which i really enjoyed when i got home so a worthwhile purchase of the unknown.The decision to buy was i have to say slightly tipped by the fact that High Banton pops up on the album!Just a bit of trivia, Ken Elloit went on the write music for TV including ITVs lunchtime news bulletin First report.The album was produced by Neil Richmond who was to be a future producer of Motorhead,this album couldnt be further away from that. It is an album with excellent stereo effects and crossovers, excellent through a decent pair of headphones too.
What great find from a great little shop.


Christmas Break

We have decided to close for Christmas at 2pm on Monday 21st December, the thought of going through the last few days and  Christmas Eve at the shop without the usual coming together,fortification and Mince pies was too much to take!
So just to confirm our remaining hours are this Friday and Saturday 10am-4pm and the Monday 10am-2pm.
Return to the shop will depend on Welsh Government guidance, the intention if possible is Saturday 2nd January.

Thursday, 3 December 2020

Love Record Stores returns

This intiative launched during the Summer Lockdown to support Independent Record shops returns today with  a release announcement of limited edition variants of their albums of the year.
We will be stocking a selection which will just appear on our Website Online Store and be placed in the racks as and when they arrive. Note,the titles will not all be released at the same time, more of a roll out over the next few Months with the first releases this Friday.

Tuesday, 1 December 2020

Record Store Day 2021

 It has just been announced that RSD 2021 will beon Saturday 12th June. More information aswe go!