Thursday, 30 December 2021

Vinyl Record sales up...but hang on


So, it seems Abba,Adele,Ed and Elton saved the day if you believe the press. I am usually very calm and happy go lucky but this made my blood boil! What the press failed to mention was that the total of Adeles pressings (we were briefed as it caused a backlog for independent releases) was just 0.3 percent of vinyl pressed in 2021, given Abba,ED and Elton sold similar numbers we are probably looking a maximum of 1 percent and Adele has massive amounts unsold (good luck with that after Christmas). Now this is nothing against these artists but please lets here about the bands,labels and record shops who make up the other 99 percent. There has already been disrespectful comments about those who collect vinyl and the need to collect....they just have no idea! Probably wriiten by journalists who dont frequent Record Shops but are happy to fill their house with the latest phones must haves.

I just feel very sad that over 300 shops and all those labels work so hard to see this in the it just me or can you relate to this?

Pop, online listening parties have there place but it pales into insignifance compared with the day to day of the Indie sector.

5 milliom plus vinyl have been sold, Cassette and CD sales are up and it is really something to celebrate

Wednesday, 29 December 2021

End of the Year


Firstly, wishing you all a very Happy New Year and our shop will be back open on Thursday 6th January.

2021 has for all been challenging once again with disruption, uncertainty and diminished social activity, so we do hope next year will prove to be a bit closer to the normality we once took for granted. Our shop has held up well due the loyal support we are so thankful for and the Fairs (one only) were a revelation. With restrictions currently different in all four corners of the UK planning Record Fairs is not as easy as it used to be but we are actively pursuing ideas. The first 4 months of 2022 should (fingers crossed) see us attending an important meeting with labels, distributors,Record Shops in London followed by the visit of Paul Draper to the shop on February 1st, our first Record Fair of the year 2nd April and Record Store Day at the end of April....sure gaps inbetween will be filled as the calendar flips over. This is the time of the year when excitement builds and you start to think about what you can improve on, these maybe small changes or new ventures all things to consider. What is not in question is our enthusiasim and committment to carry on and enjoy it as we go,

All the best,


Sunday, 19 December 2021

Our Top sellers of 2021

So, here it is our top best selling vinyl instore for 2021

Another challenging year but no shortage of quality releases and reissues,our chart is purely based on sales which we think is the best reflection of our shops DNA.Everyone will have their own favourites and thats theway it should be (be interested to know yours?).
Anyway here is the list,there were so many other great albums that sold well didnt quite make it into our 50.



2.Mogwai-As love continues


4.King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizzard-LW

5.Nick Cave-Carnage

6.Public Service Broadcasting -Bright Magic

7.Gruff Rhys -Seeking New Gods

8.PJ HARVEY-Stories from the City

9.PJ Harvey-is this desire

10.PJ Harvey-Uh Huh Her

11.Super Furry Animals=Rings Around the World

12.Neil Young -Young Shakespeare

13.Metallica-Black Album

14.Idles -Crawler

15.Nirvana-Nevermind (30th Anniversary)

16.The White Stripes-Greatest Hits

17.Robert Plant and Alison Kraus-Raise the Roof

18.Pink Floyd-knebworth

19.PJ HARVEY-White Chalk

20.Neil Young-Carnegie 1970

21.King Gizzard and The Lizzard Wizzard-Butterfly 3000

22.Specials-Protest songs

23.Judas Priest-reflections

24.Pink Floyd-Momentary remixed 2lp

25.Spiritualized-Let It Come Down

26.Primal Scream-Demodelica

27.Fleet Foxes-Shore

28.First Aid Kit-Who by Fire

29.Dinosaur Jr.-Sweep It Into Space

30.Spiritualized-Lazer Guided Melodies

31.James-All The Colours Of You

32.Spiritualized-Pure Phase

33.Radiohead-KID A MNESIA

34.Trees Speak-PostHuman

35.Dream Theater-A View From The Top Of The World

36.Richard Ashcroft -Acoustic Hymns Vol. 1

37.Lana Del Rey-Chemtrails Over The Country Club

38.The Orb -Abolition Of The Royal Familia - Guillotine Mixes

39.Wolf Alice-Blue weekend

40.Squid -Bright Green Field

41.St Vincent-Daddys home

42.Black Keys-Delta Kream

43.Gary Numan-Intruder

44.Rose City Band -Earth Trip

45.PJ Harvey and John Parish-A Woman A Man Walked By

46.Black Midi-Cavalcade

47.Noel Gallaghers High Flying Birds -Back The Way We Came Vol. 1

48.Muse -Origin of Symmetry (XX Anniversary RemiXX)

49.Elbow-Flying Dream 1

50.Sleaford Mods-Spare Ribs

Thursday, 9 December 2021

Return to more hours

 After a few weeks of reduced hours we are back to THURSDAY 11am-2pm, FRIDAY 10am-4pm and SATURDAY 10am-4pm. This is for the next two weeks with Christmas week Monday 10am-2pm, Tuesday 10am-2pm then closing for a Christmas break returning the first week in January with 10am-4pm Thursday-Saturday.