Thoughts for
Record Store Day UK

Can it really be a year when I spent a good 12 hours feverishly searching the racks of Rough Trade for the limited edition Big Star box set, in addition to myriad other vinyl delights, which were essential purchases on this most singular occasion?

I have attended, financially supported, and been excited by all of the RSD’s these past three years, and Saturday will be no exception. However, I do find myself asking the question: who is this for? Originally, it seemed to be a day to put a spotlight on those treasured institutions the length and breadth of the country, (and other countries) enabling all those “real” record shops to get some exclusive titles, and make some money on collector’s editions, limited pressings, and the coolest of one off releases.

The day is still a cherished occasion for any record collectors, especially those who value the unbeatable experience of entering into a shop with only a vague notion of what you will be buying. It has to be said though, that the major labels now see it as a marketing opportunity, and as such have missed the point and given us some turgid releases. A repress of Eric Clapton Unplugged anyone?

At any rate, the day is something I always look forward to, and this year will be no exception, with the Bowie “Starman” 7”, the M. Ward’s “Primitive Girl” 7”, a new Jonathan Wilson 12” and 7” desirables from Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Beach House, and Civil Wars all on my wants list. Oh, beloved vinyl.

Here’s a taster of some of those…HAPPY SHOPPING!


M. WARD – Primitive Girl


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