It’s somewhat contrary / incongruous of me - just when the Vinyl industry is in its most rapid phase of growth for many a year - that I’m deciding to sit this one out as it were. I’ve been gradually transitioning more and more to digital music as this is how I typically listen to my music every day - via headphones and iPhone or speakers and iMac. The vast majority of listening I do is on the move though.
A few years ago I still bought vinyl fairly regularly - last year it was down to circa once a month. This year, the first time I’ve bought vinyl is this week. I usually only buy on analogue - that which I cannot acquire via other honest means.
In this instance, this quartet of 12" releases:
Mostly in the genre of ’Italo Disco’ as much of that material still does not exist in digital format.
Before browsing through the RSD catalogue I had all but given up on wanting to venture forth for another record store day. I’ve amassed too much vinyl over my life, it simply takes up too much space! Most of the stuff on the RSD catalogue is re-releases, represses, picture discs, coloured / transparent and oddly shaped discs. There seems to be an odd glut of 7 inches too, which I quite gave up buying shortly after my 12th birthday. The sound of 12" is far superior, I’ve never liked the flimsy insubstantial nature of 7" discs - they’re more fragile and not as deep-cut - somehow lessens the impact of the music for me.
Anyway, whilst browsing the catalogue there were quite a few that caught my eye - I have listed one single solitary 7" - that from the dear recently departed David Bowie and featuring one of his lesser known but great singles - TVC 15 - a small concession to that format then.
I may very well pop in on Sunday and see if any of these remain for sale - I’m certainly well beyond queuing up for half a day and getting stuck into the mêlée of the event. Unfortunately lots of these releases tend to be picked up by opportunistic unmentionables who simple put the record straight up for sale again on Ebay at roughly 4 times to 10 times the original price. Other idiots simply buy to keep them as collectibles - for those poor records never to be played out or properly experienced as intended!
Most of the above can be obtained digitally, but there are some rarities here definitely worth getting ...
I recall when Soho had nearly 20 record stores, we are down to a paltry 4 now, all great in their own way though:
Phonica - 51 Poland Street, W1F 7LZ
Sister Ray - 75 Berwick Street, W1F 8RP
Reckless Records - 30 Berwick Street, W1F 8RH
Sounds of the Universe - 7 Broadwick Street, W1F 0DA
Rough Trade - 130 Talbot Road, W11 1JA
Rough Trade East - 91 Brick Lane, E1 6QL