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Old 08-31-2017, 03:22 AM
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vinyl spotted in mainstream shops

I thought I'd share some photos of mainstream shops in the UK who are selling some vinyl.

Of all places, Aldi has a small stock of compilation albums. I imagine they're very basically remastered and produced to a low price...but the sixties album actually contained decent songs (according to the cover the original recordings) and the BBC Concert Orchestra playing movie themes would all make good light listening. Can't argue with the price.

Trago Mills is a rather strange department store in Cornwall and they have a small selection of mostly jazz records with decent Hama carrying cases on offer.

And Tesco....you simply cannot get more mainstream than Tesco, the UK's biggest supermarket...the range is hardly inspiring but it is decent enough. Tesco is still offering the Beatles magazine on it's news stand, which is now many issues in....where you get a top quality LP at a cut price along with a magazine with some info and photos about the recording. The entire Beatles catalogue is being released this way, and it is *very* unusual for physical shops to stock more than the first two or three issues.

I doubt the records will remain in Aldi for long, they are in the "special buys" section and as such will be a limited offer. Trago was interesting because the fare on offer is not surefire popular music. The range at Tesco was biggest, but it's clearly crowdpleasers....so plenty left for the specialists to offer.
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Old 08-31-2017, 03:31 AM
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Yes, seen quite a lot of vinyls in major stores here in France, from FNAC (large multimedia/cultural products store) to Carrefour.
I've also seen new ones in discount or off-price stores.

If these stores would have some kind of anima or conscience, they would be quite amazed to see them coming back.
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Old 08-31-2017, 03:35 AM
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As much as I have believed in the vinyl resurgence.....if you had told me five years ago that I could walk into Aldi, Tesco (or Carrefour for that matter) and buy records....I'd have thought you were very over-optimistic.

While I have no need of any of those records in Tesco, Trago or Aldi, I do hope someone is buying them. I don't need a fourth copy of Dark Side Of the Moon (though my wife did consider Purple Rain)...but someone might need their first. copy...
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Old 08-31-2017, 01:49 PM
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I saw records in McNally Robinson the other week. In between all the hipster crap, there were a lot of new copies of extremely common older albums; the sort of albums that used record stores could use as wallpaper because they get so many copies all the time. Why pay $35 for an album that you could get in the dollar bin at a used record store?
Also, you know how hipsters always go into record stores and ask where the Beatles albums are? They had a section specifically for the Beatles, whereas all the other records were sorted alphabetically.
The racks they kept the records in also looked like someone brought in a load of garbage and tossed it in the middle of the store. I mean, who decided reclaimed pallets were aesthetically pleasing? I guess to someone who works in an office or a shop, old half broken pallets look interesting. It's like a bar I went to once that had lacquered OSB as flooring. To me it just looked like an unfinished construction site.
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Old 09-01-2017, 04:17 AM
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...old half broken pallets look interesting...
In my part of Eastern Europe this is the latest hippest in coffee shop design. Sometimes they paint them white.

As to records in mainstream stores - they had them here as well. They cost ca. 10 euro. Maybe 10 titles to choose from - I remember Making Movies (Dire Straits), Permanent Vacation (Aerosmith), Nightclubbing (Grace Jones) and some Beastie Boys album I forget the name of - pure hodge-podge.
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Old 09-20-2017, 08:06 AM
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Half of modern re issues are of questionable quality anyway.

I suppose there are a few reputable ones?
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Old 09-20-2017, 07:43 PM
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Barnes and noble has records also but nothing analog.......
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Old 09-21-2017, 11:53 AM
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Barnes and noble has records also but nothing analog.......
Funny post. Ha!
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Old 09-21-2017, 04:50 PM
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Half of modern re issues are of questionable quality anyway.

I suppose there are a few reputable ones?
I recently bought the Rubber Soul Stereo reissue and it's excellent. If the original source tapes were digitized well the sound will be as good as ever. It does however require the careful kind of mastering that any great pressing should have. Also they're doing some new things with cutting lathes that will help optimize groove spacing for any given passage. We should never forget that even in the peak of the original vinyl age bad pressings and poor mastering did indeed happen. There are a few more reissues I'm going to eventually get just to compare them to the original vinyl and CD
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Funny post. Ha!
Its kinda sad really..... They want 25 dollars for that stuff... I WOULDNT GIVE THEM 2 CENTS!!!
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Old 09-22-2017, 04:53 AM
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I've noticed the shittiness of some current re-issues too. The new releases I own sound very good (better than their CD counterpart), but a couple months ago I got a Gin Blossoms LP and the sound quality was very mediocre. I've got the same album on cassette and it sounds worlds better with a more lively tone.

Also, I've got a Foo Fighters LP that's broken up into 2 discs, even though it could very easily fit on one disc. There's 3 songs on each side! Who thought that was a good idea? I'm not about to put that album on a record changer!
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Not to hijack this thread, but...

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Old 09-22-2017, 10:41 AM
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Sorry, wrong thread. Was meant to go in the thread about older recordings.

Crickets around here lately.

Makes sense.

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Old 09-22-2017, 12:25 PM
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Been nice knowing ya, Cary. Well, truth be told, not really.
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Hi as far as mainstream goes Sainsburys have been stocking vinyl for a couple of years, not bought any but they look good
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Old 09-23-2017, 12:30 AM
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I find the reissues I've bought have been great except I wasn't convinced with the recent Led Zeppelin remasters. At least the one I bought has IGD no matter what turntable I play it on...as for sounding muddy that may just be Jimmy Page's preference as the LZ albums I bought i 1991 sound broadly similar.

And as for the price of modern records.....try inserting what you paid in 1985 into an inflation calculator and it'll be fairly similar to the current cost....given that vinyl is not produced in the sheer numbers that it was 30+ years ago, and manufacturing records is far more costly than downloads or CDs.....the fact that they "only" cost about 18-20 each is quite something when the 5.99 I would pay in 1985 is over 17 today.

There is a reason some reissues are on two discs rather than one, it allows for more movement in the groove and better S/N ratio....and more bass. I'm happy to get up and change the disc over every 12-15 minutes to be honest. If that is too much of a chore, then maybe you don't get the same experience from vinyl that I do.....which is OK.

And as for Cary....bye! Enjoy the company of the industry professionals....
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Also, I've got a Foo Fighters LP that's broken up into 2 discs, even though it could very easily fit on one disc. There's 3 songs on each side! Who thought that was a good idea? I'm not about to put that album on a record changer!
I would disagree. The less playing time spread over the first two-third of a record side will sound phenomenal. In the US, stations would receive promo singles in the 80s that were usually one song on a side. Sonically, many were excellent. You can cut a groove with much higher modulation, and hence dynamic range. Also the loudness of the signal will be farther from the noise floor, so it yields a quieter record.

Vinyl (to me) was never meant for convenience. I have no problems with a ten minute playing side that never goes past two-thirds of the disc. After that, end-of-side starts setting in.
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