Another great vinyl find last weekend. While we have not been intentionally searching for second-hand copies of Now That’s What I Call Music, my husband and I have stumbled across a few that are just too good to miss. On Saturday we bought Volume 3 from the Oxfam shop in Chippenham, for just £1.99.
This album really reflects the music I was into in my early teens and even includes one of the first records I ever bought: The Reflex by Duran Duran. Just one look at the cover and I’m transported back to my bedroom in 1984 with posters of Duran Duran and Nik Kershaw on the walls.
The lineup on the double album is really quite impressive and a snapshot of what I was listening to in 1984 (although not, I hasten to mention, Gary Glitter, who makes an appearance on this album before he is airbrushed out of 1980s pop).
My tastes did become a little more Indie as the decade wore on, which probably explains why I’m not that interested in later versions.
This year I have a sort of wish list when hunting for second-hand vinyl, although as records become more popular (even Sainsburys is selling vinyl), the prices are starting to rise in second-hand shops. My shopping list is:
- Rumours by Fleetwood Mac (I suspect this is getting harder to pick up second-hand, but what a great album and one of the few where every track is brilliant and poignant)
- Tapestry by Carole King (as above, a hard one to source second-hand)
- Spandau Ballet: Journeys to Glory (their first album when the band were still part of the Blitz Club scene)
- The Beatles’ albums: Sergeant Pepper, The White Album, Abbey Road (yes this is quite a long shot. I am fortunate that I have inherited a lot of my parents’ Beatles albums and only need these three to complete the collection. But probably more of a dream list now…)
Saturday 16 April is Record Store Day and a great opportunity to discover vinyl. See the website here for events that are happening near to you.