Second-hand Vinyl Find: Now That’s What I Call Music 3 (plus a wish list)

Now That's What I Call Music Vol 3

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).

NOW Vol 3

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.

However this Volume 3 can now be added to Volume 9 (see here) and our special Now One, which has a completely different look to it here

NOW That's What I Call MusicThis 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.


Vinyl roundup; Record Store Day and UK’s first vinyl charts launched

Our vinyl collecting has slowed down lately although we are still scouring the charity shops. Over the past year it seems that more second hand shops are stocking donated records but the prices still vary greatly. We spotted a U2 album (The Joshua Tree) for £6 in a charity shop in Glastonbury last weekend. Yet my husband was able to pick up this early edition of Now That’s What I call Music for £1 from another shop. It’s a double album and in perfect condition.


Last week we invited friends round for a Record Player Evening. Many of my friends have kept their vinyl collection but given away their record players. It’s a great excuse to get together and reacquaint ourselves with some great (and cringeworthy) music from the 70s and 80s. I rediscovered some great music and now I can’t stop playing my friend’s Simple Minds’ album One Upon a Time. Sadly I had this on cassette which I got rid of long ago (does anyone have a cassette player in their house anymore?). But I’d forgotten how much I’d listened to it as a teenager and after thirty (!) years I can still remember most of the words.

Vinyl roundup: Simple Minds

By the 1990s most of  my friends had moved onto cassette tapes and then CDs. This is a real shame – there’s nothing like playing vinyl and the album covers are so much more interesting.

BUT this week sees the launch of the UK’s first ever weekly vinyl chart. Record sales have increased at an amazing pace over the past seven years. Last year sales reached 1.29 million and album sales are expected to increase by 70% this year. This Saturday also sees the eighth Record Store Day in the UK celebrating all independent record shops. For a list of your local participating record retailer see here

A friend from work has just acquired a vintage portable record player from a local car boot sale. As we work in an Arts Centre this seems a great venue to set up a vinyl evening so we will be getting our heads together to work out how we can achieve this and keep spreading the love of vinyl….



(Second-hand) Record Store Day in Bristol

Saturday saw the seventh Record Store Day take place in the UK, a celebration of independent record shops with events, special releases and more. As you may know we acquired a new record player at Christmas and have been hunting for vinyl ever since. So, on a rare Saturday off we took a trip to Bristol for a little second-hand window shopping and a visit to the fabled Rise Records in Clifton.

Rise had a number of events, including live bands performing throughout the day.  While I felt older than most of the hip twenty somethings in the store it was great to have a browse through the vinyl. I felt rather smug spotting a couple of Beatles albums which we have at home (inherited from my parents). I was also on the hunt for a couple of classic albums: Carole King’s ‘Tapestry’ and Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Rumours’. The former was on sale at Rise but £20 is a little more than I can afford.

As the shop was very busy, and the live music a little loud for our young offspring, we didn’t stay long. Husband and I plan to take a trip to Rise another day when the kids are at school.  As we were in Clifton (posh Bristol) and the trendy Park Street it did seem only polite to have a rummage through the charity shops too.

Youngest daughter picked up a picture book in the Oxfam Bookshop in Clifton village:


We also made a few purchases at the vintage-themed Shelter shop. While there were a few items of clothing I was tempted by I kept my purse in my pocket while husband splurged on a t-shirt and the girls bought a Rubik’s Cube:

We also ventured into the Oxfam Boutique on Park Street but it was at the Sue Ryder shop a few doors down that we made our best purchase. On Record Store Day we picked up two second-hand albums that were new (to the store anyway) that day and cost £1.50 each. The girls have been listening to Simon & Garfunkel and I was gutted that I had got rid of my parents’ copy of ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’. One of my earliest memories is listening to this album and, as a teenager, I rediscovered it and played it continuously in my bedroom. So imagine my delight in finding it once more in Bristol. I also picked up the Tears for Fears album, ‘Songs from the Big Chair’. I remember this being a huge record at the time and have been recently listening to their earlier stuff.


So having made our purchases we headed for home, got the record player out and listened to our vinyl.