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The Trouble With Buying Records At Boot Fairs Is…….

The Trouble With Buying Records At Boot Fairs Is…….

Bruce Springsteen Born To Run Gatefold Cover

Record colllectors at Spitalfields record fair

(and why The Old Spitalfields Record Fair Is London’s Best Kept Secret…)

Look, I know some people enjoy trawling around boot fairs and charity shops and spend hours wearing out shoe leather, waking up at 5am in order to be first to look at endless mouldy collections of Jim Reeves records in the vain hope that the same person who has some of the world’s most horrible albums will also unknowingly…

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Signed #JohnnyMarr Blue #vinyl limited Playland LP bought from the Merch stall #nowplaying #instavinyl #vinyligclub

Signed #JohnnyMarr Blue #vinyl limited Playland LP bought from the Merch stall #nowplaying #instavinyl #vinyligclub

Another shot of @Johnny_Marr live at Southend #JohnnyMarr

Another shot of @Johnny_Marr live at Southend #JohnnyMarr

Thumbs up from @johnny_marr at last night’s Southend show #JohnnyMarr

Thumbs up from @johnny_marr at last night’s Southend show #JohnnyMarr

Here Comes Johnny Marr - With A Lust For Life, Live at Southend - Review

Here Comes Johnny Marr – With A Lust For Life, Live at Southend – Review

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It has been quite a year so far for Johnny Marr. Just as he was getting over racking up a half century of birthdays, in April Marr found himself in a New York post office performing his new soundtrack to The Amazing Spider-Man 2 alongside Alicia Keys and Pharrell Williams.

It was a surreal contrast to the way Marr started the year – with an injury to his hand.

Although Marr blamed his broken…

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Buying Vintage Soul and RnB on Vinyl

Buying Vintage Soul and RnB on Vinyl

Soul Together Atlantic Records various Artists

Aretha Lady Soul

The story so far: I’m building a vinyl record collection for the sum of £116.99, which just happens to be how much it costs to buy the new Oasis Box Set of (What’s The Story) Morning Glory. So far, I have something old (by Chuck Berry), something new (by Oasis), so it was time for something Borrowed and something Blue.

When building a record collection from scratch, it is important to have a…

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Our First Challenger! Thoughts From West Five….

Our First Challenger! Thoughts From West Five….

Oasis-boxset Whats the story morning glory

Oasis-boxset Whats the story morning glory

Let’s be honest, you know that the new Oasis Box Set of What’s The Story Morning Glory is a bit pricey when you see Roman Abramovich coming out of HMV wiping his brow and muttering to himself about “daylight robbery” and “they must think I am made of money…”.

And this is from a man who bought Fernando Torres, Winston Bogarde, Adrian Mutu and Andrei Shevchenko.

Such was the thinking behind my…

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Buying The Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry and The Kinks on Vinyl

Buying The Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry and The Kinks on Vinyl

Album Collection Stones, Berry, Kinks

Red Decca boxed Rolling Stones label Through the past darkly

Update: I’m trying to buy the largest record collection possible with £116.99, which just happens to be the amount of hard earned cash you would have to part with were you to covet the new Oasis box set of (What’s The Story) Morning Glory.

It was time to go crate digging.

First stop? My local record fair in Southend.

The first thing I found was that Rolling Stone Magazine’s Top Ten Albums of All…

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Oct 6

Building The Perfect Record Collection On A Budget…

Building The Perfect Record Collection On A Budget…

Rolling Stone The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time

Table of Top Ten Records and their values

The new “What’s The Story” Oasis Box Set costs £116.99, in a move designed to capture the wallets of the clinically insane and hopelessly wealthy.

Being neither insane, nor rich, I want to see if I can spend that money more wisely, and buy a “complete” record collection for a friend instead….

After an evening of drinking planning, I came home to find the answer staring me in the face. It looked…

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Oct 2

Things To Buy Instead of the £116.99 Oasis Box Set - Part 2

Things To Buy Instead of the £116.99 Oasis Box Set – Part 2

HMV Vinyl section Oxford St

HMV Oxford St

Over the next month, I have set myself a challenge: The new “What’s The Story” Oasis Box Set costs £116.99. I want to find out what kind of record collection that money could buy instead.

You can join in too….

There’s nothing quite like a trip to HMV’s vinyl department to make £116.99 evaporate before the eyes. All that tempting new vinyl. Some bargains too. The Black Keys’ Thickfreakness is…

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#nowplaying #RollingStones Out of our Heads on #vinyl with unboxed red Decca label #instavinyl #vinyligclub

#nowplaying #RollingStones Out of our Heads on #vinyl with unboxed red Decca label #instavinyl #vinyligclub

Time For Another Vinyl Challenge: The New Oasis Box Set Costs £116.99. What Could You Buy Instead?

White vinyl. Limited edition of 300 copies. Ultra-vinyl. Picture disc. All wonderful. All valuable (well, sometimes. That Bon Jovi picture disc might just be past it’s sell by date - and you’ll never shift those Gary Glitter and Rolf Harris records now). 

Time For Another Vinyl Challenge: The New Oasis Box Set Costs £116.99. What Could You Buy Instead?

White vinyl. Limited edition of 300 copies. Ultra-vinyl. Picture disc. All wonderful. All valuable (well, sometimes. That Bon Jovi picture disc might just be past it’s sell by date - and you’ll never shift those Gary Glitter and Rolf Harris records now). 

More Cowbell: London Two Piece Bear Their Skeleton Soul

Stoke Newington duo Cowbell are set to release their second album, “Skeleton Soul” on Monday 29th September.

#RyanAdams onstage at Shepherds Bush Empire: photo

#RyanAdams onstage at Shepherds Bush Empire: photo

Johnny Depp hiding underneath a hat - onstage with Ryan Adams in London on Thursday: photo

Johnny Depp hiding underneath a hat - onstage with Ryan Adams in London on Thursday: photo