image from recordstoreday.com
With Record Store Day coming up this weekend. I sat down and spoke to two friends of mine who are avid records collectors. Conor Lambert, 19 and his best friend Lewis Beales,20 met each other in school in Wisbech. The both of them bonded over their love for music from the 60’s -80’s and of course, vinyls.
“We didn’t get much money when we were younger, but we used to save up to buy records. 20 pounds for a record isn’t cheap”, said Lambert.
While Lambert was saving for his records, Beales was a little luckier. He managed to get many old records from his grandfather who also collected them.
The two friends have decided to travel to Norwich to find their rare vinyls and have been saving up all year just to purchase them.
“Lewis did some searching on Google on good record stores, and he found that Soundclash in Norwich was supposed to be good. We’ve bought bus tickets to go there a day before Saturday”, said Beales.
I asked them what they were most looking forward to buying. Both of them agreed that Bruce Springsteen’s 1975-1985 Live and King Crimson‘s vinyls were on the top of their list.
“I’m also looking forward to buying some Iggy Pop vinyls. Hopefully they don’t sell out. I’m prepared to queue outside to get these records though”,said Lambert.
Beales' collection that he brought to university. - Image from Lewis Beales.
Beales and Lambert both have about 200 – 250 records each that they keep in pristine condition.
“I don’t think i’ll ever sell my records. They actually are priceless, even though i survive on beans and toast after buying a collection..it’s still worth it to me”, said Lambert.
Record Store Day is a day when all independently owned record stores come together with artists to celebrate the art of music. Musicians release special vinyls and CDs on this day and record stores often have special appearances and performances by various artists.
“I don’t think vinyls are making a come-back. There were always around,it’s just getting more popular. Events such as Record Store Day gets people in the groove of listening to vinyls.”, said Beales.
With more emphasis put on digital sales and downloads, there is fear that the sales of vinyls will go down. But an event like Record Store Day that celebrates vinyls is sure to stand out. Jumbo Records in St John’s Centre, Leeds will be entertaining Record Store Day goers with in store performances from local band Just Handshakes, Various Cruelties, Staves, To Kill a King, Still Corners and Brit Poppers Dodgy.