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SDEtv: The BIG Record Store Day unboxing video preview

Music fans will not have failed to notice that tomorrow is Record Store Day, the day when lots of releases (almost entirely vinyl) are available exclusively from independent record shops around the world. Keeping with SDE tradition, we now present a special video preview of some of the best releases. This is our biggest ever, as the 2019 unboxing covers 30 different releases through five different decades! Watch the video below and have fun tomorrow.

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Jon

Has anyone else purchased the 808 State box and found they’ve got two copies of record #2 with record #3 missing?

A couple of people have commented this on Discogs. , given these are limited, how likely is it that this could be sorted by the label in your opinion?

Guy.S

banquetrecords.com still have Prince His Majesty’s Pop Life/ The Purple Mix Club RSD19 stock online £27.00 + postage

gus tiene

hughes – where is your shop?

Rasputin

Really! Now there is confirmation.
Part of the Pink Floyd release was made with an error.
All Side 1 – completely!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=72&v=_CB7HZpEGqA

The offender is revealed. Although he hid his face under other turns.
https://www.discogs.com/Moi-04/release/9399585

Also a question. Will Pink Floyd pay the copyright to the criminal?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9ESdnOVpek&feature=youtu.be

Most likely some vinyl in North America.

Rasputin

Good that your vinyl is correct.

The most interesting is that all vinyl (for the European Union and North America) is pressed at one pressing plant – Record Industry

Anyway, so says Discogs:

Europe – https://www.discogs.com/Pink-Floyd-A-Saucerful-Of-Secrets/release/13452289

USA & Canada – https://www.discogs.com/Pink-Floyd-A-Saucerful-Of-Secrets/release/13489482

Very strange and incomprehensible… Joke? Or deliberately?

Julian

Prices do vary wildly. Bought the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 7″ (just two tracks) for € 28, and the Elvis Presley ‘August 1969’ (a double LP with 15+ trax) for “just” € 27. I don’t really get it.

poptones

I only visited two recordshops (in Paris) last saturday. I hadn’t really prepared for the day (not a big fan of RSD so I didn’t bother to check all RSD releases) so I had a few surprises. For example, I didn’t know Fire released two Television Personalities compilations, I was really excited to find that out and immediatly grabbed them. I stumbled on Morrissey 7″, Bowie LPs and 7″, Bronski Beat, Madonna, etc. but didn’t really care. I even had the Japan 10″ in my hands but I didn’t buy it (even though I’m a big fan of David Sylvian and Japan) because the price was like €12 and I thought it was too expensive for a simple 10″ single and didn’t want to spend too much. In the end, I bought both TVPs compilations, David Sylvian’s LP There is no love (with Rhodri Davies and Mark Wastell), a very limited edition (200) of Sunn O))’s latest LP, the Charlatans 7″ box set (€75) and David Byrne’s Brazil Classic box set for €45 (all three volumes in colored shape). I even found an older RSD release (Lush’s 4AD box set Origami from 2016), it was only €85. The only item I really wanted bad was the Flaming Lips LP in gold vinyl (with Mick Jones). I bought that on the US Rough Trade store. European stores can start selling RSD item online next saturday but for US stores, it was the day after RSD so if if you’re ready to pay shipping costs from US to Europe, you can buy from US Rough Trade if they still have the items you want.

Paul Mac

To be honest, there wasn’t much that grabbed me again this year, and I was away on Saturday so didn’t get to any record shops on the day. I strolled into the local shop at lunch time today and grabbed the Lost In Translation soundtrack, which I did want, so was chuffed with that. Also picked up Beth Hart’s live album for a decent price considering it’s a double. There’s a couple of other things I’ll keep an eye out for over thenext week when the online sales start, but happy enough so far.

Michael D

Peter Gabriel download code now working!

Miguel Rocha

Any comments about Roxy Music Remixed? I’m so tempted but not enough to drop over $50 Canadian on something that looks interesting but is potentially terrible (not a huge fan of DJ remixes, to be honest). One of my local shops has many copies left so I’m not feeling too rushed to take the impulsive plunge.

DonnieBiscuits

First time I’ve done RSD as my Dad life does not lend itself to that kind of commitment. I’ve previously bought the stuff I really wanted afterwards and not really had to pay too much. Other expensive desirables I’ve just lived without. This year I was visiting a mate so stopped of in Shrewsbury late morning and visited 3 shops there. My last stop was Tubeway Records, absolutely brilliant and very helpful – hence I massively overspent! I missed out on Japan, A-Ha and Blancmange but maybe will pick those up on the clearout in a week. I’m not feeding the flippers though, no way.

torchomatic

Ah yes, RSD, the only day of the year when I wouldn’t go into a record shop.

It started off in the right spirit but over the last few years has just been a let-down; multiple Bowie releases (how much more can they release!) and OTT prices for pretty standard stuff. I noticed the Associates 12″ was £20! What?!

What makes it worse is the ‘flippers’ who just buy to make vast profits on eBay.

Arthur O'Brien

Agreed. You should only be able to buy one copy as part of the deal. Got skunked on Bob Dylan because of this.

Gary

A drunken rambler walked past us at Rough Trade at 1am shouting ‘just sleep and download it’… It did make me laugh….

carsten hansen

I did not got what i really want , no bronski beat,bananarama remix 12 inch and no blancmange
i got yazoo,Duran Duran,u2,m,japan,morrissey and the Bowie 7 inch

i simply skipped the police 2×7 ” because of the price

i did not see any Chic 12″

i talked to 2-3 owners of the shops ,they all told me the order for rsd releases this year was heavenly cut.

the most wanted release in Denmark was Sigur ros,they are big name in Denmark

if Bronski beat 12″,bananarama 12″ or blancmange 12″ had been available i had skipped Duran Duran and japan 10″

Trevor Smith

Lucky you for getting the Japan 10″ Carsten. That was the one I really wanted but I was unable to get a copy in three different shops.

Martin York

I queued at Piccadilly Records in Manchester on Sat – great organisation by the shop as usual and good-natured people in the queue too, which helped fend off the bitterly cold weather.

Missed out on Japan (the last copy went to someone about 20 in front of me) and decided to give Bowie Pin Ups a miss (seems like there will be loads of those around for some time, and not my favourite album although I do love the cover). Managed to get my hands on Peter Gabriel, Bananarama Remixed, LFO, Bowie/Dietrich single, Smalltown Boy and M Pop Muzik. With the exception of the last item I’ve not yet played anything.

After one initial play, the Pop Muzik single is novel: I love the bright pink slightly splattered vinyl, and it’s good to get a copy of this with the baby photo (the original 12″ I’ve got is the double-grooved version with the M logo on it). As for the remixes, well…..

The Live Latin Performance mix has nothing in it to indicate it’s actually a live recording (no crowd noise, very polished performance) and has for me dumbed down the quirky things I like about the original song. You can hear a snippet of it on the MOV Youtube post (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9vOrz4fLSA).

The R&B 1978 Demo is very simplistic, as you might expect from a demo. It definitely sounds more R&B but again has none of the quirkiness.

And finally the Second Sun Remix (coming in at over 11 minutes) is less of a remix and more of a reconstruction. Reliance upon only a few lines from the original song (e.g. “You’re living in a disco” repeating over a thick bass) put over a backing track that bears little resemblance to the original.

Am I glad I purchased it? Yes, it’s a new take on one of my cheesy pop favourites. Will I be playing it a lot? I suspect not.

Henrik Tronstad

I went lazily after the shops had opened but got basically the two I wanted most anyway, the CSNY 4-Way street and the Pink Floyd’s A saucerful of secrets mono. The Simple Minds and The Alarm I had no chance on. I have ordered them from one of Sweden’s biggest shops but I guess it will be a minimal chance they turn up… There seems to be somewhat of a tombola which records the small shops in the outskirts of Stockholm get, and the pickings were slim. The biggest shop got one Simple Minds 2LP, sold out quickly. They didn’t order the Alarm live ’85 at all. I saw them live in January 1985 or 1986 in Gothenburg with my kid sister… Yes, I remember the month but not the year! I would have loved to find The crow soundtrack also… but no.

Noel Bayley

Got half of what I wanted but my oh my, at what cost! Because I spent £30-£35 more than I’d specced on due to overstocking/overpricing in my shop of choice it meant that I just left other stuff that was for sale. What is the point of having plenty copies of stuff that has flown out of other shops because you’re overcharging?
Incidentally, I have asked SDE about this, as my understanding was that everyone had to charge the same. Their response was interesting: “all stores who sign up to RSD  agree to a code of conduct which prohibits unfair pricing.  However pricing can vary between stores by up to 30% due to VAT, discounts and overheads within particular stores.”
Now I can understand this, to a point, between say, the North and London but I would have thought there was little “wriggleroom” across a few miles in the North West!
And so bizarrely and due to their greed, that’s one independent shop that has lost my year-round custom – the very opposite of what RSD is supposed to be about!

HS

Are the Bananarama Viva & Drama LP’s RSD exclusives? I could not get copies but I was able to pre-order them on Amazon US, which shows a release date of April 19th?

Richard Higgins

Got the Strummer 12” but missed out on the M ‘Pop Muzik” 10”- anyone know,are the remixes any good?

Synthgrizz

My Vienna RSD experience: I queued at one store for less than 2 hrs and found all I wanted and more: Blancmange, Yazoo (3 copies in town), Heaven 17, John Grant, Japan, AIR, Bronski Beat, Queen, Bowie/Dietrich, 2xMadonna, Police, M and Bowie LP (which was available everywhere) as a surprise gift for my honey. I went to some stores again yesterday (Monday) and still saw M somewhere. AIR was only available at one store out of eight I went to and they had five copies of it. One shop had three copies of the Propaganda set, but I was not interested. When I went back to the store on Monday to pick it up for a friend from the US they were all gone because he sold them on eBay at 5PM on Saturday for 80 Euro each.

David Hughes

We had half a dozen copies of ‘M’ (we spend SO much with LAF we get pretty much everything we want on RSD) and all the ones people have mentioned (tos of Japan/Blacmange/Queen) in this thread in very good quantities. Still had them by midday too, some of them, seems I’m the best kept secret in the Midlands….sigh. I get the best allocation in the Midlands and still people say ‘didn’t know you were there’

Chris Squires

Personally I have absolutely no issue with people who queue to buy records on RSD and then sell them on for profit. If you have queued since 3am to get something I don’t have access to or can’t be arsed to get out of bed for why shouldn’t I pay you a £20 bounty for your valuable time and effort. That is just how business works in any walk of life where a middle man (or shop) is involved.
What I do not like are record shops who have “mates” who they “sell” records to and split the profits and have it all carved up before punters (who have queued hours) get to choose from what’s left. I am sure it’s only a very small proportion who do not play by the rules but reserving records is the low tide mark for me, not the selling on eBay as that is a service and many people wouldn’t be able to get what they want if it were not for those secondary sellers, so I don’t begrudge them a couple of hundred quid profit if they have stood in line like everyone else.

Just like every other walk of life (Police, Teachers, Doctors etc.) record shop owners are made up of a cohort of human beings and there will be brilliant, good, indifferent and bad ones and it is the bad ones who distort RSD who I want rid of, so for the awful term “Scalper” I would just think of them as suppliers or middle men to those who have no other means.

I gave RSD a miss this year as I have basically run out of spare money and knew that, like an addict, I couldn’t buy *just* one or two things that I wanted and any trip to a store would probably leave me £500 to £700 lighter like every other year. I have a list in my head that my wife would not forgive if I weakened. Really sad, but hey-ho, life goes on. Kids grow up and cost a lot of money…. (it never ends).

Sean Taor

As much as everyone criticises RSD because a large proportion of those that queue have little interest in the music and just buy up whatever they can to then sell them straight away on ebay (the same as every concert, limited edition print, hand bag…or whatever else people can make money selling on) the whole global event is still massively impressive and does a huge amount for the the industry and vinyl in particular. Physical music was dying not so long ago, and RSD has done loads in getting a wider audience to appreciate the formats as well as getting rare and exciting music released for all our benefit.
No one has to buy anything- but I confess to having been one of those ‘idiots’ that did buy a couple of records on ebay over the weekend- and paid about a tenner above the real price- but as much as I’d have loved to spend the morning outside my local record shop and chatting to like-minded people about the music I love, there was no way I could have spared the time.

I popped into a couple of record shops in Soho last week – they were busy and prices for secondhand were a load higher than they used to be (cassettes £4 each!).

RSD has done a load in getting a new audience get into physical music which is a good thing.

Gary C

When can they start selling what’s left online?

Gavin Norman

Starting to pop up on amazon now, Floyd mono quite reasonable and the Fleetwood Mac , just search Rsd 2019

Erwin

A little warning if you bought Bingo Hand Job(aka R.E.M.). It’s a double album, but mine had the first record twice(and none of the second…).

Did get a nice dutch RSD 10 year anniversary bag though….

Robbert

Here in Amsterdam I got Bowie pic disc, 2x Prince, CSNY , 2x Madonna, Luther Vandross, Robyn on saturday. I got Billy Joel, Stax Boy Meets Girl, Bowie Gigolo, Roxy Music and another Bowie pic disc on sunday.

Peter Muscutt

Does anyone know if the prices charged by stores are “set” (is you just charge £40 for this picture disc) or can record stores set their own prices? Was wanting the Wendy Carlos 7” single but saw it was £14 at my local store?? Did getctge excellent Booshradio series however so I was happy, and that was browsing the shenves at lunchtime!

MikeM

Was out of own on the day and was going to skip it seeing as I spent obscene $ last year, I did start getting withdrawals on sunday, drove straight into the city to one (always overpriced) store and still plenty of stuff left, got Townes and REM. Went on monday to shops close to work, even more stock to choose from and better prices, might even revisit next weekend, but nearly over it.

Kevin

I had a most prosperous day with going to a great little place owned by a former university radio colleague and his wife. Being in a metro area, a lot of places in my neck of the woods participate in RSD , but I wanted to avoid the bigger place(s) in favor of patronizing one that I feel deserves it. The best thing about it is it’s small enough so that it isn’t inundated with a massive line hours before opening. A close second is the fact that it opens at 7:00am, 1-3 hours earlier than most other places around. So, if you luck out and find everything you were hoping for after being about tenth in line like me, you can make it back home in time for an hour or so of snoozing, which is what I did. Getting what I was looking for wasn’t that tough, though. I did peek over the shoulder of the guy in front of me, who was thumbing through the Bs – and my face nearly fell when it seemed as though there weren’t any Bingo Hand Jobs left, but when I got there, there was one left. So I breathed a sigh of relief and picked that up along with the two ABKCO Stones hits reissues on colored vinyl.

kittens69

The curious to and fro your mind does when you find the (Propaganda 12″) boxset you want, but simply can’t justify the (NZ$85) for yet another remix from a now bottom-of-the-well scraping archive. Sense prevailed as I popped it back on the shelf and said a rueful farewell. Sometimes seeing it, holding it and knowing you could have owned it is enough when it comes to vinyl. #noregrets #nolongeracompletist

dominic

I couldn’t be at Piccadilly Records yesterday morning due to other commitments, so was convinced I wouldn’t get what I wanted (Duran Duran), which I was especially miffed after seeing it on the SDE video. So I kept my eye on their Twitter feed and by 4pm, when I was free, they hadn’t announced it was sold out as they had with other stuff, so took a quick trip into town. Managed to walk in, go straight up to the counter and get a copy, along with the Jeff Tweedy LP for my brother who was stuck at work. I couldn’t believe my luck!

Matt

For anyone that’s after the ZTT AoT and Propaganda releases, it seems this will be generally available in the USA Friday 17th. I’m not sure if they are identical as the RSD Uk releases as the street price for the Propaganda set is $12.99 ! AoT is $47.99. So don’t spend crazy amounts from EBay or Discogs. The prices are insane right now.

dominic

Thanks Matt, bagged the curiously low priced Propaganda set.

Tracey

Where did you find the Propaganda 12″ box set for such a great price?

Steve Miller

There’s a release on amazon.com called “Eight Testaments of Propaganda” with a release date of 19th April, and a price of $15.99. Worth a look ?

Tracey

Thanks Steve! I’m guessing at that price (and based on the album artwork) that the US release is the 8 tracks pressed on 1 LP.

Jhonn

RSD is now mostly done for the profit maximation of the majors. Expensive rereleases of backcatalogues. And for greedy people you never see in a record shop, buying records to put them for ridiculous prices on eBay. Every year it‘s getting more boring for me. Last years FGTH ‚box‘ for example, really not worth the price. Only produced for the record shelf. Also more and more rereleases of 12inches for the price of an LP. I am out. It’s better and more exciting to invest in new bands and smaller labels.

colinthebruce

Missed it completely this year as was “out of town”. Have just got home so of course there they all are on eBay. Sickening. Does anyone know (before I pay a single penny more than I need to ) the actual prices of things. What I was after was Yazoo, Toyah, poss Bananarama, Fleetwood Mac. Or maybe I’ll just sack the whole thing off this year and order that lovely new Blancmange box set. I think RSD is a bit of a joke now, and am actually a bit disappointed that the artists don’t decide to sell these special editions through their websites, inaction to the RSD shop “event” which I suppose for some can still be fun to meet likeminded folk, and help the small independents, which I do support.

Richard Lamming

Hi, Colinthebruce, For ‘actual’ prices look on something like Banquet Records site.

Rich

Mixed results for Me. I queued early at one, then visited another store an hour’s drive away to “pick over the bones”.
I ended up with Prince, Dexy’s, Queen, Jeff Wayne & The Associates.

I listened to the Dexy’s album, which sounds great. But the Jeff Wayne disc is pressed way off centre, which makes the piano-based tracks sound very whoozy! A real shame, always loved War Of The Worlds, but these “new versions” won’t be getting played again
: (

Tracey

I should also mention, (as in past years) I picked up some non-RSD titles as I browsed through the stores, as follows:

Bazan “Alone at the Microphone” DVD (Recycled Books)
Iron & Wine “Our Endless Numbered Days” 15th Anniversary CD (Mad World)
Pet Shop Boys “Minimal” 2 CD set, “Somewhere” CD1, “I Get Along” DVD, “Miracles” 2 CD set (Josey Records)
The Stranglers “Live” 2 CD set (Josey Records)
Travis “The Man Who” CD (Josey Records)
Scritti Politti “BOOM!” promo CD single (Josey Records)

DaveM

. Didn’t know about the Iron & Wine – Our Endless Numbered Days Deluxe CD. Thanks for the info. The original is one of the best albums to be released in the last couple of decades IMHO.

elliott buckingham

a huge error on the prince 12″ set it labels corvette as the lp version on the label but 12″ mix on the sleeve. it plays the 12″ mix but pop life isn’t the fresh dance mix version but the far superior uk 12″ mix at 9+ minutes

MARK

First in the queue at Drift Records in Totnes { 20 miles from Plymouth} Got there at 0155 hours.
Got X-ray Spex, Prince Pop Life/Purple Mix, Charlatans Us and us only and John Lennon Imagine Raw. In and out within 5 mins..very happy.. tired..very

Stephen Rickard

And the guy second in line bought Baby Shark, Bananarama and Chas n Dave, I’ve just read it on Plymouth Live. Ha!

Mark

no mate..that was a wind up..I can confirm that..

David M

You queued overnight and went without sleep to buy 4 records which probably weren’t even particularly hard to get? Crazy!

MARK

lol..Not at all.., x-ray spex had pressed 500 or 1000 depending on which list you read..well worth it..I would do it again… “if are not in race you cant win it/snooze you loose”

Tim-Meh

Can I just say what an awful recording the Bingo Hand Job album is. The bootlegs that have been kicking around for 20 odd years are vastly superior. This is what really puts me off RSD. Shoddy quality at extortionate prices. The Flaming Lips LP on the other hand is simply superb.

Paul Taylor

It was the same with the PiL Concert album last year apparently. I managed to dodge a bullet with that one

Shaun

I bought the PIL live album last year and it is excellent. I seriously doubt that there are bootlegs out there of superior sound quality. However, I do tend to agree about pricing. A demand is created and people get overexcited and pay too much without questioning why. The same with eBay really. Better to stick with Discogs, where if you are patient, bargains can be had.

-SG-

Releases like that underscore the underlying issue many have with RSD, where a collective screwing is disguised as fun. Basically, by putting something out at a premium one day price and for it to be a sub-standard recording, shows a lot of disrespect to the people supporting the whole event, last year I bought what turned out to be the fake “acetate” recordings of “Fungo Bat” by The Nazz, and now this year…. do R.E.M. Really need the money so bad that they needed to release this? Why put something like that out in the first place? I bought “Bingo Has Job” it is really dishonest to sell garbage and dress it up as something else. Keep this up and eventually no one will be buyers. I will definitely cross R.E.M. off my list after this. It really is a lot easier to stream and to download, perhaps that is not such a bad idea, especially when there is no quality control and they are selling trash.

-SG-

However, To add to the comment and not to simply jump to conclusions, and simply trust everything I read, as we all know you can’t do that I will have to open it up and give it a listen for myself. Um, listen without prejudice.

Mark

Have to say that I always enjoy RSD. Queued from 3.30 outside Tower in Dublin, met all the same heads that are there every year and talked records for 4 hours.
Managed to get all I wanted: Elton, Duran Duran, League of Gentlemen, Bingo Hand Job, Madonna, Prince and a few others.
It’s imperfect and it’s annoying when touts flip stuff online but that’s the nature of most things on the internet.
I’m not sure a place like Tower would survive without it tbh. Probably outside Xmas it’s their biggest seller (Maybe the biggest).

Shaun

I wandered down to my local shop which has relocated as a pop-up shop in the De La Warr Pavillion. Obviously, much smaller and subsequently less RSD stock at 1:30 in the afternoon than last year. Both Thin Lizzy and Billy Joel had gone which is not the end of the world as I have a bootleg of the Billy Joel radio broadcast anyway. Details on the Thin Lizzy bonus tracks are sketchy and I have an outtakes CD bootleg which may contain the same tracks anyway. I got the one LP that I really wanted, Hawkwind, so I’m happy. £31 for The Ramones seems a tad expensive so I left it in the racks. Quite a bit of Bowie left and only a handful of singles. I think that this year’s selection has been pretty uninspiring on the whole and not worth queuing up for. But that’s just my opinion.

Don

So here is a crazy idea to make RSD even more profitable for the record stores AND make it fun for the consumers: After the list of products is release, give your order to your local record store and pick it up on record store day.
Wow that was simple.

Alan B

Far too sensible a post. Give shops a deadline day to submit orders and allow customers to place orders with their shop until that day and as you say you turn up on RSD and pick them up. Shops have customers in their shops, everyone who wants a copy of a particular release gets one and who knows there might be a few releases where demand was under estimated so they have to press up more copies than originally planned thus record label gets more sales (as does the shop). Shops only order what has been pre-sold and don’t get stuck with unsold stock which RSD policy is not to allow to be returned to them. Win, win surely.

Michel Banen

Exactly ! Make sure everyone gets what they want. It would sell more records and supply and demand will be balanced out and it would avoid disappointed customers and inflated prices on eBay and discogs. It indeed IS that simple !!!

Tony O

due to my local shop closing this year i did not bother with the hour + journey to the next nearest RSD shop and whilst i feared some serious withdrawal i actually feel ok. I have been to every single RSD even since it began and last years spent just under £3k. I noticed that there have been around 400 copies sold on ebay or available on ebay of the Queen picture disc album of the 1500 available and whilst i have no problem with “flippers” i wonder if they will get to grips with ebay and maybe prevent anything being listed for 7 days from the release date. This would give collectors a chance to get their hands on the item at retail price (rip off price more like) but similarly sales would drop due to dealers not getting involved as much. It clearly no longer does what it was intended to do and is certainly not bringing people back to record shops, if anything it is alienating people who want to go to their local shop on a Saturday without queuing. As I said my local shop has now closed down and i would venture of the 100 people who were in the queue 90% of them would only visit again the following year, I wonder how many turned up on Saturday morning at 4am only to find the shop is no more??

David M Smith

Went to local excellent assai records in brought ferry today as couldn’t go yesterday. Delighted to get Bob Dylan and Elton. Stones single sold out. Still had Duran Duran and Bohemian rhapsody which was tempting but the Queen disc was extortionate

Paul Taylor

We did the Edinburgh store yesterday, staff were brilliant

hamicle

Yes, Assai are very good at RSD. They always get plenty stock and it’s a nice wee shop (the Ferry one, still haven’t visited the Edinburgh branch).

This year was the first year I didn’t queue outside for opening – went later for the Aidan Moffat & RM Hubbert performance and still got what I was after, including the Saint Etienne 7”!

Dan

I wasn’t going to do it this year, but after driving past Casbah Records in Greenwich and seeing no queue I couldn’t resist. I walked in, bought both Madonna’s, Robyn, Suede, The Crow soundtrack with no issues, how on earth did that happen? 2 years ago I queued outside the same store from early morning for everything to sell out by the time I got there.

Ben Williams

I live nowhere near a record store that takes part in RSD sadly and only wanted the Elvis Costello Purse EP and the Morrissey single. Having looked on eBay I can see copies being flogged already, some reaching the dizzying heights of near £50. Makes me so sad that RSD is used by people to make a tonne of cash. I hope the Costello EP is made available at least digitally so I can hear it and own it (legally).

Alan

Well i couldn’t get the Santigold one. Wasn’t prepared to pay that much for the Prince lp and couldn’t see the point of the cassette.

One guy i was chatting to picked up a copy of Air for me from the shop around the corner. As i walked in he passed it to me saying as I’d mentioned it he thought he’d grab it. See rsd really is mostly fellow music lovers and nice people. At least in my experience. The chats in the queues, whilst browsing and afterwards talking about what we’ve bought and so on. Of course a sunny day helps :)

Anyway i spent a bit. Bought eighteen records in the end but only one rsd release (Olafur Arnalds). Everything from Joni (1st pressing of Clouds) to Iron Maiden, Satriani to Sinatra. Cheapest was 50p, most expensive i won’t say ;)

Al

Dave Moore

I queued for a couple of hours at Rough Trade East.
Picked up Durutti Column, Iggy 7″ but alas no Japan. Do confess to having splurged on that via eBay straight after. It was really the only item I was truly after!
All in all there was decent stock at RTE, I restrained myself.

Adrian

Popped to vinyl fiction a tiny new indie on Chorlton and got flaming lips and elastica. Tiny selection but got a lovely free rsd tote bag. Then into Manchester after queues had subsided. Vinyl exchange and Piccadilly. Got disco not disco LP (triple for 23.99 so great value) 12″ by teddy Pendergrass and Madonna (la Isla) and bark psychosis LP. Missed out on ghost world soundtrack, and dream syndicate debut never got to the shops apparently

Carlos the queue dodger

Thankfully i was working so didn’t get chance to jump on the RSD Rollercoaster. Due to it being out of my hands i saved a fortune that will be used to soften the blow when the Beatles/Macca/Wings/Floyd SDE’s start calling my name in the autumn and winter months.

Good to see most people got what they wanted.

Alan

Didn’t bother with RSD instead went to my local charity that had a spring fair on. CDs and DVDs at £1 a bag. Got 100+ CDs for a couple of quid including nearly all The Cure and Chili Pepper albums, bits of Hendrix, Zeppelin and The Who . DVDs included Live Aid, Primal Scream and Whistle Test. All in £4 was spent and a piece of cake was eaten as well. Just seen the price of Live Aid on Amazon is stupid amount of £’s as well.

Michael D

To Sean Hewitt. Yes there seems to be a problem with the Peter Gabriel download code. It takes you to the PG website but gives an error message. I’ve sent an email to the site pointing this out. If I get a reply I’ll post here again in a day or two. Might just be the site isn’t ready yet or it’s a glitch they can hopefully fix.

Mic Smith

The download issue was fixed around 2.30. I reported yesterday and Real World emailed me then to report the problem has been fixed.

Sean Hewitt

Many thanks for your reply. It isn’t just me, then!