With another sunny day for Record Store Day, Getintothis’ Shaun Ponsonby, Lauren Jones, Andy Sunley and Martin Saleh bring you the sights of 2016’s event.
Like last year, Record Store Day 2016 has been blessed with eternal sunshine, perfect for a post-record store gander at your purchase in a beer garden. This has arguably been the most successful Record Store Day on Liverpool soil in its history, and it started the night before. The stores started stocking up late afternoon, with Jacaranda Records teasing us with a glimpse of the new stock on twitter.
— Jacaranda Record Store (@jacrecordstore) April 13, 2016
The Getintothis Award for Most Enthusiastic Customer goes to Tony from Huyton, who was waiting outside Probe Records with his friends Jon and Craig from 3pm on Friday afternoon, a good seventeen and a half hours before business was due to commence. He was hoping to get his hands on a copy of The White Stripes’ double Peel Sessions album as well as a collection of b sides and rarities by Californian alternative metal outfit Deftones to add to his six hundred strong collection.
— Probe Records (@ProbeRecords) April 15, 2016
Probe Records won the crowds early on this morning with the ultimate queue of queues. Bright eyed and bushy tailed each muso wondering in to pick up some exclusive releases. With Pete Doherty‘s, The Whole World Is Our Playground being sold out in every jaunt in the city, it was clear the day was a hit with punters.
Fallen at the first hurdle: Squeeze / Pete Doherty / Magazine / Clint Mansell / Manics / Deftones / Grateful Dead / Idle Race #RSD16
— Probe Records (@ProbeRecords) April 16, 2016
Whilst the initial rush ended around 11am there was a steady flow of people through the doors all afternoon checking out his other titles as well as the special editions available for this special day.
The Buyers Club offered up a super snazzy pop up shop full of pre-owned goodies that tickled the taste buds of many who flicked through the physical copies of albums gone by. Bags and bags of vinyl were seen wandering down Hanover Street, stumbling over the Bold Street crossing to Liverpool’s bohemian territory.
But undoubtedly the real hotspot was The Jacaranda who outshone its competitors this year with pop up shops, live performances and DJ sets certainly set a glorious scene. Upstairs in Jacaranda Records there were plenty of hot releases that were passing hands including the live Sweatin’ To The Oldies by The Vandals and Jesse – an unreleased album by Jesse Morgan.
The first floor of The Jacaranda had yet more pre-loved vinyl, showing that circulation is potentially the biggest attraction to proceedings, whilst downstairs Edgar Jones and Nick Ellis crown what has been a truly successful day on the banks of the Mersey.
Musician Chris Parkes told us; “There has been a real buzz this year, it was great to pick up Edgar‘s Soothing Music For Stray Cats, which is one of the best sounding records and to have it on record now is a whole new listen.”
Meanwhile, over at 3b Records, Tom Hingley from Inspiral Carpets played a special acoustic set.
— Kar-Pets (@Pets_Kar) April 16, 2016
The action continued outside the city centre with Kaleidoscope Records in St Helens, the only vinyl store in town. The nearest they have to competition is a branch of the discount chain store That’s Entertainment. The queue was a few yards long just before opening time at 8am. First in line were locals Lee, Dave and John. They had been waiting since 2am and had been entertained by the drunken fights spilling out of the nearby bars during the early hours. Whilst all three where keen to get their hands on the two David Bowie titles on offer, Lee was primarily interested in metal and left with items by Clutch, Dead Kennedys and a 10″ by ghoul rocker Rob Zombie that sported a cover that could not be photographed lest we offend anyone. His friends left with titles from The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Stooges and Soft Cell.
Kaleidoscope regular and soundtrack fan Gareth managed to get hold of a lovely Star Wars: The Force awakens 10″ picture disk in addition to some Dr Who albums.
By far the most dedicated buyer was Wirral resident Tim who had begun early at Probe Records before taking in 3B and Jacaranda Records. Catching the train to St Helens he arrived at Kaleidoscope at 2pm. He was pleased to have got hold of a copy of Irish folk star Christy Moore‘s debut album Paddy On The Road and claimed to have spent over £400 on vinyl this year!
Later in the day shop owner Greg, assisted by his son Nathan, told me that the two Bowie offerings had sold out quickly and were asked for all day. This was also true of the single by Circa Waves.
We are not participating in RSD. We are just selling great records at great prices as we do every day! pic.twitter.com/E3L816NNc4
— Dig Vinyl (@digvinyl) April 15, 2016
As you can see, Dig Vinyl this year opted not to get involved in Record Store Day 2016. As it kind of goes against their model of selling well-priced vinyl. Can’t argue with that, we suppose, but no doubt simply being an operational record store is all you really need for Record Store Day.
And that was a snapshot of Record Store Day 2016. Join us next year, when we predict there will be Record Store Day 2017.
Pictures by Getintothis’ Martin Saleh and Andy Sunley