SDEtv / Record Store Day Previews: The big one: Pink Floyd, Madonna & more

SDE completes its Record Store Day Previews with one final mega-video with many different releases, including Eurythmics, Madonna, Prince, Steven Wilson, Pink Floyd, Bruce Springsteen, Arcade Fire and more. Enjoy and enjoy the day tomorrow!

139 responses to SDEtv / Record Store Day Previews: The big one: Pink Floyd, Madonna & more

  1. Larry Davis says:

    Just went to another fave indie store on Long Island who have RSD stuff…Loony Tunes in West Babylon…and they also have their own record label, Brookvale Records, who put out some RSD titles of their own…they just did the Marlo Thomas record, and in the past, a Chuck Berry title, the Skyfall soundtrack, the From Dusk Till Dawn soundtrack, a DMC solo record (he from Run DMC), etc…anyhoo, they put aside for me the Springsteen and Florence 7″…getting em next week…

    • Larry Davis says:

      I misspelled the store…it’s LoonEY Tunes…they have loads of the Bowies…and if that London love album is not getting a CD release, I’ll be having that too…

  2. Andrew says:

    Will RSD send some independents to the wall? The amount of stock available on-line from dealers today is incredible?
    Some of these dealers don’t have one or two copies left they are in double figures for multiple releases

  3. Robert says:


    You wrote on Instagram : “Pretty happy with my #RSD haul this morning. It was a late start so amazed to still find all the Bowies at lunchtime”.

    Are you going to make a video about your RSD haul ? This could be very interesting unboxing video.

    I think that you are very lucky that you could still get these RSD issues, or people weren’t very interested in these issues. However I can’t imagine this … David Bowie is still very popular.

  4. Martin Power says:


    For anyone local to Stockton – Sound it Out Records have loads of stock left.

    Multiples of the following:
    Pink Floyd lp
    Rolling Stones lp
    Prince lp
    Bowie Now lp
    Bowie LIVE LP
    Bowie 12″
    Noel Gallagher 12″
    Tom Waits lp
    Madonna Pic Disc
    Madonna red vinyl lp
    Led Zep 7″

    I picked up my main stuff Saturday but called back in this morning for the Stones/Prince

  5. MikeW says:

    The Soft Cell and one Tears For Fears remix 12″ are on Amazon UK at around £16 inc postage (European sellers, so about 2 weeks to get in UK). Just in case anyone interested!

  6. GARETH TAYLOR says:

    Still plenty of pink Floyd Piper…vinyl in my local store and still a good few copies of Zeppelin 7″…at £12….seen loads been resold on eBay for nearly twice that price…don’t be a mug

  7. poptones says:

    Never been a big fan of RSD as I don’t really care about colored vinyls, special versions or stuff like that. That being said, I’m interested in stuff that has never been released on vinyl or re-release of rare and difficult to find LPs. That’s why the only LP I wanted was David Sylvian’s Dead Bees on a Cake (first time on vinyl). I checked my local stores in the afternoon on saturday but it was already sold out. I checked on discogs yesterday and I found a sealed copy at a “fair” price of 55 euros (in stores on saturday it was 39) so I didn’t mind paying a little extra in order to get the LP I wanted. For the rest, I really don’t care about RSD and limited editions.

  8. Michael says:

    Can anyone beat £22 for Florence and the Machine? This is what it cost me at my local store and if it hadn’t been a purchase that my daughter wanted me to get for her (she was working), I think I would have left it. Its far too much for a 7″ single no matter how special a release. I agree with other reviewers that this year has been very pricey – typical price for a double album £29 where last year it was around the £24 mark. Having said that it was another really enjoyable experience and I was very pleased to pick up Arcade Fire, Hawkwind’s Dark Matter, Sigur Ros, the National, Steven Wilson and Public Service Broadcasting – some a lot rarer than others! Looking forward to next year already but must start saving up :)

    • Larry Davis says:

      Eh what?!?! 22 pounds for that Florence 7″?!?!? That’s like 36 US dollars!! I only saw it for either $14.99 or $16.99 (around 7 or 8 pounds) and I thought THAT was a bit high…but what you saw was frankly ridiculous!! Sorry. Practically no one stocked UK list titles here…the only one I saw…and I got it…was the 2LP by L7 called “Fast & Frightening”…amazing and fun release with cool covers and rarities…other UK only titles I want are the Suede, David Sylvian, Sparks, Boz Scaggs 12″…and more…

  9. Fady says:

    I’ve been a regular RSD participant and there is no doubt that the prices appear to be creeping up every year. I’m not sure if this is due to the record stores or the companies jacking up the prices. I’d have more sympathy if it was the record stores as they obviously need to try and make hay while the sun shines so to speak (within reason of course!). The bigger issue is the increasing number of ‘flippers’ (much like scalpers) who ruin it for the majority of the fans who are trying to get their hands on a piece of music from an artist they love. There has to be a better system that allows the independents to survive and make some decent money on one of their biggest day of the year but stops the profiteers. After 10 years I’d like to think the organisers can put their heads together and nut out a solution before 2019! :-)

    My personal experience on the day was a positive one. I checked with the store owner prior to the event on what they had in stock and asked him when was the best time to arrive. I was third in line on the day the owner implemented a system in which he allowed 5 people in at a time thus making for a more relaxed browsing experience. I picked up most of what I wanted and could have bought a lot more but had to practice some self-restraint ;-). I was really impressed with the quality of most of the recordings – Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Greatest Hits’, The Cure’s ‘Mixed Up’, Madonna’s ‘First Album’ album and the Sufjan Stevens ‘Mystery of Love’ all sounded amazing while The Streets’ remix album sounded OK comparatively.

    I thought the range and quality of the music this year was by far the best in the 12 years RSD has been going. There were at least a dozen titles I was interested in and to score 50% was a more than an acceptable strike rate. Like most I hope that the record companies will provide an opportunity to pick up some of the releases later in the year. In the end, people have a choice to either participate (or not) or to buy the music (or not). I admit that I’m a bit of a bargain hunter when it comes to buying music; however, I try to weigh that up against the fact that independent record stores need to survive and thus I’m happy to pay a little more for some of the music on RSD .

  10. Daniel ( from Berlin ) says:

    Hello Paul,
    to hear that everything is okay with you let me sleep well.

  11. Erik Vang Olsen says:

    I drove half an hour to the City center of Copenhagen (Denmark, Europe), found a free parking (for 1 hour) at noon, walked 100 meters to a little record shop The Sound. Walked right in and found the Erasure yellow double album and Yazoo – Situation, bought them and was back in my car after 10 minutes. It was my first RSD and after all I had read about it, my expectations was low. But I must say, it was a super experience and I will surely be back next year. In the 5 minutes, I was in The Sound I saw lots of David Bowie – Let’s Dance (12”), The Undertones 7” box set and 5-6 Human League Secrets albums.

    • RJS says:

      “City center of Copenhagen (Denmark, Europe), found a free parking (for 1 hour)”

      I got a parking ticket in in Copenhagen about 20 years because I over-stayed my parking whilst browsing the record shops. I didn’t pay it, mind and if I recall, I bought Tome Waits’ ‘Closing Time’ and Suede’s ‘Head Music’.

  12. Gaz S says:

    Anybody know how limited the Led Zep single is? Got a copy in Rough Trade East today, and saw they had a whole big shelf full of them behind the counter. Also picked up the Bowie Live and Floyd releases without any bother.

  13. Matthew Langhorn says:

    Afternoon folks

    Just limped into Revo in Halifax and picked up Bowie live, Tim Burgess and The Who

    They must have 10-15 Led Zeppelin 7″ singles left!

  14. Ed Jones says:

    I felt there was a very noticeable hike in pricing this year. For example, Volume 1 of the Motown Funk Compilation was £29.99 last year, and Volume 2 was £37.99 this year (both double LPs). The greed factor seems to have stepped up significantly – £29.99 for the Air 12″ picture disc and £19.99 for a 2-track Florence & The Machine 7″ – a 7″ for crying out loud! I paid £36.99 for Bowie’s awful first album, based on the fact that I have all the others so it completes my set (which makes me a mug, but such is the lot of a collector).

    That said, the Frankie box was good value, as was the Sugar Hill set, so there are exceptions, but generally the whole thing leaves an ever more bitter taste in my mouth and I may not participate in 2019 (as someone else has mentioned, you can generally pick up most of what you want on the secondaries market at more reasonable prices if you wait a few months).

    • Michel Banen says:

      The Marvin Gaye – Sexual healing 12″ was had a whopping € 34,99 retail price…. For a single 12 ” !!!

  15. Tom says:

    Plenty left in Soho this morning.
    Sister Ray still has loads of stock (Incl Bowie, Floyd, Stones, Noel Gallagher, Human League…). No Sylvian or Sigur Ros, though.
    Decent selection at Sounds of the Universe, including Lemonheads.
    Phonica even had an Undertones box set…

  16. EW99 says:

    I’ve queued up a couple of times in the past if I really desperately wanted something (Roxy 10″, PSB 12″) but I normally just drop by my local shop in the afternoon once the craziness has died down.

    So this year I got the Wire box, the Snapped Ankles 12″ and the Gary Clail 10″ which were on my list and the Johnny Thunders LP which wasn’t but there you go.

  17. Phil G. says:

    I went to Square Records in Wimborne for RSD – very well organised, with helpful staff.

    Arrived at 6 a.m. – the FGTH box set was top of my wish list and I managed to score one, despite being 41st in the queue. The shop had only received one copy too!

  18. Keith says:

    I give up with RSD a couple of years ago, most stuff is released again on something else later on. If I do fancy something I wait for the prices to drop on eBay or amazon . Last years David Bowie Gem promo in the box is now cheaper than it was on RSD. I’ve been a serious collector for the last 30 years, Be patient it will pay off

  19. Joe says:

    Got to the record shop at 6:30 am for 8 am opening; was 21st in line! Got everything I wanted:
    – Madonna (both)
    – Eurythmics
    – Marvin Gaye
    – Ella Fitzgerald
    – Rob base
    – Krush Groove
    – Bobbie Gentry
    – Gloria Gaynor
    – Elvis Presley
    – Prince
    – Bruce
    – Sufjan Stevens
    – Bowie – Let’s Dance


  20. Daniel says:

    Managed to get:
    – all four Bowies
    – Metallica orange vinyl
    – FGTH 1st 48 Inches
    – Roger Taylor 10″

    Only one I didn’t get that was on my list was the Led Zeppelin yellow vinyl 7″. Utterly sold out, most shops where I am got one copy, and that was if they were lucky. Luckily, for me, I managed to find one on eBay for the retail (not inflated) price.

    Many of those releases listed are still in stores here in Adelaide, South Australia.

    Lots of fun running around to different shops trying to find the treasures. I always enjoy it.

  21. Nick says:

    Thank God RIP Off RSD is over for Another year and we can all get back to normal !

    I didn’t take part again, far too many limited editions released this year 450 or so! LOL !

    I bet the record shops have got hundreds left over!

  22. martin farnworth says:

    6 bloody hours queuing! this was the first time i bothered going against my reasoning just a bit disappointed by the wait. 160 in front in the queue- i reckoned on maybe three hours.decided to buy more than i intended with the idea that i might sell a couple of things on to justify the wait. it wasn’t my main intention for being there-to profit and it was all stuff i liked anyway that i bought. if that offends/annoys anyone then so be it.

  23. stephendking says:

    Spent 7 hours queueing which flew past chatting to fellow music fans of various ages and was number 20 into the shop whereupon I got all 13 records I was after, though last 1 of one and penultimate of another. Most, though, were plentiful so much of the stuff such as the Cure or Bowie would still have been there for the next 50 people at least. Even the Anthony Gormley LP in several copies. Very enjoyable all around.
    My advice is to avoid the high prices on ebay and wait for online shops next Saturday or look around as some places don’t shift things for weeks. Not impressed that ebay was full of people selling multiple copies before Saturday with some clearly having them in hand ahead of time whilst others just want to ignore the rules.
    Anyway, here’s to next years!

  24. Andrew says:

    Gave Record Store Day a miss this year. There were a couple of items I wanted but not enough to queue or visit a local store.
    Logged into eBay this morning and picked a copy of Spiritualized for £30.00. Seller had it for £35.00 or best offer. So I paid £3.00 more than my local store was selling it for and £4.00 postage. Given I didn’t get up at stupid O’clock and end up buying stuff I didn’t want not a bad RSD.
    Cannot understand some of the selection Prince (1st press is around £8.oo) Madonna (just more hype on the back of the Sainbury’s colour packages).
    Would have like Buckley but at £45.00 a bit pricey and suspect it will have a follow-up re-issue now and i still have the CD version. It is available on Discogs for £50.00 so not much of a marked up and a couple of copies available.
    Spacemen 3 another wanted item but last years releases were cheaper on eBay after the initial hype.
    Human league didn’t buy it on CD so was not 100% sure if this would have been an “impluse” buy as its now on Vinyl.
    Normally pick up a “soul” album last year Susan Phillips was great. Couldn’t see any “soul” that I felt like taking a chance on and buying another copy of Marvin is falling for the RSD hype.
    Bowie stuff will be down in price in 6 months and not that “rare”./ desirable for me.
    Had a great week on eBay as people seemed to be holding back. Purchased the Cash American Recordings sealed and with the download voucher on 180 gram box set for £85.00, A first press of Orange Juice “You can’t hide” for £12.00.
    Aretha Soul 69 UK first press as part of a job lot working out at £2.50 – 4 records for £10.00 including Aretha Collection, Queen of Soul and 2 Originals by (Never Loved and Arrival).
    Then picked up a UK first press CCR Cosmo’s factory in VG+ for £2.00 from Discogs it was incorrectly listed as an “India” release.
    Then the final win was a vinyl version of the Beechwood 1992 release Al Green Al for £2.99 form eBay.
    So my non-RSD record buying week not been bad at all and i captured the one RSD release I wanted for £3.00 over the top and postage.

    • CJ Feeney says:

      If you like Marvin Gaye, then Michael Kiwanuka’s Out Loud! live EP is the RSD release to track down. A very 70’s soul/funk vibe. includes occasional wah wah guitar and strings a la Isaac Hayes, but the vocal style owes a big debt to Marvin.

      As far as I can tell there is no plan for a wider release of this.

  25. Carl says:

    Sadly the majority of the spoils always ends up in the hands of eBayers

  26. HS says:

    Bought both Madonna releases on the marketplace, and for a decent price too.

  27. Miguel Rocha says:

    Was anxious to miss out on my wish list items as I could only visit shops around my daughter’s dance class schedule! Barely had to wait in line as my first shop opened earlier than I had anticipated…snagged the Neil Young Roxy (pick of the day!!!), Madonna first album picture lp, Prince 1999, and Anne Briggs (decided to also pick up The Time Has Come deluxe on cd). Had the Bowie Live in my hand but there were plenty of copies so decided to sleep on that one Next shop, waited in short line and they had the Floyd Mono (big wish list record!), and I impulsively picked up Courtney Barnett Double EP (excellent!). Again, Bowie was plentiful so I left it
    Went home, picked up my daughter and brought her to her first class! Then raced to my next round of shops. Short line again and I found the Wire box (gasp) which was extremely priced (gasp gasp)…I left it behind and moved on (). Found a single copy all day of Majesties Satanic Request but couldn’t justify paying $70 for a record I already own (original, very beat up copy, mind you). Picked up my daughter from class and went home for lunch anxious (literally with sweat beads on my brow!) that is never see the Wire again.
    Lunch done, dropped off daughter at her afternoon class, raced back to find, to my (but not my bank account’s) relief that one of the two copies of the Wire box still remained. Gobbled it up immediately (with the Bowie Blackout), picked up my daughter and raced home, feeling poorer financially, wealthier culturally (HA!) and enjoyed my loot!
    It was a good day…
    Oh yes, I also ordered the Deviants PTOOFF!! for a great price from Discogs as it wasn’t available in Canada!

  28. Dan says:

    I’ll have you know Spotlight is a bop.

  29. CJ Feeney says:

    My local, 101 Collectors, Farnham, is still taking people’s wish lists as he says he can often get more stock after the day.
    I popped in at 130pm yesterday and found a few items on my list wee available. The ones I wanted most (Bobby Gentry, First Aid Kit) were gone.
    I bought the Michael Kiwanuka EP, which is over 40 mins so more like an album. Very pleased with it and it has a wav. download.

    I also bought a raffle ticket for the stores only copy of Bruce Springsteen Greatest Hits. I didn’t win, but the store made £300 for the Teenage Cancer Trust. It’s a nice touch that Andy (the owner) does every year.

    Despite being fairly broke, I still enjoy the buzz of the event.

    • Eric says:

      Yeah, Andy @ 101 at least does RSD the right way. I don’t do it myself, but he seems to get a good range of the titles on offer, and won’t stand for any bullshit. But then he’s a champion of new music (vinyl and CD) all year round. If he’s got the Human League 2LP next time I manage to make it to that part of the world, I may be tempted.

      One of the other small indie shops I frequent was trying to offload lots of unsold RSD stock from years gone by at 50% off, it’s tricky to judge demand I suppose. Mind you, it’s very much geared towards snob rock and prog and all things retro. I saw their 2018 list and no TFF, Frankie etc, just loads of beard-stroking stuff.


  30. Bobbyjean says:

    I avoided yesterday for rsd and went to piccadilly in manchester today and got everything . they said they can’t believe anything was limited .they still have all the bowie the grateful dead dylan floyd zeppelin wire stones .erm I wonder how limited is limited?

  31. Alan says:

    To all the right thinking vinyl fans who actually play their record store day purchases as opposed to cryogenically storing or flipping for eye-wateringly extortionate prices can I ask the following:
    Has anyone else who got the Noel Gallagher 12″ on monochrome have as I have, the most warped slab of vinyl that I personally have ever encountered?
    The white half is perfectly flat but the black half sticks up 1.5 cm clear of my deck, it looks like it’s been folded exactly in half!
    I’d be interested to know if the process of producing a record with different coloured halves is responsible or is it just coincidental?

    • Gavin says:

      Yep mines a bit warped too / plays ok though so will wedge it the racks and overtime that tends to flatten them out a bit – nice looking bit of vinyl though

    • Gareth Pugh says:

      Didn’t get this one but I remember a year or two ago there was a shaped Art of Noise picture disc for RSD and every copy my shop of choice had were so warped/bowed you could have used them as a very small fruit bowl! I remember the store manager inspecting every copy he had with concerned customers gathered around. I suspect they probably played okay on a decent, well-weighted deck.

  32. Larry Davis says:

    Have to say, this was the best RSD in a LONG long time!! Got to Rough Trade in Brooklyn early, like 230am and I was 7th on line…it was quite cold…lucky a friend was there ahead of me and had his car, so I was able to sit inside and keep warm…anyhoo, place was very organized and tons of stuff was there… Got 7 titles there… Flaming Lips 7″, Distillers/Regrettes 7″, Lulu/Bowie LP/7″, Bobbie Gentry BBC LP, Johnny Mathis/Chic LP, Residents WB LP and waaaaay cool and limited L7 double LP…then hit other stores in the city like both Academy’s and Rock & Soul and Norman’s…had some free donuts…then went to Newbury Comics on Long Island on the way home…no luck spotting a Nico 7″… At Newbury, I also snagged the Marvin Gaye 12″, Steven Wilson 12″ and Sleigh Bells EP…wanted to grab the John Wesley Harding which was designed funnily like ABBA Gold… And I was bummed no one had anything on the UK list…but overall, tiring but sweet day on practically no sleep…

  33. Tracey Spivey says:

    For the second straight year, I queued up at a ridiculous time at Good Records in Dallas. I managed to land in line around 3:30ish a.m. I was 5th in line a felt confident about being able to purchase the six titles I was hoping for. I had no problem getting five of them (Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” 12″, Bowie’s “Welcome to the Blackout” [just in case it isn’t released on CD], The National’s “Boxers live in Brussels”, Ride’s “Waking Up…” and Medical Records “Electroconvulsive Therapy Vol. 4” compilation) . The one title I was looking for that Good didn’t have was the Florence + The Machine’s “Sky Full of Song” 7″. I made a few impulse buys, as well (Elvis Costello’s “Someone Else’s Heart” 7″ and Courtney Barnett’s “City Looks Pretty” 12″). Lastly, I am proof that RSD actually works (sometimes), as I made a non-special release purchase that I’d had my eye on for a while (Destroyer’s “Ideas for Songs”).

    I even touched I few items that I considered picking up, but ultimately passed on (Air’s “Sexy Boy” 12″, Duran Duran’s “Budokan” LP and The Police’s “Roxanne” 7″).

    A few observations:

    – While Good Records has always been the ideal location in Dallas to enjoy/participate in RSD due to the large crowd and sizeable RSD inventory, that didn’t seem to be the case this year. There was a definite lack of buzz and for the 2nd straight year, Good seemed to have a smaller selection of RSD inventory. It’s hard to know if that’s because the number of titles is down, or if they didn’t get everything they ordered, or if they tried to be strategic in what they ordered by bringing in only what they thought they would sell.

    By contrast, Josey Records (also in Dallas) seemed to have significantly more RSD inventory and 5X more people queueing up before the doors opened at 7:00 a.m. based on reports from someone in line at Good who was receiving txts from a friend who was in line at Josey.

    – The consensus from those of us (who were bleary-eyed and) waiting in line was that the online retailers seem to be gaining much more market share on RSD items than they have in the past (resulting in more people staying home and resorting to buying on-line, instead of getting our early).

    – The “Bowie Now” compilation will be in plentiful supply…

    – There seemed to be some “interesting” pricing. I paid $7.00 more for the 1 LP Medical Records compilation than I did the 2 LP Ride remix release.

    – The lack of CDs (my preferred format) is disappointing (as evidenced by my pre-order of The Cure’s “Mixed Up/Torn Down” 3 CD set and no consideration at all of picking up the RSD LP releases today).

    – Regardless of the purchases made (or missed), a highlight of the day was getting to know other collectors while waiting in line, discussing the most treasured items in their collections and some the most memorable gigs they’ve attended. It’s always enjoyable for me to be around others who are as excited about music and their collections as I am, regardless of their musical tastes.

    • Larry Davis says:

      I saw the Florence in 2 places but the price was ridiculous for a 7″… One had it for $14.99 and the other $16.99…for a 7′ single?!?! No thx, Newbury is having a 20% off vinyl sale next week and will get it then, if it’s still there… And turns out that L7 is from the UK list and that thing is just way cool collection of covers and rarities on 2 LPs!! Score!!

    • Michael says:

      Enjoyed reading your insight, as someone who queued overnight in London there’s a lot of parallels with your experience, particularly the part about getting to chat with people being a hilight. Without that and without the stores we’d only be receiving mail order parcels, listening to the music then filing it away all in an insular way, never sharing our thoughts or getting tip offs or advice or sharing the love and joy. I love the “icebreaker” question to the person next to you, “What things are on your list” and the conversations that follow. Whatever items they’re after their passions are always the same as your own (unless they’re lying ebayers) and the mutual respect comes through. It could be interesting, time zones permitting, doing a video skyping thing with fellow queuers worldwide, whilst markets, habits and industries may differ and vary the passions for often the same items are so similar it’s a unifying experience to be part of a wider world saying no we won’t stay at home streaming or downloading, we want to get out there and get something in physical, collectible form.

      Regarding the buzz, it does feel a little more taken for granted each year that we’ll turn out without the organisers or stores putting in a little more effort to bring in Artiste participation, freebies, more imaginative items to release etc.
      It’s also a shame that some stores logistically are unable to let us browse and buy from the standard stock items on the day, the very thing they’re wanting to promote and encourage doing but it’s understandable to keep the queue flowing and get the special releases processed quicker. But if we come home with something(s) we are happy to own and the shops get an injection of income to help them survive then it’s all worthwhile.

      Enjoy your new additions!

  34. Gisabun says:

    Had a chance to go to an indie store, wait in a huge line, and possibly get an item or two signed by Steven Wilson. Probably shell out $25-30 for a 2 track vinyl 12″ [and of course one unreleased track]? I’ll pass.
    There was nothing that really interested me this year. Last year was Marillion’s FEAR in Gold and Rush’s Closer To The Heart single.

    • Larry Davis says:

      The Steven Wilson was only $9.99!! Was almost gonna pass but it was cool blue vinyl, it was cheap and the song was cowritten with Andy Partridge!! So I could not resist and I guess there was more to those XTC 5.1 surround mixes after all!!

  35. Mike Pendlebury says:

    We queued outside Music Millenium in Portland, Oregon from 5am and there were about 50 people in front of us. I didn’t think I would be able to get too much on my list but I was surprised! Music Millenium did a great job of organising the event. I was lucky enough to get Bobbie Gentry, Soft Cell, Krush Groove Soundtrack, Electroconclusive Therapy Volume 4, Johnny Mathis, Eurythmics, John Fogerty and Phoenix. Got towards the end and I was trying not to get upset that I hadn’t got Prince! Spotted one of the last copies of “1999” right at the end! Great day out!

  36. Cliff says:

    I got 2 out of 3, despite being 3rd in queue.
    What I don’t get is how flippers are selling some items so cheaply on the bay.
    I was charged by my local store £45 for bowie triple and £30 for bowie now.

    Does anyone know if that was the average price for these or was the store expensive?
    If I’d known I could have got them online at £35 & £18 it would have saved me queueing from 4:00am!

    • RobS says:

      Paid £31 for Bowie triple live in my local store, which I thought was pretty good. In fact I recall paying £36 for last year’s Cracked Actor triple, so prices seemed better this year. Your shop sounds like a rip-off

    • Paul Spurgeon says:

      As I missed out on RSD yesterday (I’m not an early riser) I’ve just got the Pink Floyd & Bowie Now from using the same seller – £50.00 inc delivery.

  37. Mika says:

    Wonderful day @ Helsinki, Finland. @ 2 pm there were still many favourites of mine: FGTH box, Sugarhill Box, Agnetha’s album, Madonna’s first & You can dance, Duran Duran’s Tokyo live, Eurythmics. And after 5 pm on the net; Human League, David Bowie’s Lets Dance, Yazoo and Soft Cell. Wau!

  38. elliott buckingham says:

    i have noticed of all the flippers the most reasonably priced ones are selling on discogs and not feebay

  39. Wayne says:

    I wimped out and slept through RSD. The only piece I really wanted was the Wire singles box, which is not available in the US. I’ll try and go tonight and see if there’s anything left at Vintage Vinyl in Fords, N.J.

  40. Strawdog says:

    I don’t know if this is something I have just noticed or it’s a new trend, but, whilst the e-bay flippers are asking the usual crazy money, on discogs the starting prices for this year’s RSD releases are sometimes lower than shop prices (and they are being listed as Mint/Sealed). If anyone is looking for something, I would suggest you at least check out discogs; maybe you can get what you’re missing at a reasonable cost.

  41. Mark says:

    got informed I was doing overtime a month couldnt make Drift Records in Totnes So over the last 2 weeks seen that overseas eVil bay sellers were selling the stuff prior to the date..So i bought four items..
    Ocean Colour Scene, The Who, Marvin Gaye and Back yard Babies.. looking at the prices I have paid £60 over all of cover for genuine collecters who couldnt make it for what ever reason..eVilbay sometimes helps

  42. Donal Murphy says:

    Got a few items, but the best one by far, is Neil Young, Tonight’s The Night, Live At The Roxy, can’t take it off the deck. Finally, a glimpse of those legendary gigs, and a good package, all black, in keeping with the original album artwork, and a description of how the gigs came about by NY. The recording is excellent, and thank god, they did not edit out, a lot of the Neil crowd banter.

  43. Steve says:

    Left the house at 4am to get to Sister Ray, soho, for 5:30 and was no 69 in queue. Really friendly atmosphere and the staff are super organised. This is the first year I’ve got all my wants – frankie, erasure, eurythmics, Madonna’s first and soft cell. Sharp intake of breath at the cost £142, so they chucked in a Fred Perry rsd tote bag. Really enjoyed the spirit of it and will ignore the ebay flippers. Paul I really appreciated the unboxing video, particularly the frankie.

    • Trash says:

      Yes Steve –
      Have to a agree I thought Sister Ray were excellent. Well organised, really helpful and friendly.
      I was number 258 in the queue so I suspect that you were long-gone by the time I arrived :-)

    • I go to Sister Ray each year, they are super organised, friendly, welcoming and usually throw in a goodie bag/free coffee etc and have fantastic amounts of stock. I was there from stupid o’clock (1am) as I was desperate for the two Sigur Ros releases (heard that the shop only had a dozen copies and they were super limited, at that hour I was number 12 in the queue!?!), and managed to get BOTH…and the three main Bowie album releases (plus they were selling the recently released “Aladdin Sane” ‘silver’ vinyl), the two Madonna releases, Prince, Jobraith and two Dr Who (surprise gifts for my partner). I will be eating dust for the next few months, but completely worth it with my treasured releases. And yes, the chats/making connections in the queue are the things that make RSD special, getting exciting/anxious, sharing lists, adding to yours by the hype of others, looking after spaces as people nip out for the loo/early opening breakfast etc…that and the drunk people asking what we are queuing for (“Are you all after (hiccup!) special Nike trainers?”). Shattered after, but my Sister Ray/RSD is always stressful fun :)

  44. Chris Miah says:

    I live a 10 minute walk from Rough Trade Talbot rd. I don’t even read the list anymore. When i see those words “Madonna/U2/Prince i walk straight passed.It was us who kept them going. It’s an insult to most who use go there to get a copy of a 70s long lost masterpiece. Next year still be the Brotherhood of Man Classic box set revival. !!Joke!!!

  45. Stephen says:

    I love RSD there are some nice little gems, and something for everyone. What really gets my goat is the people who rush out to buy them and double the price on Ebay. I managed to get what I wanted bar Suede. I will grit my teeth one day and see if there is a copy at a reasonable price.

  46. Billboard reported that the 1984 soundtrack was a US release only. I was lucky that a friend from the US could get me a copy of 1984 this morning. Annoyed that some of these releases are exclusive to certain countries. Canada always get shafted :(

    • Craven Hermit says:

      I saw the ‘1984’ soundtrack in two different shops in Edmonton on Saturday morning. So they made it to at least *some* parts of Canada :-)

  47. Robbert says:

    Picked up here in Amsterdam at Concerto record store:
    Bowie live 3lp and Lets dance -12-inch, Madonna 2x, Johnny Mathis Chic Production, Motown Funk and 21 Tamla Motown Sounds, Mavin Gaye Lets Get It On Red Vinyl, Nina Simone Love Me Or Leave Me Orange Vinyl

  48. Martin says:

    Good crack at Sound it Out in Stockton – Loads available and as per usual always ended up trying something new. Got what I wanted except the Suede and Elvis but not desperate enough to please EBay scalpers. She’s loads of Zep 7” – picked up the Lulu and Bobbie Gentry for a try

    Thought about the Stones and they had a few in but only got the box set at Christmas so didn’t see point as not a collector – The Floyd was something I had not thought of but looks great in the hand

  49. daveid76 says:

    I didn’t get to Eelpie in Twickenham til 4.45 but there was a reasonable amount of stock left. Ended up with the Frankie 48 inches (thanks to Mr Sinclair’s seductively persuasive video) and two exclusive Doctor Who TV soundtracks on silver and green vinyl respectively. I’m £90 poorer but am delighted to have finally taken part in RSD.

    Cheers Paul.

  50. ANDREW r says:

    Top 4 on the bay seems to be piper lots and lots the cure mixed
    the zeppelin single And lots lots and lots of Bowie .Makes you wonder how many were made.
    Of the other 400 odd releases where do they go ?Obviously not for flipping/sale?
    So although many would say its all about profiteers lots of people must be collecting.
    I myself had to work so had to use ebay in my breaktime. So no fun for me .
    but i am a collector and there are records that i want so its a necessary evil.
    I think on balance it is still a worthwhile event .

  51. Adrian Slatcher says:

    Great day. Popped into Manchester about 12. Got Creation Rebel and William deVaughan 12″ from vinyl exchange as latter was already gone in Piccadilly records. Queued for 15 minutes and got Sugarhill box, Wipers live LP and last copy of dream syndicate 12″ (album length so good value as well). They still had Bowie live and let’s dance at that point if I’d have wanted. Only sellout i wanted was eno/Shields. Went for a coffee and came back to vinyl exchange for BBC radiophonic Changes soundtrack which I didn’t see on picadilly list. Got some 2nd hand as well whilst in town. So all good, no real fuss.

  52. Paul says:

    Just clocked Frankie’s 4 x 12 inch box set on EBay for £95. Tossers. Angers me so much, but this just sums up RSD for me and gets worse every year.

  53. Richard says:

    Have to say that this year was a much better experience than last year. Last year I queued up in the rain early and got ONE of the items I was after. Although I did pick up a couple of items later in the year off discogs for the same prices, it hardly made me feel love for RSD.
    This year though, I wasn’t able to queue early, but thought I’d go in anyway. Glad I did, cos as I walked in the store (Lost In Vinyl, Cambridge) the first thing I saw was the Air picture disc which I really wanted. I looked around and there were stacks of U2 pic discs. And this was at about 11 o’clock! I asked if they had Soft Cell and got handed the last one in the shop :) Also picked up a Police Roxanne single and a Bowie Let’s Dance for good measure. £78 quid in 5 minutes, Jeez!

  54. Jonathan says:

    Radiation Records here in my hometown: Rome.
    Got there @ 11.45, was quite hot and crowded (opening was @ 10.30).
    Got all i was searching for: Red Lorry Yellow Lorry’s 1st album reissue, The Telescopes Creation years on double vinyl, the Undertones 7″ box and a plethora of other things.
    Will visit another store (Vinyl Strike) in a matter of minutes :)

  55. graham says:

    As Plymouth does not have a distributor taking part I had my own RSD, the local HMV the usual been in one been in them all stuff, local indoor market with second hand vinyl and cds good stuff but in some cases HMV was cheaper especially on cds and the local charity shops with the usual X Factor related and Robbie Williams multiple copies of the same cds, all a bit bland but fun

  56. Strawdog says:

    I think there really is a big difference between the UK &US on the one hand, and other countries (I live in Germany) on the other: I reached a really good record shop in Stuttgart at 08.30am – I was sixth in line. First come, first served policy, but you had to find it (box, shelf, display) yourself. I got what I was looking for (Pink Floyd, ‘Piper …’ mono), and something I wasn’t (The Stooges eponymous album) – 30 euros a piece.

    There was only one guy I was really suspicious of (he picked up and kept everything he could carry, more than eclectic mix); everyone else truly seemed to be in it for their collection. The one sad thing was how many people just paid for their RSD goodies and left – this is a BIG shop, lots you could find.

    Me and some friends always make a day of it – participating shop first, other shop next, flea market last. Yeah, it is ‘a thing’ now, and the flippers seem well organised, but we had fun, a real laugh of a day out.

  57. Colin Harper says:

    There are precisely three independent record stores involved in RSD in Northern Ireland (population 1.8 million) – the nearest one to Belfast, after the surprise overnight liquidation/closure of the excellent Head not long ago, being 11 miles away in Bangor: Burning Sounds. I’d never been to it before – opened a year or so I believe – but hats off to them, they’d organised a small 2nd hand record fair in a vacant lot opposite, they’d booked a couple of local artists to play album launch in-stores later in the day and (being a small shop) they had good queue/store entry management and a good vibe. I arrived at around noon, joined the queue, got in and had a quick rummage for the one item I definitely wanted (the Jethro Tull RSD 10″ ‘Moths’ EP) and determined to go back some other day to rummage at leisure – when there wasn’t a queue of others wanting to get. So, for that store, they have a new occasional customer through RSD. The Tull EP is slightly strange, being the Steve Wilson remix of Moths but previous mixes of other 1978 tracks… plus the anomalous ‘Life Is A Long Song’ from 1971, which had strangely appeared as the B-side of the original 1978 ‘Moths’ 45. I would have thought the bespoke new EP would have been better featuring a handful of the SW mixes of the extras from the 1978 ‘Heavy Horses’ box set, but it’s still a nice artefact.

    • TheFrenchDuke says:

      Hey Colin, I was also at Bending Sound in Bangor today as it’s my local record shop and I go at least once a fortnight and buy a few items. I do this because I love records and the experience of browsing but also because I want to see a local record shop like this thrive. The owners did a great job of tying up with other local retailers, organising a record fare as you stated and even had a piper keeping people entertained at the door. It was a great effort.

      I am in two minds about RSD though following my experiences today. The shop opened at 9AM this morning but I was up and about so I arrived at 8:45. What I saw was a massive queue around the block, a quick estimate of which showed 250 to 300 people queing. Now this is a small record shop (honestly only 10 people can fit in at once) with a small local regular clientele and my heart sank. Normally at peak times on a Saturday afternoon there are three or four people in there at best and I just couldn’t bring myself to stand in a queue for 90 minutes or so with obvious flippers. And it seemed really obvious that they were flippers. I saw people on ebay on their phones for goodness sake. It was horrible as it felt like a violation of something I love and treasure. I went home, had a cuppa and went back a few hours later and, although there was still a smallish queue, it took me 30 minutes in total to get in, get browsing and get what I wanted. I had a quick chat with a few people I knew but that was that. It wasn’t a fun experience and wasn’t anywhere near enjoyable but at least the record buying, music appreciators were getting a look in when the flippers had got their lot. There were some key items out of stock obviously but that was to be expected.

      I’m delighted that RSD is getting the local shop all this business as I want them to do well and I would hate to see them go out of business. They are nice people and if it exposes them to more potential customers then that’s awesome. In addition, it’s a real shot in the arm to retail business in a world where the High Street is dying. I can’t help but think that the point or aim of RSD is being missed though. Where are all these record buying consumers the rest of the year? There were easily thousands of record buyers there today before noon but how can other record shops be going out of business (your example of Head in Belfast) in this world if this is the case. I really, really hope that they come back, they buy more records from this great store and the store goes from strength to strength but I suspect these are mainly flippers and it’s becoming something sad.

      From what I have seen I think RSD is essential for the retailer but for us regular shoppers and lovers of vinyl, RSD seems like nothing more than a horrible sideshow to be honest. It’s a vinyl lovers Black Friday.

  58. Noel says:

    RSD has indeed lost its way. I too went to X-Records in Bolton, where they have a second hand basement, which was totally empty!
    However, there were five things I wanted: Led Zep, Stones, Arrhur Lee/Love, Van Morrison and Floyd. Got all but Floyd (and what an expense it all us) which I picked up in Prestwich. Beans on toast now until payday!

  59. juerie says:

    In my store there where really a lot of Bowie releases. Everyone who wants one has one, and there are a lot more there. But they have no Pink Floyd, No Led Zeppelin or , my Favourite release this Year, Steven Wilson.
    This year was realy bad there. Don´t know why?

  60. Auteur55 says:

    This event could help revitalize the CD market if they would offer some limited or fun releases. Shame could I would actually participate and spend a bunch of money.

  61. Gavin says:

    Good experience again at vinyl and vintage Wolverhampton
    Orderly queue
    But gotta get early for a top 15 place
    Number one was straight from pub Friday night
    No 13 was me at 4.15 ish
    Good stock and reasonably priced I thought compared to some other store price lists
    Got 4/5 of my essentials wish list so can’t argue
    Secured a mono Floyd
    Nice 3D Stones
    Red Springsteen
    U2 and Noel g 12 inches
    Bowie Now on white vinyl and picked up Aladin Sane silver whilst I was there
    And prince single disc 1999
    Agree with comments that would be nice to see some cd box sets for this event in future
    Just missed out on Bowie live thanks to a non delivery of stock ordered but might get a call next week if it arrives
    And they organised local cafe to sarnies and drin’s so who can complain

  62. Richard Whitehead says:

    Well organized at Newbury Comics in Cambridge MA. Got there at 7:50 for the 8 am opening…about 50 people ahead of me in the queue. People buying armfuls of vinyl for their ‘personal’ collections. Lots of interesting stuff in the USA this year, sadly no Undertones box set….
    Got everything I was looking for…
    The National: Boxer Live
    Bowie: Let’s Dance 12”
    Led Zeppelin: Rock ‘n’ Roll 7”

  63. Heinz says:

    Hi friends!

    I managed to get:

    – all 4 Bowie releases
    – Suede 2 LP’s silver vinyl
    – Elvis: “The King In The Ring”
    – Frank Zappa: “Primordial”
    – Bob Dylan: “Dylan & The Dead”
    – Neil Young: “Live At The Roxy”
    – Pink Floyd: “The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn” mono

    Had hoped for Tom Waits and Iggy Pop, not available…..
    but great, as all money was gone anyway…..:-)

  64. Growbag says:

    Poor selection.
    RSD continues to feed eBay.

  65. Fred says:

    Shame on anyone selling RSD records on eBay and shame on anyone buying from them!

    • Michel Banen says:

      Well in my area again NONE of my ‘wanted’ list were available while all of them were already for sale on eBay and Discogs as soon as stock reached shops. When the interesting titles are distributed so poorly there is no other way to get then then via eBay. Looks like the true rare gems are always exclusive to the big cities. Now THAT is the real shame.

  66. Mark H. says:

    Feel glad for my local stores – “windfall day”. Sad for collectors who miss the offerings and must pay the inflated internet prices. Triply sad that no CDs are on offer. Last time they tried a Tori Amos CD, but I never was able to find it anywhere – not even a store that carried it.

    • Larry Davis says:

      I actually bought two…kept one and sold the other to s friend…just saw an orange vinyl today among older RSD titles still around…

  67. Trash says:

    Well – I decided to travel into Soho, London late-ish (10:00) expecting that things would have died down a bit as Sister Ray et al open at 8:00. However I was totally wrong – huge queues.
    Still decided to brave it despite currently being on crutches.
    Have to say that Sister Ray really are good at RSD. They ask you what you want while you are in the queue to make sure that you are not queuing needlessly and they also try to keep you updated as things sell out. They also try to point you to other stores that have things when they dont.
    Finally they give you a list so you can tick what you intend to buy and the have it ready for you all bagged up when you get to the front.

    So I managed to snag:
    – David Sylvian : Dead Bees
    – Eurythmics : 1984
    – Human League : Secrets

    Really wanted a second copy of Dead Bees for a friend in Australia but understandably (and rightly I think) they limit everyone to a single copy.

    So despite a two hour wait and lots of pain I am pretty happy (the only thing I didnt get was the Undertones box).

    I asked what was selling heavily and they said all the Bowie stuff, Madonna and Prince.

    Cheers all – hope you managed to get what you wanted!

  68. Steve says:

    Mine went well. Got the 4AD related stuff, the Wilco and Neil Young live LPs and the Madonna LPs for a mate. Could have easily spent twice what I did – was tempted by Pink Floyd but left it on the shelf.

  69. Howie says:

    Well I have loved today’s RSD. Bought the two items I wanted from Amazon last night and had a lie in this morning. Result.

  70. Andrew M says:

    Frankie set going on eBay for £100 including postage. Multiple items for sale. RSD is a joke :(

    • Paul S says:

      Queued for an hour at my local indie. Wanted the streets but they only got one copy, wanted madness sold out, didn’t want Frankie which they had £50! I have the relax & two tribes 12” from first time around so I bought second hand power of love (2 different versions) & pleasure dome 12” for £4 each.
      Got the 2 madonna’s & jethro Tull Moths.
      They had the single album version of 1999 but again I have the original double so didn’t bother.
      The store was very well organised and asked when you went in what you wanted and found them for you, not a bad morning.

  71. RJS says:

    I visited my local independent record emporium on RSD a couple of years ago. A few interesting releases but EVERYTHING was on vinyl and I’ve not visited since. I remember when RSD first started there was a good mix of CD and vinyl but nowadays, unless you own a turntable, forget it. Having said that, the cynic in me does wonder how many of these limited edition releases actually get played, even after they’ve found their way into the hands of fans via eBay. The Undertones box set looks nice but I doubt many people who buy it will play any of the records and the pleasure comes from owning something rare that will appreciate in value instead of the music therein. They could have just used cardboard replicas instead of vinyl! Nonetheless, happy hunting for all RSD enthusiasts.

    • Trash says:

      A bit unfair –
      I was hoping to pick up the Undertones box because of the quality of the music therein – it would definitely have been played.
      Sadly they were gone pretty quickly from Sister Ray in Soho…

      • daveid76 says:

        I nearly bought one in Twickenham but didn’t like the fact that the box was far too big for the discs (and the price…)

  72. Dan says:

    I had a good morning, I got to X-Records in Bolton at 6am with a friend, with only around 15 people in front, however, annoyingly it took an hour and a half to get served from the doors opening because the people in front were ordering around 15 records and the staff didn’t seem to know what they had and what box it was in.
    Finally managed to get both Madonna albums, both Cure albums, Human League and Eurythmics.
    I considered getting Soft Cell and Erasure, but they sold out very quickly, I wasn’t too bothered about those though.
    I went to another record store around 10am to check out if they had Soft Cell but they’d also ran out, they also ran out of everything I bought from X-Records, so I’m glad I got up early when I did!
    Time to listen to these new remixes by The Cure.

  73. Yani P says:

    Picking up on the RSD in Europe comments – certainly is the case that they will see before RSD and even ship requests before RSD – a good mate of mine managed to get everything he wanted without paying inflated prices or excessive postage fees and they arrived today !! He was kind enough to get me 6 items that we had talked about that I would have wanted so the beers are on me!

  74. Adam Shaw says:

    Got my goodies nice n early .
    Bowie live triple , Now and Lets Dance 12”.
    Stones Satanic , Yes pic Tormato , Zep single , Small Faces single and Yazzo 12” .
    Hope you all got what you wanted.
    Please don’t tell me wife !

  75. Mihael says:

    The RSD is a joke for normal people who doesn’t live in big cities. Local stores have litteraly not stock or…
    I just went back from one of my favorite little music store and they tell me that a guy was there at the opening, buy almost all their stock, …
    RSD is just a thing for people to make money. They don’t care about what they bought, they just want to sell them online quick as possible with indecent prices … Soft Cell Wave Goodbye is already at 45€ and higher on ebay and co…
    Keep your limited edition records RSD. It was the last time i woke up for you.
    This is not the good vibes it was. Now it is kind of a silly run’ n’ buy.
    I won’t be a part of this circus.

    And for true lovers of music i hope you could have get the record you wanted. I’m really happy for you. (ps sorry for my english)

  76. Alan says:

    Blooming ace day so far! 1st class train plymouth to totnes for a fiver, great chat with bloke in front of me in queue that passed an hour really quick. Got most of what I was hoping for in a real friendly atmosphere (well played drift records) and now enjoying pre lunch pint of jail ale with very patient wife and daughter. Hope everyone gets what you want.

  77. MusicFan says:

    It was interesting to see what was selling and what wasn’t.

    Prince sold mega fast! There were loads on the shelf and within an hour they were sold!

    Madonna’s two releases were massively overstocked and not moving at all!

    It looked like all Frankie Goes To Hollywood envelope sets were damaged! A real shame as it should have been a proper box just like the Rage Hard box set.

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      Not a surprise re Frankie. They should have realised that those weren’t designed to be packed and shipped.

    • Dan says:

      I’m sure the Madonna releases will be gone by the end of today, there’s a reason they’ve “overstocked”, last year the record store I went to ran out of that Madonna Dance EP by the afternoon.

  78. RobS says:

    Picked up Bowie live, Soft Cell and Wolf Alice but couldn’t get David Sylvian or Jeff Buckley that I was really after. Got to store at 8:40 and queue was still there. Apparantely the brave ones were there at 2am and were given free Cista coffee vouchers and queue numbers at 6am allowing them to take a break and not lose their place….a nice touch.

  79. don cooper says:

    First at Polar Bear,Kings Heath,Brum.06:15.Fellow Bolan admirer second to arrive.We chatted to 09:00 ish and both secured Bolan Boogie and Final Cuts.
    Thanks to all at PB.
    Bolan (vinyl) likes to rock now…

    • Catweazle says:

      … yes he does, yes he does!
      Also got both Bolan vinyls at a reasonable price and am quite happy!

  80. Randy Metro says:

    Un-boxing videos of vinyl are sooo much better than un-boxing of CDs.

    I like to put my hands up under my monitor and pretend it is me fondling the vinyl, sleeves, posters, stickers, ….

  81. CJL says:

    It’s Christmas for eBay profiteers!

  82. Steve says:

    I’m away in Europe at the moment and happened across 2 record shops during the week. The first had their rsd stock out for sale in a box and the second, I asked if they were participating in rsd and they proceeded to get their stock out and let me browse and make my purchases… all at non inflated prices and all before today (Saturday) is it just us brits that get caught up in the drama of it all? (I’m guilty as hell)

  83. Brian says:

    RSD in New Zealand was completely different. The doors opened at 10am. I got their at 9am thinking I was late. As it goes I was first. I scored Bowie’s 1978 and Deram albums. No problem. There were more copies which I could have taken but that’s not me. I didn’t bother with Bowie Now.

    • Wazza says:

      Whereabouts did you go , I went to real groovy , complete waste of time , got there at 8.30 for 9 opening , about 50 people already in queue , went inside to look at a tiny stand crammed in amoungst all the other vinyl so there was no room to see properly , still have no idea if they even had led zep or pink floyd …. that’s my first and last go at RSD

  84. elliott buckingham says:

    happy picked up Madonna you can dance and prince. wanted erasure but not worth £28

  85. Mark says:

    I know there’s a fair amount of cynicism about RSD and some of it is rightly justified but……..
    I got up at 4 this morning to queue in Dublin with people who I see once a year at this. We then spent a really pleasant 3 hours geeking out over what was available and what we’ve bought over the last 12 months.
    The money made today will probably keep that store going through a lean Summer until the Autumn.
    It’s not all bad……….

    • Mark says:

      And that’s not mentioning the joy of getting the 4 Sigur Ros related items.

    • colm47 says:

      Hi Mark

      I was in Q at Tower from 7.10 until 8 am opening. Good atmosphere as usual.

      Got most of what I wanted and spent a bit much yet again!
      Great staff in a great shop.
      Same goes for Freebird and Spindizzy where I got a few sold out in Tower.

      • Mark says:

        Hi Colin,

        Yeah Tower deserve a lot of praise for the way they run the store. Most if not all of the staff are very helpful and knowledgeable.
        Didn’t make Freebird this year as I’d gotten all I’d wanted and my credit card was bout to melt but another very good shop.

  86. Joel says:

    I HATE Record Store Day! I understand why Eno/Sheilds single is chosen as a RSD special item, but how can the vinyl of Piper mono be a limited edition item!!! I can’t get it so I am very bitter……

  87. Rasputin says:

    Yesterday, April 20, delivered two releases. Both RSD

    1 – The Piper at the Gates of Dawn / Mono

    2 – An Introduction to Syd Barrett / 2010 / EMI Records / Still Sealed
    The American release was bought a long time ago
    American and European releases have differences in design
    (3 – There are rumors that Animals 5.1 can be released this Fall)

  88. Tim says:

    I paid $4.99 for the double vinyl when it came out. A friend who knew music better than I told me to scoop it at that price because it was going to be huge and the price would go up to about 8 or 9 dollars which was the going price otherwise in our market for double vinyl.

  89. mike says:

    Yep, RSD is so far from its original intention, its a joke. Enjoy the queues and the prices!

  90. Trash says:

    Thanks for this Paul.
    If my injured leg lets me I will try to venture into town and try and pick up some stuff (I’ll now have to add the Undertones box to my list).

    It would be interesting to have people report back on what they managed to grab.

    Good luck everyone.

  91. Alan B says:

    Sorry not for me. The whole purpose of Record Store Day has long lost its way. A lot of average releases most of which are just re-hashes of already long since issued items for which we get charged a premium for the “privilege” of buying. Most of these releases would be a quarter to a third cheaper if released on any other day of the year. Big queues for the chance of maybe getting items you want. If you can’t make it to a record shop you have to wait a week for any dregs to be available online. And if shops break any of the RSD rules they get banned from participating. Welcome to record purchasing in the 21st century. I have been buying records since the 1970’s and am supposed to be the target audience for this event.

    • gwynogue says:

      Agreed. RSD is supposedly about supporting your ‘local’ bricks-and-mortar music retailer. But of all my local (within 50 KM/31 M) record stores, the nearest to me actually PARTICIPATING is 137 KM (85 M) away! I’m sure some people are willing to travel that far, but I’m not. Especially as I don’t know what they have to begin with, what they’d have left when I get there, and what prices they’d be charging.

      Plus when I tell people I’d like to see CDs offered, some whiney, wanky hipster with a man-bun and ironic beard screeches, “It’s called RECORD store day! The emphasis is on the record!”. Ugh! I always respond with “It’s actually record STORE day! It’s about the retailer, not the format.”

      • Stephen DC says:

        I absolutely agree. My nearest two are 22 and 46 miles away. I cannot support them when they are that distance away, and certainly not when they are offering a copy of what I already have.

        I love my vinyl collection but I have moved on. CD’s are just as cosy and cuddly when done correctly.

        RSD looks like it is ending up like concert tickets. They all get snapped up to be sold on at over-inflated prices.

        I’d rather go to a record fair.

      • Gisabun says:

        Last I checked a CD is a record. Record is short for recording.

      • Larry Davis says:

        It’s actually about both… The store and vinyl format in equal measure… If it wasn’t, you’d see more CDs and tapes on the list…

    • Sparky says:

      So true. So insulting to people who buy physical recordings. No wonder people Rebel and download ripped copies from YouTube….

    • Chris Miah says:

      Stop on there.

  92. Andrew M says:

    Just for interest the single album version of 1999 was issued quite widely at the time – in the UK, most of Europe, Brazil, and other countries where it was felt Prince wasn’t popular enough yet to sustain a double album release.

    • David Mc says:

      I got David Sylvian’s Dead Bees… the first ESG album on orange vinyl and the Erased Tapes box, which is beautiful but blew my budget.

      The record shops here in Wellington, made a big effort with live music and events. Great day.

      • Rich P says:

        Loved it this year – I got to Record Collector and Record Junkee in Sheffield (no queue at the latter) and got what I needed:

        Noel Gallagher
        Soft Cell

        Great to meet other vinylheads and chat! Roll on RSD 2019.

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