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  • Record Store Day 2012

    Posted on 2012/04/20 by Ossie


    The Queen's Official Birthday of record shop days.
    The only day of the year when people still queue for records.

    Below is a list of everything we have received from our dear distributing friends as of 20:46 on Friday the 20th April 2012. We may well get a few more bits in the morning. We have outstanding orders.

    If you're planning to be out standing in the rain tomorrow morning outside our Crouch End shop then they should have most of this list too but a couple of things, which we only received one of, will only be in the big mummyshop in Essex Road.

    Don't forget our Stackridge instore at Crouch End at 2pm and Essex Road's Fair Ohs instore at 7pm. By seven we ought to be dead on our feet and needing a beer. So that's what we'll have.

    Without further ado, here is the list...

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    This post was posted in Essex Road, Crouch End, Vinyl, Life In a Record Shop, Vinyl, Instore Gigs, Rare Records

  • Black Friday

    Posted on 2011/11/18 by Mark

    Friday 25th November is Black Friday. Loads of Limited edition Vinyl is released on that day. Come early to ensure you get what you're looking for. If it's anything like Record Store Day. we'll have queues down the street when we open. In fact we may open early...watch this space...

    This post was posted in Essex Road, Crouch End, Vinyl, Vinyl, Rare Records

  • Why Do People Buy Vinyl?

    Posted on 2011/02/18 by Mark

    A Good Question.

    Answer One - Sound Quality

    When an analogue (Non-Digital) recording is made, all nuances of the sound are recorded. In the transfer process to Vinyl, none of the recorded information is lost. What you hear is a full faithful rendition of the actual recording.

    When a recording is digitised to master it for a CD release, approximately 90% of the information is discarded. This information is the nuances which fall outside the range of human hearing (so they claim), but it is very apparent when listening to the same recordings on CD and Vinyl (on a decent system) that the lost information is not inaudible and there is a distinct loss of texture and warmth. So CDs are noticably inferior to Vinyl on a decent system. On an average system, you probably won't be able to tell the difference.

    A typical 50 minute CD album uses about 500MB.

    Ok - so now we get to downloads. The file size for a typical 50 Minute CD Album download is currently about 50 MB in standard MP3 format. So suddenly we've lost another 90% of the information on the CD, which had already lost 90% of the Vinyl information. So your average MP3 contains only 1% of the information recorded. If you are listening on cheap headphones or in the car, then you probably won't notice the difference. If you are listening on even an average system, the MP3 will sound cold, sharp and lacking in depth and resonance.

    Answer Two - Artefact

    An Album is a piece of Art. Intrinsically, it combines Music and Sleeve Artwork. Whilst many have tried to deliver CDs in strange packages, there is nothing that comes close to holding a 12" by 12" work of art as part of the experience of listening to music. CDs are 5" by 5" and the impact of the artwork is correspondingly lessened. It's like looking at the Mona Lisa on your Iphone. Mp3s have no artwork, so draw your own conclusions...

    Somehow, the 12" Album format captured the best way to experience music - if you've never put the needle on the record, you should try it...

    ps - 7" Singles are just cool anyway...

    This post was posted in Essex Road, Shop gossip, Crouch End, Life In a Record Shop, Rare Records

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