Dig it!

A second visit to Liverpool’s newest record shop.

Writing about the opening day of Dig Vinyl on Bold Street last weekend sparked interest from many hundreds of people. I knew about the direct interest on this blog but Twitter’s just sent me some figures for there and I’m delighted everyone’s so delighted. In these tough times for independent record shops and where so much of the charity shops world is still treating its vinyl stock as landfill-in-waiting, it’s a joy that so many of us are over-joyed.

Dig it01Still, on an opening day when the shop is ram-jam full you can only form a broad impression of how the place is. So today I decide to go back for a longer and closer look.

Down the stairs at Soho's.

Down the stairs at Soho’s.

Here's how it was last Saturday, people queuing up to look through the racks.

Here’s how it was last Saturday, people queuing up to look through the racks.

And proprietor Anthony N delightedly swapping music anecdotes with all and sundry.

And proprietor Anthony Nyland delightedly swapping music anecdotes with all and sundry.

Today? While I’m in there a steady stream of music lovers come and go.

But there's much more room to move.

But there’s much more room to move.

So I have a good and leisurely look through everything.

Soul & Disco & reggae racks being replenished while I was in there.

Soul & Disco & Reggae racks being replenished while I was in there.

They’ve obviously had a good first week, but there were plenty more records being sorted behind the counter.

A delighted singles customer with his purchase, on Blue Note.

Store manager Yvonne serves a delighted singles customer with his purchase, on Blue Note.

I’m not in the market for singles myself.

But plenty of people are, and there are a lot to pick from.

But plenty of people are, and there are a lot to pick from.

And while I’m there it seems there’s always someone using the headphones and turntable in the corner to check their singles out.

Around the walls are the rarer albums and EPs.

Around the walls are the rarer albums and EPs, like this Mexican ‘The Wall’

And this Russian copy of Rubber Soul.

And this Russian copy of Rubber Soul.

In fact they’re obviously doing good business on all things Beatles. Yvonne shows me a copy of the blue ‘Best of’ on blue vinyl.

And gets the poster out of the White Album for a look.

And gets the poster out of the White Album for a look. Everyone else currently in the shop used to have that.

The nice thing about it being a day of ordinary busy-ness is there’s more time to talk. And while I’m in here subjects ranged over include early 70s folk-rock from Trees and Fairfield Parlour, the uselessness of car boot sales for finding decent vinyl and, looking at the record up behind the counter there, general agreement that while Prince Far I might not be a ‘real prince’ we all prefer him to the charlatans who are.

I tell them the story of getting my copy of Lou Reed’s Berlin home last Saturday.

Here it is in our house.

Here it is in our house.

In the shop Anthony had said that though he’s a big Lou Reed fan he finds this one ‘a bit hard to take.’ So it proves with Sarah. I tell her how good it is, packed with great songs and good tunes. But as soon as it goes on the turntable she leaves the room. Refusing to come back in ‘Until you take that thing off. I’m not listening to that on a Saturday night, or any other night!’ Oh well, taste is individual. Even in Dig Vinyl general sympathies on this one are with Sarah.

And today’s stash? Some jazz, prog and a long-wanted ‘Turning Point’ by John Mayall (saw him perform it with his ‘quiet band’ at the Philharmonic Hall in 1970, a treat).

So anyway, now the weekend’s here do yourself a favour and get down to Dig Vinyl, before I buy up the stock!

While I’m in there today I’m thanked enthusiastically for the mentions last week. At which another customer asks me if I’m being paid for this? And of course, as ever, I’m not. When I enthuse about a place or a cause on here it’s because I’m genuinely enthused and think you might be too. The things you can pay me for are elsewhere on the site. Just to be clear.

2 thoughts on “Dig it!

  1. Barry Ward

    Hi Ronnie,
    ‘Berlin’ ! I became a Lou Reed fan in the early 1970’s, mainly because of his association with David Bowie. I went to see him twice at the Liverpool Empire, the first time was around the time of ‘Transformer’ and the second time was when he’d bleached his hair and cropped it short, and was clearly ‘not all there’. Naturally I bought ‘Berlin’ upon its release, probably expecting ‘Transformer’ type songs. I have to say it took a bit of getting used to, but I persevered with it, and soon grew to love it. ( Apart from ‘The Kids’……I still skip that track whenever I play the LP…….the kids screaming is very disturbing.)
    Anyway, good to hear that ‘Dig Vinyl’ seems to be thriving. I’ll check it out on my next visit to Liverpool.
    Kind Regards, Barry.

    Reply
    1. Ronnie Hughes Post author

      Glad to hear someone else likes it. I first saw Lou at the Liverpool Stadium, not long after he’d left the Velvets. And he sang ‘Berlin’ the song there as it was on his first solo album – later extended into a whole concept.

      I remember the ‘not all there’ tour too!

      And I’m sure you’ll enjoy Dig Vinyl next time you’re round these parts.

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