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.
Today? While I’m in there a steady stream of music lovers come and go.
So I have a good and leisurely look through everything.
They’ve obviously had a good first week, but there were plenty more records being sorted behind the counter.
I’m not in the market for singles myself.
And while I’m there it seems there’s always someone using the headphones and turntable in the corner to check their singles out.
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.
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.
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.