A few weeks ago I decided to invest in a small portable record player in order to start collecting some new vinyl. I purchased my first records for it from the hmv online store. Although buying music in this format can be costly, I find it hard to put a price on music because it is just one of those vital things that I would find it impossible to live without. Available online at the moment, which I made a purchase from was a 2 for £25 offer on selected popular vinyl and the two albums that I decided to invest in were The Killers album Hot Fuss and Hatful of Hollow by the Smiths. All orders over £10 include free delivery so that was also very pleasing. Initially, I had trawled through Ebay hoping to pick up some records but found that old vinyl was costing more than the brand new and packaged vinyl from hmv.
In order to keep my new vinyl and record sleeves as pristine as possible, I left the outer plastic coating on and just carefully cut down the outer edge instead of removing it completely. My Killers album came with a Sound of Vinyl insert, which also allowed me to download a free digital album.
As a comper, I was also appreciative of the email that I was sent a few days after registering with The Sound of Vinyl which informed me that if I scanned the Facebook messenger code for exclusive Sound of Vinyl content, there was an opportunity to win free vinyl every week. I found it easier to enter by visiting The Sound of Vinyl Facebook page, and by clicking the messenger 'Get Started' button on the top right hand side of the page where you are then given the option for them to sign you up. Further details on the Facebook page here if you would like to enter for yourselves:
For me, buying these records was the rediscovery of the album, we live in the age of technology where we can access any track we would like to listen to at a click of a button. Listening to a whole album seemed to be something that had passed me by in more recent years so when I dropped my needle on to this vinyl for the first time I realised how much I already treasured these pieces of work. You hear certain tracks on the collections that you had for a while forgotten which fuels your love of the music. For me deciding to start a record collection was something I do not regret and will continue to enjoy and maybe in the future it is something that you will also consider too.