April 16 is Record Store Day - a celebration of independent record stores up and down the land.
Now in its ninth year, Record Store Day has coincided with a vinyl revival that has seen UK sales rise this year by more than 60 per cent. We asked a couple of local record stores to choose their favourite ever album. Adam Gillison, of Jumbo Records, picked More Specials by The Specials.
He said: “The Specials were absolutely at the top of their game on this album. The era-defining Ghost Town was the curtain call for this lineup, but More Specials was the record which paved the way.”
Ian De-Whytell, owner of Crash Records, chose David Bowie’s The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars. He said: “Back in the summer of 1972, the 14 year old me, like so many others at the time had been captivated by the appearance of David Bowie on Top Of The Pops when he performed Starman.
“I decided that the time was right for my first album purchase and this would be it. When I got home from the record shop I followed the “to be played at maximum volume” instructions which were printed on the sleeve, but my Mum very quickly made me turn it down.”
To mark Record Store Day, Crash Records has organised an event at Headrow House on Sunday when record producer Ken Scott will be talking to music writer Dave Simpson about his career.
For more details call Crash records on 0113 243 6743.