Tesco turns music full circle for Christmas with classic and new vinyl
A supermarket is probably not the first place most people would expect to find vintage musical gifts to give this Christmas.
But Tesco is now selling a 20-disc range of vinyl records, including the latest from Coldplay, George Ezra and David Gilmour.
Classic albums from Bruce Springsteen, Bob Marley, Foo Fighters, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Radiohead and Elvis Presley will also be available, priced at £12-£20.
The new venture follows a 50% national rise in vinyl sales to almost 1.3 million in the last year, the highest annual total since 1995, according to the British Phonographic Institute.
Tesco has already dipped its toe in the water with a trial release of Iron Maiden's latest album, The Book Of Souls, across 55 of its stores earlier this year. It now plans to take the move to the next level by also selling record decks for those who want to start a record collection.
Michael Mulligan, the supermarket's music buyer, said: "Our trial selling vinyl this summer was a real success with all our stock selling out and this really proved to us just how popular the vinyl album format is again with music fans.
"Vinyl is definitely coming back with demand growing stronger year by year and we think there will be a big demand in the UK this Christmas as music fans look for trendy gifting options.
"We have brought in vinyl albums for everyone - from new releases for established collectors to absolute classics for younger fans and for mums and dads who might have worn out their original copies the first time round.
"By also selling record decks we are helping customers who are looking to start their own vinyl album collection."
The range will only be available for a limited amount of time, but Tesco has not ruled out expanding its collection in the future.
A spokeswoman said: "This is a new venture so we want to see how it goes over Christmas. It is possible that we will continue it after next year."
The full range of records includes on sale in Tesco this year includes:
Coldplay - A Head Full Of Dreams
ELO - Alone In The Universe
David Gilmour - Rattle That Lock
George Ezra - Wanted On Voyage
Elvis Presley - 30 Number 1 Hits
The Beatles - Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
The Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers
Stones Roses - Stone Roses
Various - Guardians Of The Galaxy Soundtrack
Nirvana - Nevermind
Bob Marley - Legend
Guns'n'Roses - Appetite For Destruction
Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin II
Foo Fighters - Greatest Hits
Bruce Springsteen - Born In The USA
Fleetwood Mac - Greatest Hits
The Eagles - Hotel California
Prince - Purple Rain
Radiohead - The Bends
The Specials - The Specials