Thursday 22 February 2018

Tesco turns music full circle for Christmas with classic and new vinyl

Tesco is selling a range of vinyl, including classics by the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, and the latest from Coldplay, George Ezra and David Gilmour
Tesco is selling a range of vinyl, including classics by the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, and the latest from Coldplay, George Ezra and David Gilmour

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

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