This is the first year since RSDs inception that I have lived somewhere with a record shop. It only opened last year and is run by a couple of lovely people, so despite my misgivings about the event, I turned up this morning to show my support. There were half a dozen things I would have willingly bought, including the Bowie, Springsteen and DBT live sets, the Turtles box and the Randy Newman box, Kate Tempest and so on. The whole lot would potentially have cost me hundreds of poundstores, , which I would have paid willingly, and then wondered how I was going to afford them. In the event, they didn’t have any of them, or they were bought by the handful of people ahead of me.
So, I went away empty handed and whether I end up spending all or any of money that stayed in my pocket on records remains to be seen. Now, I am fully aware that RSD is a lifesaver for many shops and there are loads of people that enjoy the experience. But for someone like myself who wants to but some music to listen to rather than collect it is frustrating to say the least. In terms of the live sets, I will, probably end up just buying a download or ripping a CD and selling it on, which seems countrr-productive in terms of what the industry is trying to achieve.
That siad I hope others enjoy the day. I just don’t think I will bother again.