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SoLil The Discogs Guide To Utrecht Record Shops

Utrecht is known for the Dom tower, the terraces on the wharves around the canals, and Dick Bruna’s famous creation Nijntje (Miffy). And twice a year, the city of Utrecht turns into the record capital of the world. In April and November thousands of record collectors travel to the center of the Netherlands to visit the Mega Record & CD Fair in the Jaarbeurs Convention Centre. But what about Utrecht Record Shops? What happens during the rest of the year? 

Wanting to find out, we visited all the records shops in the Netherlands’ 4th biggest city. With this guide, you’ll know where to go if you arrive in Utrecht a few days before the fair!


Dig It! Recordstore

Dig It! Utrecht Record Shops

Dig It! Recordstore Loeff Berchmakerstraat 9, 3512 TC Utrecht

Before opening the newest record shop in town in September this year, owner Bert Tiggelers spent 4 years selling books and records at the Vredenburg market in the center of town. Dig It! is located in a bright space, only a short walk from Neude square. The shop stocks some new, but mostly second hand releases in every genre you can think of. They don’t sell online (yet), so you’ll have to find out what’s on offer, in store!


Elvis Corner

Elvis Corner Utrecht Record Shops
Elvis Corner Utrecht Record Shops

Elvis Corner Amsterdamsestraatweg 293, 3551 CG Utrecht

If you are into Elvis Presley, you probably already know about this shop dedicated completely to The King Of Rock & Roll. The owner, a big Elvis fan himself of course, had a webshop, but opened the brick & mortar shop in 2005 because he got so many requests from people who wanted to come and see all the items in real life. When I was there, he had just acquired a large collection so the space was narrow and filled to the brim with CDs, box sets, vinyl records (new and second hand), memorabilia, gifts, souvenirs etc. An incredible selection!


De Grammophoon Winkel

De Grammophoon Winkel Utrecht Record Shops

De Grammophoon Winkel Oudgracht 26, 3511 AP Utrecht

One of the oldest record shops in Utrecht, De Grammophoonwinkel has been around since 1972. The owner started the shop 46 years ago and walking into the shop is like stepping back in time, with walls lined with wooden cabinets and many different types of gramophones on display (those are not for sale!). You can find some new reissues and browse the many second hand records, CDs and DVDs. Keep in mind that you can only pay with cash here, so come prepared 🙂


Koffie Leute Record Store

Koffie Leute Utrecht Record Shops

Koffie Leute Record Store Westerkade 30, 3511 HC Utrecht

Koffie Leute coffee house has been pouring black gold for over 3 years. After recently expanding their space, they added room for that other black gold: You can now lay your hands on a curated selection of indie and electronic records, released on Dutch labels only, some of which only on cassette. There are a few bins with second hand records of all genres and labels as well, and a nice listening table which will allow you to discover some Dutch gems while sipping on a Slow Coffee.


Muziek Staffhorst Vinyl

Muziek Staffhorst Vinyl Utrecht Record Shops
Muziek Staffhorst Vinyl Utrecht Record Shops

Muziek Staffhorst Vinyl Willem van Noortplein 15, 3514 GK Utrecht

Opened in 1937, Muziek Staffhorst was THE place to go for audio gear and music in Utrecht for decades. The massive shop closed in 2013, but Martin Staffhorst, grandson of the founder, opened a new record shop just a year ago. They currently sell mostly new vinyl and host various exhibitions. Later this month they’ll be opening a basement where they will sell second hand records in consignment, and a record lab where you can clean your records. Every Friday between 5-7PM there’s live music in collaboration with the wine shop next door. And things have come full circle: On Thursday evenings they bring their cargo bike with records and a turntable to De Utrechter, a bar in the center of town, which is located in the building where the old Muziek Staffhorst used to be.


Oudegracht 314

Oudegracht 314 Oudegracht 314, 3511PK Utrecht

This is what you would call a hidden gem: While researching all the shops in Utrecht, several people told us to make sure to visit this antiques shop, which dedicates half of its space to vinyl records. When we were there, most of those records were still sealed and selling at second hand prices. But the stock changes constantly and usually contains more second hand items. The owner selects them on quality of their condition and prices them to sell: “It is a record shop, not a record museum”.


De Plaatboef

De Plaatboef Utrecht Record Shops
De Plaatboef Utrecht Record Shops

De Plaatboef Oudegracht 306, 3511PK Utrecht

De Plaatboef has been around for 34 years. They have a large selection of new and second hand CDs downstairs, as well as music DVDs (new and second hand) and films on DVD (second hand). You can find a few bins of vinyl records on this floor, while upstairs is dedicated fully to vinyl records. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, ask the owner: he dug out some Wantlist gems while we were there 🙂


Plato Utrecht

Plato Utrecht Record Shops
Plato Utrecht Record Shops

Plato Utrecht Voorstraat 35, 3512 AJ Utrecht

Plato is part of a chain of record shops in the Netherlands, and their Utrecht branch has been supplying the city with music for around 30 years. They started out at the Steenweg, and moved to their current location at the Voorstraat – a two minute walk from Neude square – almost 10 years ago. They stock the largest selection of new Vinyl and CDs, DVDs and box sets in town, and you can als find a good choice of second hand records.


Reset Records

Reset Records Utrecht Record Shops
Reset Records Utrecht Record Shops

Reset Records Prins Hendriklaan 16, 3583 EM Utrecht

Reset Records, located a little bit outside the city center, not too far from Galgewaard Stadium, has been around for four years. The shop is compact, well organized and bright, and is home to around 3000 LPs and 600 singles in genres like Pop, Rock, Blues, Jazz, Soul, Disco, Country, Beat, Rock ‘n Roll, Chansons, Singer/Songwriter, Classical and more. They have thousands other LPs and singles in storage, so be sure to ask if you are looking for a particular release or pressing.

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Swordfish & Friend

Swordfish And Friend Utrecht Record Shops
Swordfish And Friend Utrecht Record Shops

Swordfish & Friend Oudkerkhof 43, 3512 GJ Utrecht

Swordfish & Friend will unfortunately be closing its doors at the end of December, but we did want to include them in this post as their shop is definitely worth a visit. Mostly new vinyl (some second hand records upstairs), turntables, accessories for your turntable, books, art and more: With the holidays coming you will definitely find some good gifts here.

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Enjoy record shopping! And just in case, there are are a few more places on Oudegracht where you might find some records: Thrift shop De Arm, where you need to be lucky, antique bookshop Hinderickx & Winderickx which has a large section of second hand classical music on CD and vinyl, a few more antique shops with a crate or two of records, and clothing shop Urban Outfitters which has a very small record section. In Shopping mall Hoog Catharijne, Mediamarkt is revamping their massive store which will also have a music section.

Miss anything on this list? Let us know in the comments!


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SoLil Staff Picks: Favorite Holiday Releases

The Holiday season: You either can’t wait for the radio to start playing endless lists of sugary songs about snow, fire places and red-nosed reindeers, or you can’t wait for the radio to stop playing them. There seems to be nothing in between. Until now that is. Because it turns out that our list of Favorite Holiday releases actually might have something for everyone. Enjoy your Holidays!

Favorite Christmas songs: Sta Hi Brothers ‎– "Chrismas Trees"

Sta Hi Brothers ‎– “Chrismas Trees”

Hate Christmas tunes? That’s because you’ve never heard this. Second to Mariah, this gets the most Christmas play at my house. Sometimes I play it in the summer, just because. Vitamin D!

– Matt L, Front-End Developer

favorite Holiday releases: Harry Belafonte ‎– "To Wish You A Merry Christmas"

Harry Belafonte ‎– “To Wish You A Merry Christmas”

As a kid I’d know that when my dad would put this record on the player and Harry started chanting, it was the the cue for the start of the festive season! Time to decorate the house with Christmas decorations, dress the Christmas tree, bake all sorts of goodies, family time! So since forever it has been a tradition in my family and my home now to start the festive season with putting on Harry and enjoying a cuppa goodness. Traditionally on the day after Sinterklaas, 6th of December. Although I love the whole album because of the warmth, clarity and luminosity in Harry’s voice and it reminding me of my dad, my favourite song on this album must be “Jehovah The Lord Will Provide”. For most Christmas songs being cheerful and uplifting, this song embodies 3 minutes of tranquility and peace to me during festive mayhem.

– Swati, Community Support

favorite Holiday releases: Vince Guaraldi ‎– "A Charlie Brown Christmas"

Vince Guaraldi ‎– “A Charlie Brown Christmas”

Full confession: I haven’t made it through A Charlie Brown Christmas in one sitting since I was 5. This album, however, is on steady repeat throughout the Christmas festivities. Tree trimming, present opening, roast beast carving, eggnog drinking, this soundtrack has got you covered.

– Ron, Marketing Program Manager

favorite Holiday releases: Various, Jerry Goldsmith ‎– "Gremlins (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)"

Various, Jerry Goldsmith ‎– “Gremlins (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)”

People don’t forget.. Gremlins is a Christmas movie! It is also one of the greatest movies ever! My favorite track? Whichever one is playing when the Gremlins take over the local bar. That scene is ridiculous!

– Tasha, Community Support Lead

favorite Christmas songs: Julian Casablancas ‎– "I Wish It Was Christmas Today"

Julian Casablancas ‎– “I Wish It Was Christmas Today”

Ok, I admit it, I’m a total curmudgeon and I cringe when I start hearing Christmas music on the radio. Eggnog and consumerism are really the only Christmas traditions that I enjoy. That being said, I love weird music discoveries – and there are so many strange Christmas albums out there that I can’t believe exist! Like this unbelievably peppy release from Julian Casablanca of The Strokes. Looking for other Christmas strangeness? Did you know that The Kinks, The White Stripes, Sufjan Stevens, Bright Eyes and Dr. Dog all have holiday albums?!?

– Kirsten, Community Project Manager

Favorite Christmas songs: The Flaming Lips ‎– "Clouds Taste Metallic"

The Flaming Lips ‎– “Clouds Taste Metallic”

If I’m going to listen to Christmas music (side note: thanks but no thanks), it had damn well better be one of those select few holiday ditties that isn’t offensively saccharine. Enter The Flaming Lips and “Christmas At The Zoo.” Is this a veiled critique of organized religion, or just a crazy story about getting utterly obliterated on December 25th and thinking that, whoa, the pandas deserve freedom too, man? Yeah, probably door #2. That’s the kind of seasonal greeting I can get behind.

– Tom, Community Support

Favorite Christmas songs: Nat King Cole ‎– "The Christmas Song"

Nat King Cole ‎– “The Christmas Song”

This was a tough one between Nat King Cole, Stevie Wonder, and Johnny Mathis (my Dad loved Johnny Mathis for some reason). “The Christmas Song” is a classic that I can listen to on a loop and “O Holy Night” brings me to tears every time I hear it, particularly when performed live by a choir.

– Alfred, People Operations

Favorite Christmas songs: Youp van 't Hek ‎– "Flappie"

Youp van ‘t Hek ‎– “Flappie”

For the sake of diversity I will choose a song that is not in English. This song by a Dutch comedian is a welcome change in the radio Christmas programming every year. It tells the story of how, as a little boy on Christmas morning in 1961, he finds his rabbit (named Flappie) missing from his cage. After looking for it all day long he finds his rabbit, served on a plate by his dad. The next year mom finds dad missing from his side of the bed… This song also reminds me of my little brother’s rabbit. That rabbit was a real asshole, but we never ate him.

– Yoram, Community Support

Favorite Christmas songs: Chris Rea ‎– "Driving Home For Christmas"

Chris Rea ‎– “Driving Home For Christmas”

I worked as a decorator in a garden center for a few years. Our Christmas fair would start early in October, so we’d be forced to listen to Christmas tunes all day for 3 solid months a year (Yep, looking back I can’t believe we made it through either). This is the one song that I never got tired of. It must be Chris’ voice: I can totally imagine sitting in the car next to him, driving through a snow covered landscape and having a good time. One of my more recent favorite holiday releases is Miss Montreal’s “Being Alone At Christmas”. The upbeat lyrics “Being alone at Christmas doesn’t have to be a bad thing” balance out the Please Come Home For Christmas & Lonely This Christmas-es of this world.

– Lilian, Content Marketing Specialist

favorite Christmas songs: The Jingle Cats ‎– "Meowy Christmas"

The Jingle Cats ‎– “Meowy Christmas”

Specifically the cassette on either high or low speed dubbing. Amazing.

– Jeremy, Lead Developer

Favorite Christmas songs: Archers Of Loaf ‎– "All The Nations Airports"

Archers Of Loaf ‎– “All The Nations Airports”

“Assassination on X-mas Eve” is the only Christmas song I’ll listen to when it’s not Christmas.

– Jason, Lead Developer

Favorite Christmas songs: The Boy Least Likely To ‎– "Christmas Special"

The Boy Least Likely To ‎– “Christmas Special”

I must say the truth: Christmas songs bother me since I was a teenager, when I wanted to listen to “normal” music instead of stuff like Wham!. 25 years after, this is the ironic answer to my requests (see track “George and Andrew”)

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– Luca, Community Support

Favorite Christmas songs: Various ‎– "Christmas Rap"

Various ‎– “Christmas Rap”

Run-D.M.C.’s “Christmas In Hollis” is my all time favorite Christmas jam. Throw it in with a bunch of other great Christmas related raps and you’ve got a pretty slammin’ stocking stuffer!

– Jim, Community Support

favorite Christmas songs: Vince Guaraldi Trio ‎– "A Charlie Brown Christmas"

Vince Guaraldi Trio ‎– “A Charlie Brown Christmas”

Usually I want to run out of the room if there’s Christmas music playing, but this record is great. Plus I’m a softy for the Charlie Brown cartoons.

– Jon, Systems Administrator

favorite Christmas songs: Residents, Uninc. ‎– "Santa Dog"

Residents, Uninc. ‎– “Santa Dog”

I don’t really like Christmas music, I don’t think the Residents did either. This double 7″ was designed to look like an insurance agency’s Christmas Card. Some of the records were poorly pressed making the music sound even worse. The group sent it out numerous people & radio stations, getting no response until a program director at KBOO-FM in Portland, OR started playing it in 1973. I can’t even imagine hearing something like this on the radio.

– Andy, Developer

Favorite Christmas songs: Eric Idle ‎– "Fuck Christmas"

Eric Idle ‎– “Fuck Christmas”

My favorite Christmas song was criminally not in the database, so I added it myself. Eric Idle sums it up perfectly here.

– Matt F., Community Support

favorite Christmas songs: Tom Waits ‎– "Blue Valentine"

Tom Waits ‎– “Blue Valentine”

I’m also in the curmudgeon / scrooge camp, so the peppy / perky / schmaltzy stuff just doesn’t do it for me! I like my holiday music tinged with regret and failure, with a whiff of nostalgia and a thick coating of weary optimism that “next year, things will be different.” Tom Waits’ “Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis,” from 1978’s Blue Valentine, gets the job done nicely.

– Josh, Community Support Manager

favorite Christmas songs: Boston Camerata, The, Joel Cohen (3) ‎– "Sing We Noel: Christmas Music From England & Early America"

Boston Camerata, The, Joel Cohen (3) ‎– “Sing We Noel: Christmas Music From England & Early America”

For whatever reason, my folks were really big into Medieval and Renaissance music. Now I can’t not associate madrigals with Christmas-time.

– Josiah, Developer

favorite Christmas songs: Nilsson ‎– "Son Of Schmilsson"

Nilsson ‎– “Son Of Schmilsson”

“Remember (Christmas)” is one of the most beautiful pop songs ever written, and it perfectly captures the melancholy of memory and nostalgia that’s pervasive around the holidays. Perfect for sipping bourbon around the fireplace and reflecting on old times.

– Mark, Front-End Developer

Favorite Christmas song: The Waitresses ‎– "Christmas Wrapping"

The Waitresses ‎– “Christmas Wrapping”

By far my favorite Christmas song! It always reminds me of growing up in New Jersey. I challenge anyone to find a better bass line in a Christmas song. RIP A&P – you’ll have to find your “world’s smallest turkey” elsewhere, folks!

– Jon F., Product Owner

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loquearde Discogs iOS App 2.1 – Improved Interface And Credit Card Payments

Haven’t tried our app yet? Download the Official Discogs iOS App now!

After announcing some major improvements to the Android app a few weeks ago, we’re now ready to show the new Discogs iOS app 2.1 to the world! Discover what is new and how it can help you have the best Discogs experience possible. 

The Discogs iOS app now includes a new ‘My Discogs’ layout as well a credit card payment option for supported Sellers via Discogs Payments.

Former updates of the iOS app 2.0 included a way to explore the discography, a Collection Roulette feature, blog content, upgraded VinylHub integration, video streaming, and a more fully-featured Marketplace integration for Buyers and Sellers.

iOS app My Discogs view

A New ‘My Discogs’ Layout:

‘My Discogs’ is a new take on the Discogs Profile. Quickly view your total collection value range, your latest collection and wantlist additions, and quickly jump into your seller tools, contribution & purchase history. My Discogs is the very first screen you’ll see when opening the Discogs app, and we are determined to make that a beautiful experience! The new layout isn’t only more appealing but also more comprehensive: Buyer/Seller ratings, profile information, Collection value, Collection, Wantlist, Friends, Lists, Purchases, Orders, and Contributions. All together in one single page!

Discogs Payments On-The-Go:

This is huge! Now you’ll be able to pay with credit card for your purchases directly in the app. This will be possible when you buy from supported Sellers using Discogs Payments. And yes, we are also waving goodbye to our savings account right now.

And Oh So Much More!

As we mentioned before, the previous version of the iOS app already had plenty of cool features for music collectors!

Just to name a few: You can already review your daily Wantlist message, have access to the Discogs Marketplace, check your current and past purchases, and communicate with Discogs Sellers, all from within the app.

Traveling the world or just hanging around your area? With the Vinylhub integration, you’ll always have the most complete interactive map of record stores on your iPhone. As easy as it sounds!

Download the Discogs app

Questions? Check out the App FAQs, visit discogs.com/app, or chat with us in the Discogs App Forum.

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OfficialDiscogs Five Of 2018’s Best Box Sets, All Ready For Your Wantlist

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The holiday season is around the corner. You know what that means: It’s time to put up with Aunt Carol at dinner, hear Little Drummer Boy roughly five million times, read about Starbucks cups on Facebook (ugh, Aunt Carol!), and deal with all your friends’ ironic ugly sweaters. Most importantly though, it means stuffing your Wantlist with all the sweet box sets you can’t normally afford in hopes that someone special will take the bait.

There’ve been plenty of mouth-watering new and reissue packages so far this year. Some overflow with copious amounts of archival material: photos, notebooks, and assorted ephemera. Others serve as an aural documentary of sorts, taking you from the earliest demo stages to final mix for the most iconic albums in history. Fewer still transform from “album” into straight up “art object,” thanks to luxe mementos in the box.

Below you’ll find choice examples of all those things. The only rubric for consideration was a release date of 2018 and the inclusion of vinyl. CD boxes certainly have their place, but nothing replaces the thud of a brand new 12-by-12 package on the table. This list is far from comprehensive, but each one packs a punch.

A Perfect Circle – Eat The Elephant

The first entry is firmly in the third category mentioned above. The contents of A Perfect Circle’s 2018 double LP, Eat The Elephant, isn’t massive or expansive. But as soon as you pick up the deluxe edition, it feels luxurious and only gets swankier once you dig into the box.

The custom card deck is an unexpected touch to be sure, but the real star of the show is what Maynard James Keenan and company call the “hologram prism.” The elegant black prism works hand in hand with your smart phone to create a haunting holographic companion piece to Eat The Elephant, crafted by award-winning director Steven Sebring. It’s the kind of item you don’t see every day — much less inside a box set.

Metallica – …And Justice For All

Three decades ago, Metallica came back from the devastating loss of bassist Cliff Burton in full force. They made the jump from metal standouts to rock and roll heavyweights thanks to …And Justice For All and the accompanying video for One. This remastered edition of the record is an admirable and entirely overboard tribute.

There is just so much here. Inside the hefty set, you’ll find six LPs, four DVDs, 11 CDs for consumption. On top of that, they’ve packed in a Pushead art print, 120-page book full of unseen material, ’80s-style lyric folder, and the pièce de résistance: a reproduction Cap’ns of Krunch tour laminate.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Electric Ladyland

We already dug into this beauty, so you can get an in-depth accounting of Electric Ladyland’s 50th anniversary box. There are six LPs, a Blu-ray, and a book inside the lift top.

The linchpin of this release, however, is the trippy 5.1 surround sound version of the landmark Jimi Hendrix record. In our extended look at the box set, you’ll find a video of famed producer Eddie Kramer talking about the experience of continuing his work with Hendrix by creating the 5.1 version to celebrate a half century of Ladyland.

Gorillaz – The Now Now

In 2010, Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett released two Gorillaz records, Plastic Beach and The Fall, just months apart. They followed that up seven years later in similar fashion with another one-two punch: 2017’s Humanz and 2018’s The Now Now.

The deluxe edition of The Now Now is everything you’d expect from the “virtual band,” with Hewlett’s distinctive artwork shining. In addition to the holographic cover, four art prints, heavy-duty vinyl, and six-piece button set, you get an “exact replica” of fake frontman 2D’s private journal. The whimsical 52-page notebook, which even comes with a “certificate of authenticity” (heavy quote marks there, of course), plays to the Gorillaz masterminds’ biggest strength: world-building.

Electric Light Orchestra – The U.K. Singles Volume One: 1972-1978

Not many massively successful songwriters are also massively under-appreciated. ELO’s Jeff Lynne is one of the few, racking up hit after hit while still being the least famous Wilbury in the caravan. This 15-disc collection showcases Lynne’s craft in a way that befits his legacy.

While bangers like Evil Woman, Strange Magic, and Mr. Blue Sky could’ve been combined on a few LPs to great effect — it just wouldn’t the same as holding 15 seven-inch records in your hands. Plus, you’d lose the most immersive part of the experience, since the original label for each track is reproduced in its original form.

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The holiday season is around the corner. You know what that means: It’s time to put up with Aunt Carol at dinner, hear Little Drummer Boy roughly five million times, read about Starbucks cups on Facebook (ugh, Aunt Carol!), and deal with all your friends’ ironic ugly sweaters. Most importantly though, it means stuffing your Wantlist with all the sweet box sets you can’t normally afford in hopes that someone special will take the bait.

There’ve been plenty of mouth-watering new and reissue packages so far this year. Some overflow with copious amounts of archival material: photos, notebooks, and assorted ephemera. Others serve as an aural documentary of sorts, taking you from the earliest demo stages to final mix for the most iconic albums in history. Fewer still transform from “album” into straight up “art object,” thanks to luxe mementos in the box.

Below you’ll find choice examples of all those things. The only rubric for consideration was a release date of 2018 and the inclusion of vinyl. CD boxes certainly have their place, but nothing replaces the thud of a brand new 12-by-12 package on the table. This list is far from comprehensive, but each one packs a punch.

A Perfect Circle – Eat The Elephant

The first entry is firmly in the third category mentioned above. The contents of A Perfect Circle’s 2018 double LP, Eat The Elephant, isn’t massive or expansive. But as soon as you pick up the deluxe edition, it feels luxurious and only gets swankier once you dig into the box.

The custom card deck is an unexpected touch to be sure, but the real star of the show is what Maynard James Keenan and company call the “hologram prism.” The elegant black prism works hand in hand with your smart phone to create a haunting holographic companion piece to Eat The Elephant, crafted by award-winning director Steven Sebring. It’s the kind of item you don’t see every day — much less inside a box set.

Metallica – …And Justice For All

Three decades ago, Metallica came back from the devastating loss of bassist Cliff Burton in full force. They made the jump from metal standouts to rock and roll heavyweights thanks to …And Justice For All and the accompanying video for One. This remastered edition of the record is an admirable and entirely overboard tribute.

There is just so much here. Inside the hefty set, you’ll find six LPs, four DVDs, 11 CDs for consumption. On top of that, they’ve packed in a Pushead art print, 120-page book full of unseen material, ’80s-style lyric folder, and the pièce de résistance: a reproduction Cap’ns of Krunch tour laminate.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Electric Ladyland

We already dug into this beauty, so you can get an in-depth accounting of Electric Ladyland’s 50th anniversary box. There are six LPs, a Blu-ray, and a book inside the lift top.

The linchpin of this release, however, is the trippy 5.1 surround sound version of the landmark Jimi Hendrix record. In our extended look at the box set, you’ll find a video of famed producer Eddie Kramer talking about the experience of continuing his work with Hendrix by creating the 5.1 version to celebrate a half century of Ladyland.

Gorillaz – The Now Now

In 2010, Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett released two Gorillaz records, Plastic Beach and The Fall, just months apart. They followed that up seven years later in similar fashion with another one-two punch: 2017’s Humanz and 2018’s The Now Now.

The deluxe edition of The Now Now is everything you’d expect from the “virtual band,” with Hewlett’s distinctive artwork shining. In addition to the holographic cover, four art prints, heavy-duty vinyl, and six-piece button set, you get an “exact replica” of fake frontman 2D’s private journal. The whimsical 52-page notebook, which even comes with a “certificate of authenticity” (heavy quote marks there, of course), plays to the Gorillaz masterminds’ biggest strength: world-building.

Electric Light Orchestra – The U.K. Singles Volume One: 1972-1978

Not many massively successful songwriters are also massively under-appreciated. ELO’s Jeff Lynne is one of the few, racking up hit after hit while still being the least famous Wilbury in the caravan. This 15-disc collection showcases Lynne’s craft in a way that befits his legacy.

While bangers like Evil Woman, Strange Magic, and Mr. Blue Sky could’ve been combined on a few LPs to great effect — it just wouldn’t the same as holding 15 seven-inch records in your hands. Plus, you’d lose the most immersive part of the experience, since the original label for each track is reproduced in its original form.

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loquearde U.S. WEBINAR: How To Save Time And Money With Discogs Shipping Labels

Our second webinar is here! And we’re beyond ecstatic to share what you can expect from this new chance to step up your Discogs sales game.

Shipping logistics can be time consuming and expensive. The Discogs Shipping labels service is designed to make this process easier while cutting down on certain postage costs. Join us for this webinar where we’ll discuss:

  • Best practices for using Discogs Shipping labels
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U.S.-based sellers, join us for this webinar to learn more about Discogs Shipping labels and how they can help your business.

One of our Marketplace experts will host our second webinar to guide you through using Discogs Shipping labels and will provide clear advice on how you can start using them to save money and time.

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loquearde Top 30 Most Expensive Items Sold In Discogs Marketplace For September 2018

This summer has been quite a summer. Even before we got started, back in June, something huge happened when a Canadian copy of Prince’s ‘Black Album’ became the most expensive item ever sold in the Discogs Marketplace. And if you thought that was a crazy price tag, prepare yourself for what might happen soon.

August 2018 also saw the album that’s considered to be the ninth best by Pink Floyd sold for $13,953. Which is, to say the least, bananas. There was some method to the madness here, as the album was signed, but still, insanely expensive.

With these precedents on hand, you might think that nothing too exciting went down in September 2018. And you are kind of right! Which isn’t bad, it’s still incredibly satisfying to explore our chart and discover rather obscure artists rubbing shoulders with well-known classics.

What I normally do when I first check this chart is scrolling down to see what the number 1 is! And this chart rarely disappoints. This month, the chart is crowned by prog-rock cult band Room, whose only album ever has gone for $3,636! While there isn’t that much information available about the band, I could find a bio in Prog Archives:

“Formed by friends in 1968, Room was a very good quintet from Blandford Forum, Dorset that made one album for Decca after winning second prize at a Melody Maker talent contest in ’69. The unit included guitarist Steve Edge and featured the unique voice of Jane Kevern, Roy Putt’s bass, Bob Jenkin’s percussion and the lead guitar of Chris Williams. The five achieved a large, booming sound by merging heavy psychedelic rock, progressive jazz and full orchestration.’Pre-Flight‘ was released in 1970 sporting an antique triplane on the cover and though mostly ignored, proved to be a more than worthy contribution to the growing progressive art scene”.

The rest of our chart is a well-balanced mix between popular artists (is there any Top 30 without Nirvana on it?) and more mysterious acts. Check the whole list below:

  1. Cressida (3) - Asylum

    Cressida (3) – Asylum

    Sold for $1052.00 Label: Vertigo
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: UK
    Released: 1971
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Prog Rock

  2. Aunt Mary (2) - Janus

    Aunt Mary (2) – Janus

    Sold for $1068.00 Label: Vertigo
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: Norway
    Released: 1973
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Prog Rock

  3. Stevens & Foster - What Would I Have (If I Didn't Have You)

    Stevens & Foster – What Would I Have (If I Didn’t Have You)

    Sold for $1089.00 Label: Jerri Records
    Format: 7″
    Country: US
    Released: 1977
    Genres: Funk / Soul
    Styles: Soul

  4. The Velvet Underground And Nico (3) - All Tomorrow's Parties

    The Velvet Underground And Nico (3) – All Tomorrow’s Parties

    Sold for $1100.00 Label: Verve Records
    Format: 7″, Single, Mono
    Country: US
    Released: 1966
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Garage Rock, Art Rock, Psychedelic Rock

  5. Bold (2) - Speak Out

    Bold (2) – Speak Out

    Sold for $1100.00 Label: Revelation Records (8)
    Format: LP, Album, RP, TP
    Country: US
    Released: 2001
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Hardcore, Punk

  6. Otis Lee - Hard Row To Hoe / They Say I'm A Fool

    Otis Lee – Hard Row To Hoe / They Say I’m A Fool

    Sold for $1111.00 Label: Quaint Record Co.
    Format: 7″, Single
    Country: US
    Released: 1969
    Genres: Funk / Soul
    Styles: Soul

  7. The Who - See Me, Feel Me

    The Who – See Me, Feel Me

    Sold for $1125.00 Label: Polydor
    Format: 7″, Single
    Country: Turkey
    Released: 1970
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Classic Rock

  8. Bobb Trimble - Harvest Of Dreams

    Bobb Trimble – Harvest Of Dreams

    Sold for $1149.00 Label: Boysongs Unlimited
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: US
    Released: 1982
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Folk Rock, Lo-Fi, Psychedelic Rock, Indie Rock, Experimental

  9. General Lee - Pleasure / We Did It Baby

    General Lee – Pleasure / We Did It Baby

    Sold for $1200.00 Label: Lost Weekend
    Format: 7″
    Country: US
    Released: 1979
    Genres: Funk / Soul
    Styles: Soul, Disco

  10. Nirvana - Bleach

    Nirvana – Bleach

    Sold for $1250.00 Label: Sub Pop
    Format: LP, Album, Ltd, Whi
    Country: US
    Released: 1989
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Grunge

  11. Eric Dolphy - In Europe

    Eric Dolphy – In Europe

    Sold for $1264.00 Label: Debut Records (3)
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: Denmark
    Released: 1962
    Genres: Jazz
    Styles: Post Bop

  12. Bruce Springsteen - Badlands

    Bruce Springsteen – Badlands

    Sold for $1264.00 Label: CBS
    Format: 7″
    Country: Europe
    Released: 1978
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Classic Rock

  13. Type O Negative - None More Negative

    Type O Negative – None More Negative

    Sold for $1300.00 Label: Roadrunner Records
    Format: 2xLP, Album, Gre + 2xLP, Album, Gre + 2xLP, Album,
    Country: US
    Released: 2011
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Doom Metal, Goth Rock, Hardcore, Heavy Metal, Thrash

  14. Duke Browner - Crying Over You

    Duke Browner – Crying Over You

    Sold for $1315.00 Label: Impact Records (11)
    Format: 7″, Single
    Country: US
    Released: 1966
    Genres: Funk / Soul
    Styles: Soul

  15. P.I.G.Z. - Bloody Belgium

    P.I.G.Z. – Bloody Belgium

    Sold for $1363.00 Label: JW’s Records
    Format: 12″, Pin
    Country: Belgium
    Released: 1978
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Punk

  16. Queen - Hot Space

    Queen – Hot Space

    Sold for $1500.00 Label: EMI
    Format: LP, Album, Gra
    Country: Colombia
    Released: 1982
    Genres: Electronic, Rock
    Styles: Pop Rock, Synth-pop

  17. Ernest Ansermet - The Royal Ballet Gala Performances

    Ernest Ansermet – The Royal Ballet Gala Performances

    Sold for $1500.00 Label: RCA Victor Red Seal
    Format: 2xLP
    Country: US
    Genres: Classical

  18. Mouse (14) - Lady Killer

    Mouse (14) – Lady Killer

    Sold for $1517.00 Label: Sovereign (2), EMI
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: UK
    Released: 1973
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Prog Rock

  19. The Pagans* - Six And Change

    The Pagans* – Six And Change

    Sold for $1550.00 Label: Neck Records
    Format: 7″
    Country: US
    Released: 1977
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Punk

  20. Misfits - Legacy Of Brutality

    Misfits – Legacy Of Brutality

    Sold for $1578.00 Label: Plan 9
    Format: LP, Album, RP, Whi
    Country: US
    Released: 1986
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Punk

  21. No For An Answer - You Laugh E.P.

    No For An Answer – You Laugh E.P.

    Sold for $1600.00 Label: Revelation Records (8)
    Format: 7″, EP, TP
    Country: US
    Released: 1988
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Hardcore

  22. Eddie Cochran - Don't Ever Let Me Go

    Eddie Cochran – Don’t Ever Let Me Go

    Sold for $1724.00 Label: Liberty
    Format: 7″, EP
    Country: Italy
    Released: 1962
    Genres: Rock, Pop
    Styles: Vocal, Rock & Roll

  23. Grateful Dead* - 30 Trips Around The Sun

    Grateful Dead* – 30 Trips Around The Sun

    Sold for $1724.00 Label: Rhino Records (2)
    Format: 80xCD + 7″ + Box, Ltd
    Country: US
    Released: 2015
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Psychedelic Rock

  24. Gloria Barnes - Uptown

    Gloria Barnes – Uptown

    Sold for $1744.00 Label: Maple Records
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: US
    Released: 1971
    Genres: Funk / Soul
    Styles: Soul, Funk, Rhythm & Blues

  25. Vindication (2) - Vindication

    Vindication (2) – Vindication

    Sold for $1800.00 Label: Custom Fidelity
    Format: LP
    Country: US
    Released: 1973
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Prog Rock

  26. Chris McGregor & The Castle Lager Big Band - Jazz / The African Sound

    Chris McGregor & The Castle Lager Big Band – Jazz / The African Sound

    Sold for $1860.00 Label: New Sound (4), Gallotone
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: South Africa
    Released: 1963
    Genres: Jazz
    Styles: Cape Jazz

  27. Christian Schwindt Quintet - For Friends And Relatives

    Christian Schwindt Quintet – For Friends And Relatives

    Sold for $2095.00 Label: RCA Victor
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: Finland
    Released: 1966
    Genres: Jazz
    Styles: Hard Bop, Contemporary Jazz, Modal

  28. The Braen's Machine - Underground

    The Braen’s Machine – Underground

    Sold for $2413.00 Label: Liuto Records
    Format: LP
    Country: Italy
    Released: 1971
    Genres: Rock, Stage & Screen
    Styles: Psychedelic Rock

  29. Nirvana - Love Buzz b/w Big Cheese

    Nirvana – Love Buzz b/w Big Cheese

    Sold for $3300.00 Label: Sub Pop
    Format: 7″, Single, Ltd, Num
    Country: US
    Released: 1988
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Grunge

  30. Room (5) - Pre-Flight

    Room (5) – Pre-Flight

    Sold for $3636.00 Label: Deram
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: UK
    Released: 1970
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Blues Rock, Prog Rock

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SoLil 50th Edition Record Planet Mega Record & CD Fair Utrecht

In the weekend of 17 and 18 November, the biggest record fair in the world will be celebrating its 50th edition! Record Planet Mega Record & CD Fair takes place in Utrecht, The Netherlands. And if you have time to spare with 500 stalls to dig through, please drop by our booth, because we’d love to meet you in person, hear your feedback, and answer any questions about Discogs you might have! 

Record Planet Utrecht Plan November 2018

You can find us at booth 259 (next to the booth we were at last year), and can see the complete dealer list here.

Of course there will be performances, exhibitions, autographing sessions and more at the fair.

A list of some of the events and guests lined up for this Record Planet Mega Record & CD Fair:

  • Amazing Album Art with Johan Kugelberg (USA) and Jon Savage (UK). An exhibition of 50 extraordinary record covers  to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Utrecht Mega Record Fair!
  • Joy Division expo with special guest: bass player Peter Hook
  • Record Industry will demonstrate the pressing of a vinyl record (with singer-songwriters Tim Knol and Kevn Kinney
  • Exhibition of original copies of psychedelic posters designed by Nigel Waymouth.
  • Performances and Meet & Greets with Gruppo Sportivo and Bert Heerink (Vandenberg)
  • Omega Auctions (UK) auctions special and rare vinyl records on Saturday.
  • Pop culture historian Peter Sijnke launches his latest book on Frank Zappa on Saturday with the collaboration of Vincent Bijlo, Peter Bolderman and Reina Heidema.
  • On Sunday, a free Pop quiz will be hosted by the Three Imaginary Boys. Prizes include concert tickets and merch.

The entrance ticket also provides access to the International Collectors Fair with 2,000 dealers of vintage, retro and antique collectibles and memorabilia. So if you bring along people who are not into record collecting, they’ll be able to entertain themselves while you go crate digging 😉

Record Planet Mega Record & CD Fair Saturday, November 17 from 9AM to 5PM, Sunday, November 18 from 10AM to 5PM

Find your tickets for the fair and more information on www.recordplanet.nl.

Mega Record & CD Fair
Mega Record & CD Fair
Mega Record & CD Fair

Photos courtesy of www.recordplanet.nl

See You At Record Planet Mega Record & CD Fair At Jaarbeurs Utrecht!

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LowEnd91 Kids Dig in Dallas, TX

Discogs is proud to support Kids Dig, taking place at Josey Records in Dallas, TX on Saturday, November 10th, 2018.

Too Fresh Productions presents the third edition of this special event – a day focusing on vinyl education and record digging through various activities and stations for kids of all ages. The event will be held from 12pm-4pm. Kids Dig is a free event and open to the public.

Kids Dig was first held in October of 2016. The event came about by the desire to break the taboo of kids and vinyl records. Too often kids – and adults alike – who’ve never handled a record are either intimidated by the process or were never taught how to hold a record or needle properly. Too Fresh hopes to break this stigma and educate kids of all ages on this process.

Throughout the store there will be a number of activity stations for kids to engage in:

  • Record Scavenger Hunt
  • Cue Point Station
  • DJ Name Tag Station
  • Record Handling Station
  • Needle/Hand on Record Station
  • Turntable/Mixer Station
  • Drum Machine Station

There will also be Kids Breakdancing Showcases, Kids DJ Showcases and a number of vinyl art stations for kids to create art and take home with them, as well as giveaways from Josey and Discogs.

Additionally, instructors from the Keep Spinning DJ Academy will be on site, as well as DJs, curators, influencers, and fans of DJ culture from the DFW metroplex to help throughout the day.

Kids Dig
Saturday, November 10th
12 to 4 PM
Josey Records
2821 LBJ Freeway #100
Dallas, TX 75234

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