Sainsbury's is now selling vinyl records in 171 stores - the most vinyl outlets on the high street from a single retailer - as well as a not-very-good turntable.

In yet another sign of the format's continued popularity, Sainsbury's has added eighteen (and only eighteen) vinyl releases to the shelves of 171 of its supermarkets. This makes Sainsbury's the owner of the most vinyl stores on the UK high street, albeit with a pretty limited selection.

Album releases from Adele, Amy Winehouse, David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac, Nirvana, The Beatles and more will now be available a few aisles down from your fruit and veg, as Sainsbury's makes the most of a 70 per cent rise in vinyl sales in 2016.

The records on offer will sell for between £12 and £20 and promise to be a mix of classics and 2016 bestsellers, though it seems that tends to amount to the same thing if the initial list is anything to go by.

Pete Selby, Sainsbury's Head of Music and Books, says the vinyl revival is far from a passing fad but rather a music format with a "long term future".

"Vinyl is definitely experiencing a revival with demand growing stronger year on year," says Selby. "It is our aim to make the vinyl experience easy and pleasurable for our customers who are ready to re-engage with a format that resonates with them on an emotional level.” 

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Well, it's certainly more emotional than picking up a new box of cornflakes.

Not only will you be able to flick through (fairly quickly) a selection of records, Sainsbury's has also decided to stock - wait for it - the Crosley Cruiser turntable, yours for £80.

While it's a nicely put together machine, we really think your records deserve a little better (try one of these).

Tesco was the first supermarket to announce it was stocking vinyl last year, now it seems Sainsbury's wants a (bigger) slice of the pie...

MORE: Crosley Cruiser review

 

Sainsbury's vinyl records - release list and prices:

AC/DC Back in Black £16

Adele 25 £18

Amy Winehouse Back to Black £14

Bob Marley Legend £14

David Bowie The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars £16

David Bowie Nothing Has Changed (The Best of David Bowie) £20

Eagles Hotel California £12

Fleetwood Mac Rumours £12

Foo Fighters The Greatest Hits £18

Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV £12

Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin £12

Nick Drake Pink Moon £14

Nirvana Nevermind £14

The Beatles Abbey Road £16

The Beatles Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band £16

The Smiths The Queen is Dead £12

The Specials The Specials £12

The Stone Roses The Stone Roses £14

 

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Comments

Al ears's picture

Oh dear.

Pretty much the same as Tesco's then, only with less albums.

Strange how they both insist on selling Crossleys.

spiny norman's picture

He said, Crosley

What's more, it seems the merchandising units in which the records are displayed is Crosley-branded. Does this actually mean Crosley is selling records in Sainsbury's to support its frankly rather rubbish turntables, or is this a co-promotion to cash in on the 'hipster' market?

chebby's picture

Crosleys are fine by me. They

Crosleys are fine by me. They (and their worn ceramic styli) will be the 'Ash Dieback' of vinyl as they munch their way through the world's new record collections Smile

Frank Harvey's picture

MISLEADING

The title should read:

"The biggest retailer on the high street selling vinyl is now Sainsbury's"

The chosen version is extremely misleading. But then I suppose that's what journalism is all about...