Vinyl records or LPs were commercially replaced by audio cassettes and optical media like CDs and DVDs long ago. Today, almost all music is released in digital format or on DVDs and CDs, but vinyl records are still bought by collectors and music lovers. Even today, independent artists and groups release their music on vinyl records. Only a handful of shops in the UK specialize in vinyl records. Of the few, one of the most popular vinyl record stores is Haggle Vinyl.
Haggle Vinyl is located in the heart of London, and people from all over the UK and Europe visit Haggle Vinyl to buy both old and new vinyl records. As mentioned earlier in the article, only a handful of records stores offer vinyl records making vinyl records a rare and highly sought after commodity. Popular vinyl records date back from the sixties and seventies, and some of the highest selling vinyl records are those of artists like Bob Marley, Boney M and Abba. What differentiates Haggle Vinyl from other vinyl stores is that Haggle Vinyl offers vinyl records made by independent artists. Even today a lot of independent artists prefer releasing their music on traditional media like cassettes and vinyl records.
Haggle Vinyl was recently named one of UK's top 20 independent record shops by The Guardian. Shops like Haggle Vinyl record are testimony to the fact that vinyl records are still in demand. Unlike other record stores that sell old and second hand vinyl records, Haggle Vinyl actually sells vinyl records from current day artists.
Genres from acid to opera, progressive rock to flamenco, folk to salsa have vinyl records that are sold at Haggle Vinyl. Haggle Vinyl's policy is simple; as long as it is vinyl they stock it. Contrary to popular belief, vinyl records are not just collector's items; many independent music groups prefer releasing their music on media like vinyl. Although vinyl records are not mass produced, there are a lot of artists that release their music on vinyl. Independent rock and reggae artists still prefer releasing their music on vinyl records; the difficulty in finding record players has slowed down the sale of vinyl records. Apart from music lovers, DJs also buy vinyl records for mixing and 'skipping' audio tracks.
DJs can physically manipulate vinyl records without using any digital recording equipment and thus carry out otherwise difficult effects like scratching and mixing. Record stores like Haggle Vinyl are more than just a shop; they are proof that vinyl records are still a viable and popular medium for distributing music. In fact, what separates stores like Haggle Vinyl from other music stores is their commitment to the cause of independent music; Haggle Vinyl sells vinyl records from independent artists only. The fantastic diversity in music also points to the fact that vinyl records are not just used by rock and reggae bands as Haggle Vinyl has vinyl records from all genres of music. Resource Box To know more about Haggle Vinyl, or buy vinyl records from independent artists visit Haggle Vinyl's website www.hagglevinyl.
Lynn Alexander is the author of this article and haggle vinyl's proprietor.Since 1998 his collectable vinyl record shop has catered to a vast number of aficionados across the UK and internationally. on Vinyl for the discerning collector of quality. Find more information about London's independent vinyl-only record storehere.