THE HOME OF SHINY VINYL

An Ebay member since 1999, I have been selling vinyl for 13 years and have collected vinyl for 53 years - buy with confidence from my two stores at the links below.

You will find over 25,000 records to browse (including CD's and even cassettes!), and also (at Ebay only)  music related items such as posters, magazines, fridge magnets, patches, coasters, keyrings and lots more!

About 5,000 items in my Ebay store, lots of vinyl plus music related gift items such as vintage magazines, fridge magnets, coasters, keyrings, patches, posters etc.

About 20,000 vinyl records in my Discogs store, both 7" singles and LP's, and even a few cassettes & CD's

Contact me for a swift reply, e.g. if you are looking for something I am not showing in stock, I have lots of back stock not yet listed in my stores, or if you want more information about any record.

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You only live once – time waits for no man – choose any cliché you want, but it's inevitable that we all lose our sparkle as the years march on, most of us go through the process without much fanfare, but for the rock star there's no hiding place, the show must go on, and for many, it goes on a bit too long.


Watching Paul McCartney rather shakily perform Lady Madonna the other day brought into sharp focus for me the rather sad fact that quite a few of my “rock idols” are beginning to show their age, particularly with regards to their singing.


Most musicians can continue to play their instruments well into old age, apart from many drummers (hello, Phil Collins), but when it comes to the vocal chords, many struggle to maintain their high standards once the pension funds start being doled out.


I took no pleasure in watching Macca's underwhelming performance, and he's not the only singer to show signs of wear and tear – I am a huge admirer of Paul Simon, but for at least the last 10 years he has sounded frail.


Another hero of mine, the fantastic Elton John, has for many years failed to vocally reach the heights of his 1970's heyday.


These are the idols of mine that have started to show their age, I am sure you will have a few more examples that I have not mentioned.


Some manage to hold out and sing into old age with verve and energy, hardly diminishing at all, two that spring to mind are Van Morrison and Mick Jagger, both of whom can still belt out a full set of songs without too much effort.The end awaits us all, but in the meantime we can spin records by all these superstars and dream that their talents will never grow old.

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Just a quick message to all my customers and new visitors regarding the current crisis.

Selling vinyl is obviously not a key sector, but because I work from home, alone, and am currently fit and healthy, processing orders are not affected. All orders are being posted on a daily basis as normal, and will continue unless my situation changes. If my health is affected, or if for any other reason I have to temporarily stop trading, I will post on here with the details.

All I can add is to thank my customers for their continuing support, and wish everyone good fortune, and to take care in the coming months to be extremely careful when going about their business.

Stay Safe!

John - Vinylshrine

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The Top Ten WORST Beatles songs Let me make it clear, I love The Beatles - always have, ever since I bought "I Feel Fine" in 1965 aged 10 - I have grown with them, never tiring of their story or their music, but...I pondered the other day, what are my least favourite Beatles tunes? Which could I do without?

I decided to find out. Now, to simplify things, I restricted my choices to the studio songs released between 1962 to 1970 - including all the b-sides, the 4 unique Yellow Submarine tracks, and the LP version of Magical Mystery Tour, but excluding the Polydor/Hamburg stuff, all the live stuff (Hollywood Bowl etc), the German language versions of "She Loves You" and "I Want To Hold Your Hand", and finally, all the post-break up Anthology series.


Browsing through the albums in order, it wasn't difficult to spot the potential duds - there were a couple that I jotted down quickly as I knew I disliked them without too much thought, but it was heartening to see that my "long list" only stretched to thirteen, which confirmed to me that, overall, their catalogue is without peer. So, (drum roll), here, in order of release, are my top ten WORST Beatles songs...


1) BOYS (FROM Please Please Me - 1963) A vehicle for Ringo, it's an energetic rocker, but if there's filler on their debut LP, it's this.


2) I WANNA BE YOUR MAN (from WITH THE BEATLES - 1963) Another Ringo vehicle (is there a pattern emerging here?) this was knocked off by John and Paul to give to The Rolling Stones, it's a repetitive, below-par rocker.


3) MICHELLE (from RUBBER SOUL - 1965) I expect some flak for this, but I have always thought little of this lachrymose dirge, I thought it would maybe grow on me over time, but from it's nonentity of a guitar break, to the French vocal lines, it falls flat.


4) WHAT GOES ON (from RUBBER SOUL - 1965) Sorry Ringo, it's not personal - I love Yellow Submarine and Octopus's Garden, and I even love the Carl Perkins style guitar picking from George, but beyond that...meh.


5) RUN FOR YOUR LIFE (from RUBBER SOUL - 1965) Most people point out the misogyny in Lennon's lyric as a reason to dislike this, but for me it's more the Beatles-by-numbers tune that screams "filler!"


6) Here There & Everywhere (from REVOLVER - 1966) Revolver is a classic album, and every track is superb - except this yawnfest which let's the album down big time.


7) BLUE JAY WAY (from MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR - 1967) This is my favourite of my ten least favourite, if you get my drift. I like it's dreamy psychedelic vibe, but it outstays it's welcome, and more often than not has me reaching for the skip button.


8) WILD HONEY PIE (from THE BEATLES (WHITE ALBUM) - 1968) On everyone's list.


9) DON'T PASS ME BY (from THE BEATLES (WHITE ALBUM) - 1968) Sorry again Ringo, but when people do the "What tracks would you leave out to make the White Album a single disc?" list, this appears on most of them.


10) OLD BROWN SHOE (b-side of "The Ballad Of John And Yoko" - 1969) For many years the White Album track "Long Long Long" would have easily made this list, but the recent remaster/remix by Giles Martin has made me warm to it's rustic charm, so I can conclude this list with George's awkward shuffle that falls well below the usual standard of the band's output.


So, there you have it - looking at the list it would appear that my least favourite Beatles album must be Rubber Soul, which is generally highly regarded amongst fans, and of course it has some killer tunes, but if I had to choose one LP it would have to be Rubber Soul. Oh, and if you are wondering which other three songs were on my “long list”, they were “Don't Bother Me”, “Little Child” and “I'll Cry Instead”.

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