THE HOME OF SHINY VINYL

An Ebay member since 1999, I have been selling vinyl for 16 years and have collected vinyl for 56 years - buy with confidence from my two stores at the links below.

You will find over 30,000 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 2,000 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 27,000 vinyl records in my Discogs store, both 7" singles and LP's, and quite 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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What do you do when your favourite songs are "all played out"?


When you are a music lover, and get to my age (hello, pension!) you tend to have a few dozen go-to songs that you play over and again, a staple diet of "comfort listening" that you know will put your mind back on track, get you feeling good, help you overcome a small bump in the road of life.

You feel that these songs will always be with you, will always inspire, will always deliver. But what happens when you listen to one and it feels flat? There is no joy, there are no surprises?

It's been happening to me recently. Two examples are Firth Of Fifth by Genesis, and Baba O'Riley by The Who. Obviously, being released in the early 1970's, I have had around fifty years to hear them, over and again, as often as I wish. I must have heard them many hundred's of times, but lately I have felt hardly anything when I play them.

It's often been said that it would be a neat trick if you could somehow wipe your memory of a certain film that you enjoyed, it would be worth the effort so you could have the experience of watching it anew. Clearly the same could be said for music.

The problem is with such songs, I know every chord, every note of every solo, every vocal inflection, it becomes way too familiar.

Once you get to my age I don't think there's a complete solution. I think the best advice is to give your brain a rest from these songs for a while, maybe a year or so, then dive back in and who knows, they may sound fresh and exciting again.

Also, try and force yourself to hear bands and artists you have never heard before, broaden your horizons, so that when you are seeking to have a listening session, your choices are that much more diverse.

One thing is for certain, there's enough stunning music out there (and a lot that isn't!) to keep your ears busy for as long as you want.



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Vinylshrine now has almost 300 titles of new sealed vinyl in our Ebay store, plus many more in our Discogs store (links above), they include newer artists such as Ed Sheeran, as well as classic rock & roll, blues and jazz, with titles from Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash, Miles Davis, Big Bill Broonzy and many more. There are also classic rock and indie albums from Queen, Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull, Joy Division, Kraftwerk, Wire etc.


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Updated: Jul 1, 2020



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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