Saturday 18 April is Record Store Day, which takes place on the third Saturday in April every year as a celebration of what was once believed to be a defunct medium for listening to music – vinyl.
Courier firm ParcelHero has created an infographic charting the way we have listened to music over the years, to pay homage to Record Store Day. And as if that wasn’t enough, the ParcelHero team have drawn up a list of the Top Three Most Collectible vinyls of all time.
- The most valuable vinyls are the, rare as hen’s teeth, 45in single by The Quarrymen (who became the Beatles) That’ll Be The Day. The first (one-off pressing) is worth around £100,000 and the initial short release of around 25 around £10,000.
- Next comes a rare version of The Sex Pistols God Save The Queen single on the A&M label. The Sex Pistols signed with Virgin just before this was issued but some did find their way out to the public. Value £8,000.
- Third is the original Beatles LP, referred to as the White Album. A first release (all depends on serial number!), entirely unscratched with mint sleeve is worth around £7,000.
What goes around comes around: The first gramophone records were released in 1889, and in 2015 vinyl records are staging a comeback. Old LPs and singles can be worth thousands, but vinyl still has a future as the traditional LP and single charts are making a return this week.