Private Press Vinyl: What’s that all about???
We now take it for granted the ease with which music can be created, recorded, downloaded, shared and disseminated. However, it wasn’t always this easy….oh no…back in the ’60s and ’70s whether you were a solo performer, or part of a group, getting your music to a wider audience was a major concern.
One solution was to record and press a record yourselves, hire a cheap four-track recorder, get a friend to do the artwork (which was often cheap and sometimes unintentionally hilarious) and bingo! you’ve got the means to secure gigs or even a bona fide promotional item for that all-important radio play and….just possibly…you’d have something you could take home and impress your mum and dad with!
Many of these recordings were issued in tiny quantities, often with a run of just 99 copies (any more would result in them falling foul of Her Majesty’s Tax Inspectors) needless to say they’ve become rarer than the proverbial hen’s teeth and some releases can fetch eye-watering amounts…….
Have a look through our Top Ten In Stock Private Press items below (with prices than won’t break the bank) and prepare to immerse yourself in an alternate music world….enjoy!