Tesco will today (Friday December 4) begin trialling a range of vinyl albums after what the supermarket has called “the huge success” of Iron Maiden’s latest LP, which it stocked in September.
Included in the 20 disc range is Coldplay’s A Head Full Of Dreams, George Ezra’s Wanted On Voyage and David Gilmour’s Rattle That Lock.
Classic albums will also be stocked, including Bruce Springsteen – Born In The USA; Bob Marley’s Greatest Hits; Foo Fighters – Greatest Hits; The Beatles – Sgt Pepper; The Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers; Radiohead – The Bends and Elvis Presley – 30 Number Ones.
The LPs will be on sale in 40 Tesco stores across the UK, costing between £12 and £20.
Tesco music buyer Michael Mulligan said: “Our trial selling vinyl this summer was a real success with all our stock selling out and this really proved to us just how popular the vinyl album format is again with music fans.
“Vinyl is definitely coming back with demand growing stronger year by year and we think there will be a big demand in the UK this Christmas as music fans look for trendy gifting options.
“We have brought in vinyl albums for everyone – from new releases for established collectors to absolute classics for younger fans and for mums and dads who might have worn out their original copies the first time round.
“By also selling record decks we are helping customers who are looking to start their own vinyl album collection.”
After bottoming out at just over 205,000 vinyl albums in 2007, UK sales have grown every year since and in 2014 reached almost 1.3 million – the highest annual total since 1995. Although it still only represents a fraction of the market.
Tesco began selling record decks last Christmas and demand has been so strong that it now stocks 12 different models, ranging in price from £40 to £140.
The full list of albums is as follows:
1. Coldplay – A Head Full Of Dreams
2. ELO – Alone In The Universe
3. David Gilmour – Rattle That Lock
4. George Ezra – Wanted On Voyage
5. Elvis Presley – 30 Number 1 Hits
6. The Beatles – Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
7. The Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers
8. Stones Roses – Stone Roses
9. Various – Guardians Of The Galaxy Soundtrack
10. Nirvana – Nevermind
11. Bob Marley – Legend
12. Guns’n’Roses – Appetite For Destruction
13. Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin II
14. Foo Fighters – Greatest Hits
15. Bruce Springsteen – Born In The USA
16. Fleetwood Mac – Greatest Hits
17. The Eagles – Hotel California
18. Prince – Purple Rain
19. Radiohead – The Bends
20. The Specials – The Specials