The biggest selling vinyl record of 2017 so far is (unsurprisngly) Ed Sheeran’s ÷ but what did KitSound team members buy when vinyls were popular the first time around?
“My love of records stems from loving the 70,80s, inheriting my dad’s collection and the very intermit way you listen to the music. You don’t just listen to the music, you have to engage and interact with it by flipping the record over, moving the needle, rather than just pressing a button on Spotify . You actually take part in the whole “show” and the sound of vinyl’s is unrivalled. I find myself listening to the words and the notes played a lot more and this makes the whole experience far more personal” – Will, Product Development
“When I was about 9, I went to a car boot sale with my parents and I bought my first record player and 2 vinyls. 1 was Whitney Houston – I’m Every Woman and the other was the Sound of Music soundtrack. Perhaps my love of musicals was spawn from listening to that soundtrack over and over many years ago!” – Katy, PR and Social Media Executive
“Embarrassingly, the first records I bought with my own money were; Urban Hype – Trip to Trumpton and Smart E’s Sesame’s Treet. I was 12 at the time and curiously peering into the rave scene from the outside. This mysterious counter movement that held all the promise of our generation’s revolution. I played them at full blast on my music centre and bust out some killer cross stepping-arm flailing moves in my bedroom whilst imagining I was at a full on rave in a field and/or warehouse somewhere off the m25. Both records have been since been categorised as ‘Toytown Techno’ or Kiddy Rave. Not cool!” – Justin, Senior Product Manager
“The first vinyl I bought was Dire Straits – On Every Street. I was 17 at the time and was on a journey of defining my interest in blues and rock. Later I bought the same album on CD and now I have it in my digital music library. Music to live by, can’t recommend it enough.” – Marius, Photographer
“When I was 7, I was obsessed with Aqua so my Dad bought me their album on vinyl as a Christmas present. My sister and I would drive our parents mad by playing it on repeat and dancing around the house. I still know all the words to ‘Barbie Girl!’” – Ale, Senior Communications Executive
“When I was 18 I went to university, and there was a record player left in my room by the previous occupant. I didn’t own any records at the time, but couldn’t wait to try it out. I knew that my Mum had a box full of her old records in the garage back at home, so when I next went back I asked for her recommendation. She gave me her copy of The Beatles Ballads compilation LP, which was her favourite album when she was at university. I was instantly obsessed.” – Stuart, Creative Artworker
“Being a 90’s kid, I unfortunately missed out on the initial vinyl hype but I’m catching up now this second time around. The first piece of music I ever bought though was with my pocket money, aged 7; Britney Spears -…Baby One More Time. Her first album which I proudly have now on Spotify and still listen to from time to time! You can’t beat a bit of classic Britney.” – Amy, PR and Social Media Executive