Muse ready to receive the 2014 crate diggers!

Delighted to be under seige - that’s record shop owner Sid Jones, who will shortly be getting to grips with cartons of limited edition new releases specially pressed up for this year’s Record Store Day 2014.

Sunday, 13th April 2014, 5:00 pm
Sid Jones of Muse Music and the Love Cafe, Market Street, Hebden Bridge, ready for Record Store Day 2014

Set up by the record industry to support independent record shops - which seemed in danger of dying out six or seven years ago - RSD heralds a day of beautiful chaos for Sid, who runs Muse Music and The Love Cafe with his wife Valleen.

On RSD, Saturday, April 19, Sid will open up Muse, in Market Street, Hebden Bridge, at 9am and expects to be busy all day as the crate diggers, as record collectors are often known, get going on the new arrivals, and more of the shop’s regular CD and vinyl stock usually sells well too.

Acts who have special discs issued range from cult independent musicians to some of the biggest acts on the planet. For example, who could resist a copy of the Doors’ famous old compilation Weird Scenes Inside The Goldmine” pressed up on gold vinyl? If you’re quick enough to grab one...

It’s the fourth year Muse has taken part and with special issued pieces of mainly vinyl heading for shops across the nation, it’s a bonanza for collecters and owners alike.

Sid said: “Over the last three years I have had an - orderly, sedate - queue of around 15 to 20 people waiting for me to open and that’s just the start, people come in all through the day. Sometimes they’ve also been into Leeds and Manchester and are trying to visit as many shops as they can. And the locals all start from here and then head off elsewhere.

“It’s very unpredictable - you can order as much as you like but it is all limited editions and there’s no guarantee you’ll get everything. I don’t know myself until I open up the boxes that morning!

“Last year was the best day’s business I have ever had,” said Sid, who opened Muse in 1997.

“It is starting to increase regular trade too. People notive there is a record shop still there, perhaps not so high visibility as they once were but they’re around.

“More and more people are buying vinyl, especially younger collectors. And people are coming back in because they’re fed up of staring at a computer keyboard and buying online. They’d rather go into a real place where there is some enthusiasm for what’s being sold,” he said.

Around five years ago Muse was one of the shops featured in Graham Jones’s book Last Shop Standing, which chronicled record shops up and down the country closing at an alarming rate.

In a new edition, just out, Graham is delighted to update the Muse entry - not just one of the survivors, but thriving.