Oh, Monseur le Fopp, you are really spoiling us...

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in fopp union st today: p much all of miles davis' columbia catalogue, 2009 remastered editions in card sleeves, for £3 singles and £4 doubles

Ward Fowler, Friday, 18 October 2013 15:28 (six years ago) link

yeah, there is a glut of these cardboard editions these days.
they are clearly the remnants of unsold boxsets, as fopp now do the same for abba, weather report, elo etc ..

mark e, Friday, 18 October 2013 17:41 (six years ago) link

Fopp Byres Rd also had some nice Japanese jazz reissues w/ obi strips for £3-5.

Poor.Old.Tired.Horse. (Stew), Friday, 18 October 2013 17:56 (six years ago) link

four months pass...

We really missed an opportunity to call this the Rolling Fopping Thread. Mark G I think you should make a requests to the mods!

Scooby Doom (۩), Friday, 7 March 2014 22:52 (five years ago) link

It was a different time.

And no, I don't reply within seconds to every shout-out..

Mark G, Friday, 7 March 2014 22:59 (five years ago) link

I think the original point I was making was:

If we still had to pay £15 for every cd, we'd buy less and play them more..

Mark G, Friday, 7 March 2014 23:01 (five years ago) link

And no, I don't reply within seconds to every shout-out..

Aye, you're slipping!

Scooby Doom (۩), Saturday, 8 March 2014 00:47 (five years ago) link

Fopp is apparently not selling second-hand vinyl anymore; a real shame, as I picked up some weird and wonderful stuff from their used bins>

£3 Miles Davis cardboard editions are all gone too. Kicking myself that I didn't pick some up during my last browsing session. Is this just a Notts problem, or have they gone from all Fopp shops?

president of the people's republic of antarctica (Arctic Mindbath), Sunday, 16 March 2014 19:02 (five years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Isn't Anything remaster for £3 in cov garden branch.

(cheap foreign dvds seem to be Second Run focused at the mo (mainly good eastern european stuff) and film4 stuff. bought Daisies for £7)

(and the '2 for £5 books' also plentiful)

koogs, Thursday, 3 April 2014 14:52 (five years ago) link

one month passes...

Fopp in Union St selling the 'shorter' Mark Lewisohn Beatles book for £3

sʌxihɔːl (Ward Fowler), Monday, 2 June 2014 12:57 (five years ago) link

Is heavy

But excellent.

Mark G, Monday, 2 June 2014 13:21 (five years ago) link

A rack of WEA Japan CD editions of classic soul and funk albums for £5 a pop. I got Jimmy Castor Bunch's E-Man Groovin', which the guy behind the counter was shocked I'd never heard (of) before.

Jeff W, Monday, 2 June 2014 18:15 (five years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Fopp in Union St selling the Bob Stanley pop book for £3

sʌxihɔːl (Ward Fowler), Tuesday, 17 June 2014 13:10 (five years ago) link

Really want to read that, so hope it turns up elsewhere for similar prices. FOPP still doesn't do mailorder does it?

Stevolende, Tuesday, 17 June 2014 13:18 (five years ago) link

I don't think so, no (it's such a hefty tome it wld prob cost more than £3 to post it to you). Maybe HMV will get cheap copies, too (in my experience most music books published by Faber tend to get remaindered)?

sʌxihɔːl (Ward Fowler), Tuesday, 17 June 2014 13:21 (five years ago) link

Shit, don't see that Beatles book anywhere at Union st. Will gladly buy the Bob Stanley, though.

PaulTMA, Tuesday, 17 June 2014 14:00 (five years ago) link

Yeah, think those Beatles bks flew out. Big stacks of the Stanley today, tho.

sʌxihɔːl (Ward Fowler), Tuesday, 17 June 2014 14:17 (five years ago) link

Good stuff - gonna try getting one of those on my way home.

Eyeball Kicks, Tuesday, 17 June 2014 14:18 (five years ago) link

That Beatles book helped me understand why e-readers are so great.

I have the Bob Stanley book already obv, it never left the house for it is big.

Mark G, Tuesday, 17 June 2014 16:48 (five years ago) link

That Beatles book is one for the bathroom. Since just after Christmas, I've started the day with five minutes of the Fab Four's early exploits every morning, and I've still got 200 pages to go.

Eyeball Kicks, Tuesday, 17 June 2014 21:20 (five years ago) link

That is a lot of toilet paper.

strychnine, Tuesday, 17 June 2014 22:08 (five years ago) link

Thanks for the tip-off. Bob Stanley's book duly purchased. They were also selling Alex Ross's The Rest Is Noise for a fiver, but I didn't want to be carrying around two weighty tomes in this heat.

Poor.Old.Tired.Horse. (Stew), Wednesday, 18 June 2014 14:24 (five years ago) link

two weeks pass...

surprised to see so much vinyl in the Union Street one today (dunno when the last time I was in was), v surprised to see that a good deal of it was classic blues and jazz (Muddy Waters, Sonny Rollins, early Coltrane) on vinyl at ridiculously low prices - a lot at £8, some even at £3. What's the deal with them? Are 'Studio Media' and 'Vinylogy.ru' (maybe there were others too) perhaps not the most legit of labels?

Merdeyeux, Tuesday, 8 July 2014 19:08 (five years ago) link

is the Bob Stanley book good? I was already buying Lloyd Bradley's Bass Culture today and one big fat book was enough for now, but I may pop back in on Thursday...

Merdeyeux, Tuesday, 8 July 2014 19:15 (five years ago) link

They've been doing the cheaper jazz vinyl for a while. That's what I remember Fopp being great for back in the mid to late 90s. They seem to have got some new stuff in, but I didn't know about the £3 stuff. Getting in aboot that.
Only dipped into the Bob Stanley, but it looks great. I've always liked his writing and the scope of it is fantastic.

Poor.Old.Tired.Horse. (Stew), Tuesday, 8 July 2014 19:37 (five years ago) link

Isn't it just the sad truth that large swathes of the jazz back catalogue are p much worthless, these days - certainly on CD - and lots of it is now out of copyright in britain, so w/ no royalties to pay, i guess it's possible to punt out blue note etc albs p cheaply - only way to sell em (obv this is no comment on their quality)

sʌxihɔːl (Ward Fowler), Tuesday, 8 July 2014 19:44 (five years ago) link

and the bob stanley bk is at least worth £3 i wld say

sʌxihɔːl (Ward Fowler), Tuesday, 8 July 2014 19:44 (five years ago) link

I don't think so, no (it's such a hefty tome it wld prob cost more than £3 to post it to you). Maybe HMV will get cheap copies, too (in my experience most music books published by Faber tend to get remaindered)?

― sʌxihɔːl (Ward Fowler), Tuesday, June 17, 2014 2:21 PM (3 weeks ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Thanks for response. a new branch of HMV just opened in Galway almost directly opposite where it used to be before the company went under. They have some interesting stuff in but I haven't seen any books yet. Hope it's early days and this will appear. The old shop used to have a load of books turning up at considerably cut price.

Stevolende, Tuesday, 8 July 2014 19:54 (five years ago) link

Fopp Union street had a good chunk of the Greil Marcus back catalogue in - Mystery Train et al £3, Lipstick Traces at £5. No In The Fascist Bathroom though (I've got it, but it's got some of his sharpest stuff. Deserves to be more widely available).

Poor.Old.Tired.Horse. (Stew), Wednesday, 9 July 2014 10:30 (five years ago) link

got the Bob Stanley book and read the first few chapters on the train down, v pleased I made the purchase. Makes me want to listen to everything he praises, even the songs I've heard hundreds of times as sonic wallpaper.

Merdeyeux, Thursday, 10 July 2014 16:38 (five years ago) link

The Bob Stanley book is good, yes. I am surprised it is so cheap so quickly. Ditto The Beatles book, I suppose. OK, ditto all books.

I got the Beck Odelay deluxe for a fiver (from Fnac, not Fopp) and it has one of those Aphex Twin pisstake mixes on it. It is not worth the while, the deluxe edition, I don't think.

I also got McCartney and McCartney II for a fiver each, in their 2CD versions. The packaging is very nice, and there are live tracks from Glasgow 1979, which must have been the bizz.

PJ Miller, Friday, 11 July 2014 08:11 (five years ago) link

Those big Faber paperback first editions tend to end up in Fopp after a few months. A more compact second edition should be along soon enough.
Might grab Macca II. The extra tracks are glorious - all his bonged out wonky Kratfwerk jams like Secret Friend and the amazing Lee Perry does the Grange Hill theme of Check My Machine...

Poor.Old.Tired.Horse. (Stew), Friday, 11 July 2014 09:42 (five years ago) link

Fresh copies of the Beatles book in Fopp Union St today

sʌxihɔːl (Ward Fowler), Friday, 11 July 2014 19:12 (five years ago) link

thank you, got mine

PaulTMA, Tuesday, 15 July 2014 12:09 (five years ago) link

seven months pass...

Moderat II. FOPP Covent Garden. One of your English pounds. Result.

Bloody Snail, Sunday, 1 March 2015 23:04 (four years ago) link

Great record, great price. I know it's not as good as it used to be, but I still miss having a Fopp conveniently nearby. It's not worth a trip to Edinburgh or Glasgow just to have a look.

michaellambert, Sunday, 1 March 2015 23:31 (four years ago) link

Yeah, it seems the days of some box-set overstock being sold off for £5 are long gone

Mark G, Monday, 2 March 2015 07:40 (four years ago) link

also, the one in Bristol now sells standard catalogue stuff.
very rare that they get anything of interest in these days.

mark e, Monday, 2 March 2015 08:49 (four years ago) link

four months pass...

This is £15 in the Covent Garden branch:


Half the stock had £15, the other half had £25 so idk if it's a mistake but who cares?

I wear my Redditor loathing with pride (ShariVari), Friday, 17 July 2015 12:25 (four years ago) link

has been on my amazon wishlist for months. (it's currently £30 on marketplace, £45 direct from amz)

koogs, Friday, 17 July 2015 12:27 (four years ago) link

Score! Was £15, as was the other 5 DVD box with 400 blows in it. They had 3 left. (The BRs were 25 quid, hence the possible confusion)

koogs, Saturday, 18 July 2015 15:22 (four years ago) link

Yeah, was in Fopp in Glasgow today and they had the Artifical Eye Truffauts in various combos of cheap. Also, a set of five early Bergman films for a £10. AE product normally ends up p cheap in Fopp. There were lots of cheap Soda DVDs, lots of gd world cinema stuff on that label - I bought Play, Barbara, Bleak Moments and Wadjda at £3 each

sʌxihɔːl (Ward Fowler), Saturday, 18 July 2015 16:22 (four years ago) link

Picked up that Truffaut box myself today.

Got a book I hadn't seen before on psych folk called Seasons They Change as part of their two for a fiver book set. I paired it with All You Nned To Know About The Music Business, but also on offer were The Copendium, and Wire, GoF, REM and Morrissey biogs.

arbiter of sorrow (aldo), Sunday, 19 July 2015 19:32 (four years ago) link

three months pass...

hadn't realised that the basement of the one near leicester square was full of dvds, and more importantly, at usually the same prices they were when they were on display upstairs. this could be ruinous.

london trilogy, those 3 films for st etienne, was £3 (with another purchase)
robin redbreast (as mentioned in the sapphire and steel thread) also £3 with another purchase.

the £3-5 cds seem to have disappeared from the ground floor though, was almost all books and dvds and new music. (they might be upstairs)

koogs, Sunday, 8 November 2015 09:16 (four years ago) link

one month passes...

those truffaut dvd boxes are £12 for christmas (covent garden)

LOTS of other decent cheap dvds in there this afternoon (read artifical eye, bfi, masters of cinema etc) and books. could've spent £50 without thinking on things that'd sit unwatched for months, like the last batch. books too.

virtually no cheap cds on the ground floor though (the newish vinyl they are selling takes up 4x the shelf space of a cd).

koogs, Saturday, 12 December 2015 17:37 (four years ago) link

seven months pass...

the cheap cd thing at fopp has dropped off a cliff these days.
they dont even have the random trade-in shelves.
however today the one in bristol had a pile of madonnas 'rebel heart' (non-deluxe version) for £3.
i'd say that's a pretty swift fall from grace for such a big album.

mark e, Thursday, 21 July 2016 16:39 (three years ago) link

Thesedays, if I happen to be in London I usually drop in but I end up having to force myself to buy a couple of £5 CDs or books, mainly because I won't be in for the forseeable. It's usually not worth it.

Mark G, Thursday, 21 July 2016 17:00 (three years ago) link

It's usually not worth it.


its just standard catalogue stuff now, nothing of interest i.e. i miss the randomness of their offers before.

mark e, Thursday, 21 July 2016 17:40 (three years ago) link

The downstairs at Fopp in Glasgow Union St has removed a lot of DVD/blu racks to make way for the vinyls - I guess that's where the money is. They still occasionally have a cheap DVD label sale - Arrow, Artificial Eye, BFI, Masters of Cinema etc - and I enjoyed some of those jazz/soul/funk Japanese import CDs they were punting out at £3 a pop.

Their remainder books are the best and cheapest in Glasgow (as opposed to The Works, admittedly) and still throw up the odd bargain.

Foster Twelvetrees (Ward Fowler), Thursday, 21 July 2016 19:15 (three years ago) link

same in bristol ..
lots more space dedicated to £20+ represses of generic catalogue stuff.

mark e, Thursday, 21 July 2016 19:37 (three years ago) link

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