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
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
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
Moderat II. FOPP Covent Garden. One of your English pounds. Result.
― Bloody Snail, Sunday, 1 March 2015 23:04 (five 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 (five 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 (five years ago) link
agreed.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 (five years ago) link
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
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
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
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
I thought it was still ok at Xmas, even wished I'd had more money on me and had more time to spend in there.So is this a development since then?That'd be the Cambridge Circus branch so are they all bad?
― Stevolende, Thursday, 21 July 2016 20:38 (three years ago) link
Glasgow Union St Fopp - Decca/DG 20th Century composer CD series at £3 a pop (£4 for doubles) - I picked up Xenakis, Cage (played by John Tilbury), Carter and Reich - they didn't have the Stockhausen one, but might go back for some of the others
― Foster Twelvetrees (Ward Fowler), Wednesday, 17 August 2016 13:59 (three years ago) link
Thanks for the tip, I've just cleaned out the Covent Garden branch.
― Aw naw, no' Annoni oan an' aw noo (Tom D.), Thursday, 18 August 2016 15:32 (three years ago) link
Is the Covent Garden shop otherwise naff now?JUst was surprised to hear it had gone downhill by last month.
― Stevolende, Thursday, 18 August 2016 16:28 (three years ago) link
Are any of them any good?
― Mark G, Thursday, 18 August 2016 16:34 (three years ago) link
I only get to visit about once a year and have found a lot of decent stuff over the years.Still had a lot of things i would have picked up had i had the money back in january.
― Stevolende, Thursday, 18 August 2016 16:48 (three years ago) link
Lots of Shameless and Arrow DVDs for £3 and a few of the excellent Arrow Blu-Rays for £6 in the Halloween sale.
― Bubba H.O.T.A.P.E (ShariVari), Monday, 31 October 2016 20:55 (three years ago) link
Also lots of BFI DVDs and Blu-Rays cheaper than on Amazon
― Foster Twelvetrees (Ward Fowler), Tuesday, 1 November 2016 11:51 (three years ago) link
oh cool - those arrow blu-ray packages are great, i'll need to nip down to fopp and see if i can pick up a few i haven't already snagged
― yokohama fuckdolphin (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 1 November 2016 11:56 (three years ago) link
Back to the original statement..
I have to say, that "Close to the noise floor" looks like an excellent compilation, and eBay has it for £22 or thereabouts, but I have one massive backlog, so if I saw it in fopp for a tenner, then yeah. Otherwise, I can wait..
― Mark G, Monday, 17 April 2017 12:34 (two years ago) link
Was gonna say (well, I did but it didn't save)
I did make it to Fopp in Covgrdn last week, drove right in and parked nearby (just to show I still got it)..
I got the bfi remaster of Psychomania, you may have seen the thread revive recently (UNDEAD THREAD!! .. ahem)
Anyhow, the price ticket was "£12, or two for £25". How does that work?
― Mark G, Monday, 17 April 2017 20:23 (two years ago) link
Shin Godzilla (2016 Japanese reboot) on DVD for a fiver (2 DVDs, Japanese and English versions, not sure how different they are beyond the audio)
Lady Snowblood for £6, 2 films in both DVD and Blu-ray formats.
(Saved me about 4 quid over Amazon prices)
― koogs, Friday, 17 August 2018 21:20 (one year ago) link
End of a landmark
― the article don, Wednesday, 6 February 2019 14:23 (one year ago) link
― Non, je ned raggette rien (onimo), Monday, 11 February 2019 19:23 (one year ago) link
Anyone clocked if the Oxford branch is open/has been saved?
― djh, Monday, 11 February 2019 19:43 (one year ago) link
(Oh, it's still closed).
― djh, Wednesday, 27 February 2019 21:02 (one year ago) link
Is something happening to Fopp/HMV? I've been in recently twice and there was like 5 new releases they didn't have which are definitely out now. Like Arrow, Second Run, 88 Films stuff that they usually get. Have some labels said theyre not really benefitting from stores anymore. Feels ominous to me.
― Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 30 March 2019 12:54 (one year ago) link
― steven, soda jerk (sic), Saturday, 30 March 2019 17:17 (one year ago) link
I should have mentioned I've heard about the many store closures but it seems like there might be extra troubles when they seem to not be getting some new releases you could normally rely on.
― Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 30 March 2019 17:55 (one year ago) link
The store closures are due to massive financial troubles. Lack of money, credit and staff can affect a shop's ability to order new stock.
― steven, soda jerk (sic), Saturday, 30 March 2019 18:20 (one year ago) link
They weren't getting any new stock while they were between owners. And now I think their new owner is generally more invested in vinyl than blu-ray or DVD or CD. Shame they never seem to have sales on Indicator product, or Eureka/MOC.
― Ward Fowler, Saturday, 30 March 2019 22:30 (one year ago) link