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HMV has bargains, too

October 22, 2008
Just as Music for Grown-Ups was bemoaning the price of new Miles and Dylan boxes at HMV, sister site Dylan Daily carried a report of HMV bargains:

Dylan on Dylan and I’m Not There – heavily discounted

Thanks to Martin Cowan:

“I thought Dylan Daily readers would like to know that branches of HMV are currently offering Jonathan Cott’s book, Dylan on Dylan, for £3 (RRP £8.99) and the DVD of I’m Not There as part of their 3 for £20 promotion.”

(And Fopp, HMV’s recently acquired subsidiary, is also discounting the single DVD version of I’m Not There – to £8 the last time I visited a Fopp store. Gerry Smith)

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New Dylan and Miles box sets – big price differences

The new Dylan and Miles box sets – Tell Tale Signs Deluxe and Kind Of Blue 50th Anniversary Collectors Edition – are big Sony launches destined to fill many grown-up Xmas stockings.

There’s a marked variation in prices from the different retailers, though. The best prices I’ve seen are from Zavvi online – £79 (Dylan) and £50 (Miles).

When I called in on Saturday, HMV Oxford Circus had a couple of eye-watering price tags: £95 (Dylan) and £85 (Miles), though the HMV combined web price is much lower – only £10 above Zavvi’s.

With every passing week, I find myself less and less inclined to buy from the big bricks-and-mortar London megastores; I used to be a big customer.

And their small branches seem to have given up on music. My local HMV now focuses on DVD and games, with music taking only a small proportion of floor space; I probably won’t bother going in there again.

Gerry Smith

New Dylan and Miles box sets – big price differences

October 20, 2008
The new Dylan and Miles box sets – Tell Tale Signs Deluxe and Kind Of Blue 50th Anniversary Collectors Edition – are big Sony launches destined to fill many grown-up Xmas stockings.

There’s a marked variation in prices from the different retailers, though. The best prices I’ve seen are from Zavvi online – £79 (Dylan) and £50 (Miles).

When I called in on Saturday, HMV Oxford Circus had a couple of eye-watering price tags: £95 (Dylan) and £85 (Miles), though the HMV combined web price is much lower – only £10 above Zavvi’s.

With every passing week, I find myself less and less inclined to buy from the big bricks-and-mortar London megastores; I used to be a big customer.

And their small branches seem to have given up on music. My local HMV now focuses on DVD and games, with music taking only a small proportion of floor space; I probably won’t bother going in there again.

Gerry Smith

Exciting new Fall product

April 28, 2008

These are exciting times for fellow fans of Manc contrarian Mark E Smith (main man in The Fall). 

 

* Today sees the launch of Imperial Wax Solvent, which has been attracting rave reviews –“best in years”…  

 

* Wednesday: free gig (1900) at HMV, 150 Oxford Street, just east of London’s Oxford Circus, sponsored by music monthly MOJO: for details check out

 

www.mojo4music.com

 

* and an important new approved biography, Renegade – The Lives And Tales of Mark E Smith, has just been published. 

 

In-depth interview in:

 

www.telegraph.co.uk

 

And lengthy extracts in:

 

www.guardian.co.uk

 

 

 

 

Gerry Smith (no relation)

Asda supermarket keeping me out of HMV

February 20, 2008

I used to be a habitual HMV customer – and a strong advocate of the retailer on this site – but I gradually kicked the habit.  Because, while CD prices have been plummeting from online suppliers and supermarkets, HMV’s prices look stubbornly high. 

I was reminded of the gap last weekend after leaving my local HMV branch empty-handed (again), after recently visiting Asda, Wal-Mart’s English subsidiary. 

Sample price comparisons of product currently interesting me were startling: 

* Morrissey Greatest Hits De Luxe: HMV £19, Asda £14 

* Van Morrison Best Of v3: HMV £13, Asda £5 

* Morrissey Who Put The M in Manchester DVD: HMV £18, (has been widely available elsewhere @ £5)   

* Led Zeppelin DVD: HMV £30, (has been widely available at Asda and elsewhere @ £13)  

HMV might well manage to turn round its ailing chain, but until its prices are back in line with the marketplace, I won’t be contributing.   

Gerry Smith