The Vinyl Of The Month Club, which remains US-only for the time being, celebrates the “golden era” of music focusing on 70s and 80s classics by dishing out the biggest hit records of the time. Amazon aims to make the distribution of typically rare records easier for collectors.
For $24.99 a month, the new service delivers a surprise record to your doorstep once a month. Vinyl Of The Month Club joins Amazon’s more recent subscription additions: Amazon Music Unlimited, Kindle Unlimited, and Audible Plus.
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Subscribers have so far received highly sought after records such as The Clash’s ‘London Calling’ and Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’. Such releases sell for a lot more than Amazon’s asking price, and although the LP that you receive cannot be specified, they can be sent back at no extra cost if you’re not so keen.
In 2020, record sales sat at an all-time high reaching 4.8 million LP sales, up 10% from 2019. One in five of all albums sold over the year were vinyl, according to NME.
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Vinyl sales were on the brink of overtaking CD sales for the first time since 1986 in early 2019, now firmly taking the top spot for two years running. As the trend only continues upward, Amazon has now taken the initiative to bring vinyl to their service selection.
Amazon offers free shipping and the ability to skip a month or cancel at any time. The service is available via Amazon’s online shop, and offer deals to Prime members. Sign up here.
Gemma Ross is Mixmag's Digital Intern, follow her on Twitter