You know I really don't get this downloading, or pre-order stuff.
One of the thrills of getting a new album was waiting for release day, walking into the store, seeing the displays, picking it up and lovingly holding it! The excitement of taking it home, knowing that you were just 10 minutes away (in my case anyway) from hearing it. Taking it out the sleeve, or case as in these days, and then BOOM!!! There it was! Those first chords and you were in RnR heaven again!
This was a ritual I LOVED! And even last Monday when I walked into HMV and there it was! MONSTER!!! Looking at me going 'BUY ME!!!' (not literally, I' don't really think they speak to me!)
Where's the excitement of clicking a few buttons and downloading or waiting on the postie? And almost everytime I've had to order a cd online frm HMV it's turned up with a damaged case...
Each to their own, I guess...
RFFB, I'm partly with you on this one. I'm lucky that I still have a record store to pop into - when I like. It's a 20 mins walk from my house.
I did the exact thing you describe - I walked in ... had a friendly "hello, how are you" with the record shop owner (that I've known since 1982 - KISS KIllers was bought first day from him).
Then I asked "are they in" .... I was presented with the vinyl and the ordinary version ... but also = this is where I start not agreeing with you ... the crafty geezer slipped in the " oh, Dan you know there is a 3d version of the album, I've managed to get two" ... then this blackmail of sorts got the better of me - so I bought three versions - costing in all just under £41.00.
I know I'm a little tight Welshman, and I'm all for saving money ... I haven't priced up what the total cost would have been on Amazon, Play or HMV ... but undoubtedly would have cost less than £41.00.
But for the KISS fan collector of 33 years ... I got the new album on the day of the release - and to me that is priceless
I have heard that HMV and Amazon were slow - well if that was me - I would be ready to go down to the Swansea Amazon distribution centre and create a muthaf**kin' riot.
The only thing that grates me, slightly, is that all the Amazon, Play and HMV orders don't count (allegedly) as UK stats, they are import stats.