Vinyl's Death Greatly Exaggerated
Sunday, August 5, 2001Vinyl sales in the UK jumped 40% last year principally because of the strength of the dance industry, Music Week reported last week. "Two months ago we had the biggest backlog of vinyl orders that we've seen in the past 15 years - more than half a million at one point," said ASL MD Mel Gale. "We had to call a halt to new customers, so we are not taking on any new accounts at all. Now we are fending record labels off."
The excess demand follows the closure last year of Britain's biggest pressing plant, EMI's West London operation which previously produced over 10million units a year, and is causing major problems for labels across the board. Almost all of Britain's pressing plants are currently working at full capacity and the situation is unlikely to improve before the new year, Music Week suggested. Born 2 Dance tracks 'Burning' (by Criminal Justice) and 'Make My Dreams' (The Midas Touch Presents Lovable Rogues') are two amongst many UK releases currently being delayed by the lack of pressing capacity.