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Name Jon Wozencroft Comment: Goodness. I'm surprised that there are no reflections on this important outlet, it was the epitome of the CD revolution in the mid 80s and onwards to that demise.

As you entered Tower, you'd be blasted by racks of the new releases, attractively priced (or not, depending on...), stacked up like a wall of record company promotion. However, go upstairs and you'd find an amazingly curated selection in the Jazz, Classical, Folk departments etc.

I could find a Jon Hassell CD that they wouldn't have in Virgin or HMV, and in the International section, a great selection of Serge Gainsbourg French imports. For a short time in the late 80s early 90s, Tower was at the top of the record retailing pile.

, now on sale in the auction by Sotherby's


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Dave Harwood
20 Feb 2024 at 04:37
I found this advert in the 'Marylebone Mercury' dated 20th April 1989: “TOWER RECORDS, Kensington High Street are offering hundreds of LP's, Cassettes and Compact Discs from the Philips, Deutsche Grammophon and Decca labels at specially reduced prices.”
… and this advert in the 'Daily Mirror' dated 17th December 1990: “MEET THE BEE GEES AT TOWER RECORDS, No.1 PICCADILLY CIRCUS W.1. ON THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20th FROM ?p.m. ONWARDS. THEY WILL BE SIGNING COPIES OF THEIR NEW ALBUM - 'THE VERY BEST OF THE BEE GEES' - Includes 5 No.1 Singles. No.1 PICCADILLY CIRCUS W.1.”

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