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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-1980s 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 1980s and early 1990s, Tower was at the top of the record retailing pile.

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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