Monday 5 March
Fans queued all night to get their hands on the limited edition tri-colour vinyl of Tom Jones’ new single, which went on sale at Spillers Records on Saturday.
The oldest record shop in the world sold out of the double A-side vinyl in 30 minutes, after being the only seller in the world of the exclusive purchase.
Speaking to The MMP, Spillers owner Ashli Todd said: ”The queue started at 4am and by the time we arrived to open up there were over 60 people waiting.
“The demand was great. We met people who were in on Friday to prepare, which included the guy from Rome.”
Todd told last week how those at the shop were ‘bracing themselves’ from the demand. Only 100 copies were available for purchase worldwide, all of which were sold at Spillers for £15. An extra 50 copies were sent out randomly by the record label behind the release, Third Man Records, as per their usual tri-colour release protocol.
“We had calls and people coming in all day and had lots of regulars among the crowd which was great,” she continued.
The Cardiff record shop was chosen by Third Man – owned by Jack White, who features on the single Evil – to be the exclusive sellers following a suggestion made on Twitter.
“When the single was first announced, someone tweeted us and Third Man that we might be the ideal place to stock the release,” said Todd last week.
As well as the tri-colour, a standard black 7″ was also available.
“Latecomers were happy with the standard, and it’s continued to sell well. We also sold a lot of back catalogue Third Man releases during the day.”
Copies of the vinyl have since resurfaced online on eBay, with one being listed with a £250.00 price tag. “By the end of the day, the inevitable happened,” said Todd, “the release started appearing on eBay. Ho hum.”