It’s a case of Sex and Drugs and Sausage Rolls: Sainsbury’s is setting up its own record label.
The supermarket giant is releasing a series of vinyl albums in 168 of its stores, starting this week.
The first two releases are 20-track compilations curated by Saint Etienne star and pop scholar Bob Stanley.
The musician, whose own hits include You’re In A Bad Way and She’s On The Phone, said he wanted to put music back on the high street.
“Growing up, one thing I loved was the number of high street shops where you could buy new releases,” he told the BBC.
“I remember buying Dusty Springfield’s Greatest Hits, the one with a striking high contrast black and white cover, at Woolworths in Croydon.
“I knew a few of the hits, but that was the first place I came across songs like Goin’ Back and The Look Of Love, life-changing songs.
“Those kind of compilations – where some of the songs are familiar, and the rest of the album is a revelation which can shape your tastes – I think are just as important as classic standalone albums like Pet Sounds or Parallel Lines.”
Stanley’s first two compilations are titled Coming Into Los Angeles – A Taste Of West Coast; and Hi-Fidelity – A Taste of Stereo Sound.
They combine familiar tracks like Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells and Al Stewart’s Year Of The Cat with deeper cuts – such as The Flying Burrito Brothers’ cover of The Rolling Stones’ Wild Horses.