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Beyoncé, Bruce Springsteen and The Beatles... tune into Event's definitive guide to the best festive albums for all the family to enjoy this Christmas

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  • Beyoncé, Bruce Springsteen and The Beatles... tune into Event's definitive guide to the best festive albums for all the family to enjoy this Christmas

    In the strange history of recorded music, we have now reached the point where an album is almost a stocking-filler. At a supermarket, a chart CD will set you back only a tenner. At Fopp, the last bastion of the proper record shop, it may well be £8.

    Long ago, on another Sunday newspaper, I started a Campaign For Cheaper CDs. It was 1992 and a typical new album was £15, or £30 in today’s money, so, in real terms, the price has plummeted by two-thirds in a generation. If it’s a mixed compilation you’re after, you can find a very decent one for a fiver. Where you might have given somebody one album in the past, you can now afford two – one they’d choose themselves, perhaps, plus one you hope they’ll love.

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