Crate diggers will be up early this weekend to bag collectable Record Store Day releases.

There will be queues outside Truck Store in Cowley Road on Saturday morning on one of its busiest days of the year.

The annual event was conceived in 2007 as a way to entice music lovers back into record shops and start collecting vinyl again.

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It is now in its 16th year and a celebration of the record store and its cultural impact.

The day is marked by the release of limited edition releases, in-store events and live concerts in shops up and down the country.

Carl Smithson, manager of Truck Store in Cowley Road, said this year's most hotly-anticipated release is Taylor Swift will release folklore: the long pond studio sessions as a Record Store Day exclusive 2-disc grey 12" LP.

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He said: "When Taylor Swift is involved it takes the day to a whole new level and we are expecting the demand to be high.

"We will have plenty of copies and our store in Witney will also be stocking them.

"It's very collectable so people will be queuing up to buy it even though it cost more than £50."

Mr Smithson said some vinyl fans would start queuing after midnight with others joining at 6am.

He added: "We will open at 8am and there will be in store events throughout the day it's going to be very busy.

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"Sometimes the queue is right the way down the road as far as the bus stop nearest to us."

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Record Store Day is not popular with everyone - some vinyl obsessives say the price of the collectable RSD releases is far too high and they refuse to pay out on the day, waiting to see which releases are available afterwards at a discounted price.

But the annual event is widely considered to be one of the driving forces behind the vinyl resurgence of recent years and has helped to turn around the fortunes of many independent record stores in the UK and further afield.

Not all record shops are taking part.

Andy Tucker, who runs Riverman Records in Walton Street, has sold RSD releases at his previous store in Henley but he is not taking part this time round.

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He said: "It can be a big investment as you have to buy the releases in advance and not everything is going to sell on the day.

"I do think Record Store Day is good for record shops."

Truck Store in Cowley Road will have guests this Saturday including Low Island who will be behind the decks and Steve Mason for a signing session at 5pm ahead of his show at O2 Academy show.

The shop will also have giveaways with the chance to win festival tickets.

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This story was written by Andy Ffrench, he joined the team more than 20 years ago and now covers community news across Oxfordshire.

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