Vinyl Record Resurgence September 12, 2016 – Posted in: Audio – Tags: 45s, beatles, Long players, lps, rolling stones, vinyl records
Vinyl records revival shows no sign of slowing down at all. Although there are no official figures for Australia, the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) announced back in April of 2016 that 637,056 LP albums were sold in the first three months of 2016. That is an incredible number for a format that was first introduced in the 1950’s. That also represent a 62% increase on the 1st quarter of 2015 in the United Kingdom, with vinyl record accounting for 4% of music sales in the UK.
Vinyl Records just sound better. Well that is a controversial comment and one that can, no doubt, be argued by all sides all day with no eventual victor to the argument. Personally I believe that this throw back to “retro” “vintage” “mid century” and a general feeling of “when things were so much less complicated” has been the main stimulus in the resurgence of the vinyl record format. I think we have this, perhaps very misguided’ concept that things were better for our parents than they are for us. I don’t prescribe to this thought process and I can honestly say I was driving the band wagon and not jumping on at a late stage. I have been collecting for years.
For me there is nothing more satisfying than taking 12 inches of cardboard cover, sliding out the vinyl record, placing it on the spindle and then lowering the arm as you wait for the utterly satisfying sound of the needle dropping onto that first track and the warmth and depth of the sound brought forth by your choice of cartridge. Often artists would spend as much time or money on the cover for the record as they did on the record itself. The Beatles Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band cover has a whole host of stars across its front and the final cost for the cover art was nearly £3,000, an extravagant sum for a time when album covers would typically cost around £50. For their work on Sgt. Pepper Cover the artists won the 1968 Grammy Award for Best Album Cover, Graphic Arts.
So is the resurgence in Vinyl record sales about sound quality? Possibly. Practicality? Absolutely not have you ever tried storing over 1000 LPS? The “cool factor”? I lean towards for many it is more the cool factor than anything else. In my travels I am increasingly buying collections from younger people who didn’t realise how “inconvenient” vinyl actually is, especially for the current generation of music consumers.
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