Skip to comments.In a digital age, vinyl albums are making a comeback
Posted on 04/25/2009 11:02:46 PM PDT by thecodont
Neil Schield knows the grim state of the music business as well as anyone; last May, he was laid off from a company at the vanguard of digital music distribution.
But this month, Schield began an unlikely second act: He opened a brick-and-mortar record store in Echo Park, with racks of tasteful inventory carrying price tags as high as $100 -- all presumed liabilities in an age when "digital" and "free" seem to rule the day. For added chutzpah, Schield's shop, Origami Vinyl, exclusively stocks new vinyl LPs, presumed not long ago to be as dead as eight-track tapes.
Moreover, Origami is just one of at least three such shops opening in L.A. this spring; the others are Vacation in Los Feliz and Little Radio, a downtown storefront operated by an Internet radio station and concert promoter. The small boom is the result of a commercial rediscovery and appreciation of vinyl records among collectors and more casual audiences.
"Sometimes I wonder, 'What am I doing?' " Schield said. But "it's the only corner of the physical music business that's growing."
(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...
If anyone’s seen vinyl go for a higher price than this on eBay, let me know.
Vinyl, and 8-track: what could be better?
My favorite Sarah Vaughan vinyl, Sarah Vaughan w/ Michel Legrand, isn’t even available on CD. I have converted it, but I’m afraid to play my original. Young people today have no comprehension of how real music is supposed to sound. You tell them that compressed music sounds like s*^t and they give you that funny, vacant look.....
....and some of us still use tube amplification to listen to the vinyl. I’ve got 25 or so valves in the chain and about 15,000 albums; life is good......C
You can spend some big bucks doing it, too.
Vinyl albums have a life and a physical presence that other formats don’t seem to be able to replicate. Analog sound is warm and, what, buttery? Lacking the correct vocabulary, here. Placing a favorite album on a turntable, the care and the sheer reality of it, is almost like a ritual. Not surprised that people are returning to it. When everything’s electronic, the whole tactile sensory thing looks for reward. I was in a business recently, that had it’s offices in a restored, old department store, with the vacuum tube message delivery system ... ffsssssst-pop, like a bank drive-through writ large. It worked, and it was just fascinating. Brass tubes running everywhere, some sections exposed, looking like some wild pipe organ that took off and grew like vines.
$ 4300.00 for record is a lot, what is it about?
I didn’t mean what the record is about, what is the story behind this price?
I am a die-hard vinyl enthusiast, and always hated the over produced soullessness of CDs, and also the clutter they caused in my car. But I must admit, I’m really enjoying MP3s. It’s really cool to be able to carry around hundreds of albums and thousands of songs in your pocket. I almost have every song I’ve ever owned on my MP3 player. But still, vinyl sounds better and there will always be those very special records that will never make the conversion to a digital format. Good riddance, CDs.
Don’t get me wrong; I agree that vinyl is always better, but I really don’t think that CDs are any better than MP3s, and in real life, you usually can’t be around a turntable when you need music the most. Most of us have to resign to the fact that we can’t always hear every recording in the most optimum way. That’s just the way it’s always been.
>>I actually take LPs and put them on CDR myself to get the full sound
As an example, here’s a YouTube vid I did taking the video from the Hanna Barbera series Cattanooga Cats (late 60s) which had some really good music...and syncing the original
song from the original vinyl album—now, I don’t have that album but someone did and posted the album online and it sounds very nice, even when transferred to .mp3
As someone noted:
“Amazing! The Cats sound so crystal clear. It sounds like the song was recorded last week. Thank you for the fine job.”
I don’t have a turntable anymore, but a friend does and
recently I picked up 2 old LPs for free, one by Peter Nero and one by Roger Williams, as I knew a friend in California who enjoyed that type of music. I had a friend locally who does have a turntable convert them to a CD-R and I mailed my friend who’s
the Nero/Williams fan the CDs—and after a very quick listen the fidelity sounded pretty good for 2 records which I literally picked up at a “swap shack” at a landfill on
And 99% of people who complain about MP3s are performing sighted tests and suffering from the placebo effect or parroting what they read in a magazine--usually an interview with an aging rocker, who lost much of his hearing years ago. With the exception of a few cases like cymbals or harpsichords, LAME's output is indistinguishable from its input for most people. Newer codecs are even better.
Lurk at Hydrogen Audio and free yourself from the big, black disks! Keep the sleeves, though. LP artwork rocks.
It has always (could have) been expensive.
My sister and ex brother in law had a surround sound apartment everywhere they went .. HUGE speakers, amps and a bunch of stuff I had no idea about ... but phenominal sound. I REALLY loved to get high with them.
They moved a lot.
A six pack and a '68 Firebird?
Having ferite magnet speakers goes a long way in “improving” the sound also. Today’s speakers just don’t sound as good.
This all appears to be a search for a time long passed and a civilization “Gone With the Wind.”
I have a collection of LPs going back fifty years. My Dad had taught me to handle an LP only by the edge or the spindle hole, and to `flex’ the album cover when replacing the disk. Result, LPs last forever. Replace the stylus, get the best turntable (for me, the Garrard 1A), and vacuum tube amplifiers are best. Have you priced Fisher v.t. amps on eBay lately? Lots more than Fisher solid state.
But I discovered something else about LPs: playing those of artists whom I don’t like, backwards. Ten bucks on eBay got me fifteen Frank Sinatra LPs to make Ol’ Not So Hotra punch out anyone in Heaven who gets near him whenever I turn the Greatest Voice Ever into chipmunk gibberish.
Hey Frankie! You’re not in Vegas anymore.
Do you have Jo Stafford’s “Ski Trails?” I downloaded all but “Winter Wonderland.” That track simply isn’t available. It’s so good to hear “The Whiffenpoof Song” again.
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