Let’s all walk down to the record shop….!

I know this has nothing at all to do with photography, but as a user of, shall we say, old technology, I still hanker about the old days whenever I pull out my collection of vinyl LPs and EPs!

It takes me back to when I was a student, when we religiously purchased at 2 or 3 records a month.

Now, many decades later, each and every album cover I look at, brings back instant memories, even more so when it is played.

So it brought a beaming smile to my face when I read that vinyl records have been making a comeback. Apparently, for the first time in ten years, records have been making a comeback, with sales of vinyl up by 45% compared to last year.

In my hometown of VanCity, there are around 12 record shops, and all of them have been struggling these past years, due to the advent of technology. But sales have been creeping up, driven mostly by die-hard hi-fi enthusiasts….12 million albums have so far been sold.

Even though the odds have been stacked against traditional record shops, they have fought back, supported by artists such as the new release on vinyl of David Bowie’s The Next Day album.

For me, just playing a vinyl record, aside of its nostalgic quality, is reminiscent of what music should sound like. I side with those hi-fi nerds who say that digital music is too “tinny” or superficial, whatever that may mean! When I hear a record, I feel there is an ambience with it….something intangible but definitely there…whether it is the better base or treble or better harmonics.

And of course, every record has it’s own unique sound….even if it has the sound of scratches or dust coming through the speakers! I even went so far as to buy an amp that uses real valves (tubes), just like in the old days…..and I think the sound quality from a valve amp just cannot be matched by modern semiconductor technologies!

Ah…just call me a diehard…;)




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9 Responses to Let’s all walk down to the record shop….!

  1. I’ll just leave a sigh…

  2. Susan Rowland says:

    Bravo! I still have some of my LPs, just sold the ol’ tube amp (sniff, sniff). I’ll hold onto the records. My genre is traditional R & B, Motown, Jazz, Gospel. One of my favorite records is James Brown plays James Brown. He’s plays the organ on this eclectic plate of vinyl that serves up soul food at its finest. It’s in the groove, baby. Old school and proud of it.

    • yay! dig those vibes, man!
      no way im going to part with any of my hifi gear…the valve amp alone cost me lots of $$$!!
      kudos to you for realising the values of real hifi…!

  3. reocochran says:

    I am with you on all of the above! Have you ever liked John Prine? He is an interesting musician. I also loved the Beatles, still have my 45’s and a working record player of them. I cannot play albums, my brother has the “stereo!” I have also, Johnny Cash (Ring of Fire), Monkees, (Last Train to Clarksville) and Simon and Garfunkel’s (Sound of Silence) and (Bridge over Troubled Water…) I am grateful for this post it cheered me up immensely, Jak!

    • well, thank you kindly, ma’am! you may have noticed that i’m a bit of a nerd about nostalgia…well, its harmless and keeps my mind out of mischief, eh? thanks for dropping in!
      like you, i still cherish my collection of LPs and 45s!

    • robin…warmest greetings from england! yes, im over here for xmas..be back in vamcouver in jan..all the very best for 2014..to u and family! glad to meet ur acquaintance!

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