« on: January 06, 2010, 08:45:23 AM »
For me, it's part nostalgia. But LP artwork is far more meaningful to me than a small 5X5 booklet, even if the CD packaging is visually interesting. There is also the difference in format. With 2 different sides, sequencing becomes more interesting and thematic, and the built-in limitations of the LP format discourage the inclusion of irrelevant bonus or throwaway tracks. If a LP is well-maintained (you will likely need an arsenal of record cleaners like LAST and at least a DiscWasher to remove dust), it can sound better than a CD, assuming that your pressing is not a problem and that you have a fairly decent record player (I still have my B&O). Recently, with certain small independnet releases, I've noticed a trend back towards 35-40 minute CDs; could this be a form of nostalgia?