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Vinyl is really back
« on: November 03, 2015, 06:00:36 AM »


I have not been into my local Barnes and Noble in a while but when I do I always drift into the music department to see if I can find any ambient titles hidden in the New Age section.....to my surprise and shock I saw the main wall devoted to records.  Something I have not seen in maybe twenty years.  I know vinyl is growing but I was not aware that it was at this level. The selection was pretty decent, no ambient, not yet anyway and the records are expensive.....white album, bottom shelf in lower left corn of the picture...Pink Floyd, The Wall $59. These are all new releases not used.....it was so cool to actually hold The Wall in my hands.  I did have it once...seems a long time ago
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Re: Vinyl is really back
« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2015, 07:15:20 AM »
Ha!  At $59 dollars a shot I can see why stores might consider selling LPs again.

Great Stones album middle bottom row !
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Re: Vinyl is really back
« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2015, 08:41:56 AM »
The Stones cover is good....their so young.  I held two of my favorite Rush albums....Permanent Waves & Moving Pictures, sure I have the cds but its not the same.

Yeah its silly expensive in some cases but most seemed to around $20 -$25 which is not cheap either.

Im going back to B&N soon just to look and touch...sounds sort of Kinky ???...dont have a turntable.
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Re: Vinyl is really back
« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2015, 10:15:13 AM »
Ha!  At $59 dollars a shot I can see why stores might consider selling LPs again.

Yeah, whenever I see the prices of new records for sale now, I always think back to 20 years ago when everyone was complaining about pay $15 for a CD.   :D

Cassettes seem to be making a comeback as well, and they are going for stupid prices as well. $20 or more for new cassettes.
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Re: Vinyl is really back
« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2015, 09:07:58 PM »
The last Audio Cassette Factory  8)

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Re: Vinyl is really back
« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2015, 03:10:44 AM »
I need to get my glasses checked, I read the title of this to be "vinyl is really black" LOL and yes still got loads of it myself, have the Styx one "Pieces of Eight" featured second full sleeve bottom shelf on the right :-)

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« Reply #6 on: November 04, 2015, 03:33:25 AM »
I still buy a lot of vinyl, mostly second hand,  including 7" singles. Have a great collection now of Prog, electronic, rock and also music from my childhood/teenage years on 45rpm.

Also buy a fair few new pressings. Not a cheap interest though. Got the latest Riverside album 22 which seems to be about the going rate. Seen some of the Neil Young re pressings at 40-50 quid which is ridiculous.  Having said that managed to get Tangerine Dream - Ricochet , brand new, 180 gr, from a city high street record store for 6 last week. Absolutely superb, utter class album btw .

The album artwork etc on LPs is wonderful and there is something very special about listening to great music on vinyl.

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Re: Vinyl is really back
« Reply #7 on: November 04, 2015, 03:58:09 AM »
The last Audio Cassette Factory  8)

Personally I won't be missing these things at all, I wish people were as keen on mini-discs instead !

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Re: Vinyl is really back
« Reply #8 on: November 04, 2015, 06:09:30 AM »
I need to get my glasses checked, I read the title of this to be "vinyl is really black" LOL and yes still got loads of it myself, have the Styx one "Pieces of Eight" featured second full sleeve bottom shelf on the right :-)

I keep looking at the album cover and know it but could not place the band....Styx it is!
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Re: Vinyl is really back
« Reply #9 on: November 04, 2015, 12:38:39 PM »
I still have all my cassettes I bought as a teenager. About 200 hundred or so. Some really superb albums. Still play them occasionally and enjoy doing so. Have purchased a few both new and second hand over the last few years.

Sound quality on some is really quite amazingly good.

The very first album I purchased as an 11 year old was a Wings - Venus and Mars cassette. I wanted to get Band on the Run but wasn't allowed to as it had prisoners on the front cover.  Still have the  40 year old tape and it plays well. Quite surprising longevity.

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Re: Vinyl is really back
« Reply #10 on: November 04, 2015, 01:48:09 PM »
I have boxes of cassettes in my garage, I couldn't count how many I have. I know when I was doing fieldwork in Bali back in the 90s I bought hundreds of cassettes of  different gamelans, because they were so cheap, like a dollar each, and they were the only way to get them at the time.

I still around 500 LPs and maybe 30 singles on vinyl that I collected back in the 70s/80s, mostly stuff that never made it to CD. I haven't bought too much new though, I got Robert Rich's and Vidna Obmana's box sets on vinyl, that's about all of it.
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Re: Vinyl is really back
« Reply #11 on: November 30, 2015, 12:13:59 PM »
I love that people love vinyl and cassettes.

What I don't love - is commercially, at least - it's all reissues and remasters and special collector editions.   Just glance through that picture - most are 60's to 90's.   

there are lots of little ambient cassette labels - and some new vinyl coming out...

but lots of it is the reissues - which... is sad.  Let's all rebuy our collections again for the 3rd, 4th or 5th time.  :(
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Re: Vinyl is really back
« Reply #12 on: December 01, 2015, 09:47:22 AM »
I think vinyl must be hot now because I just had a strange offer from a label to reissue my first three albums on vinyl!  I still have albums and cassettes, but don't play them nearly as much as I used to do--maybe more out of laziness than anything else.  I have Robert's box set, too.  Really nice one, and the pressing is pretty quiet.

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Re: Vinyl is really back
« Reply #13 on: December 07, 2016, 01:26:08 PM »
Vinyl outsold downloads for the first time in the UK recently.  48% of of recent purchasers of vinyl don't even listen to the record.   :o

http://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2016/04/14/icm-poll-48-of-people-who-buy-vinyl-dont-listen-to-it/



Some people will buy music just because it's on vinyl especially if it will have less than 500 copies made.  I haven't noticed a lot of recent Ambient on vinyl, but those who offer it tend to sell 300 records pretty quickly.  Some Kranky artists are a good example.       

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« Reply #14 on: December 07, 2016, 01:29:18 PM »
Vinyl may experiencing a niche market resurgence, but it still accounts for less than 1% of music sales.


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Re: Vinyl is really back
« Reply #15 on: December 08, 2016, 10:44:03 AM »
The last Audio Cassette Factory  8)

Personally I won't be missing these things at all, I wish people were as keen on mini-discs instead !

Back in the '70's, I worked in a cassette/8-track duplication house. A lot of disco in the air back then. Unfortunately, I got rid of almost all my cassettes, as they were shedding oxide like crazy when I played them. But seeing this makes me want to break out my old Nakamichi deck and try a mix tape again.

I still have all my old vinyl, including a limited Beatles box set that sounded so clear that you could hear the squeak of the foot pedal on Ringo's bass drum. That's what I loved and miss about vinyl: It's physical. It's the ritual of carefully removing the record from the sleeve, placing the needle on the disc, and poring over the liner notes, lyric sheets and artwork(Dark Side of the Moon!), all the things that made records so memorable. I just recently hooked up my Denon turntable to my system. Now, I need to dig into storage and pull out that Beatles box again.  :)
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