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    Vinyl sales are still on the rise in 2015

    It looks like the vinyl resurgence isn’t going away any time soon. In fact, for 2015, it may be getting stronger. Vinyl album sales between January and March of this year were 53 percent higher than the first three months of 2014,Vinyl sales surpass 9 million for the first time in 20 years



    Records have memories and are a personal experience in my opinion, also the sound is a better quality.

    Downloading tunes to ipods etc takes the fun out of music.

    Alongside the news, Billboard broke out the top-selling vinyl records since 2010 which includes both recent and historic blockbuster LPs. The Beatles’ “Abbey Road” tops the list, which features other classics from the likes of Pink Floyd and Bob Marley, but also includes current bands like Mumford & Sons, Jack White, and the Arctic Monkeys.

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    Ahead of Record Store Day Marek Norvid, from RPM Music in Newcastle, explains why people still prefer listening to vinyl



    Numerous reasons may lie behind the resurgence of vinyl in the early 21st century.

    Traditionally referred to as a “record”, LP (short for Long Player) or album, it’s popularity waned with the advent of digital technology.

    CD, the new physical digital format, we were led to believe, would save the struggling music industry.

    For a good 15 years, the industry milked every possible marketing opportunity that the new format provided. Extra tracks not available on the original LP, re-mixes by eminent DJs and producers and second discs of “live” recordings were added to each release to increase sales.

    Further technological advances, mini-disc, laser disc, DVD, MP3, downloading and streaming all conspired to enable a commoditisation of music as a “must-have” accessory.



    One result of this “commoditisation” was the break up of the physical connection between the vinyl record and the listener.

    The CD disappears into it’s little draw and the music plays. It comes in a little throw-away plastic case and the writing on the liner notes is discouragingly small.

    A vinyl record on the other hand, is an organic artistic creation from beginning to end. A collection of songs, in a thoughtful sequence to be played in one sitting.

    Only in this way can the album really be understood and appreciated in the way the artist imagined it.

    The sleeve is intrinsic to the entire concept, providing space for creative and meaningful design, often with an easily followed libretto.

    The action of placing the LP onto the turntable and the placing of the needle on the record enables a physical connection between the artist and the listener lost in the ephemeral digital age.

    Lastly it’s sonic quality gives the music space to breathe.

    The mastering of a vinyl record allows the full range of frequencies to be reproduced in a much more “rounded” way than the CD or MP3.

    This is especially true of classic albums from the 60s, 70s and 80s which were originally recorded and mastered onto analogue tape and suffer poorly from digital “enhancement”.

    We at RPM music stress the importance of playing a vinyl record on a good sound system. Unfortunately the decline of vinyl sales saw the disappearance of the consumer hi-fi industry too.

    However, we take pride in resurrecting quality sound systems by Hacker, Dynatron, Garrard etc, making them available to the vinyl lover at a fraction of the original price.

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    Show your turntable..


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    Good, hopefully this may continue. Still love the old vinyl records.

    I grew up during the 70's and the punk era. Vinyl by then had become multi-coloured, singles / albums had exciting and with subversive sleeve artwork; there were picture discs, etc.
    More than anything, you came home with a vinyl record and it felt like something important. Something that might set you apart from other people or their way of thinking, even.
    Hard to imagine today's music, or it's chosen formats doing anything like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmart
    Good, hopefully this may continue. Still love the old vinyl records.
    It will you just cant beat the sound of vinyl.

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    still have literally many hundreds of vinal discs and a good deck, amp etc, was keeping them to show my daughters what a Grover I was, being preteenagers its a novelty to them.

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