Do you still have your vinyl collection stashed away somewhere? Or is it displayed, pride of place in your home or in a designated special area, for the resident DJ of your family?
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I’ve been looking at buying a new record player for my husband this Christmas and that got me to thinking about my own history with vinyl records, and how that has grown over the years. I’ve kept all of my favourites, but we are definitely planning on getting a few new additions to our collection this year. I remember reading earlier in the year, how vinyl sales had reached a 5 year high. So what is it that has attracted people back to vinyl? Well for lots of people, vinyl never really went away, it was just that records have become easier to come by, and easier to find because of the popularity increase. Some artists even deciding to only release a single on vinyl.
Playing records on a turntable has always had a really cool vibe for all those hardcore music lovers, now it seems to have once again become the most interesting way to listen to music. People seem to love that rawness in the sound that a record on a turntable produces. The sight of a record label rotating a the music plays, is something many of us remember since childhood and we associate our childhoods and teen years with. I think there is definitely something to about the actual act of collecting something you can feel and see in the real world, as opposed to downloading a song or album. It seems to create more of a personal connection to the music.
Some favourites in my vinyl collection :
- Beastie Boys – Paul’s Boutique
- David Bowie – Ziggy Stardust
- Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On
- Paul Simon – Graceland
- Van Morrison – Moondance
- Blur – Think Tank
- Kings of Leon – The Early Vinyl. Which is a box set.