The LP is making a strong comeback, now that the CD format has dwindled due to the increase in digital sales.
USA Today posted a very interesting fact about vinyl records…
“According to recent Nielsen SoundScan numbers, vinyl was the fastest-growing musical format in 2010, with 2.8 million units sold, the format’s best year since SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991.”
That’s great news for fans who never let go of their record collections. And it’s not just the old hippies who are getting into it, vinyl is retro and that’s cool.
The Record Store Day event that happens in April can attest to the fact that most new releases are including vinyl LPs and singles, some are limited editions with special packaging. Every year hundreds of indie record shops across the country network together with each other, artists, bands and record labels to bring these exciting new releases and special deals to music collectors and fans around the world.
One of the many great things about vinyl records are the album covers, which provide not only beautiful art and graphics, but a lot of interesting information about the album and the artist.
Listening to a vinyl LP was an experience where the listener immersed themselves into the music and lyrics of each song on the album, with many artists creating their albums as an entire concept, not just a collection of singles. Try listening to just one Pink Floyd song, and then listen to the entire album. You’ll get an entirely different experience with the album.
That’s why vinyl is making a comeback, because we’re missing those album experiences that singles just can’t provide.
vinyl.com has a great list of over 4,000 titles on vinyl, including new releases.
One of our favorite record stores is Waterloo Records at 600A North Lamar in Austin. March is an exciting month with lots of free live shows and artist in-store appearances surrounding the South By Southwest Music Conference, celebrating it’s 25th anniversary.
And don’t miss Record Store Day coming up this April 16th.
Thursday, March 3rd, 2011
Written by: Mike Withrow
Posted in New Releases