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An Oldie But A Goodie: The Vinyl Record Comeback.

February 25, 2011

When I think about my fondest childhood memories I go back to Saturdays at my parents house. Every Saturday was the family cleaning day and despite the laborious connotations associated with cleaning, in my house it was about music and dancing. It was routine that when the music went on, the cleaning began. One could not be done without the other. It’s actually come to a point where now I can’t even clean my own house without music on. I remember my dad sitting in front of the stereo system looking through his vinyl collection, taking such care with each one like it was a priceless work of art. My mom always seem bewildered at why it took me almost all day to clean my room and dust the hallway when she could cook, clean and have all the laundry done before noon. Ready for it Mom? I spent most of my time sitting at the top of the stairs studying the art on the vinyl covers singing along to Hector Lavoe or Grease (that one my dad played just for me). The way those vinyl records filled my house with music amazed me. Even the touch and smell of a vinyl record was distinct. Always having had a fondness for records, I was pleased to read an article in USA Today about the vinyl comeback. With record shops few and far between, it was surprising to learn that 2010 was a top year from record sales since 1991. The reason? Vinyl is retro and cool. Many teens, tweens and twenty-somethings are spending more time in record shops than downloading digital songs into their iPods.

Groovalicious, a record shop in Cedar City, Utah is one of 700 independent record shops across the nation who celebrate Record Store Day. In an effort to increase vinyl sales, and give the music aficionados an extra treat, Record Store Day features limited edition vinyl records and even CDs available exclusively at the participating stores. Tim Crestinger, the owner of Groovalicious, says the allure of vinyl is that, “Listening to music on a vinyl record is an event. It forces listeners to sit down at a turntable and listen to the music, giving them the opportunity to enjoy the cover art and read the liner notes. There is something organic and historical about playing music that way, it sounds better”. While CDs are much easier to take care of and store than records, people don’t interact with CDs the way they did with their vinyl records. The appreciation for the music and lyrics as well as the cover art seems to be lost. With this recent re-emergence of vinyl record sales, major retailers have jumped on the bandwagon by offering vinyl selections. Best Buy currently has about 100 stores nationwide that offer a small collection of new and classic records.

There is something about a vinyl record that no digital device can match. There’s a sense of excitement in going into a record shop and sifting through the aisles, almost like stepping back into time. There is something classic about it and I think its very cool to have this trend come back. Like they say, if it aint broke don’t fix it. Here at GAI (www.gunwel.com) we would love to know what vinyl records you jam to. Have your eye on an old school record player but aren’t sure if the cost works? Let us help you by creating a spending plan that will give you the best of both worlds, your music and cash in your pocket. So give us a call at 212-979-6830 to share your thoughts or stop by for a visit. We are open Monday-Friday 8am-8pm and Saturdays 8am-5pm.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 28, 2011 4:43 pm

    Great posting Natalie.

    Ironically I just spent several hours on Saturday browsing thru used albums at a local record store here in Louisville. It was such a “blast from the past”, looking at all the cover art and titles, reminiscing about what I was doing when each first got released.

    Thanks for an excellent article!

    Michael
    CCO OutMaturity

    • Natalie Del Valle permalink
      February 28, 2011 6:55 pm

      I love records, I plan on rummaging through my fathers collection very soon!!

      Thanks for reading our blogs! Your comments are greatly appreciated!!

  2. Mauds permalink
    August 14, 2011 5:56 am

    Vinyl is not only “retro and cool”, but also produces some of the highest audio quality possible. That is what makes them cool. We young “hipsters” never knew records produced high-quality sound nor have we experienced that sound in our lifetime. And the fact we can buy old albums for about a buck a disc? Back to the lp. Now all we need is a wider selection from newer artists.

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