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The darker side of the "Vinyl Revival"

Discussion in 'audio' started by Devonian, Mar 26, 2016.

  1. Devonian

    Devonian Pursuing my ultimate musical orgasm

  2. Mick P

    Mick P Retired and content


    To be honest, the article looked like it had been written by a 12 year old. Plenty of statements but not backed up with facts.

  3. Minio

    Minio Not flakey and never soggy ...

    As someone brought up in the days of vinyl I'm a bit baffled by this revival. My favourite bands were Beatles, Stones, Hollies and so on, and I have hundreds of vinyls. That was half a century ago.

    I don't buy so many these days apart from a few old jazzers that take my fancy.

    The current vinyl craze - is it because streaming and downloads leave something tangible missing?
  4. puddlesplasher

    puddlesplasher pfm Member

    I don't buy new vinyl anymore as the ones I have bought in the last ten years have either been scratched or warped. As much as I love playing vinyl I would rather buy a cd at half the price. As for streaming i can't be bothered with.
  5. HarryB

    HarryB pfm Member

    I'm so old that I can remember when these 'vinyls' were called LPs or records. But maybe they're not the same thing.

    Thinking about it, they can't be. I got out of 'vinyls' almost 30 years ago because I was in a state of absolute despair at the quality. I was forever returning them because they ad scratches, pops, clicks or more often than not were warped to the point of being unplayable.

    Now I see lots of hipsters with big, bushy beards paying £20 and more for these vinyls. I also see hifi nuts paying many thousands for turntables.

    I can only assume these new fangled vinyls are pristine quality.
  6. paulfromcamden

    paulfromcamden Baffled

    I don't think there's anything very contentious in that article to be honest.

    I find the way vinyl is marketed now as a luxury product really annoying. There's just no way I'm going to pay 35 quid for the new Explosions In The Sky record when I can get the CD for a tenner.
  7. Big Tabs

    Big Tabs looking backwards, going forwards

    I have collected records for 39 ish years and I quite enjoy the bonkers revival - I have the cash to buy records I could not afford in earlier years, and I find stuff that I have never heard before which is great fun. And - it sounds good. It is a matter of outlook.

    The article is sour grapes.

    YNWOAN 100% Analogue

    I agree - I've been buying records for nearly forty years and am still doing so.
  9. Cav

    Cav pfm Member

    There is no vinyl revival in any significant sense...
  10. joe9407

    joe9407 actress/activist

    this article was written: 40 years ago when tapes became popular at the expense of LPs; 30 years ago at the dawn of the CD age; 10 years ago when streaming came into full flower; and now, in response to a modest increase in sales of LPs.

    it's the circle of life!
  11. YNWOAN

    YNWOAN 100% Analogue

    Hmm... I've just read the 'article' linked to by the OP and what a strange (and short) thing it is. I put 'article' in apostrophes because it isn't any form of investigation but more a political statement aimed at supporting streaming over other sources. Specifically it appears to be a reaction to claims that streaming is costing artists in terms of lost royalties and seeks to do that by attempting to diminish the value of other media - bit desperate really.
  12. Martyn Miles

    Martyn Miles pfm Member

    I bought a new record ( sorry, vinyl ) recently just to experience playing something brand new.
    'Nashville Skyline' by Bob Dylan.
    I had a copy in 1970 (!)
    I wonder where it went...
  13. Seanm

    Seanm pfm Member

    Well, I don't think the author has any journalistic pretensions: it's a blog post from a self-styled artists' rights group, and I don't think it's pro-streaming. As a reminder that the vinyl revival is not a solution to the problem of how artists are to support themselves I think it's OK.
  14. wylton

    wylton Naim and Mana member

    Me too.

    I was record shopping in Norwich today and bought a big pile of vinyl, including kamasi Washington's - The Epic; a nice city and several decent record shops too, including 'Soundclash Records' which I especially liked because it sells new records rather than just used ones.
  15. mmaatt

    mmaatt pfm Member

    Sounds like sour grapes to me from someone who can't support themselves from their music and can't afford to get their music pressed on vinyl; if you stopped making LPs it wouldn't make a jot of difference to the revenue derived from streaming.

    He'd do better to shut up and stop writing whining articles - reminds me a lot of the boring moaning about vinyl that goes on on this forum.

  16. Mike Reed

    Mike Reed pfm Member

    Wylton, you missed the antiques emporium (in an old church) just a few metres from the Soundclash. There is a large selection od very good vinyl (7 boxes) and another stall with a cheaper and smaller stock.

    It's not just a nice city, it's a FINE city (as it says on most approaches).
  17. Mike Reed

    Mike Reed pfm Member

    Martyn, I have an early LP of this; had it for many decades and it's probably my most oft-played record. Wonder if the new 180 gram pressing is of such excellent s.q. (I've seen them in HMV here in Norwich)
  18. wylton

    wylton Naim and Mana member

    I did buy a couple of albums from Mares Nest Music in the market and also one from City Sounds; I even found Michael Hedges - Strings of steel and Loudon Wainwright III's - Album II in the Oxfam Music & book shop, but you are correct, I should have said a fine city!
  19. Mullardman

    Mullardman Moderately extreme...

    54 years here. And I agree with all you say.

  20. davidavdavid

    davidavdavid davidavdavid

    VINYL REVIVAL is a SELF FULFILLING PROPHECY. Is there a renewed interested in vinyl? Yes Is it a mainstream interest? No

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