My vinyl collection is growing nicely and it got an unexpected boost yesterday when Gordie Fletcher stopped into the studio with a gift.
Over 20 LPs in fantastic condition and from what I can tell are original presses have now been added to the playlist.
As many people who collect old vinyl will attest it’s more than just the music and the art, it’s the hunt. The feeling of anticipation you get when you are going through a bin of potention new records, the excitement of finding that “gem” in a pile of non-interesting records or even getting a tip on where to look. Serious collectors are always on the lookout when they visit other cities they’ll Google record shops and will also be out early on Saturdays on the spring and summer trolling yard sales for a box of treasures.
I collect to listen and make it a point to listen to each album front to back. That’s part of the reason I focus my collection on the older music since it was recorded in an era when artists were putting out concept albums and focused on a full record full of good material.
In the digital, single tune download, age artist are more focused on putting out a hit or two and the full albums are seldom great from front to back, sure there are exceptions, but for the most part you’re better off with just the one or two songs.
Collecting vinyl has helped me reconnect to the music the way I feel in love with it when I was younger and couldn’t just create a playlist or easily skip to my favorite songs. I listen to the entire album and get to help the full body of work from each and every artist I play. Many times my favorite song on some of the more successful albums of all time are not the commercial hits people associate to them or the ones you hear regularly on the radio.
One other benefit to spinning an entire album is how it seems to slow things down in this fast paced world. I sit down to listen. I read a book while it plays in the background or even write material like this blog(Huey Lewis & The News Sports is on now).
Yes, vinyl is making a huge comeback but it more than just trendy for me, it’s about getting into the music at an entire more intimate level.