Vinyl is coming back and with a vegeance

BY BECCA BLOOMQUIST

Raysa River started to collect records around the age of 14. Her friends’ grandfather had passed and, knowing how much she loved Elvis, left her with the record.

“It was Elvis’ golden records,” Rivero says, “basically just his greatest hits.”

She had the single record for a while, as decoration mostly.

“I saw another Elvis record at Goodwill one day,” she says, “then it just became a thing.”

Records provide different listening experience, Rivero says.

“When listening to a CD or MP3, it is too easy to skip around or shuffle” Rivero says, “So you miss the story the artist was trying to tell.”

Record Store day comes around every mid-April, and sometimes stores will have mini-ones around Black Friday. It is not only a day to grab good deals on records, but a day to celebrate independently owned record stores.

“It is only for independent record stores,” Andrew Royo of Sounds Good says, “the mom-and-pop stores.”

Record Store day is a big day for collectors. Rare versions of albums will come out, and they will have a specific symbol on them. It is a lot of times the only day that product can be found.

“It has become sort of trendy,” Rivero says, “I feel like it is this generation’s way of experiencing something new.”

Anthony Damore, a collector, sees that more and more people are starting to get into record collecting.

“Mainly the younger generation,” Damore says, “which I think is pretty great.”

Although he plays his records very rarely, the vinyl itself is what is important to him.

“The color variant of the vinyl itself,” Damore says. “Even plain black, 180 gram vinyl, is some of the best quality.”

Many of today’s artists like Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, and Taylor Swift are starting to release current albums on vinyl, due to the rapid growth of sales.

“They know that more people are starting to collect them,” Damore says. “And they want to please their fans.”

Although records are more work, especially because they have to be cleaned one by one.It doesn’t feel any different to a record collector as someone with an IPod hitting fast forward. Vinyl has a purer sound and hasn’t been tampered with in a studio. When listening, imperfections are heard, and that is what makes music, music.

“Sometimes what you don’t hear,” Royo says, “makes all the difference in the world.”

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