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Top 10 Reasons Why Vinyl is Best

September 1, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

by Mat Weir

Hello, my name is Mat and I’m a vinyl addict. For those of you already in the know, this will just be a reaffirmation of our horribly neurotic & meticulous tendencies. But for those of you who don’t have a turntable or, for some god-awful reason, are set in your downloading ways, here’s some food for thought. Give it a whiff, let it sting the nostrils, chew it over, let it digest, maybe let it settle over some meditation and in the end, you’ll agree. If not, then just wait until the next time your computer decides to crash.

1. Artwork – Album artwork is meant to be mulled over. The musicians that you revere so dearly, painstakingly choose the album art. What better way to appreciate it than on a 12 inch space? Not to mention older albums were never meant to be shrinked to a dinky CD size.

2. Free Promos – Back in the day, albums came with free stickers, posters and even t-shirts for the hungry fans. Today, the same standards apply. When was the last time iTunes gave you something free?

3. Quality – DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE. Just because mp3s and CDs are a newer technology does NOT mean that they are better. When it comes to audio, analog is always the way to go which is why so many of today’s artists are still recording in analog. Plus, iTunes rips you off in giving you an even cheaper quality of music file than even CDs have. Ask any music junkie and they’ll agree: there’s nothing like the warm sound of high-quality vinyl.

4. Drop-In Cards – But for those of you who don’t believe number 3, these days most artists will include a drop-in card or CD copy of their vinyl. This way you can either save your vinyl or at least have a portable version of the album. That’s what we call “bi-winning.”

5. Value – Kept in good condition, most vinyl records increase in value over time. Of course there are other factors in play (has it been re-issued? Did the artist die? Is it a rare recording done with a tin can in a barn?) but purchasing a vinyl record is an investment and when you’re in a tight bind, it’s nice knowing you can get $60 for something you paid $20. Try doing that with a puny, plastic CD.

6. Picture Discs – A record with the album cover on one side and a rare band photo on another is a beautiful thing indeed. Fun to play and you can look like you have some culture by displaying them as wall art.

7. Playing Process – Taking the time to choose an album, put it on the table, move the tone arm and carefully place it on the grooves is actually a helluva lot more fun than it sounds. And much, much more fun than just hitting “play” on a computer.

8. Rare & Re-Issues – Not everything recorded has been reissued. This means there’s a plethora of rare and obscure music just waiting to be found in the dust bins and milk crates of others. There’s a certain charm in knowing you own a record that not many people know about or have even heard of. On the flip-side, more and more music is beginning to be re-issued on vinyl so even when you think you can’t collect anymore, there’s always something good just waiting to be found.

9.Long Lasting – Vinyl lasts forever! Ever wonder why you can go through Streetlight and find records from over 50 years ago? If taken care of properly (and honestly, even if not), vinyl records have a vast lifetime that will make even Methuselah a little jealous. CDs scratch too easily and even wear down after a couple years of play & nobody needs to be reminded of an mp3’s lifetime when faced with a virus-filled computer.

10. Nostalgia – Vinyl records help connect us with the past. Sure, it’s really cool that you can search for a song and instantly download it to your phone, but it’s important for us to remember our roots. Vinyl connects us with our ancestors all the way back to Edison. To take the words of Cat Johnson, with every pop & hiss, the spirit of music is “transcending time and space with its ability to move us.”

  1. Nelson
    September 2, 2011 at 6:36 am

    Let the analog apocalypse reign!

  2. September 2, 2011 at 8:19 am

    Truer words have never been spoken!

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