Hello Music Lovers!
We've had an absolute ball being the Indie Rock wedding band for some brilliant couples recently. We've travelled all over the country, and all that time in the car has given us ample opportunity to dicuss at length our favourite topic: music!
This month we hand over to Sam with an opinion piece on Vinyls! What’s the best way to listen to recorded music? Is streaming just ultra-convenient or is it daylight robbery? Is vinyl head-and-shoulders above the rest or just an expensive commodity? Have cassettes had it? These are just some of the questions we’ll address in the next few months (maybe)!
Here’s a quick run-down of the pros and cons of each format:
Vinyl records are the grandfather of music formats first created in 1888 by Emile Berliner. Although they weren’t actually made of vinyl until 1931 when RCA released the first vinyl record. 1948 saw the introduction of the LP by Columbia records and from then on it was vinyl all the way.
It was the format that brought us Chuck Berry, The Beatles, Stevie Wonder and The Beach Boys. However, by the 1990’s cassettes and CD’s put vinyl into a decline that looked permanent. So why has there been a vinyl boom in recent years?
In my eyes it’s a combination of things. For adults who grew up with vinyl, it’s a bit of a nostalgia trip seeing the format rejuvenated, whilst for young people who have been brought up on downloads and streaming it’s a total marvel. Then there’s the fact that records sleeves present the best way to view artwork (who wants to squint at an MP3 thumbnail?!).There is something to be said for owning a physical copy rather than a digital file!
Vinyl records making a mainstream reappearance is great because it teaches us a lesson for getting rid of them in the first place. We are very quick to ditch what we have in search of the next piece of technology-forgetting that if something once had worth, then it shouldn’t be treated as junk just because it isn’t new and shiny!
The format of the record makes for a greater engagement when listening-track skipping isn’t very simple, encouraging you to listen all the way through and the fact you have to flip sides just to hear the next few songs!
However all this fanaticism has come at a price? The music industry have never been one to turn their back on a quick buck and have marketed vinyl into the hippest, most expensive musical commodity of the moment (which is ironic considering its pretty old really). Prices for an album can be as much as £30-40 with stores which once turfed vinyl out cramming it back in left right and centre. Even supermarkets are cashing in on the craze with LP’s sandwiched on the end of checkouts.
Anway, here's some pictures of us with our favourite Vinyls, also mentioned in our previous blog 'Top Tracks and Current Faves', here's Sam's signed copy of Stornoway's 'Beachcomber's Windowsill', Joe with his copy of Circa Waves 'Young Chasers' LP and Sam's Young Mister record.
So what’s the conclusion, are they just a corporate money making tool or do they still have value? In my eyes, they are a great format even if they are on the costly side. Maybe they are best alongside the other formats as a more special way to enjoy music!
Next time… Cassettes!
See you next time, Sam // 8-Ball