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Vinyl is Back! Articles from Around the World on the LP's Resurgence

There's been a huge uptick in vinyl record popularity over the past few years. Here's some recent coverage of this trend.

Vinyl Revival - Demand for records is on the rise

Amy Bickel - The Hutchinson News - April 25, 2010

His 16-year-old daughter and her friends couldn't identify the round black disc. "Is it an overly large CD?" they asked Shane Jensen. How it could even play music was another matter. "All they knew were cassettes and CDs," he said with a chuckle.
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In Store: Grooves Still Gets Goosebumps Over Vinyl

Ian S. Port - February 18, 2010

Owner Ray Andersen, age 70, on CDs: "You can buy them anywhere. It doesn't have the charm. I really love the whole analog deal here -- I get the goosebumps and everything. How many CDs do you get goosebumps from? And I don't think carrying CDs helped the 18 record stores that have gone out of business since we opened."
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Vinyl sales rise, rise, rise

"The Needle Drop" - Jan 15, 2010

The warm sound of vinyl continues its resurgence in popularity, as new album sales of LPs rose 33% in 2009 from the year before, according to the figures released by Nielsen Soundscan.

2.5 million vinyl records were sold in 2009, with Radiohead topping the chart with nearly 48,000 LPs sold. Also at the top of the list were classics by the likes of Michael Jackson, the Beatles and Bob Dylan. Rounding out the top 10 best sellers were smaller artists like Wilco, Animal Collective, and Bon Iver.

Animal Collective's widely-popular Merriweather Post Pavillion was the #3 best selling vinyl record of 2009, with 14,000 units sold. Abbey Road was at the top with nearly 35,000 copies sold. Radiohead's In Rainbows was the top selling album of 2008, and continued to sell another 11,400 copies in 2009.
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Vinyl albums making the rounds again

TORONTO - December 20, 2009

As music lovers approach a new decade in this still-young century, a recording technology once considered old and obsolete — vinyl — has been making a comeback.

Vinyl albums, which began to be replaced by CDs in the mid-1980s, have rebounded in recent years as enthusiasts young and old turned sentimental for the old pops, cracks and warm sounds emitting from grooves on a record.

And as sales have rebounded, music makers ranging from big acts such as Jack White and the Flaming Lips to local bands in major cities have been cranking out vinyl and treating fans with added material like old-style liner notes or posters.
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Vinyl's comeback makes musicians want to sing

Terri Coles - Reuters - December 08, 2009

Vinyl albums, which began to be replaced by CDs in the mid-1980s, have rebounded in recent years as enthusiasts young and old turned sentimental for the old pops, cracks and warm sounds emitting from grooves on a record.

And as sales have rebounded, music makers ranging from big acts like Jack White and the Flaming Lips to local bands in major cities have been cranking out vinyl and treating fans with added material like old-style liner notes or posters.
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Vinyl Is Back in Style in Music Stores

A. G. SULZBERGER - New York Times - December 07, 2009

It is an entertainment medium that has managed to avoid extinction, despite numerous predictions to the contrary. Even as sales of CDs have plummeted, sales of vinyl records have been climbing sharply.

“It’s all these kids that are really ramping up their vinyl collections,” Ms. Friedman said. “New customers are discovering the quality of the sound. They’re discovering liner notes and graphics.”
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Back in rotation: vinyl sales set for record year

Ian Munroe - CTV.ca News - December 05, 2009

Carlin Nicholson is itching to get his hands on the test pressing, or vinyl prototype, of his band's debut album. It's currently being mastered in Los Angeles and should arrive next week, he said.

In a few months, the 12-track LP by Zeus, Nicholson's Toronto-based rock band, will be released in North America, Japan and Europe through indie music label Arts & Crafts.

In keeping with the band's preferred medium, the vinyl LP will hit store shelves two weeks ahead of the compact disc. And the downloadable version of the album will be recorded from vinyl master, making the tracks sound more like a good old fashioned record.
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Vinyl frontier: Why records sales are soaring again

guardian.co.uk Music Blog - December 02, 2009

Record geeks rarely need a reason to feel smug, but vinyl hoarders worldwide had reassuring news the other week as Nielsen SoundScan released figures predicting that sales of proper, old-fashioned albums will top 2.8m by the end of 2009. This will mean an increase of almost 1m on last year and the highest annual figure for vinyl sales since SoundScan began tracking them in 1991.

This recession-defying spike has already been dismissed by some in the music industry. Indeed, one head of digital strategy at a major label reportedly prefaced his company's annual meeting with the proclamation that "the profit from vinyl sales wouldn't even pay for our lunch today", presumably before helping himself to another slice of dolphin cooked in orphan's tears. And while it's true that record sales count for less than 1% of overall music consumption, what's interesting is that buying vinyl is no longer the preserve of 12-inch mad DJs – the biggest growth area for vinyl is actually in country music, a genre not normally associated with the extended DJ Headcrab remix.
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Vinyl: Let's get back in the groove
In the midst of the download revolution, why are some of rock's biggest names returning to vinyl?

Chris Mugan - The Independent - October 21, 2009

In an unprepossessing industrial estate on the fringes of west London, the fight back of a much-loved music format is being plotted.

Based in Hayes – handy for Heathrow Airport – the Vinyl Factory pressing plant is taking on the relentless rise of downloads and streaming services. Rather than mass producing vinyl, as in its heyday, the premises offer a bespoke service for discerning customers, one helping to carve a niche for vinyl as a desirable, collectable artefact.
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Vinyl records still find niche with music lovers

Kevin Brosky - Temple News - September 16, 2009

City record stores are in agreement: Vinyl is still in high demand. In fact, it may just be keeping those stores in business during a recession.

Before iPods and MP3 players, there was a time when far less portable vinyl records were king. It would make sense if these relics from the past were now obsolete – only, they’re not.

In fact, the city’s record store owners seem to be in agreement: Not only are people still buying vinyl, but records are in high demand, particularly because they’re becoming more and more difficult to find.

“We used to throw vinyl out,” said Bernie Carville, who works at Rustic Music at 13th and Pine streets. “Now, we don’t throw anything out.”

Rustic Music began as a used guitar store, but it quickly became clear that there was a demand for selling music as well, and it eventually became half a music store.

“We just had a couple records sitting around, and we put them out the one day,” Carville said. “People were buying them. Instead of spending more for a CD, people can buy a good copy on vinyl for cheap.”
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Fans turn to vinyl for old school flair

Carter Moulton - (Michigan) State News - September 01, 2009

It’s time to dust off the ol’ vinyl.

As new record stores pop up around East Lansing, Hodge Heckaman, a professional writing junior working at The Record Lounge/Scavenger Hunt, 503 E. Grand River Ave., said the younger audience is gaining an appreciation for vinyl through its dream-like vision of the past.

"We kind of idealize the ’60s, the ’70s and the ’80s and we try to embrace what we see as different parts of that generation," Heckaman said.

Nostalgia is definitely a part of the vinyl legacy and records are definitely the “grandpa” of the music listening ages. They’ve watched other audio formats come and go, but vinyl has a new enemy with the arrival of digital music.
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Vinyl records making a comeback nationally, in Waco

Chad Shanks - Waco Tribune-Herald - August 10, 2009

In this digital age, where iTunes is king, CD sales are plummeting, and college students are being sued for sharing music files illegally, an ancient relic of the music world is making an unlikely comeback.

In 2008, 2.9 million new vinyl records were sold in the United States, a 124 percent increase from the 1.3 million sold in 2007, according to data from the Recording Industry Association of America.
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Vinyl record sales spinning upward

David Ugarte - Kansan.com - July 17, 2009

Warren Gassaway found his first record player in the closet of his high school library at the end of his senior year. He said he liked vinyl records because they were a cheap way to listen to old music, “plus they are kind of cool to look at.”

Gassaway, Neodesha junior, is not the only one who thinks so.
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VSPINNING AGAIN: Newly pressed vinyl records making a comeback - Many of today's artists are producing LPs

JOHN PRZYBYS - Las Vegas Review Journal - July 2, 2009

IamlaserVinyl LPs, in all their shrink-wrapped newness, in cardboard sleeves bearing artwork visible without a magnifying glass and liner notes that don't look like the small print on a mortgage contract, sitting, right out there in the open, on the racks of your neighborhood mass-market retailer. Just like they used to, so many years ago. Vinyl records -- newly pressed ones, not vintage or pre-owned albums -- are making a comeback. A small comeback, a minor comeback., but a comeback nonetheless.
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Vinyl sales to hit another high point in 2009

Todd Martens - L.A. Times - June 11, 2009

IamlaserThe resurgent vinyl market isn't showing any signs of slowing down. In fact, recent figures released by Nielsen SoundScan indicate that overall U.S. vinyl sales will once again set a benchmark in 2009, with sales up 50% through the first five months of the year. SoundScan predicts vinyl sales will reach 2.8 million units in 2009, up from 1.9 million in 2008, a record since SoundScan began tracking sales data in 1991. Already in 2009, vinyl sales have topped 1 million. At this point last year, vinyl sales stood at 701,000 copies. To be fair, the number is still tiny compared to overall album sales.
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Vinyl's Here ... and She Wants You Back!

W. - I AM A LASER! - May 1, 2009

Laser-photoIamlaserThe Vinyl Record is back as a mainstream music delivery medium and it’s just as easy to download as an MP3. After celebrating Record Store Day this past weekend, the world has awoken to the fact: that as CD sales continue to decline, with consumers turning to “on demand” digital downloads, vinyl, in its analog curiosity, is growing back in dramatic numbers.

In fact, 2008 was the best sales year for vinyl since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking data in 1991, moving close to 1.9 million copies sold, two-thirds of which were bought at independent retailers. That’s up 87% –nearly double what it was selling in 2007!

Turns out its not just audiophiles and DJ's, for whom vinyl never left, who are bringing it all back. But a wide range of music loving individuals who want to have something they can hold in their hands, pour over the liner notes and see, actually SEE the album artwork as a piece of well ... artwork – not just a smattering of pixels on a tiny screen. And perhaps experience a phenomenon called "analog warmth".
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Vinyl vitality: Indie record stores are surviving in an MP3, file-sharing world

Jim Welte - Marin Independent Journal - April 10, 2009

Marin-vinyl-photoMarinindependentjournalThat's right, in a world of iTunes downloads, file-sharing and a litany of music sources - the makers of music video games like Guitar Hero have racked up $2.3 billion in sales in the past three years - the once-dying LP (long player) format has been making a comeback in recent years. Vinyl sales jumped a whopping 89 percent in 2008, selling 1.88 million units, the highest tally for vinyl since Nielsen Soundscan started tracking music sales in 1991. For the badly battered music industry as a whole, it's a small respite, as vinyl still only represented 0.1 percent of the music sales in 2008, a year that saw a 14 percent drop in total album sales.

But for independent record store owners like Scheuenstuhl, his store's 20 percent increase in vinyl sales has helped him weather the storm, inciting him to utter a sentence that would have seemed loony five years ago.
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Music lovers in the groove as vinyl makes a comeback

LINDSAY McPHEE - The West Australian - March 12, 2009

Australia-vinyl-backWest-australianAs the market for CDs continues to shrink in the face of increasingly popular digital downloads, the humble LP is making a comeback.

ARIA music sales figures showed vinyl sales in 2008 jumped a massive 97 per cent to move 10,000 more records than the previous year, while CD album sales continued their downward trend to drop 11 per cent.

While sales of almost $400,000 give vinyl just 0.1 per cent of the $426 million Australian music market, vinyl aficionados are sure the upward trend will continue.
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In Austin, vinyl is still vital

Joel T. Weickgenant - International Herald Tribune - March 10, 2009

Digging-for-recordsIhtStanding on the wrong side of "full capacity" didn't discourage the dozens of Andrew Bird fans gathered outside the singer's show at Waterloo Records in Austin, Texas, last month.

Clustered around doors opened onto the parking lot, they listened as Bird's voice soared over his signature string-enhanced compositions. Some were blissed out, eyes closed, while others craned to see past the open doors; one woman pressed a camera phone between posters of Cruiserweight and Conor Oberst, straining for a good shot.

As the annual South by Southwest festival takes over Austin — this year, from March 13 to 22 — music lovers will flock to the city, partly to take in all that live music, but also to indulge in that increasingly rare sight: stores that still sell records.
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Vinyl's popularity is rising among iPod generation and collectors

Kevin Coffey - WORLD-HERALD - February 8, 2009

Omaha-vinyl-photoOmaha-world-heraldSome people are trying to restock their old collections. Some like the experience of putting a record on a turntable. Others just like the sound.

But no matter the reason, people are buying a lot more vinyl, whether new or used, whether new releases or classics.

Vinyl's popularity has been growing for a few years, but it appears to be spiking.

"I had a dad who was really into records, so that's where I started. He had all the classics: (Led) Zeppelin, the Beatles," he said. "I filled in the gaps with his collection, and as I was building this collection, I started realizing there were other things that I was falling in love with."

After collecting rock records, he started going after funk, disco and soul. A large part of his collection is also made up of 12-inch hip-hop singles that he samples while DJing.
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Vinyl turns tables on CDs

Chattanooga: Compact discs falter as digital tunes turn music world on head

Casey Phillips - Chattanooga Times Free Press - February 3, 2009

Chatanooga-vinyl-photoChatanooga-times-free-pressThe continuing decline of CD album sales for the eighth consecutive year in 2008 and the growth of vinyl and digital music formats has local retailers, musicians and record labels considering new approaches to the music business.

A Dec. 31 New York Times article cited Nielsen SoundScan statistics for 2008 showing a 14 percent decline in CD sales and full-album downloads from 2007. Sales for vinyl records and digital downloads increased by 89 and 32 percent, respectively, according to the Nielsen report.

Local musicians' and businesses' experiences backed up the national trends, marked by flagging sales of CD albums and a shift of consumer interest online.

"The transition into digital ... may take awhile to finish, but we've certainly seen a lot more growth on that front," said Chris Thomas, the president of Palo Duro Records, headquartered in Chattanooga.
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Vinyl turns tables on CDs

Music lovers return to the record

Josephine Moulds - Telegraph.co.uk - February 2, 2009

Vinyl-duoTelegraphDigital music is accessible at the click of a button, CDs are portable and robust, and record players are rare to the point of extinction. Why would anyone buy vinyl in this day and age?

"To be really cool," says Mark Wadhwa, one half of the pair behind the Vinyl Factory, which in 2003 rescued the EMI vinyl pressing plant in Hayes from closure. "Everyone can download. If you've got a vinyl record you're different."

UK sales of seven inch singles increased from 180,000 in 2001 to more than a million in 2007, as young people discovered the format for the first time. Dance music DJs still use records to mix, and the notion of collecting vinyl is catching on again among older people, as new artists bring out limited editions with original artwork.
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Vinyl Fights on in a Digital World

Despite ease, popularity of music downloads vintage LPs maintain niche fan base

Elizabeth Ghiorso - Orion Online - January 28, 2009

Orion-vinyl-fightOrion-onlineA death match between vinyl and MP3 is like a standoff between Mr. Miyagi and Katy Perry. In other words, it's a fight between something awesome and something popular.

MP3s, like Katy Perry, are trendy, easy and cheap. However, for those who call themselves authentic audiophiles, nothing beats vinyl for depth and richness of sound.

The LP offers a complete experience and a culture all its own - a culture that has transcended all other music mediums and carried vinyl into the digital age.

Why are vinyl records still thriving after all this time? The answer is simple; vinyl records, like Mr. Miyagi, kick ass.
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Vinyl Music Making Comeback in Digital Age

Patrick Healy - NBCLosAngeles.com - January 26, 2009

MsnbcSnap, crackle, pop!

No, the radio DJ is not eating Rice Krispies on the air. He's playing music on the old format that had largely disappeared a generation ago: the analog vinyl LP. And though it occasionally hisses and crackles and pops (OK, so we exaggerated about the snapping part), it has other endearing qualities that are being rediscovered in the digital age.

"It actually sounds different," said Andy Chanley, p.m. drive-time jock at 100.3 "The Sound," as he wiped down the next vinyl album he would be spinning.
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People Turn Back Time To Turntables As Vinyl Makes A Comeback

Despite ease, popularity of music downloads vintage LPs maintain niche fan base

Sarah Lanse - digtriad.com - January 23, 2009

Digtriad-vinylDigtriadAccording to Nielsen Soundscan, more than 1.8 million vinyl records were sold in the US in 2008.

That's compared with 900,000 the year before.

From Buffet to Brown, the Stones to Hank, Sr., "Remember When Records" on High Point Road sells them all.

Co-Owner John Hiatt, Jr., says "we have about 150,000 pieces here, we have depth very large choice to pick from and everything in our store is new or like new even if its 50 years old."

Hiatt and his wife Brenda started the business in 1989 and have amassed well over 300,000 vinyl records.

Each day they clean, and grade the records.

The majority are priced in the $5 to $8 range, but there are some exceptions.
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Grooving to Vinyl... Again

Julie Wolfe - 11alive.com - January 14, 2008

11-aliveAt Criminal Records in Atlanta, the growing love of vinyl is helping them survive. Manager Mel Pinson crunches the numbers: "By the end of 2008, over half of our music sales [were vinyl records]. That's total music sales against CDs. So, there's a trend upward. No doubt about it."

From old classics to new releases, record fans say the music is just better on vinyl.

"Even the used records are great," Shannon Mulvaney said. "The cracks, it's a little like a warm campfire, you know. It's comforting. It's like comfort food for your ears."
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Just for the record - life begins again at 45rpm

Pete Paphides discovers why the pop, crackle — and soul — of vinyl are making a comeback

Pete Paphides - Times Online - January 9, 2008

Times-onlineStand on the floor at the EMI pressing plant in Hayes, Middlesex — and close your eyes. If the sound is familiar it might have something to do with halfremembered episodes of Ivor the Engine. The rhythmic clunk and hiss of a steam engine is exactly the same as the one made by the pressing plant currently spitting out Franz Ferdinand albums at a rate of one every 20 seconds. Open your eyes again and a second wave of deja vu takes hold. You've gone, a la Play School, through the arched window and into a Britain where things are actually made on factory floors
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Radiohead, Neutral Milk Hotel Help Vinyl Sales Almost Double In 2008

Daniel Kreps - Rolling Stone - January 8, 2009

Rollingstone"While CD sales continue to decline, vinyl is still experience a renaissance: 89 percent more LPs were sold last year than in ‘07. Part of the leap can be attributed to Capitol Records' decision to reissue many of their most famous albums on vinyl, as the Beatles' Abbey Road was the year's second-highest-selling vinyl album, Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon ranked seventh and Radiohead's OK Computer rounded out the Top 10. Radiohead's In Rainbows, an album that began its career as a free download, was 2008's biggest vinyl seller, a position that was no doubt aided by the fact that the album came out on January 1st of last year and therefore had plenty of time on shelves.

Other shockers: Neutral Milk Hotel's 1998 classic In The Aeroplane Over the Sea came in sixth, ahead of Dark Side, Fleet Foxes and Metallica's Death Magnetic.
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CDs out of tune in digital age

Includes interesting bit about vinyl in 2008

Kai Ryssdal interviews Steve Knopper - Marketplace Radio - January 7, 2008

Marketplace"It's really interesting because what's happening is that you've got all these college students and other hipsters who have been downloading for several generations now, since Napster came out in the late '90s. And they've got all this music on their hard drives. And then they're going, you know what, artwork is pretty cool and having a big thing to hang on my wall is pretty cool and being able to flip through the racks at a record store is a fun experience. And they don't want to just go back to CDs because they're expensive, and you can see that. But, it kind of makes sense to buy a vinyl record because there's this sort of throwback quality to it." -Steve Knopper
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Back to the future: Vinyl record sales double in '08, CDs down

What's old is new again when it comes to audio storage

Lucas Mearian - computerworld - January 2, 2008

Computerworld-newbury-lpsComputerworldAudiophiles have long argued that vinyl records offer better sound quality than CDs or MP3s, but their stoic loyalty in the face of change was seen as little more than a nostalgic bias during the 25 years in which digital recordings came to dominate the music industry. In recent years, however, sales of LPs -- that's short for long-playing records, kids -- have more than doubled online and are regaining overall market share, thanks to new converts looking for more than they can find in an MP3 selling for 99 cents online.

In 2008, 1.88 million vinyl albums were purchased, more than in any other year since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking LP sales in 1991. The previous record was in 2000, when 1.5 million LP albums were sold. More than two out of every three vinyl albums bought in 2008 were purchased at an independent music store, according to SoundScan.
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It's not final on vinyl: sales up

Record purchases double in 2008

Grant Surridge - Canwest News Service - January 2, 2008

Vancouver-sunA music-buying public enamoured of digital downloads may be abandoning the compact disc in droves, but one physical medium is staging a tiny comeback.

Amid otherwise gloomy music sales numbers released by Nielsen Co. this week, vinyl record sales doubled compared with the year before.
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Sound Check: In digital era, vinyl makes a comeback

Jesse DeLeon - caller.com - December 19, 2008

CallerThese days, thanks to the iPod, we can carry around thousands of songs in our pockets. The last few years has been a dizzying and relentless journey of musical downsizing that started with the inception of the seemingly now-archaic compact disc.

But a funny thing happened on the way to digitizing all of our music.

The LP (or long-play record, as some of us remember all too well) is staging an unlikely comeback in this digital age. Turntables are slowly coming back into fashion, and record companies realize some ears out there would rather hear the warmer, fuller sound of a vinyl record than the antiseptic, processed and sometimes tinny nuances that plague some MP3s.
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Vinyl records are increasingly popular with youths

MELANIE ALVES - South Coast Today - December 14, 2008

South-coast-todayAcross SouthCoast, more and more people, especially teens and young adults, say they are rediscovering the authentic sound and impressive quality of record albums.

Vinyl phonographs were introduced in 1940 and ruled for the next 40 or 50 years before falling into near extinction with the arrival of cassettes, compact discs and MP3 players.

But despite the array of advanced technology in the music business, "old-fashioned" albums still find an audience. Local music stores such as Vinyl Stage Music in New Bedford and Newbury Comics in Dartmouth, as well as some thrift shops, offer vinyl-lovers a variety of old and new releases.
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The Year On Vinyl: Dropping The Needle

Rita Houston - WFUV - December 11, 2008

Npr-flickr-vinylNpr-music There's something wonderful about the ceremony of playing records: dropping the needle, enjoying the gatefold artwork, holding on to something weighty while listening. It's easier to feel connected to music when you have to flip the record halfway through. It also makes proper sequencing that much more important: Which track closes Side 1, or opens Side 2?

Now that the MP3 is king, vinyl has become something of an underground revolution. More and more artists have begun to insist on releasing their new albums on vinyl, and music fans who jettisoned their collections in favor of "clear, perfect digital sound CDs" are raiding garage sales and rediscovering analog music all over again.
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Vinyl 45s make a comeback

Interest in singles has once again revived a 'dead' music medium, the seven-inch vinyl record - Ben Rayner - Toronto Star - December 11, 2008

Toronto-starThe seven-inch single is pretty much the inverse of the MP3 file.

Physical, inconsistent, mortal and definitely not portable in the post-Walkman sense of the word, the beloved, wee black discs upon which rock 'n' roll was born should by all rights have been dealt a final death blow by the arrival of digital music files.

Curiously, though, sales of 45s – a format introduced by RCA in 1951 – are on the rise. Especially in the U.K., where they've inched back up to more than 15 per cent of the total singles market and the White Stripes' "Icky Thump" last year posted the highest single-week sales of a seven-inch in 20 years.
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A groove only vinyl provides - In digital age, LP sales stage big comeback

Emma Downs - The Journal Gazette - November 30, 2008

Journal-gazetteYou can find 25-year-old Brandon Roth at the Wooden Nickel on North Anthony Boulevard about once a week, thumbing through the rows of brightly colored vinyl records stacked neatly throughout the store.

Usually, he scours the bins for newer vinyl – re-released classics or LPs by current artists such as the Black Keys. But he's not above searching for lightly used Black Sabbath albums, either, he says.
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The Format That Refuses To Die; Vinyl Records Alive And Well

Mike Duffy - Pioneer Times - November 24, 2008

Pioneer-timesEven with all the advances in audio technology and the digital craze, one format has withstood the test of time: vinyl records.

The evolution of personal audio playback is an interesting tale: from paper cylinders to records, records to 8-tracks, 8-tracks to cassettes, cassettes to CDs, and finally, CDs to digital MP3s, only one "primitive" format has managed to not fade away into history. Records were introduced way back in 1877 and are still being widely used across the world, and it's not just DJs who are using them.
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Vinyl: The New CD?

Robin Hilton - NPR Music's All Songs Considered - November 21, 2008

All-songs-consideredNpr-musicA while back on the blog, I mentioned that I had gotten rid of all my CDs because I thought the compact disc was a dying format. It's so much easier to access everything from a hard drive. When I asked listeners what they thought would be the music format to replace CDs, a handful of people said "vinyl." I thought it was funny, but I've come to realize that they may be right.

I've read a number of reports that sales of vinyl LPs and turntables are way up. Retailers speculate the obvious: Vinyl turns music into a tangible work of art, allowing a deeper connection between listener and artist. And many vinyl LPs now come with a code to download a free MP3 version of the album, giving listeners both the convenience of digital audio and the beauty of art you can hold in your hand.
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Vinyl Records Making a Comeback

Marybeth Brush - Nov 20, 2008 - OzarksFirst.com

It's the awakening of an era for music lovers. Vinyl records are coming back and gaining popularity in the Ozarks.

"I never thought we'd come back to vinyl ever." says Michael Vincent, owner of CD Warehouse. "I brought in 50 pieces to test it and it immediately went crazy."
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Warm sound, artistic covers fuel record sales

Tom Schroeder - North by Northwestern - Nov. 9, 2008

North-by-northwesternThe day Dr. Wax shuts its doors for the last time will be a sad one. The iconic music shop's closure is a sign of the end of the CD era, but there is still a record store in Evanston that's doing quite well.

"Business is great," said Steve Kay, manager of Vintage Vinyl in Evanston near the intersection of Davis and Maple. “Always good here.”
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Vinyl Spins to the Forefront Again

Greg Kot - Chicago Tribune - October 5, 2008

Chicago-tribuneAt a time when convenience and portability rule for consumers listening to music collections on MP3 players, the stodgy old vinyl album and turntable are making an unexpected comeback.

While CD sales continue a double-digit decline, sales of vinyl albums have doubled in the last year to 6 million and turntable sales increased 80 percent last year. The resurgence is being led not just by Baby Boomers nostalgic for gatefold album sleeves and the pops and scratches of favorite records, but by college-age consumers discovering the elaborate artwork of vinyl-album packaging for the first time, and entranced by the grittier, less-artificial sound quality.
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Vinyl Revolution: In a Digital Age, The LP Record Makes a Comeback

Craig Winneker - September 12, 2008

Wall_street_journalA group of 20-something tourists from Istanbul are wandering along London's Portobello Road when one of them, Surhan Gebologlu, walks into Intoxica, a bamboo-covered record shop with an inviting array of LPs displayed on its walls -- everything from Sly and the Family Stone's "A Whole New Thing" to "Scientist at the Controls of Dub."

Wsj-vinyl-junkies"I just got a record player," he says, inspecting a mint-condition copy of "The Queen Is Dead" by the Smiths. "My girlfriend bought it for me and I want to use it."

He's not alone. The 12-inch vinyl LP record -- in decline for the past two decades, clung to only by DJs, audiophile nerds and collectors -- is back. Sales of new LPs are on the rise -- the only segment of the market for physical-format recorded music (CDs, tapes and records) to expand during the digital revolution -- and more groups are releasing albums on vinyl, often creatively packaged in combination with digital formats
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Vinyl records are getting back in the spin

Brian Anthony Hernandez w/ Associated Press - August 19, 2008

Cleveland_logo Seduced by compact discs and byte-sized digital formats, music fans found the 1980s and '90s the ripe time to abandon the classic audio format. Moss saw his store's vinyl inventory dwindle from 95 percent of all its merchandise when it opened in 1950 to 5 percent earlier this decade.

But recently, the season for vinyl records has returned, bringing with it reborn vinyl fanatics and a new generation of addicts, say Moss and other sellers throughout Northeast Ohio.

"We saw an increase in sales starting about five years ago," said Rob Pryor, general manager of Cleveland Heights' Record Revolution, which has been in business since 1968. The store sells used records ...
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Another Spin for Vinyl

Alex Williams - New York Times - August 29, 2008

New-york-timesTheir bond was sealed as soon as she placed the stylus on an LP by the band Broken Social Scene, he said in an e-mail message. "There was this immediate mutual acknowledgment, like we both totally understood what we define ourselves by,” continued Mr. Acklin, who considers his turntable, a Technics model from the 1980s that belonged to an aunt, a prized possession. “It takes a special kind of person to appreciate pops and clicks and imperfections in their music."

The ranks of vinyl devotees are growing. Lately, the anachronistic LP has experienced an unlikely spike in sales, decades after the mainstream music industry wrote off the format as obsolete. Major labels are expanding their vinyl offerings for the first time since they left records for dead nearly two decades ago, music executives said.

While the niche may still be small measured against overall sales of recorded music, the surge of interest in vinyl — and, particularly, its rising cachet among young listeners — is providing a rare glimmer of hope in a hemorrhaging industry.
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How Vinyl Got Its Groove Back

CBS Evening News: In This Digital Age, Vinyl Records Are Making A Comeback - August 19, 2008

Cbsnews-abbey-roadCbs-newsSixteen-year-old David MacRunnel loves his record collection. "I have approximately 1,200," he said. They're all vinyl LPs. Scratch the iPod. "You experience the music versus hearing the music," MacRunnel said. For 18-year-old Lukas Glickman, LPs have become an obsession. "I spend all my money on it. It's a problem," he said. They're true believers in a vinyl revival. Yes, in this digital age, the LP is coming back from the dead ...
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Vinyl Records Make a Return

Music on discs, the big, old-time kind, is popular again. Baby boomers and even kids seek it out. The industry responds.

Melinda Newman - L.A. Times - August 18, 2008

Latimes-recordsLa-timesWhen the doorbell rings at Monti Olson's Glendale home in the middle of the night, it can mean only one thing: Jeff Bowers, his partner in Original Recordings Group, has brought new album artwork for him to inspect. "I'll come out in my pajamas and look it over," Olson said. "He drives home, and I'll go back to bed."

Olson's doorbell is chiming more frequently these days. Since starting vinyl-only label ORG in December 2006 in Olson's kitchen, the label is bursting at the seams.
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Vinyl Returns in the Age of MP3

LP and turntable sales grow as fans find warmer sound in classic format

DAVID BROWNE - Rolling Stone - June 12, 2008

Rs-recordsRollingstoneFor his 19th birthday, Simon Hamburg wanted only one present: a turntable for his dorm room at the University of Southern Mississippi. His father bought him a portable $69 model, and Hamburg's older brother chipped in LPs by Simon and Garfunkel and the Who. "Listening to 'Baba O'Riley' on vinyl is always better than listening to 'Baba O'Riley' on anything else," Hamburg says. "You can hear every instrument. It sounds stupid, but it's like you're feeling the music. You're part of it."

As CD sales continue to decline and MP3s are traded without thought, the left-for-dead LP is staging a comeback. In 2007, according to Nielsen SoundScan, nearly 1 million LPs were bought, up from 858,000 in 2006. Based on to-date sales for 2008, that figure could jump to 1.6 million by year's end. (According to the Recording Industry Association of America, CD shipments dropped 17.5 percent during the same 2006-07 period.) Sales of turntables — which tumbled from 1.8 million in 1989 to a paltry 275,000 in 2006, according to the Consumer Electronics Association — rebounded sharply last year, when nearly half a million were sold.
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Retailers Giving Vinyl Records Another Spin

AP - June 10, 2008

CnnPORTLAND, Oregon (AP) -- It was a fortuitous typo for the Fred Meyer retail chain.

This spring, an employee intending to order a special CD-DVD edition of R.E.M.'s latest release "Accelerate" inadvertently entered the "LP" code instead. Soon boxes of the big, vinyl discs showed up at several stores. Some sent them back. But a handful put them on the shelves, and 20 LPs sold the first day.
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Music back in black (vinyl)

Mar 03, 2008 - indy.com

Indy-comUnlike many members of her generation, 24-year-old Vicki Beall doesn't have an iPod and isn't big on compact discs.

Instead, the Muncie resident buys vinyl albums as a way to find rare, older tunes and resist the digital music movement.
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Vinyl Gets Its Groove Back

Kristina Dell - Time - January 10, 2008

TimeFrom college dorm rooms to high school sleepovers, an all-but-extinct music medium has been showing up lately. And we don't mean CDs. Vinyl records, especially the full-length LPs that helped define the golden era of rock in the 1960s and '70s, are suddenly cool again. Some of the new fans are baby boomers nostalgic for their youth. But to the surprise and delight of music executives, increasing numbers of the iPod generation are also purchasing turntables (or dusting off Dad's), buying long-playing vinyl records and giving them a spin.
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Vinyl May Be Final Nail in CD's Coffin

Eliot Van Buskirk - Wired - October 29, 2007

Wired_logoAs counterintuitive as it may seem in this age of iPods and digital downloads, vinyl -- the favorite physical format of indie music collectors and audiophiles -- is poised to re-enter the mainstream, or at least become a major tributary.

Talk to almost anyone in the music business' vital indie and DJ scenes and you'll encounter a uniformly optimistic picture of the vinyl market.

"I'm hearing from labels and distributors that vinyl is way up," said Ian Connelly, client relations manager of independent distributor alliance IODA, in an e-mail interview. "And not just the boutique, limited-edition colored vinyl that Jesu/Isis-style fans are hot for right now."
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MP3 Generation Discovering the Virtues of Vinyl

Dan Haugen - MinnPost.com - March 20, 2008

MinnpostThere's something almost ceremonial about lifting up a 12-inch-square piece of artwork and gingerly sliding a vinyl album from its sleeve. Something about placing the treasure onto a slowly spinning plate and watching a magic wand hover over the grooves. There's something to the ritual of gently lowering the needle and hearing that crackle and pop, and finally the music.
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For Some, There's No Replacing Vinyl Records

Elizabeth Johnstone - Washington Square News - April 11, 2007

It wasn't planned. It just happened. Tisch junior Jessica Moore had never even owned a vinyl record. But the moment she laid eyes on an old fashioned record player her senior year of high school, an obsession was born.
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