Now I took a trip down to Sissy’s
She’s a friend of mine
She smiled and asked me in
Well, she drew a box and a big,
fancy question mark
Said, “Brother, which one is you in?”
I told her, “Sister, don’t worry
’bout the mule going blind
You just sit in the wagon and
hold on to the line
‘Cause anyone who’s ever had
sweet potato pie
Don’t want pumpkin again…
Al Jarreau – “Sweet Potato Pie”
This one could be just titled… Your IPOD sucks.
According to the LA Times –
Sales of such albums were up 89% in 2008, which has fueled a mini-boom in neighborhood record stores.
“I’ve always marveled at every new generation of 15-year-old boys who go to the Doors vinyl section and say, ‘Wow, an original Doors LP!’ ” said Marc Weinstein, founder of Amoeba Music, the three-store chain whose Hollywood branch is among the largest independent retail record stores in the U.S. “Major labels should have capitalized on this years ago.”
Slowly they are, by pressing a growing list of vinyl catalog reissues and new albums by marquee artists such as U2. Nielsen SoundScan reported 1.88 million sales of new LPs last year, an 89% increase over 2007. And that figure is almost certainly conservative, as many independent retailers do not report their sales to SoundScan; the service says that more than two-thirds of vinyl albums are sold at indie operations.
Why, you might ask?
Because even on a moderate system the audio quality coming off a vinyl record far surpasses that of any of the digital media.
Part of the detrius of a seriously misspent youth is a stereo system my kids call “Dad’s Monster”. The primary Amp is heavy enough to produce that “goin’ home from down south rear bumper drag 1″ off the pavement- headin’ North on the freeway after the holidays” (You KNOW what I’m talking about!) effect if placed in the rear of an American passenger car. Analog… Tubes… Probably producing better quality sound than 90% of the digital recording studios are capable of today…
Which gets in to the Garbage In Garbage Out issue.
My kids, as they approached the end of tweeny-hood all discovered the music of 60’s musicians – usually led by a ‘discovery’ of Jimi Hendrix. As an object lesson one day I took an IPOD, a CD, a CD recorded on a computer from source material off the internet… And an original, pristine vinyl recording of Electric Ladyland – and played the same song from each through “the monster”. You really appreciate Jimi…
When you can actually hear his music.
Don’t try this at home, BTW – because it invariably winds up in a demonstration for each of the kids friends… Which can be legion.
Did the same thing on a substantially more modest setup with an old BSR Turntable and solid state Sansui Amp… You lose some of the acoustic airspace and harmonics versus a tube amp…
But it’s still ten times better.
Is there a market here?
“By the end of 2008, over 50% of our business was in new vinyl, which amounts to millions of dollars a year,” said Matt Wishnow, founder of the New York-based online music retailer Insound.com. Its turntable sales increased 200% in 2008, with the company shipping dozens daily during the holiday season.