King me! I’m Vinyl

It seems that the “Record Nerds” that converge in a community center in Downtown Buena Park every month for the Vinyl Shows,  Impossible City included, are way ahead of the curve here. Or is it behind the future? Back to the fu??ture… Anyway, as recent studies have shown, vinyl records are the “new” savior of a declining music industry by actually being profitable. Probably because it’s hard to steal an LP online, let alone in a store. Try walking out of a Thrift Store with Crisis? What Crisis? by Supertramp (right). Virtually impossible!

EMI, a company freaking-out with personnel issues and decreasing sales, are hoping the new vinyl trend can help resurrect their profits. They are due to release fifteen of the EMI catalog’s most popular albums on vinyl. A rep at Capitol/EMI confirmed that the label would reissue the fifteen albums on August 19th, with each release replicating the original artwork and packaging from when the album was first issued. All things that are definitely not included in an mp3 file or thump drive. Some of the highlighted releases getting the vinyl treatment are the Beach Boys’ out-of-print Pet Sounds (awesome!), every pre-In Rainbows Radiohead album, R.E.M.’s Document, Coldplay’s pre-Viva la Vida albums and John Lennon’s Imagine (a must!). Also going back to wax is the Band of Gypsys album, Wings’ Band on the Run, a pair of Bob Seger albums and A Perfect Circle’s Mer de Noms. Pre-orders for the vinyls show they will be priced in the $20-30 range.

The resurgence isn’t just with the old-timers either, 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. 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.)

For 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.”

We’ve been saying this for years!! There’s nothing nicer than grabbing a bottle of wine, and/or some “oonies,” and going through the many, many, many LPs in Impossible City’s Headquarters after a long week and just enjoying some long lost fuller-rounder-more complete-sounding music.

Here Here to Vinyl!

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