Commentary and Analysis
by Mitch Santell / Co-Founder Big Reggae Mix
There is nothing that is more fun for a fan, a musician, a producer, an engineer and thousands who enjoy the sweet sounds of a real Long Playing Vinyl Record.
How popular is vinyl now? Barnes and Noble have brought vinyl back into the music departments of all their major stores. Lauren Passell who is a writer at B&N had this to say about why those L..P.'s are back!
All the cool kids are clamoring for vinyl these days. The LPs that took a back seat to CDs for 20-odd years are having a resurgence, and fun fact: Barnes & Noble offers a slew of vinyl LPs for your listening enjoyment. Here are seven reasons we think vinyl is here to stay—and why you should jump on this trend.
The cover art. Album covers give artists a lot of space to fill with an image that will provoke a powerful feeling and connect them to the music inside. There’s nothing quite as iconic as Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. Thom Yorke’s The Eraser is a hypnotizing sweep of black and white shapes and scratches that seem to personify Yorke. And you probably had a poster of the Abbey Road cover on your wall in college. In contrast, album art for digital tracks means tiny thumbnail images on your iPhone. Not quite the same.
The full album experience. Sure, you can lift the needle and skip to your favorite song. But when you’re listening to an LP, you’re a lot more likely to chill out and experience the album in its entirety, from start to finish, as the artist intended. In this way, you might come to love a song that you weren’t sure about at first. You’ll start to understand why the artist ordered the songs in the way she did. And you’ll really grasp concept albums like Pet Sounds.
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