28 AUG 08 JULIE MURRAY PORTER
For you rugrats out there, those big cardboard squares you see at the record stores aren't large-print CDs. They're vinyl records and you'll be seeing a lot more of the venerated format.
Record collectors and die-hard music fans have, for years, asserted that the analog sound is superior to that of a digital recording. Evidence shows vinyl is definitely getting its groove back. Ilene Barg, marketing executive at Hollywood's legendary Amoeba Music, said in a recent Los Angeles Times article, the store "sells about 2,000 vinyl LPs a day, up as much as 15% compared to a year ago." Retailers around the globe are seeing similar rises.
Whatever the reason, I am delighted that vinyl is making a comeback in all genres of music. It is definitely a thrill to rummage through the vast collections of LPs and 45s at Sunday's swap meets, but more and more contemporary recordings and reissues are being made available on vinyl to every day music consumers. Artists such as the Killers, Elvis Costello and the Raconteurs are issuing LPs to encourage fans to buy these vinyl recordings. Some of my favorite LPs from the Concord family include John Coltrane's Thelonious Monk With John Coltrane and John Fogerty's most recent release Revival. There are plenty of other as well, like James Hunter's latest The Hard Way and a broad selection in the Collector's Corner.
A few years ago I remember searching high and low for a replacement record player, and just this past Christmas I saw at least 5 different record players (some even played 78 rpms!) for sale at Target and Bed, Bath, & Beyond. If you can buy a record player at Bed, Bath & Beyond, its safe to say vinyl is the comeback kid.