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post Apr 15 2016, 03:14 PM
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From today's Mail online

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-35...-purchases.html

Seems strange to buy them, then *not* play them - even stranger to buy them if you don't even have a record player! wacko.gif
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post Apr 15 2016, 04:06 PM
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I'll admit to buying quite a few LPs lately without currently owning a turntable, as well as raiding my parents collections for the good stuff. I hope to get one for my birthday in July though, as I'm pretty stuck for cash to fork out for one currently.
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post Apr 15 2016, 04:57 PM
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QUOTE(Jake. @ Apr 15 2016, 05:06 PM) *
I'll admit to buying quite a few LPs lately without currently owning a turntable, as well as raiding my parents collections for the good stuff. I hope to get one for my birthday in July though, as I'm pretty stuck for cash to fork out for one currently.


Even buying the vinyl isn't cheap - most seem to be around 20. ohmy.gif
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post Apr 15 2016, 06:17 PM
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QUOTE(vidcapper @ Apr 15 2016, 05:57 PM) *
Even buying the vinyl isn't cheap - most seem to be around 20. ohmy.gif


That's exactly why I stick to CDs for the most part. My mother has said about how it's not as cheap as it was years ago. I was disgusted by the price of Tame Impala's Currents in Urban Outfitters when I was in Edinburgh last week, 27 I recall? Conversely, I've found some amazing 5 bargains (Glasvegas, Young Fathers and The Cure) in their other branches.
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post Apr 15 2016, 06:39 PM
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Ahead of this year's Record Store Day on April 16, Official Charts have revealed the biggest selling vinyl albums and singles of the year so far.

It's looking like another big year for vinyl, as the surge in demand for the LP format continues to strengthen. The BPI reports that so far in 2016, LP sales are up 60% compared to the first three months of last year, at just under 640,000.

The continued growth means vinyl sales are likely to top 3 million by the end of the year, compared to 2.1 million at the end of 2015, which marked a 21 year high for the format.

The Official Top 20 biggest selling vinyl albums of 2016 so far are...
1 BLACKSTAR DAVID BOWIE
2 BACK TO BLACK AMY WINEHOUSE
3 I LIKE IT WHEN YOU SLEEP FOR YOU ARE SO 1975
4 25 ADELE
5 THE STONE ROSES STONE ROSES
6 NOTHING HAS CHANGED - THE VERY BEST OF DAVID BOWIE
7 GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY - AWESOME MIX 1 ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
8 THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST DAVID BOWIE
9 LEGEND BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS
10 RUMOURS FLEETWOOD MAC
11 HUNKY DORY DAVID BOWIE
12 SAINT CECILIA FOO FIGHTERS
13 IF I CAN DREAM ELVIS PRESLEY
14 NEVERMIND NIRVANA
15 AM ARCTIC MONKEYS
16 SGT PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND BEATLES
17 PULP FICTION ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
18 UNPLUGGED IN NEW YORK NIRVANA
19 A HEAD FULL OF DREAMS COLDPLAY
20 X ED SHEERAN
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post Apr 15 2016, 07:28 PM
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I'm one of the people who occasionally buys vinyl but doesn't have anything to play them on.
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post Apr 15 2016, 09:05 PM
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I have a record player and buy vinyl once a month usually!

I download new albums I want to hear and buy vinyl of 'classic' albums on vinyl!
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post Apr 16 2016, 06:22 PM
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The price of new releases has dropped slightly over the last couple of years (probably as they're pressing them in higher quantities). There are plenty of shops selling 2nd hand stuff in decent condition so it's still cheap enough to collect.

I've got back into buying it again since getting a Steepletone player for Christmas though I had continued to pick stuff up when I had nothing to play it on. I've also been going through all my old stuff and discovering things I'd completely forgotten about or in some cases can't remember buying in the first place.
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post Apr 17 2016, 05:17 AM
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QUOTE(Shaky Fan @ Apr 16 2016, 07:22 PM) *
I've got back into buying it again since getting a Steepletone player for Christmas though I had continued to pick stuff up when I had nothing to play it on. I've also been going through all my old stuff and discovering things I'd completely forgotten about or in some cases can't remember buying in the first place.


Some of my old records now fall into the 'WTF was I thinking' category... laugh.gif
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post Apr 18 2016, 03:46 AM
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Each to their own, but the idea of buying records without actually owning a record player - unless you definitely plan to get one in the imminent future - is utterly baffling to me. I just have this vision of irritating students spending hundreds of pounds on pristine copies of Bowie and Fleetwood Mac albums, lining them up on their shelves so people can gaze on the wonders of them...and then loading up Spotify and listening to Justin Bieber or something. It's like when people bought dozens of copies of Elton John's Candle In The Wind just so they could show how devoted to Diana they were, it strikes me as hugely pointless.

I got a USB record player back in 2008, mostly so I could copy some rare songs hard to find on CD or even iTunes/Youtube (usually late 80s/early 90s rave) onto my iPod. Back then you could go into HMV and buy 7" new releases for 99p - I've got No You Girls by Franz Ferdinand, Don't Upset the Rhythm by The Noisettes and a signed copy of La Roux's Bulletproof, and I don't remember anyone giving the vinyl section a second-glance other than me as the physical singles market was rapidly declining. I remember that year being in a charity shop in Woking and buying about 20 old records, ranging from the 1960s to early-mid 1990s, for 20p(!) each - the guy who ran the shop said he was pleased to finally be getting rid of them!

My grandma continued to use vinyl as her dominant form of music listening right up until her record player finally broke in 2003, which today seems both astonishingly late and trendsettingly early at the same time...
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post Apr 18 2016, 05:23 AM
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QUOTE(BillyH @ Apr 18 2016, 04:46 AM) *
I got a USB record player back in 2008, mostly so I could copy some rare songs hard to find on CD or even iTunes/Youtube (usually late 80s/early 90s rave) onto my iPod. Back then you could go into HMV and buy 7" new releases for 99p - I've got No You Girls by Franz Ferdinand, Don't Upset the Rhythm by The Noisettes and a signed copy of La Roux's Bulletproof, and I don't remember anyone giving the vinyl section a second-glance other than me as the physical singles market was rapidly declining. I remember that year being in a charity shop in Woking and buying about 20 old records, ranging from the 1960s to early-mid 1990s, for 20p(!) each - the guy who ran the shop said he was pleased to finally be getting rid of them!


Our local HMV has a significant vinyl section nowadays.
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post Apr 18 2016, 09:34 AM
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Tower Records in Dublin has a whole floor of vinyl now.
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post Apr 18 2016, 09:40 AM
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I don't play mine often because I have a quite cheap record player and I'm worried about it damaging them. I do buy them for the artwork too, as some of them look really beautiful. When i move to a bigger flat I'll be buying a better vinyl player for them.
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post Apr 18 2016, 10:56 AM
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QUOTE(dandy* @ Apr 15 2016, 08:28 PM) *
I'm one of the people who occasionally buys vinyl but doesn't have anything to play them on.

So why exactly do you buy it then?
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post Apr 18 2016, 11:05 AM
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I got 2 copies of the 20th Anniversary, Record Store Day edition of Manic Street Preachers - A Design for Life, with copper sleeve. They're gorgeous. wub.gif
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post Apr 18 2016, 11:12 AM
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Nobody ever called it "vinyl" or even worse "vinyls" until recently. They were records or, if being specific, 7"s, 12"s and LPs. That's what really annoys me. That and the annual "oh look, call Granny and tell her to buff up her Jim Reeves discs, vinyl has sold more than in recent times" articles in newspapers around Record Shop Day.

I too think it's baffling that people are buying records and not playing them but fair play to them. Should be pointed out though, that the high prices are often due to the high quality production costs for 180gm discs and the fact that smaller labels need to make some profit margin on smaller, more expensive runs. Maybe those costs will go down a bit if the pressing plants are all busy though.

It'd be a lot cheaper if everyone still manufactured flimsy, crap, paper thin records like when they were the dominant media.
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post Apr 18 2016, 11:18 AM
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don't think it's that weird to buy albums without owning a turntable, I did in the past for collecting purposes, and couldn't play them for years but now I finally can...
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post Apr 18 2016, 11:32 AM
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People college all sorts of things and while I only college stuff I want to actually play from time to time, I am not one of the people who buys and does not play.
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hooray! love vinyl, I still have all of mine, well into the thousands, along with CD's, tapes of varying types, mindiscs and now downloads. Music and album sleeves are works of art not disposable forgettable background noise for while you're thinking of other stuff.

I also like knowing I have actual physical copies of some releases that very few others have copies of, not on youtube, CD, itunes or any streaming service, just vinyl. Maybe I need to put them on youtube laugh.gif
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post Apr 18 2016, 02:54 PM
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QUOTE(Bjork @ Apr 18 2016, 12:18 PM) *
don't think it's that weird to buy albums without owning a turntable, I did in the past for collecting purposes, and couldn't play them for years but now I finally can...


But if it turns out they don't work, it's a little late to return them! tongue.gif
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