Lost Vinyl Classics
I get asked a lot: Why vinyl? There is a tried and true list of reasons diehards prefer vinyl. Do a quick search on the internet and you’ll see reasons including tangible media, sound quality, cover art, warmth of tone, the act of caring for music, etc…. I get all of those reasons, but the real reason I love vinyl is that it has to be taken in as a whole. This includes the cover art, but I’m more specifically talking about sitting down and being forced to listen to an album beginning to end. What songs are strong and what songs are weak? How does the album hang together? What kind of mood does it create? Are there deep cuts that are better than the radio singles? I wouldn’t watch only fifteen minutes somewhere in the middle of a movie, and I don’t want to only listen to a random five minutes of an album. As consumers, we have let artists off the hook with albums. An artist doesn’t have to make a good album. They only have to make a good single. Purchases are racked up in single iTunes downloads and not physical albums. I am a lover of the album art form, and record is the only medium that emphasizes that art form. This is why I crate dig. This is why I am always on the lookout for some forgotten album. This column is to help share some of those long forgotten works of art.