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“We Stomped On The Quality of the Art of Music”: 20 Record Stores Weigh In on Vinyl’s Return

(Reprinted from Paste Magazine)

The emergence of vinyl fans among a generation that didn’t necessarily grow up with it left some scratching their heads, but its success is undeniable. Vinyl records, which some thought had taken the same forgotten route of 8-tracks and laser discs, are the one format that’s seen an increase during a notable slump in record sales. With artists like Arcade Fire, the Black Keys and the Beatles leading the vinyl march, the format is here to stay, at least for a while.

We asked record stores across the United States what they thought about the return of the waxy, black format. Here’s what they had to say:

(excerpt follows)

Terry Currier, Music Millennium: Vinyl Records are one of the greatest inventions ever made. They’re the purest form of sound of any format of recorded music that has been introduced to music fans. The industry did a big disservice to music fans by forcing vinyl out in the ’80s. Not only the great quality of sound but the get quality that went into many of the packages.

Vinyl was treated more like art than the CD and especially more than digital downloads. You interface with the packaging much more with a 12″ × 12″ than you do with a 5″ × 5″ cover of the CD, thusly you learn much more about…the music you are experiencing.

…We are a society of convenience and because of that we stomped on the quality of the art of music. Vinyl may not be the salvation of the record industry but this new renaissance in vinyl is here to stay.

Read more: http://www.pastemagazine.com/blogs/lists/2011/11/18-record-stores-weigh-in-on-vinyls-return.html

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