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Not the final word on vinyl


by Jerome Weeks 18 Mar 2008

A timely confirmation of David Okamoto’s contention that Eryka Badu’s “Honey” is a tribute to the cult-like devotion of vinyl fans: A National Post story (datelined from Austin’s SXSW) about the resurgence of LP Love: In the United Kingdom, where the CD single is basically dead, there is such a resurgence in vinyl that retailers […]

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A timely confirmation of David Okamoto’s contention that Eryka Badu’s “Honey” is a tribute to the cult-like devotion of vinyl fans: A National Post story (datelined from Austin’s SXSW) about the resurgence of LP Love:

In the United Kingdom, where the CD single is basically dead, there is such a resurgence in vinyl that retailers can’t keep up with capacity. In the U.S., figures as high as 22 per cent are being floated about the growth in vinyl record sales.

At a time when digital downloading is the thing, does this return to the “good old days” merely represent a small portion of audio geeks who pine for the tactile and genuine listening experience of playing a record on a turntable? Or is it, as Eric Levin, owner and president of Criminal Records/AIMS, thinks, the beginning of something big that will create a massive collectors’ market a few decades from now?

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