The Vinyl Revival
Once expected to die out by the ’90s, vinyl albums are celebrated for their warmer sound, providing the ultimate music listening experience. Whether you grew up smuggling your parents’ albums of yester-year and greedily listening to them on the floor of your bedroom or you are just now discovering this wax medium, listening to vinyl is cool. While digital downloads sales are steady and CDs lost popularity, the vinyl market consistently grows. The convenience that comes with buying digital has a new rival, offering a unique sound that some feel to be superior. More people collect vintage LPs and purchase their favorite artists’ latest albums in vinyl. Many artists owe a substantial amount of their sales to this media.
Jack White’s Lazaretto was released this month and is already breaking records. Lazaretto sold 138,000 copies in its first week with almost a third of that in vinyl, making it the highest sales week of a vinyl LP since Soundclan began tracking music sales in 1991. These numbers can be attributed to the special features that come with only buying this album on black wax, but these sales numbers still goes to show how much vinyl is celebrated in the music community.
The care and detail that went into White’s latest creation is a music nerd’s and vinyl enthusiast’s dream. Complete with two hidden tracks on the paper label of the record, a hologram etched into Side A depicting an angel as it spins and different speeds for the hidden tracks creating a three speed record, these features demonstrate the growing market and appreciation for vinyl.
We celebrate vintage media everyday. From the rare and coveted like Legal Weapons’ Innocent Youth to popular classic rock albums like Led Zeppelin’s Houses of the Holy, we’ve got it all in a collection that is growing. It’s safe to say that digital downloads are to vinyl as e-readers are to the classic paperback. Digital is convenient, easy on the go and takes up less space but nothing beats the real thing. Shelves of glossy albums in sleek sleeves will always be more impressive than a lost iPod.
Katy Spratt February 12, 2016 at 1:29 pm
Hi! Those sound like great albums! The best way to find out about trading vinyl at Bookmans is to call the store that’s closest to you. Mesa 480.835.0505 is a good place to start and Phoenix 602.433.0255 is the next in proximity to Globe. Talk to any of our friendly associates and they can let you know if they need the albums. We can’t give you a quote over the phone, but we’re happy to answer any questions you have. Feel free to contact us anytime. Thanks! ~Katy S.
Carol A Gibson January 23, 2018 at 8:57 am
I buy and sell estate sales . I have 5 big boxes of albums in great condition. All kinds of music. Big band, Sinatra, classical, movie sound tracks. So much
Valerie R January 23, 2018 at 11:02 am
Hello Carol! Since the collection is very large, we recommend that you contact your local Bookmans store and ask if they prefer to have you bring them in or if they could arrange to come to you to check out the collection. All Bookmans store phone numbers can be found at http://bookmans.com/stores/ and all stores are open from 9 am until 10 pm daily. Thanks!
Russ Egan` May 10, 2018 at 9:10 pm
Just an FYI – I play a different Vinyl Album Side at 10 every weeknight on 100.7 KSLX, The Valley’s Classic Rock Station. Your comments and suggestions for future sides are welcome. Thanks to all of you and, of course, Bookmans for supporting Vinyl In The Valley! #vinylisthenewblack
Valerie R May 11, 2018 at 8:27 am
Thank you for rocking vinyl!
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Just finished cleaning out my moms place. She has about 100 record albums from way long ago, Walter Brennan, Jim Ed Brown, Sons of the Pioneers, Elvis etc. along with Ray Charles, Captain and Tenille,, just about every genre. I also have about 50 of the 33rpm vinyls also. Would like to sell them. Don’t want to put them in a hot shed to melt. Would greatly appreciate to get some feed back.
I live in Globe,Az.