Vinyl Records Are Here to Stay
I have a big stack of records here. We’ve
got The Beatles, Aretha, and my man Bruce, and so many more. What do these all have in
common? Well, I recently found them all in my parents old record collection. Here’s
my quick take on vinyl history. In 1930, RCA Victor launched the first commercially available
vinyl LP record. In 1939, Columbia Records continued the development of this technology.
RCA Victor and Columbia Records became competitors and the industry took off. The father of modern
album covers is said to be Alex Steinwiess, who created sleeves with attention-grabbing
illustrations, the first one as a young art director at Columbia Records for a 1939 collection
of songs by Rodgers and Hart. This cross-section I’ve got here is mainly from the 60s and
70s, a little bit of the 80s too. Some Earth, Wind, and Fire. A bit of the Stones. Check
that out. That’s pretty cool. Now take a look at this: very simple on the front, but
inside they actually reprinted hand-written song lyrics. We’ve got The Who, Quadrophenia.
ZZ Top! How many of you are buying Vinyl LPs these days? Do you buy vintage ones or new
ones? What’s the sound like? How do you think that vintage albums compare to new ones?
Let me know in the comments.