The vinyl is making a come back. There’s no doubt about it. Q Magazine dedicated pages to the old-age music medium in their latest issue and told of how its revival has got all the cool kids and older generation queuing round the corner the grab their slice of the musical cake. I was surprised to read that 90 per cent of record buyers are actually men. Well to be honest I have only delved into the realms of the record counter once, and that was for a present. Maybe it’s time to scour my nan’s attic in search of my mum’s old vinyl player, who in her mod heyday fashioned yellow DMs, to see what I can find. This I believe is something new, with a vintage twist, to my musical life.
To find out about the revival of records in the digital age I went down to the pop up Record Fair in Stroud to see what all the noise is about. Talking to the organiser, Simon, he told me stories of 15 year olds using their hard-earned busking money to fund their trip to the record fair and about the beauty of the vinyl. Strolling round the dual roomed fair I was amazed at the range in genres from jazz to ska, punk and electronic to the crem de la crem of legendary records. Expecting to see The Beatles on sale for more than my entire music collection I was surprised to find that a copy of Hard Day’s Night only cost £20! The affordablity of records here was incredible when you compare them to the prices of new releases from highstreet retailers, you could of easily filed the essentials in your record collection right here for under £100, unless you want the top shelf stuff.
Whilst gazing in amazement at what was before me, another one of the organisers, Phil Gibson, shown me their finest stock of the bunch. The most impressive was a hologram sleave of the Rolling Stones 1967 Their Satanic Majesties Request for £80. “Although they were so popular in their prime, because they were taken to house parties and wrecked it’s rare to find a mint condition version, that’s why they cost more than something like The Beates,” said Phil about their first EP entitled The Rolling Stones. With The Specials playing in the background and my eyes wandering across the floor to the treasures of musical memories, the ideology behind records is so much more than playing a track. It’s the look, the sense of nostalgia and most importantly the sound quality that makes music enthusiasts hold them dearly for decades and makes them a truely enjoyable collectors item that can be passed down for generations and you know will still be in good condition. It was certainly an interesting way to spend a rainy saturday afternoon and a great insight into the past that will definitely be digging into my purse in the future.
Hear the Rhyme and Shine package about the Stroud Record Fair.