I love vinyl records. I am a child of the ’70s and records were IT! I used to have a big collection, maybe 300 or so albums and at least as many 45s. Remember them?! Singles, 45s.
I lost all my original albums many years ago when I was living like a nomad. I asked a friend to hold my albums for me until I got another place to stay. He did but I didn’t come back for them for a few years and by then they were distributed around his family and gone to me forever.
Oh, how I loved those albums! I had all the Beatles albums, all the solo Beatle albums up through about 1981 or so, all the Who albums up through then, too. I had several genres of music though. Pop, rock, punk, new wave, heavy metal, oldies, musicals, folk.
In the ’80s cassette tapes became popular. Instead of “Available on album or 8 track” it was now album and cassette. I was never a big cassette fan. The album art and lyrics were so tiny I needed a magnifying glass to read them! I enjoyed the nice big vinyl album covers. Beautiful art work and lyrics to sing along with or help understand what the hell some of these bands were singing. I started to rebuild my album collection and stayed away from cassettes (which I’m glad I did since they don’t hold up as well over time).
I rebuilt my vinyl collection slowly by going to garage sales, The Record Exchage (now the Exchange, mostly cds now), flea markets and hamfests (amateur radio swap meets) where I would sometimes get great deals. I now have maybe 200 albums. It isn’t as good a collection as my beloved first collection, but I enjoy having albums around. I again have almost all the Beatles albums (minus some rare ones I used to have), I have some of their solo work and all the Who albums. I now have classical, electronic, live stuff, and all the kinds I had before.
My husband is an electronic and audio genius so I have a nice turntable and set up to play all my vinyl albums. I still have all my 45s from back then. But those are another story.
I am glad to see that more music is being released on vinyl again. The warm sound of a vinyl album beats the digital sound of a CD (mp3, download, however you get your digital music) in my opinion. Some of the older albums converted to CD don’t sound quite right. I enjoy all the extras on downloaded CDs and collect music that way as well. But my first love for music came from vinyl and I think that’s where my listening heart lies.
Does anyone else still love or collect vinyl? How do you enjoy listening to your favorite music?