11 things about vinyl records


Thalia M. España • College Times

Vintage is the future, and vinyl records are here to stay (and grow). This technology, which dates back to the 19th century, has been on the rise since its resurgence in the early 2010s.

Vinyl sales are especially high each April on Record Store Day, an annual celebration of the very establishments that keep this trend alive, well, and musically alive. So get your turntable ready, fire up a record, and read on to see what every vinyl lover needs to know.

#11 • Record and record player


In 1857, Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville invented the first known sound recording device, called the phonautograph, which could not reproduce noise. Thomas Edison paved the way for today’s record player when he invented the phonograph that recorded and played back sound in 1877. It recorded audio on tinfoil rolled up along a cylinder in cardboard for reading.

#10 • The “Vinyl Revival”:

In the late 1990s, CD and MP3 technology was on the rise as vinyl record sales declined. Vinyl was proclaimed dead. The early 2010s played an important role in its resurgence. Billboard describes U.S. record sales in 2017 as having reached a “high in the Nielson music era”, with total record sales of 14.32 million, up 9% from the year. previous. Sales increased another 15% in 2018


#9 • Wu-Tang Clan:

The most expensive vinyl record is the only copy of the Wu-Tang Clan’s unreleased album, “Once Upon A Time in Shaolin”, which sold for $2 million. The second most expensive vinyl is “The Beatles” (commonly referred to as “The White Album”), which sold for nearly $790,000.

#8 • Beethoven:

The first vinyl LP recording was of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony performed by the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra under Leopold Stokowski in 1931, when RCA Victor released the first version of the full-length record for home use via Records of program transcript.

#7 • Recordings in space:

NASA’s Voyager I and II spacecraft version of a time capsule contains what is known as the Golden Record which was created to communicate “the story of our world”. [Earth] to aliens. The 12-inch gold-plated copper disc contains images, music, sounds and greetings from Earth.

#6 • Different color,

Different sound:

There is an ongoing debate among loyal record collectors. Some say that colored vinyl degrades faster than the original black vinyl, resulting in lower sound quality. However, colored vinyl may be a collector’s favorite because it is rare.

#5 • Biggest Record Stores:

Amoeba Records in Los Angeles claims to be the largest independent record store at 24,000 square feet. It houses over 100,000 CDs, vinyl records, cassettes, DVDs, laser discs and more. In Shibuya, Tokyo, Tower Records rises to the top with its nine-story, 53,820-square-foot facility.

#4 • Largest staff


Brazilian businessman Zero Freitas is known to have the largest personal collection of vinyl records with 6 million in safekeeping. Freitas plans to keep his collection in a public archive.

#3 • Internal Groove Distortion:

Many artists who produce vinyl records put their best, loudest songs on the outer edge of the record because there the quality is clearer and louder. Known as inner groove distortion, this causes the sound from the innermost part of the vinyl to sound more hazy and muffled.

#2 • Millennial renewal:

On average, it’s the younger generations – not nostalgic baby boomers – who are credited with bringing vinyl back. About 50% of vinyl record customers are under the age of 35 and claim to find a unique experience in listening to and physically owning records.

#1 • The first Record Store Day took place on April 19, 2008, during which Metallica spent hours meeting fans at the Rasputin Music record store. Since then, it’s become a day when many musical artists, young and old, visit record stores for performances, signings, and meet and greet local vinyl-loving communities.


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