Vinyl records I own
updated 13 days ago
I'm not a true record collector by any means - I listen to CDs and digital downloads in equal measure, but there is something to be said about the 12" record that other media lack. I certainly favour a physical copy of an album over a digital one and the experience of playing an album on a record player is (for all it's inconvenience) a more 'fun' way to listen to an album than simply selecting it from a folder on your laptop. Although CDs are what I grew up with, in recent years I appear to have made the jump to vinyl as my preferred format; this was in part due to the resurgence of vinyl and the increased availability in local record stores, but also due to the sheer number of albums that have been released on record only (I'm looking at you Steven Wilson and King Creosote!!!). All things considered though I don't truly believe that vinyl is a 'better' format that CD; it's simply different and it seems to hold it's value unlike all other formats. I now mostly buy CDs for box sets where buying the same amount of albums on record would take up lots of room or cost me a lot of money; also for bonus material that most vinyl records seem to omit. My collection below is a small portion of my overall music collection but it's perhaps a greater reflection of my true music tastes than my CD collection is; I take less risk buying an album on CD that I may not like, whereas when buying records, I make sure I'll enjoy it before I buy it (I have music streaming and the internet to thank for that).
I hope the recent 'vinyl craze' isn't just a passing fad though. I think there'll be a whole generation who won't own any media - books will be on tablets, films will stream via streaming services and music in much the same way. I believe this turns an artform into something more akin to a 'service' that people expect (or even rely upon) much like broadband or wi-fi. When I stick a record on I 'listen' to it, I 'absorb' the sound more than I would had I simply clicked on a youtube playlist. Vinyl forces you to listen to the whole thing like no other media, and in this era where everyone wants things for free, it's all too easy to dismiss the music if it doesn't click right away. Some friends of mine will put a playlist on and when I ask them what song's playing they don't even know! - I find that resembles listening to radio more so than 'listening to music' and if anything will kill off music as a physical format it's that attitude in my opinion.
...Wow, never intended that to be a depressing rant...oh well... enjoy the list!