Did the vinyl record ever really die?
By Matt Early on March 23, 2011

Not according to recent Nielsen SoundScan numbers. In fact, vinyl was the fastest-growing musical format in 2010, with 2.8 million units sold, the format’s best year since SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991. Rachelle Friedman, the co-owner of J&R Music in NYC, said the store is selling more vinyl than it has in at least a decade, fueled largely by growing demand from members of the iPod generation.

“It’s all these kids that are really ramping up their vinyl collections,” Ms. Friedman said. “New customers are discovering the quality of the sound. They’re discovering liner notes and graphics.”

In many instances, the vinyl album of today is thicker and sounds better than those during vinyl’s heyday in the 1960s and 1970s. Even more interesting is the growing number of new artists being released on vinyl. As more record labels added vinyl versions of new releases, the industry had to scramble to find places to press discs, said Mike Jbara, president and chief executive of the sales and distribution division of Warner Music Group. “It is absolutely easy to say vinyl doesn’t make sense when you look at convenience, portability, all those things,” Mr. Jbara said. “But all the really great stuff in our lives comes from a root of passion or love.”

I couldn’t agree more with Mike. It’s fun to be passionate about something. Music is my passion and has been my entire life.There’s nothing like listening to a recording from engineer Rudy Van Gelder when he recorded for Blue Note Records ( from his home in NJ). We are talking about recordings from 50 years ago. He could make it sound like the musicians were right there with you! That’s what makes listening to music an experience.

Recently I shared my love of vinyl with my 11 year old son. It was fun teaching him how to handle the records, clean them and lining up the stylus to the first groove. The most inspiring part was watching him find the sweet spot (dead center of the speakers), drop his head, close his eyes and fall into the musical trance. All without speaking a word of instruction on how to “listen to music”. Now he’s hooked. His first album selection was George Harrison’s “All Things Must Pass” and he even played all the discs in their entirety. I think there are three records in that collection. I can’t even sit still for that long, but he’s done so multiple times! Next I’ll have to test him with The Clash’s “Sandinistas”! Call me sentimental, but I’ve been inspired by this connection to a simpler time when we actually cared about the music, how it sounded and how it made us feel.

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Mar 23, 2011 / Blog / Inside RMS