Northumberland devotees say

Northumberland devotees say

Cobourg residents Shannon Siblock and Fred Brock recall the ’90s as the Dark Age of Vinyl, when people were actually throwing away their record collections.

Now, they are proud to say vinyl lives. And they will be celebrating March 20 at an event they hope will become a regular thing for Cobourg, the Vinyl Record Show and Swap Meet.

Collecting vinyl used to be a subculture, Siblock said in a recent interview.

it’s really coming to the forefront, mainstream culture, which really surprised us over the last few years.

always hear, ‘Have you heard? Records are coming back.’ And we snicker to ourselves, because we never stopped using them.

the last five to eight years, there has been a huge resurgence. have just realized they’re listening to their music on little tiny lap top speakers, on YouTube, through computers, Siblock said.

give you that big sound again, through stereo speakers. You have the turntable revolving and the music filling the room like it should, moving through you. well, he added, the physical album itself gives you something to hold and examine, unlike an MP3.

A lot of albums have cover art so wonderful that this alone is a selling point. Sometimes they fold open for a double size extra space for a special photo or what used to be called liner notes information on the band, anecdotes, pictures, lyrics.

it’s brought back the album concept, Siblock said.

Some iconic albums (Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by the Beatles and Rumours by Fleetwood Mac, for example) were put together with specific tunes in a specific order to achieve a specific effect.

of listening to over 1,000 songs in a shuffle, you have the album experience again. is carrying vinyl again, Brock pointed out, and today’s artists (like Taylor Swift) are now releasing on vinyl again.

In fact, Siblock said, have a band and we are only doing vinyl. sign of a resurgence: Ikea is producing furniture designed to hold the libraries of LPs people are collecting again.

Brock first got into records in the ’80s because he couldn’t afford the new CDs, which represented the latest technology and did not come cheap.

dad had records, and you could get them for a quarter at yard sales. A lot of the groups were before my time, but I discovered new things and new artists, he recalled.

I’ve been into records 25 years and I’m still discovering new things. both collectors, playing a record is worlds removed from the simple sterility of pushing a button on a tiny MP3 player.

It’s a process, Brock said.

You leaf through your collection to find the album you want, each album cover bringing to mind the selection of songs the record contains. You pull your choice out, reach inside to take the record out of its sleeve, set it carefully on the turntable and hear the sound of it going on to the spindle then the initial sound of the needle hitting the record.

an experience rather than a background noise, Siblock said.

think it’s always going to be here to stay. It never really went away because people realize the sound quality is better even than on a CD. When they told you the CD was better quality, that was a marketing tool. analog sound of a record opens up the full range, he explained. With the digital process, the highs and lows are compressed to a mid range.

the heart of it, that big sound. the surface noise of a record, so markedly absent on a CD, gives the sound a warmth.

Siblock quoted the great DJ John Peel, who said, has surface noise. two friends are observing what may be a gradual reversal.

Two decades ago, people only wanted to purchase CDs. They still outsell vinyl, but the trend is for more people preferring to obtain a digital file or even purchase vinyl.

The renewed interest comes with surprising results. For example, Michael Jackson’s Thriller still the top selling record of all time probably cost pocket change when it was released, but would now sell for $20.

It’s a very fluid market, Brock said. For whatever reason, rock and jazz records are getting expensive, inspiring some budget minded collectors to buy country LPs. However, the typical collector doesn’t mind the thrill of the hunt, as he or she combs the bins.

Siblock has seen people load up on cheaper records at a show just to expand their collections, and others who spend the same amount of money on a single LP that they call grail record Holy Grail that you have been looking for, he said.

Sometimes the big name albums that you think people will be seeking prove to be cheap and plentiful because millions of copies were issued originally. For example, no matter how cheap jerseys many copies dealers might have of Rumours, they just can’t keep it in stock. Meanwhile, it may be pricier to pick up an album by someone who put out good music but never had that big hit.

seen records worth thousands of dollars, Brock said.

most records cost $5 to $6. You can still buy a Johnny Cash record for $5. while the resurgence is inspiring a lot of reissues, some collectors are purists like Siblock and Brock original issues only for them.

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