History looks back on the British Invasion as a primarily 45-RPM revolution. Driven by singles, few LPs released by pond-hopping acts get much notice now.
Label head Keith Jones is adamant. “Vinyl never went away – it was the record companies that deserted it, believing they could make better margins out of CDs. “I don’t see much of a commercial future for bland, sterile CDs …
Amid the sea of new vinyl, one record label has caught the imagination like no other: Drastic Plastic of Omaha, Neb., which operates in a record shop.
In 1974, Steve Ashley released what remains one of the key albums in the entire history of English Folk Rock, Stroll On. Forty years on, as the notoriously unhurried singer-songwriter contemplates his next album, his eighth, he is also celebrating …
It is one of the most uncompromising albums of its age, and one of the most peculiarly enjoyable. It was also, upon release, one of the lowest-selling albums ever released by the Warner Brothers giant, yet today a small cult …
The lavishly packaged box represents the sheer power of Johnny Cash’s output with every live and studio album that came out during his lifetime with the label.
Released in January 1931, Harum Scarum’s “Come On In” was a luxury few could afford then, and a 78 RPM rarity you’d be hard-pressed to even find — let alone buy — now.
Whose albums and DVDs are dropping when? Check Goldmine’s Disc News listing of releases and reissues. The current crop includes Howlin’ Wolf, Elvis Presley, Foreigner, Deep Purple, Grateful Dead, The Shins, Fountains of Wayne, Status Quo, The Hollies, Neil Sedaka, Alice Cooper and Chicago.
Even as the music industry seems to be inching closer to an all digital world, record labels are finding ways to entice fans to buy physical product.
Music acts from the 1960s, including The Byrds, Captain Beefheart, Chocolate Watch Band and Paul Revere & The Raiders, dominate the list of special releases Sundazed is issuing exclusively for Record Store Day 2012.