It’s time to get past the idea that the price of music is directly connected to the CD, LP or other format on which it’s sold, says collector Gerald Jarvis.
Record Store Day proves these shops are more than retailers. They are community centers for the terminally hip — scout halls, coffee bars, pickup joints.
Even rock stars have first drafts. Before KISS wrapped “Rock and Roll All Nite,” the band tested the waters with an alternate take preserved on an acetate.
Dear record companies, dear musicians, dear design people: We want better protection for our investments. If we pay big bucks for a box set, package the CDs in jewel cases. If we are willing to pay the bucks for the cardboard packaging, we certainly will pay a few dollars more for jewel boxes! Most people who buy CDs do not treat them like trash. It’s a shame you currently do.
Sundazed’s campaign to apparently restore every significant mono album of the late 1960s to record shop racks brings three more releases from Donovan.
We love getting music on vinyl again. But we’re also hankering for old-school goodies like picture discs, gatefold covers, booklets, lyric sheets and posters. As fans and collectors, is there more that the labels could be doing to make us drool over the new release sheets?
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.
We’re thrilled labels are bringing vinyl back, and we’re happy to pay a premium. But flimsy covers and brand-new records with skips and scratches? Not so much.
Seize the (Record Store) Day! Here are some highlights of planned events; feel free to add in your plans by commenting on this story or on Goldmine’s Facebook page.
Alexandra Starlight wanted to put her latest record out on vinyl, but she wanted it to stand out. With the help of rainbow glitter, it’s safe to say she succeeded.