Vinyl mak­ing a come­back

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By BEN ROGERS

VINYL records are in the mid­dle of a resur­gence.

Un­like the cas­sette tape, vinyl is go­ing from strength to strength and is the medium that re­fuses to die.

To­mor­row is In­ter­na­tional Record Store Day and Roger Lid­dle of South­bound Records in Mt Eden says it has grown over the years into some­thing re­ally spe­cial.

‘‘It’s grown into a re­ally big event, it’s prob­a­bly big­ger than the lead-up to Christ­mas for us,’’ he says.

In­de­pen­dent record stores around the coun­try have spe­cial vinyl re­leases to co­in­cide with the day and some have live mu­sic.

South­bound Records has live in-store per­for­mances as well as an out­door area where people can come along and cel­e­brate the store and ev­ery­thing vinyl.

Real Groovy co-owner Marty O’Don­nell says it’s a cel­e­bra­tion of in­de­pen­dent record stores world­wide.

‘‘It’s a move­ment that was started in the United States and it just kinda grew.’’

His store will have

live acts in­clud­ing The Phoenix Foun­da­tion who have re­leased a new seven inch record.

Lid­dle has seen an in­crease in vinyl sales in re­cent years.

‘‘It’s not just the older gen­er­a­tion, it’s a whole younger gen­er­a­tion that is right into it,’’ he says. aged men David­sons, turnta­bles.’’

O’Don­nell has no­ticed the same trend and is amazed at the knowl­edge young record buy­ers have.

‘‘One of the most grat­i­fy­ing things is the 15-year-old ‘‘Some mid­dle­buy Har­ley some buy kids in the store af­ter school or on week­ends talk­ing so in­for­ma­tively about new and old vinyl,’’ he says.

O’Don­nell says a record store is a des­ti­na­tion for like­minded people to meet and talk.

Aside from the sound qual­ity, Lid­dle thinks an­other rea­son people are mov­ing back to vinyl is be­cause they are buy­ing some­thing beau­ti­ful.

‘‘It is just a won­der­ful thing, tak­ing an LP home, you can read the liner notes, you get a nice piece of art,’’ he says.

‘‘The whole process of putting it on the turntable and putting the tone arm on the record and hear­ing the clar­ity as well as the whole breadth of sound, the way it was recorded.’’

On ro­ta­tion: Roger Lid­dle of South­bound Records thinks vinyl is here to stay.

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