Vinyl is still alive and well, and actually making a comeback. I couldn't find the numbers for 2010, but vinyl sales nationwide topped 2.5 million in 2009, a 33 percent increase from 2008's 1.9 million, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
TOP-SELLING SPINS OF 2009 (again, according to Neilson)
1. Abbey Road, the Beatles
2. Thriller, Michael Jackson
3. Merriweather Post Pavilion, Animal Collective
4. Wilco, Wilco
5. Fleet Foxes, Fleet Foxes
6. Backspacer, Pearl Jam
7. Veckatimest, Grizzly Bear
8. Appetite for Destruction, Guns N' Roses
9. Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King, Dave Matthews Band
10. In Rainbows, Radiohead
caseyjo, I'm pretty sure Snagg"s 'grungy" reference is meant to be really cheap 45 rpm records. I also think the reference to 180 gram virgin vinyl, is to the very upper end of a vinyl album that you are able to purchase.
PS. I'm sure if I don't have this right that Snagg will drag me over a hot bed of burning vinyl.
I was brought up listening to classical until my dad left in 1960 when I turned to rock n roll for the most part. He built a dynamic stereo himself from a kit from a company called Heath Kit. ..During those tender young years I think I developed a pretty good ear for music... I esp. liked anything that sounded exotic like zorba the greek, the theme song from Lawrence of Arabia, Schharazad, the exodus theme..etc.
Tonight or later this afternoon when I do some more bracelet knotting I will listen to the whole thing from start to finish as I cannot remember which part I like best & taste change.
Ed Gerhard is performing locally soon - hope to see him.