A 60s classic endures
I Hartford Courant newspaper dated Feb 27th an AP article.
Here are some of the highlights.
That dusty stack of records in your parents basement? Thery're not as retro as you think. Many record collectors, DJs and music junkies still consider vinyl to be the gold standard of recorded music-scratches, pops and all. That enduring appeal has helped Nashvilles United Rcorcord Pressing, which cranks out 20,000 to 40,000 records a day, making it one of the largest and last vinyl record manufactures in the country.
60 percent of his companys records are by rap, hip hop and R&B artists...
Most of the discs are destined for professional DJs at radio stations and dance clubs...
Typically the company will press four versions of the same song Aradio and club mix as well as instrumental and acapella versions so DJs can mix and manipulate the sound.
Another portion of Uniteds product goes to retail stores where vinyl is preferred by amature DJs, collectors and purists who are convinced that the sound is superior to CDs.
Vinyl has a distinct sound said Doyle Davis of Grimleys New and Preloved Music a nashville store wher 15-20% of sales are vinyl...
"No one ever doubts the quality of vinyl over any other format that has ever existed" I understand why change happened but I dont think there was a valid reason for the change"
Vinyl still accounts for a small percentage of total music sales. Last year 858,000 LPs were sold compared to 553.4 million CDs according to Nielson SoundScan. Although the 2006 figure was up slightly from 2005 the overall trend was down from 2000. Ashorth believes the figures are skewed though because a lot of vinyl is sold in mom and pop stores and not reflected in the SoundScan numbers.
"We want to be the last record plant standing no matter what"... Elvis Presley, Dylan, Springsteen, Cash, Rod Stewart, Alan Jackson
There is a bit more of the article but this is perhaps the most interesting parts for us.