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Top 5 Vinyl Storage Solutions

By Michael Greig Thomas If you’re a lover of vinyl, then owning a dedicated record storage unit is a must. Aside from being a stylish and functional addition to any home, it will also help protect your cherished vinyl collection and ensure your records are on show and easily available for playing. There’s a myriad…

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Chicago Record Store Gave Away Its Vinyl Records

By Michael Greig Thomas Chicago record store Shake, Rattle & Read closed its doors for good last week, but not before its owner gave away all stock for free. Owner Rick Addy posted on Facebook to announce the permanent closure of his store after 50 years in the business, and announced that he would be…

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Press Release: The Epitome of Sound on 45RPM 7″ Vinyl

By Michael Greig Thomas “The first of many classic turntable spins from the class of ’74” — John Manship “In some quarters ‘You Don’t Love Me’ is considered to be the Wigan anthem” –Kev roberts You’re in for a treat… The Epitome of Sound’s 1967 debut single “You Don’t Love Me,” with its driving rhythm,…

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British Artists Profit More From Vinyl Than YouTube

By Michael Greig Thomas British vinyl sales grew for the eighth year in a row last year with sales of over two million, the highest figure in 21 years. However, whilst the British music scene has grown, it seems that advertising-funded streaming sites such as YouTube are contributing to just 4% of total proceeds. The…

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Press Release: Nolan Porter on 45RPM 7″ Vinyl

By Michael Greig Thomas “The changing face of Rare Soul and much better for it” — Craig Caukhill, Vital Distribution “These songs were never dead to me – but I didn’t know that halfway across the world that they were alive… that people were digging on them….” — Nolan Porter You’re in for a treat… The career…

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Top Ten Most Beautiful Turntables

By Michael Greig Thomas Vinyl records are experiencing resurgence in a big way. Digital music sales are on the decline, and a new generation of music aficionados are embracing LPs for their richer sound quality, physicality, and undeniable retro appeal. Whether you are an audiophile or a vinyl novice, if you love records then you…

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The Vinyl Record Club: A History

By Michael Greig Thomas Before there was iTunes or Spotify, there was the Columbia House Record Club: a mail- order music delivery service that gave its subscribers the opportunity to grow their record, cassette, and eventually CD collections, for mere pennies. The system was simple: you stuck a penny on the back of a piece…

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The Resurgence of the Vinyl Single (45rpm record)

By Michael Greig Thomas The 45rpm record was initially introduced in 1949 by RCA Records as a smaller, more durable replacement for the heavy 78 shellac-based records of the time. It was also a competitive move against one of their rival record companies, Columbia, which had just introduced the new microgroove 33 1/3 rpm LP. The 45-rpm record…

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The Resurgence of Vinyl Records

By Michael Greig Thomas The Vinyl record is back and here to stay! Despite living in the Internet age, with its prominence of digital and streaming music, there has been a growing resurgence of vinyl records in recent years. Vinyl sales have been growing faster than any other music format, partly due to a “retro…