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Does Vinyl Really Sound Better?

 It is often claimed that vintage vinyl produces a much richer and fuller sound than digital. Is this true? Does vinyl really sound better? Although arguably technically inferior (with its fair share of limitations), vinyl has long been hailed as a superior format. In fact, when CDs and digital music first exploded into the mainstream…

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How Popular is Used Vinyl?

How Popular Is Used Vinyl? A report shared by MusicWatch has not only demonstrated that a large proportion of vinyl sales are attributed to used rather than new records, but also that an interesting ‘dual market’ of buyers has emerged. The poll, conducted by MusicWatch between January and April of this year, suggests that not…

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Is Free Streaming Causing the Vinyl Boom?

By Michael Greig Thomas Vinyl sales recently reached their highest level in almost 30 years, and free streaming may be helping to drive these sales. It had originally been feared that the shift to online audio streaming would contribute to a decline in physical music sales. As the music industry adapted to a digital age,…

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Vinyl Records: How To Look After Them

By Michael Greig Thomas Whilst vinyl is one of the most durable physical music formats around, record enthusiasts are aware of the importance of properly caring for their records: neglect your vinyl collection and you risk introducing surface noise, scratches and even warping. Here are our tips for properly caring for your vinyl records… Correct…

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Press Release: Gloria Jones & The Tiaras on 45RPM 7″ Vinyl

By Michael Greig Thomas “Forming The Light of Love Wax Co. imprint has been a dream that never ends” –Gloria Jones You’re in for a treat… For decades, the original performance of “Gone With The Wind (is My Love)” by Gloria Jones was buried, lost, and forgotten. Lou Barretto and Rod Bumgardner, the writers of the record,…

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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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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…