Vinyl records are back in a big way and if you look at how music has largely gone digital thanks to services like Spotify, iTunes and Tidal, it’s understandable that audio purists are going back to the past.
After all, most laptops are sold without CD drives, and handheld tablet devices are digital-only, so if it’s physical formats you crave the answer could lie within the cult cool of record collecting.
The LP record format we know today was first introduced in 1948 but it wasn’t until the 1960s that vinyl hit mainstream popularity, followed by a new generation of avid music collectors. It’s understandable, then, that this is a format rife with rarities, one-off releases and World Record Day special issues that are highly sought after.
For this Collectors’ Corner, we spoke with a wide range of influential collectors, record store owners and vinyl bloggers to find out more about the intricacies of collecting records.