The vinyl revolution

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple of years, you’ll have noticed the massive resurgence of the popularity of vinyl records in the UK. All of the new bands are now releasing their music onto vinyl and sales hit a 20 year high in 2014! You may be asking why such an outdated medium of music has made a comeback and there are a few reasons:

1. People much prefer the sound of vinyl. The crackle and rawness makes listening to music a whole new experience. It gives the tracks a different feel compared to digital versions and often brings back memories of when vinyl was first around.

2. People like having physical copies of music and it makes for a nice keepsake. With digital music, you miss out on the album artwork which has meant that for the past few years before the vinyl comeback, we’ve not really had any iconic album covers like we used to. Artwork such as The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Blondie’s Parallel Lines were striking and everyone remembers them because they were printed onto 12” vinyl record covers - works of art in their own right and easy to display.

3. Nostalgia and vintage are very much in at the moment. It’s fashionable to own vinyl and that has lead to increased vinyl sales and many youngsters raiding their parents record collection to find any gems.

Modern Record Players

With this sudden vinyl boom, record players have upped their game and now do so much more than just play records. You can now record vinyl onto a usb stick or SD card so that you can get that iconic vinyl sound but on a digital format. You can also get players that control the EQ so that the sound is improved depending on what genre of music you’re listening to. You can also get players that literally do everything you’d want them to do such as having a built in radio/CD player/recording facilities etc.

Most modern record players have built-in speakers but you can also plug them into external stereo speakers so you can blast your vintage records as loud as you want; perfect for parties or to show off your taste in music to the neighbours

Here are the current top 20 in the Official Vinyl Albums Chart as of July 14th:

1. California by Blink 182

2. The Bride by Bat For Lashes

3. A Moon Shaped Pool by Radiohead

4. Summer 08 by Metronome

5. Guardians Of The Galaxy - Awesome Mix 1 (Original Soundtrack)

6. Rumours by Fleetwood Mac

7. Legend by Bob Marley and the Wailers

8. Back to Black by Amy Winehouse

9. 25 by Adele

10. Modern Synthesis by Area

11. Purple Rain - OST by Prince & The Revolution

12. The Soft Bounce by Beyond Wizard’s Sleeve

13. Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles

14. Pulp Fiction (Original Soundtrack

15. All Over The World - The Very Best Of by ELO

16. Pet Sounds by Beach Boys

17. The Queen Is Dead by the The Smith

18. Four Symbols by Led Zeppelin

19 The Getaway by Red Hot Chili Peppers

20. The Stone Roses by The Stone Roses

As you can tell, it’s quite a mixed bag of music. Whatever type of music you’re into, it will be on vinyl out there and it’s easier than ever to get your hands on; even supermarkets have now started stocking records. It’s worth looking in your area to see if there are any little record shops about though because you can often find some rarer records and it adds to the whole experience if you sift through hundreds of albums before finding a great one. Charity shops are also awesome for finding records for a really cheap price. Or, go into the loft and see what you already have!

Whether you have a huge collection or you’re just starting out, we’ve got the record player for you so check them out below!

Record Players