I know it’s true that a lot of things go in and out of fashion, particularly in regard to clothing styles. But the latest craze over old vinyl records and record players really has me somewhat stumped. We like to walk around a local flea market on Sunday afternoons and lately we’re noticing more and more people selling bins of old albums and 45 RPM records along with those mono record players that came in a little suitcase, and there’s always a crowd of folks gathered round rummaging through the record bins. A few years ago you couldn’t give these things away if you included a cash bonus to take them!
As someone who has lived through the transition from records to 8-track tapes to cassette tapes to CDs to downloaded tunes, I just don’t see the glamour of these old records. It was such a thrill when we left the days of scratched, skipping vinyl and the worries about albums getting broken or warped. I admit I do enjoy some of the really old authentic scratchy 78 records from the early 20th century but I prefer to listen to the remastered tunes from the Big Band Era and from my generation in the 1960s/70s
Now this is one subject on which I’m sure Stretch and I are in total agreement, and for once I won’t have to be called “so last century.” It sounds like he’s in his den listening to some music right now, so let me go find him and see what he has to say about this . . .