Sunday, 22 April 2012
Semi-Annual Vinyl Extravaganza
I'm always surprised by the number of young collectors that come out to these shows, and how interested they are in vintage vinyl. When you figure that digital audio technology revolutionized the way we buy and listen to music in the early 1980s with the advent of the compact disc, thirty years ago, many of the young collectors I saw this morning were still but a gleam in their mama's eye. How energizing it is to have to compete with them for that hard-to-find copy of Jade Warrior or Bill Evans!
Nice as well to see people sitting in the outdoor cafes along Preston Street afterwards, despite the very chilly weather, sharing their finds with each other. Vinyl record albums have a power over us to bring out smiles of pleasure that newer formats just can't match. Part of it is the cover art, which has plenty of room to work with on a 12.25-inch surface, part of it is in the liner notes, which you can read without a magnifying glass, and part of it is finding a pristine copy of a vintage gem with absolutely no scratches or scuffs, despite the fact it was sold forty years ago.
For many people it's also a social event, as collectors have a chance to talk about their hobby with the folks on the other side of the table who scour the woodwork for their stock. I had a chance to shoot the breeze for a while with Charles de Lint, the well-known urban fantasy author who is also a musician and vinyl vendor. He was selling all his records for $3 a pop, a phenomenal price given that they were all in perfect condition and covered all the genres I was looking for. We chatted as I raided his bins, ending up with 12 great finds, including a couple of early Bonnie Raitt albums (1973 and 1974) missing from my shelves.
It was that kind of day.
When all the fun was done, I'd bought a total of 35 albums for a total outlay of 85 bucks. Not a bad day's work, as far as I'm concerned. Now I'm going to flip over to Pinterest and post some jpgs of covers of some of my best finds. Come on over and check them out! Just click on the "Follow me on Pinterest" button at the top of the blog.
See you there!