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3.6million sales projected for this year?!
I also like the comments section of that webpage. They've already got all the usual sound quality and cd versus vinyl argument in full flow so no one has to on this thread - which is what normally seems to happen.
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this isn't surprising. Just wish it was that cheap over here.
Though I got Hazards of Love by the Decemberists, double LP, for $12, though it was maybe two months after it came out.
Not the sound but the physical artefact, artwork, etc. But then I find I have to deal with 4 separate sides just listen to some relatively long album all the way through, can't be arsed and buy the CD instead ...
is absolutely infuriating and makes some albums unlistenable, such as Teen Dream by Beach House, where you have to switch sides every 7 minutes or so. It also makes albums much more expensive.
I do think this is dying out of late, though, maybe because more people are buying vinyl and there is less pressure to create kind of "collectors" LPs.
... does anyone think that getting up to switch side every two songs in order to listen to the whole of The King Of Limbs improves the experience ??
It's not really just convenience, it's the whole flow of an album- 20 minutes each side and it works perfectly. Though I read somewhere that you can't rely on the quality of pressing plants like you used to be able to or something, so now it's a little more risky cramming lots onto a 12" record. But I just look at Get Happy!!- 10 songs on each side!
(so should probably refrain from discussing it on a forum) but I think the late 70's and 80's were supposed to be something of a low-point for vinyl quality, at least for LPs and mainstream-ish stuff, as labels responded to rising prices of oil etc. by trying to cram as much as they could on a record, and cutting costs further with lightweight vinyl, often from a non-virgin source. Your Get Happy record is probably pretty flimsy and weightless too, whereas most records now are a pimpin' 180g or more (I have no idea how this affects sound quality, but apparently it does).
I'd imagine pressings are a lot *better* quality now, what with the fact they're marketed as luxury items for audiophiles and/or item fetishists.
Maybe not though.