Friday, December 26, 2008
The Vinyl Frontier
Unlike many of my compatriots in the music blogosphere, I can't lay claim to hording a treasure trove of vinyl. I pretty much dumped my (fairly limited) record collection in 1988, as soon as I bought a compact disc player, and never looked back. CD's have always been the focus of my music collection.
Once I started burrowing around for older stuff, I have managed to track down a lot of things digitally through the collections of others and from blogs, and I also gradually acquired a large box of cassettes I was able to digitize without too much trouble.
Gradually, though, I have found that I have continued to look for certain things that existed on vinyl, without success. This led me to conclude that I was going to have to break down and get a turntable and some original vinyl. The original vinyl has started coming, courtesy of eBay, but I had to put the turntable on hold (something to do with making sure Christmas was all about the kids) but I'm sure it will happen.
I'm going home (i.e. England) for New Year and I'm quite excited about the possibility of bringing back some vinyl. I have to say that wading through vinyl in stores here in the US has, so far, been a very frustrating and tedious exercise). Some of the bands/groups I have already zeroed in on are This Other Eden, The Promise, Keep It Dark, Rain And Tears, Freeez, Private Lives, Lemon Hearts, and The Quick.
Naturally, the intention is to post everything I get my hands on, for the benefit of all. I've added a PayPal donation button to the blog, so that if anyone would like to contribute towards either getting the turntable or some of the obscure 80's vinyl I'm planning to make available, they may do so. Or, if you have found the blog useful for other reasons, it's a valid way to say thanks for the effort. I'm expecting a lot of exciting things for 2009!!