My ears have returned to me from their unpleasant bout with congested stupidity. There has been much rejoicing and love-making. Well, minus the love-making. In celebration, my ears and I paid a visit to Dr. Disc today and decided to take more than a cursory glance at the vinyl section for the first time ever.
This is what we ended up leaving with:
There wasn’t time to check out the jazz vinyl section, but next time…look out. The prices for a lot of these albums are absurd. Tusk, for example, is a double album. It’s in more or less mint condition, complete with each individual album’s packaging and the slipcase (or whatever you call the thing that houses the record and will sometimes have lyrics and pictures on it). Everything that ever came with the album is present and accounted for, in great condition. I paid eight bucks for that. Some records I got for three dollars a pop.
I can get several times the amount of albums I would normally buy on CD and spend less money doing it. The selection is ridiculous, too. Pretty much anything you might be interested in looking for on vinyl is probably around there somewhere, or if it isn’t it’ll probably show up soon. It’s kind of fun having a record collection when some people my age probably don’t even remember what records are, and maybe someday in the not so distant future I’ll manage to have an impressive one.
I don’t really weigh in on the whole analog vs. digital sound quality debate. I just like records and think they’re cool to have. As I mentioned in a post a few months back, the artwork is so much more interesting to look at when you can actually see it in some detail. CDs seem pretty tiny and insignificant in comparison. This is part of the reason why I’d like to do something different with the packaging for my CDs in the future. I don’t ever want to compromise artwork again for the sake of modifying it to accommodate CD jewel case sizes. I’m not entirely sure yet just what I’m going to do to break away from the conventional sizing and packaging, but it should be fun experimenting.
Most of the album titles on the album pages now link to their own respective pages. That was something I probably should have done to begin with, but it seemed rather tedious and time-consuming, so I put it off. When I was sick, though, I had nothing better to do, so I gave it a shot. It was…tedious. And time-consuming. But it didn’t take nearly as long as I expected it would.
This weekend I plan to look for a scanner and possibly/hopefully buy one, so there should be album cover art and other such things up here soon. Maybe I’ll put up some handwritten lyrics and random things like that. The possibilities are quite possibly possible, and maybe even numerous. It’s an exciting time to dream of beehives.