Bringing Vinyl Back – Record Store Day

There was a time way back when, in which the LP ruled the music world. Huge hydraulic presses churned out a never-ending flow of vinyl records. But in the 1980s, advances in audio technology replaced this medium with compact disc’s hailed as vastly superior in sound quality and size. Pretty much overnight the LP was replaced and those hydraulic presses ground to a halt. In a way, it was a sad day for many, as the memories of getting the newest vinyl’s straight from your local record store, slowly drifted away. Of course, there were a few die-hards (audiophiles), who couldn’t let go of the past, insisting that vinyl records provided a sonic quality that the CD was unable to approach.

The Resurgence of Vinyl

Fast forward to the early 2000’s and the CD itself was being replaced by streaming services, like Spotify. However, around 2010, interest began to grow again, particularly amongst millennials. They rediscovered vinyl, a medium that existed even before their time, and they started buying up records and playing them on old turntables. In way’s this began a new gilded age for vinyl, the wider industry responded, and big music labels began producing LP’s and turntables again for a vinyl hungry market.

Record Store Day

As vinyl became increasingly popular so did record stores. Once in a UK wide decline, stores are now popping up all over the place as all generations embark on a nostalgic buying spree. To celebrate this and to continue the preservation of such iconic venues, UK Record Store Day was founded. The annual event, inaugurated in 2007 and held one Saturday every April, celebrates the culture of the independently owned record store. The day itself brings together fans, artists and thousands of independent record stores across the world to celebrate all things vinyl. Special vinyl releases are made exclusively for the day and many shops and cities host artist performances and events to mark the occasion.

Pebble Records

If you’re thinking about getting involved with a record store day, then check out Pebble Records in Eastbourne. Pebble is a close friend of Ruark and stocks a wide range of genres from Indie to Dub as well as our full range of products. And if you’re looking for the perfect companion for audio listening excellence then our MR1 MK2 is the perfect little speaker system to complement your turntable this record store day. MR1’s powerful drive units emit both stunning voice tones and controlled bass.

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