Music's Vinyl Revival Is Getting Ridiculous
Jason Heller: This movement may have 'jumped the shark'
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 19, 2013 4:40 PM CDT

(Newser) – Jason Heller loves vinyl albums, so much so that he accumulated 6,000 LPs at the height of collecting frenzy. He's done now, though, he writes in an essay headlined "Has the vinyl revival gone too far?" at AV Club. Consider that Kenny Rogers is coming out with a reissue of The Gambler from 1977 just in time for an industry-manufactured, holier-than-thou holiday of Record Store Day. "No one’s twisting anyone’s arm, and I’m not saying people are getting ripped off," writes Heller. "But when things like the deluxe Gambler reissue are being timed in anticipation of Record Store Day—this year’s falls on April 20—I can’t help but feel that the vinyl revival has jumped the shark."

Heller stopped collecting a few years ago because he was spending too much money on his habit. He also got honest with himself and realized he "wasn't an audiophile," as so many vinyl collectors label themselves. "Owning a decent turntable does not turn your ears into trembling flowers, unable to bear the bitmapped harshness of digital," he writes. "It began to dawn on me—me, someone who had preached the sanctity of vinyl from my record-store pulpit for so long—that I couldn’t really tell the difference" between vinyl and, say, an MP3. OK, maybe there "there was a slight difference, but it wasn’t enough to justify the huge portion of my income that I was spending on vinyl." Click to read the full column.

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Mar 21, 2013 8:58 AM CDT
Ok, so THIS guy can't tell the difference between vinyl and MP3. MANY MANY MANY people can. Just like some people simply can't draw to save their lives, others are like Da Vincis. Sucks to be you dude, but because something jumped the shark for you, doesn't mean it has for others.
Mar 20, 2013 5:46 PM CDT
First it was the CD revolution, then the MP3,and now they're bringing back the old vinyl LP's.The wheel of change has gone 360 degrees and we're back where we started, in the 1970's but much older like bodies and better cars,but crap economy and the cigarettes are twice as addictive.
Mar 20, 2013 1:18 PM CDT
Digital convenience has certainly destroyed the artistry and content of album covers, sleeves, disk labels and actual colored vinyl discs themselves. Especially immersive were double albums or even singles packaged in folding covers that opened like a book. Tons of room for lyrics, band trivia, artwork, poetry, photos, etc. Loved the unsealing and exploring of a new vinyl album, which digital format has erased utterly and forever. As far as purists arguing over sound quality, a digitally-recorded sound engraved on a piece of vinyl should not be much different than digital sound recorded on a microchip. To get authentic vinyl sound, one needs analog recording without the digital sampling, manufacturing and manipulation of today. Besides, you're not a true vinyl snob without a $300,000 turntable hand-crafted with nuclear shock absorbers, Hadron atom-smashing precision weight balances and a stylus from uranus.