I would argue that we are in a reissue renaissance when it comes to
vinyl. The growth in vinyl sales has created a market for labels like
Light in the Attic, Sundazed, Rhino and dozens of others to reissue
known rock artists as well as artists in many other genres such as
country, jazz, funk, r&b, soul, pop and folk. Light In the Attic alone
has reissued artists as disparate as the Louvin Brothers, Serge
Gainsbourg, Lee Hazlewood, Betty Davis and dozens of others. The
Library of Congress has even gotten into the act by reissuing vinyl
editions of many classic Folkways albums on vinyl. In addition, many of
the major indie labels of the 90s such as Merge, Dischord, and Drag City
have reissued remastered vinyl of their back catalogs as well as digging
out never before heard of artists from the 60s and 70s.
I now find it odd when I can't find a release (new or old) on vinyl.
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On 4/20/2012 12:00 AM, ARSCLIST automatic digest system wrote:
From what I've seen in local record stores, the vinyl fetish is limited to contemporary rock/hip-hop groups and reissues of classic '50s and '60s jazz LPs (sanctioned ones on major labels like Blute Note and Riverside). I don't think many of those who purchase these items have that much interest in digging as deeply as we have into the history of recordings.
I have seen nothing in the way of new compilations of material on vinyl or reissues of classic jazz, Broadway, country, or even generic pop. The Record Store Day releases, aside from the occasional "novelty" issue of something on 78 (the Beach Boys' 78 of "Good Vibrations" last year comes to mind), are still of little interest to ARSCers - at least from a West Coast perspective.