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.

Jeremy Smith
Digital Project Manager, W. E. B. Du Bois Digitization Project
Special Collections and University Archives
University of Massachusetts-Amherst
154 Hicks Way
Amherst MA 01003
project twitter: @WEB_Du_Bois

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.

Cary Ginell