The Library of Congress is not issuing vinyl editions of Folkways album or anything else. It's the Smithsonian, which owns the Folkways catalog, who are doing that.

One of the best reasons for a young person to get into vinyl is that you can amass a large collection of good music very cheaply that way. For the cost of a single-song download, or less, you can get a good 70s or 80s album. Nothing very collectable, perhaps, but something good, and you'll be learning about music. Classics of the 50s and 60s will cost more, especially for originals, but they are still often cheaper than a full album download, and you can probably score vinly reissues of many good things for even less. They won't always be the best versions from an audiophile point of view, but again, you're learning. I see teenagers scarfing up lots of cheap vinyl at my local store in Fairfax, VA. Once a kid picked up a Steeleye Span album and showed it to his friend, saying "Wow, did they really think they were fooling anybody into thinking they were buying a Steely Dan record?"

Matthew Barton
Library of Congress

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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
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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.

Cary Ginell