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your last lp purchase at a 'normal' record store

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your last lp purchase at a 'normal' record store

Postby bpdp3 » Sat Nov 27, 2010 4:11 am

Was trying to recall when and where I picked up my last piece of vinyl at a 'standard' record store back in the day.

Of course since I've bought a ton used and I know new releases come out all the time on vinyl, but I mean a record store just before CD's took over and the records were relegated to '2nd string' status.

For me, I think it was the brand new Jane's Addiction Nothing's Shocking album - -I'd read a review and it sounded like the hot new thing. I remember being in the store and noticing that their vinyl supply was dwindling, as if they weren't restocking. Soon after that, there were CD's in the vinyl racks.

Sound about right time-wise, as well.

Do you remember when it first hit you, standing in a record store, that records were going to no longer be the music-listening staple they were?
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Re: your last lp purchase at a 'normal' record store

Postby wavecover » Sat Feb 22, 2020 9:15 pm

dplp3

if you said jane's addiction is probably a long distance call ?

a dude standing there like saying that last time i heard that was in 2002, well he was into that
the more formal store went in never, was in that time too if you did formaly explain
let me see why the PLACE in some part of a, part of a, ''scene died'' then ? .. it' wasnt a cd you said no man, i think i .
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Re: your last lp purchase at a 'normal' record store

Postby obs » Thu Mar 05, 2020 1:54 am

Hmm, depends what you mean by "normal".

In Canada, by 1990, almost all the standard/chain stores stopped selling vinyl. I remember buying a bunch of hole-punched Nettwerk 12"es from A&B Sound, which were hidden away upstairs. Being into techno, I was buying European records at the import stores well into the mid-90s, including stuff like Depeche Mode, New Order, Claudia Brueken's album, etc. I didn't buy a CD player until Dec 1993, and even then, I think the only CDs I bought were old 80s stuff, for cheap, or used CDs (got Depeche's Construction Time, original Intercord pressing for about $3).

One of the last records I remember buying new was Depeche's World in My Eyes L12, around 1997, at Virgin Megastore downtown Vancouver. For some reason, I think Mute found a bunch of extra copies lying around. No blue, plastic jacket, though, but still happy to find a copy.

Trivia: I'm still using the same 1993 CD player today. It was a bottom end Pioneer, dual trays, about $180CAD. This thing has logged a shitload of hours :mrgreen: .
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Re: your last lp purchase at a 'normal' record store

Postby bpdp3 » Sat May 16, 2020 4:59 pm

Good god was it really ten years ago I started this thread? Glad it was dug up.
If I’d been better at phrasing the topic. I would’ve indicated ‘your last purchase at a record store that sold new vinyl, before CD’s took over’.

Obs, I still have my pioneer single disc that my parents bought me in 86 for my 20th birthday. The first CD I purchased was kraftwerk’s then-new ‘electric cafe’.

I was and still am a vinyl freak, so CD’s never ‘took’ with me. Nothing to do with sound quality, it’s strictly aesthetic. I just like the look of vinyl, the sleeve, the cover. So having that sinking feeling that vinyl was going away was not a happy time for me. Soon I discovered used record stores, where I still linger to this day. It’s pretty rare I’ll buy new vinyl nowadays (price is definitely a factor, though I’ll pay dearly for a late 70s oddity I’m afraid I’ll never see again). I think the last new vinyl I bought was the debut by Savages. And Karl Bartos ‘off the record’.
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Re: your last lp purchase at a 'normal' record store

Postby q89747 » Sun May 17, 2020 7:35 am

There's no doubt that buying new vinyl is rare even if the used record market remains strong. My latest new vinyl? 'See My Girls' 12" ep by Tindersticks. I haven't had a chance to get it out of the shrink to give it a spin.
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Re: your last lp purchase at a 'normal' record store

Postby chris74 » Sun May 17, 2020 2:51 pm

When stores in the 90s sill sold vinyl the last one I bought was "Queer" by the Thompson Twins - almost 30 years ago. Even then I wasn't too much into vinyl anymore but I sometimes bought the record rather than the CD because of the lower price.
And in recent times the last LPs I bought were the new albums by the Pet Shop Boys, Coldplay and the "Reconnected" live album by Yazoo. Usually I buy new records online these days as record shops almost don't exist where I live and it is really hard to get a new record in one of the very few shops around.
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Re: your last lp purchase at a 'normal' record store

Postby obs » Thu May 21, 2020 4:47 pm

Two things led to me switch to CDs:
- Price. Pretty much everyone abandoned vinyl, so by the 90s (in Canada), if I wanted something on vinyl, it was going to be at import prices. It was fine in the first half of the 90s, since most of the stuff I was into wouldn't get released in Canada, and for the stuff that did, I preferred the UK pressing, as it was stuff I collected (ie. Depeche Mode).
- Convenience. After I bought a computer, it was too much hassle to have to get up and flip the record over all the time.

While it definitely was more fun to listen to vinyl, I no longer just sit in bed and listen to music while reading the sleeves, so I don't miss that aspect. One thing that record companies could have done was released CDs in 7" single jackets. I had never been a big 7" fan, but over the last 15 years, a friend would sometimes give me UK 7"es, and I have to admit that it's cool to look at the covers.
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