Somewhere out there, there are 175,000 record players. (I haven’t used one since 1990.)
That’s right. Harry Styles sold a record 175,000 vinyl LP records this week of his new album, “Harry’s House.” It’s a vinyl record “record” of sorts in the current era. (In the old days, artists sold millions o these things.)
“Harry’s House” sold 515,000 copies including all those LPs, paid downloads, and streaming equivalent sales.
I think it’s great all these people are listening to Harry on vinyl, although his album isn’t necessarily a sonic experience. But it’s a great entry point especially for young people.
Are you ready for this? “Harry’s House” average price on LP is a whopping THIRTY FIVE DOLLARS or seven times the amount we paid when records ruled the roost! If records had cost that much in 1975, I’d have had no collection at all.
Kids, go to Amoeba Records on line and buy some really great albums for your new record players. Try some Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell jazz, Sting, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock and, of course, Beatles. For fun add the Talking Heads, Elvis Costello, and Nina Simone. Buy them used for $1.99. A few scratches? That’s the whole point!
PS I’m worried you don’t have a little integrated amp and cool speakers. Go to AudioAdvisor.com.