By Logan Grossman (Syracuse, N.Y.) — National Record Store Day was April 22 and millions of Americans flocked to small, privately-owned record stores across the country to get their hands on vinyl. Records sold include everything from classic rock to Justin Bieber and the latest country albums.
On National Record Store Day, dozens of artists, including several who have passed away, release limited edition vinyls to participating stores around the country and collectors and audiophiles took to the stores to get their hands on the records.
A customer at The Sound Garden in downtown Syracuse, who would only give his first name, explained that National Record Store Day is the perfect day for dedicated collectors.
“It is really cool when you see artists release LPs for that day,” Robert said. “You know that there is only a few hundred, or maybe a thousand, of them out there and you want to race to the store to get your hands on it because that store probably only has one or two.”
This year artists from metal band Avenge Seven Fold to Eric Clapton re-issued albums exclusively on vinyl and released a very limited number of copies to encourage fans to rush to their record stores. In addition, the management of several deceased artists, including Prince, David Bowie and Jimi Hendrix, re-released some of their old music exclusively on vinyl.
This day was initially launched ten years ago and its creation has coincided with a significant spike in vinyl sales world-wide. Vinyl sales were up 53% last year and over 750% since the first National Record Store Day in 2008.
“There is nothing like feeling the scratches, hearing the scratches in a record when you are listening to it,” Bill Wood said.
“Mp3s are great but it just isn’t the same,” Wood said. “You can hold a record. You can feel it.”
Wood’s thoughts are apparently shared by enough people that in 2016, vinyl sales were higher than digital sales, through iTunes and similar sources, for the first time ever. This is, in part, to the decrease in digital downloads and the trend of streaming music, but the rise in vinyl sales has given fans of traditional music experiences something to smile about.