Is Vinyl Perfect Because It Isn't?


Context is everything. I was born in 1971, so I remember life before CDs. I also remember listening to Everything But The Girl on vinyl, which is why I was so thrilled to see this vinyl op-ed written by EBTG's Tracey Thorn, which starts off like this:

"I had to listen to the test pressing of my finished album the other day. This is when you check what the vinyl version will sound like, so you sit very quietly in front of your speakers and, ignoring the songs completely, take note of the overall sound quality and strain your ears to listen out for any excessive surface noise, any unwanted pops or crackles. And, this being vinyl, there are occasional pops and crackles. But are they unwanted? Ah, that’s the question."

"Vinyl has had a revival, you will have read. And part of me can’t help feeling that it’s really the pops and crackles that have made a comeback, securing their place in people’s hearts as some kind of badge of authenticity. The clunk of the needle dropping. The faint hiss before the first song begins. Sounds that, if you’re the right age, whirl you back in time to those first records you owned."

Read the rest of her piece here.

Alex Roy, co-Founder of Noho Sound, Editor-at-Large for The Drive and author of The Driver, has set numerous endurance driving records, including the infamous Cannonball Run record. You can follow him on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.