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The Vinyl Thread
7 September 2012
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Holsety
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 I ask this for a couple random reasons. Even if we have great speaker systems and headsets these days that play HD audio, it's always  fun to get out your records or just buy them used. I feel like they fill the room better than computer speakers for the most part, unless you invest a lot of money in a speaker system; even then, how often would it not be in the way?

 Anyway, this being said, which Beatles album do you think is most worth owning to you? One of my friends actively buys vinyls, probably just for the sake of owning and playing them. I went to a record store with him about a month ago and I convinced him to buy the cool Revolver vinyl. It didn't have a covering or anything; it was just a little bit thicker and the cover was painted on it. We were wondering why it was like that; he later told me it was a Japanese version, and it had the strings-only version of Eleanor Rigby. I thought that was interesting, because they didn't officially release that until 1996 with the anthologies. 

I have seen Abbey Road go for 10 bucks, and everything else is usually 30 or more. The special edition ones are obviously the most, which may have explained why that Revolver record was 45 bucks. This being said, Maybe the Abbey Road medley would be nice to hear on vinyl; some of the sounds they intended may be easier to comprehend. I'm wondering what record you most enjoyed hearing, or what you would want to hear the most. Right now, I'd like to hear the White Album on vinyl, but it's worth a lot considering it's a double-album. If that's not it, then it must have been 60 bucks for no reason. Does it even make a difference for you? 

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7 September 2012
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White Album. There's something about it that sound so much better on vinyl.

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7 September 2012
2.27am
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Wait...  Are people listening to the Beatles on computer speakers?

If you listen to music this way, you're not doing yourself or any artists any favours.

 

Outside of that, anything that sounds wonderful on CD will sound wonderful on vinyl as well.  The *real* joy are the things like the occasional crackle and the sound of the needle picking up at the end of side one.

I love the way I can hold the cover in my hands and I smell the musty paper and cardboard.  All the little imperfections and printing quirks make it a great experience, too.  Like when you see a little number stamped on the back that tells you where the record was made.  You can't get that out of a digital file.

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7 September 2012
2.39am
Holsety
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No, no. I use headphones. Computer speakers don't really do any songs justice.

On a side note, I like having physical copies of them too; for example, my friend bought Anthology 1 and 3; I bought 2. I put the covers together once and he didn't even know they did that. Just the little things.

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7 September 2012
2.42pm
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I only have Abbey Road and Sgt Pepper's on vinyl and I'd really love to have Revolver... The CD sound fells more cold than it should...

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7 September 2012
3.22pm
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Sgt. Pepper is definitely a vinyl album, I think and the White Album, as mentioned.

One of the things that I love about listening to a record rather than a CD is that, if bought second-hand, which mine are, there are little quirks about it. Like for example, my original 'With The Beatles' LP has ''Sheila and Tony'' written on the back in small letters. I'm not called neither Sheila or Tony but I love that.

Anyway, back on topic, any of the rares ones would be good to have too.

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7 September 2012
4.13pm
Von Bontee
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The only Beatles vinyl I ever bought brand-new (and therefore owned unscathed) was a White Album in '86, and I never owned a true top-of-the-line record player, so when I switched to compact discs in 1990 I rarely looked back. So I have no knowledge about which is best as far as sound quality - my ears say that, with exceptions, CDs sound better.

But as far as albums-as-albums go, I really can't imagine anything beating an original Sgt. Pepper (with locked groove and cutouts) or an original White Album (with embossed number). Those really would be the ultimate in albumness.

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7 September 2012
5.28pm
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I always got the most enjoyment from listening to an lp that i didnt have on cd as there was more excitement in playing it, something extra special. I find there is less initial enjoyment nowadays in listening to your ipod because its at the touch of button. As someone said previously the excitement of taking the record out, putting it on the turntable, hearing the lp start up with the crackly noise and youre away was far greater for me.

Not that ive done it in a long time - my record player needs a needle and ive never gotten around to getting another one.  

 

As for how i listen - if just music to hear and have on portable speakers are fine. For anything i want to listen to its thru earphones as you can hear and delight in it more. You miss a lot of little things in Beatle records if thru loudspeakers.

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7 September 2012
6.47pm
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Hollywood bowl of course as it's only (legally) available on vinyl. I've got a super rare german version of it on vinyl (possibly a top secret version about which nobody knows, not even any of you; more likeley a bootleg which acts as though it were a rare german official release)

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7 September 2012
7.09pm
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A vinly record is fun in the way that an old car without headrests, seat belts, radios, or air conditioning is fun.
And yes, it's very personalized. I can tell you where every hiss, pop, and crackle occurs on every one of my Beatle albums.
But from a pure sound point of view, to my ears vinyl doesn't have a significant advantage. The pleasure, as Satan said, is in the overall experience. It's a certain enjoyment to listen to an album while holding the cover.
Sgt. Pepper was by far and away the best from that point of view (yet another reason why it's #1 on many a "best album" list): ALL the people and things on the cover, the lyrics on the back (a first), the album cover that opened up revealing yet another picture, the paper cut-outs of Sergeant Pepper himself...
The White Album would be up there too: the glossy 8x10 pictures of each Beatle + the large poster + the individualized number.
I can think of only ONE SONG that is unquestionably better on vinyl: "I Want You (she's so heavy" - and that's because it's the last song on the first side of the album. So the violent stop at the end is immediately followed by the needle lifting off the record, the hum of the turntable stopping, and then perfect silence ... An awesome song to listen to in the dark.
The effect is totally ruined if, instead of silence, "Here Comes The Sun" suddenly appears, as might happen on your iPod or computer.

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7 September 2012
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GeorgeTSimpson: There's old cassette and 8-track versions of "Hollywood Bowl" out there too!

ITSWD: The "Sgt. Pepper" inner groove is also unduplicatable on CD!

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7 September 2012
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There must be a reason why Abbey Road has been the best selling vinyl for the last 3 years.

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7 September 2012
7.38pm
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That's interesting! I think it's always been their best-selling regular studio album - either that or Pepper.

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7 September 2012
9.21pm
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meanmistermustard said
There must be a reason why Abbey Road has been the best selling vinyl for the last 3 years.

Because it's the only catalogue album in print right now.  I'd be curious to see the vinyl charts if all 13 'canon' Beatle LPs were currently in print.

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7 September 2012
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It's Abbey Road in the usa, Sgt. Pepper in the world. White Album has more platinum in the usa but only because all sales were duplicated because it's a double album (also why allyhings must pass is the solo-beatles studio album with the most platinum in the usa, the best-selling album in the usa was band on the run)

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7 September 2012
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Abbey Road is the only Beatle album in print? Well in a mayor Glasgow record store you can get quite a few all brand new (i like looking at them).

 

Also its sales per year so in 2010 it started all over again, same in 2011 & 2012. Anyway supposedly Abbey Road has been withdrawn from sale for the first time in forever which is a sign that the remastered vinyl is up and coming.

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7 September 2012
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I guess I'm looking at it from a North American perspective.  The UK albums aren't in circulation here.  My local boutique shop has them  for $30 apiece, but Abbey Road is the only domestically-available album in print over here.

I have to remember that we're a global society here.

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7 September 2012
10.20pm
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I have Abbey Road vinyl, and I think it's probably mostly because of it's iconic cover.

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7 September 2012
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Do you mean you bought the vinyl because of the cover, or it's the biggest-selling vinyl because of the cover?

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7 September 2012
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Von Bontee said
Do you mean you bought the vinyl because of the cover, or it's the biggest-selling vinyl because of the cover?

Second, I bought it because it was only vinyl you could order on Amazon :P .

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