Press your own records

This was posted in the forum. I think its interesting enough to go on the main page.

 

Anyway it's to tell everybody that my friends and I will be creating a website called www.collectors-studio.com, and we want to know if people will be interested.

We're addressing vinyl collectors and fans (like you and us). We'll be offering first of all a free and unlimited music listening service. If you know www.deezer.com you'll know what I mean. This is a server which has songs by a lot of artists, and where you can freely listen to any music you want. You can even create your own play lists, save them and listen to them again whenever you return. This service is entirely legal, because music isn't downloaded, and artists are paid.

At Collectors Studio we'll be doing basically the same, with the big difference that our members can get a 33" LP vinyl copy of the music they listen to! For example, if you're a member of Collectors Studio, by the end of this week you'll receive an e-mail giving you the list of music you've listened to and asking you if you want a vinyl with this music. You can modify the songs of course if you want, and choose any song in our collection, so you can add it to your vinyl. Also interesting, you will be asked to choose between album arts that we will specially craft for your package! Your vinyl will be later sent to you by mail.

So I'll want to know if there are people interested out there by this offer. Anyway I can resume it to :
1. You can put your favorite music into vinyl at a cheaper price than what you will find in record stores. We have done the math, and it adds up to 10$ per vinyl, with a free one after 20 vinyls bought.
2. Besides, record stores sell you ready-made albums, while at Collectors Studio you basically create your own album, with its music and album art. Remember you will be able to choose music from a huge library containing classic and contemporary songs. There's virtually no limit to what you can listen to and put together in a vinyl. Imagine a classic rock anthology, with a Doors song between a Joy Division and a Jimi Hendrix.
3. If you prefer classic albums anyway, you can put together the songs of your favorite album into a vinyl.

Well, thank you a lot for your attention if you've kept reading until here! Our enterprise will be opening in France like next year or so, but we really want to know the opinion of English-speaking collectors and vinyl fans! You can write to me personally at silvio.figeac@gmail.com to give me your opinion (what you like, what you don't like, if you expect something else…) or post an entry. I would also like to know the opinion of the records industry about this please…

Yours truly,

Silvio,
(33)6 71 53 39 35
Manager, Collectors Studio,
Bordeaux, France.

Coldplay 7″ vinyl box set

We're pleased to announce that, for the first time, all 14 of Coldplay's singles are to be collected together in a box set. 'The Singles 1999-2006' will be released internationally on March 26th.

Each single will be pressed on heavyweight 7-inch vinyl and sleeved in its original artwork. The box set will contain five singles which have never previously appeared on 7-inch vinyl. They include 'The Blue Room EP', Coldplay's rare first release for Parlophone in October 1999, which has been split into two 7-inch singles. The box set will also feature the international singles, 'Don't Panic', 'God Put A Smile Upon Your Face' and 'What If', none of which were released in the UK. It will also include 'The Hardest Part', which was previously only available as a download in the UK.

Please note that this collection will only be released as a 7-inch vinyl box set, there will not be a CD release. For full track details, please go to www.coldplay.com

The Allure of vinyl records

The Allure Of Vinyl Records

The demise of the vinyl record has become a statement all to common in the music industry. Vinyl records were supposed to be a dead music format a long time ago, but have persevered through the many technological changes in the music industry.

In this day and age of ipods and digital downloads, where people can fit thousands of songs in such a neat little package, how has the vinyl record managed to compete; what is the allure?

Recent research reveals that teens enjoy the physical experience they get with a vinyl record and the interaction between themselves and the record. There is a certain ritual one must rely on to play a vinyl record, and much to the dismay of the digital world, the youth of the world is receptive to this type of interaction.

For some, collecting vinyl records is an obsession, a life long journey to obtain hidden masterpieces locked away in the attics and basements around the globe. For others, just owning a few selected gems from their favorite band or recording artist is enough to satisfy their collecting palate.

Then there is the thrill of the hunt, scouring the online web sites and auctions looking for a rare or collectible record for their collection. For the adventurous, there are the numerous garage sales, rummage sales, flea markets and the like, that dot the countryside in every town in America. There, they can search through the dusty boxes and bins for their the next special addition to their already growing vinyl record collection. There is almost a sense of pride, self-worth, if you will, in finding what you are looking for, if only to be satisfied for a moment, until you realize you must find another rare treasure to add to your collection.

Ever since Alex Steinweiss designed the first album cover for Columbia Records in 1939, album cover art has been highly collectible and is a part of music history. Classic album covers like the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band, Janis Joplin's Cheap Thrills (designed by Robert Crumb) and Led Zeppelins' Physical Graffiti are iconic. Some bands enlisted the aid of world renowned artists to design the album covers and concepts for their latest releases, including the Rolling Stones, who used Andy Warhol's idea for their record album Sticky Fingers.

For some, collecting vinyl is an investment. Not only a monetary investment but a cultural one as well. Vinyl records are part of pop culture as we know it and certainly part of the rock and roll era. Preserving vinyl records, the art, the music, is a very important part of this phenomenon.

But the one thing that sets vinyl apart from all other musical formats is that vinyl records just sound the best. There is no substitute for the sound reproduction that vinyl brings to music, no digital counterpart. And for that, the vinyl record will continue to survive, if not thrive.


Robert Benson has written articles on many subjects and operates two web sites. Learn about the hobby of vinyl record collecting or shop for your unique home decor at his online shopping site:
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