Just yesterday, The New York Times ran a piece declaring that vinyl is back. Once a casualty of the CD, vinyl records are now selling at a steady clip, and not just to nostalgic sexagenarians. Younger music fans are embracing old-school records, frankly because they deliver a better sound than compressed MP3s. When Daft Punk released its latest album Random Access Memories last month, 19,000 vinyl copies were sold, representing about 6% of overall sales. And that may be a lowball number.
There is, of course, a nostalgic component to the vinyl revival. We fondly reminisce about the days when music had other tangible and aesthetic dimensions. Remember when you could feel the weight of the records, study the cover designs, revel in the liner notes, then slip the discs onto the turntable and watch them spin? Those memories get captured by a new photo exhibit — “World Records” — being held at Kopeikin Gallery in Los Angeles from June 8 to July 13. It features the work of Kai Schaefer, who has photographed over 100 classic albums on an array of turntables. Above, you’ll find a copy of Miles Davis’ jazz classic, Kind of Blue, sitting on a Rekokut B‑12GH. Other favorites of ours include London Calling by The Clash on a B&O Beogram 4004, The Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main Street on a Dual1010, and VU’s The Velvet Underground & Nico on a Thorens TD 124II. You can visit a larger online gallery of photos here.