So it’s that time of year again, when I try to remember all the albums that I listened to more than once and didn’t hate so that I can order them on vinyl…thing is, this year it seems like no one bothered to actually release anything on 33 1/3. As you’d expect, Year Round supported the Blaq Poet release with both vocal and instrumental versions, and the latest
MF Doom DOOM project is available in 2LP format, but what else? The only other good long player that I can cop on wax is Double Barrel. That new Raekwon? M.O.P? Big Twins? Cormega? Chamber Music? Sorry pal, no dice.
While I can appreciate that Serato/Final Scratch is key in reducing lower back problems and hernia’s cause by carting over-stuffed record crates up flights of stairs, it appears to have well and truly been the final nail in the proverbial coffin for hip-hop vinyl. Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t really place any value in owning original CD’s. Considering that all of my compact discs have been picked-up second hand or sent to me for review purposes back when record labels and their distributors actually had a promotional budget, there haven’t been many occasions when I’ve been happy to drop $15 on a potential beer coaster. The same thing applied when you could buy new albums on tape – sure, it was convenient to be able to pop it straight into your Walkman for the train ride home, but considering you could tape that same LP onto a better quality chrome or metal tape yourself, it was also a huge waste of money.
It’s one thing to download every new release for ‘previewing purposes’, but when it comes down to supporting the finest of this years releases at the cash register, is it wrong that I want something that I can’t just make myself? Something that can be stored away for future listening sessions or to play to a crowd. Something that won’t get lost down the back of the couch or covered in finger-prints. As much as I enjoy the limited-edition exclusives that Diggers With Gratitude, Vinyl Addicts, Freestyle Records and One Leg Up are dropping, is it too much to ask that I can purchase more than five decent rap albums released this year on vinyl for under $20 each? Apparently so. Maybe it’s time to get into the bootlegging game….
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