The Beautiful Compassion Of The Record Store (A Post For Record Store Day 2016)

View More: http://jbltphotography.pass.us/alexandkateA trip to the record store these days is an act of compassion. 

Sure there are plenty of new releases out on vinyl. In fact vinyl records are the fastest growing sales segment in the music industry.

But most record stores fill the majority of their shelves with vintage LPs. These are the records that get traded in by people who have no use for them anymore.

Maybe they inherited a collection from their parents or grandparents and they’re just not that into music. Or maybe they’ve played the records a million times and just aren’t into the bands anymore. Or maybe they thought vinyl died out 30 years ago.

For whatever reason they don’t see any use for the old Cat Stevens or Doobie Brothers albums. They look at vinyl records as an outdated format just taking up space in their attic.

Yet when I and other collectors come in to a record store we see the value in the classic pieces of wax. Continue reading

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Going Beyond God’s Greatest Hits

queen greatest hitsEverybody loves a good Greatest Hits collection.

Whether it’s The Eagles, Garth Brooks or Guns ‘N Roses, a Greatest Hits album can make for the perfect soundtrack for any group of people.

That’s the reason why Greatest Hits collections are some of the highest selling albums of all time – everyone can relate to them.

These are an artist’s biggest chart-toppers. Not necessarily their best work, but clearly their most populist and successful.

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with enjoying a Greatest Hits album.

I think though if you asked any of these artists, their hope would be for you to go beyond their Greatest Hits to discover their Deep Tracks. Continue reading