''The records -- even on my old turntable -- sound much better, much more like live music,'' said Mr. Ciaramella, a patrolman who pounds out power chords in a rock band when he is not pounding the beat. ''With vinyl, you feel like the band's right in front of you sweating it out. And with CD's, it's like you're in a sterile scientific lab and there's no emotional connection to what you hear. And then there's the full-size album cover art.''
Mr. Ciaramella is not alone. Vinyl records are back in vogue, thanks to an odd alliance of veteran musicians, college-age alternative rockers, rap fans, dance club disk jockeys, recording engineers and audiophiles who have helped revive and strengthen a format all but given up for dead by the musical mainstream.
In the past few years, sales of new vinyl have grown as more LP's have become available. Fifty of the Top 200 albums in a recent issue of Billboard were available on vinyl.
I thought that sounded pretty similar to a lot of the recent articles I've read about the resurgence in vinyl sales. Then I noticed the publication date on the article.... May 7, 1998. This may have been the very first "vinyl revival" article. Thirteen years later and the format is still reviving.
I also noticed that the article was penned by Michael Fremer, who has probably done as much as anyone to aid that reviving process through his staunch advocacy for LPs and high-quality vinyl playback in the pages of Stereophile, as well as on his website musicangle and elsewhere.