Milan – An avalanche of vinyl news in a single day – 312 releases including previews, reissues and rarities – marked the new edition yesterday of Record Store Day, an international day dedicated to record shops. The initiative, born in the United States 14 years ago, this year has been postponed by almost two months due to Covid and splits into two events (the next will be on July 17). In total, almost four hundred releases in LP format by the record industry are scheduled in two days: a record since the event landed in Italy (2013) which confirms the “state of grace” of the 33 laps. In the first three months of 2021, according to Fimi, vinyl is …
Milan – An avalanche of vinyl news in just one day – 312 releases including previews, reprints and rarities – marked the new edition yesterday of the Record Store Day, international day dedicated to record shops. The initiative, born in the United States 14 years ago, has been postponed by almost two months this year due to Covid and splits into two appointments (next will be July 17th). In total, almost four hundred releases in LP format by the record industry are scheduled in two days: a record since the event landed in Italy (2013) which confirms the “state of grace” of the 33 laps.
In the first three months of 2021, according to Fimi, vinyl grew 121% compared to the same period in 2020 generating higher revenues than the so-called, down by 6%. From Psycho in via Zamenhof the crowding of “physical” music fans started in the morning, with many over 40s. 1981) and the ep “Fire” by U2, special in picture disc for the 40th edition (the latter at € 17.50). Goodies for enthusiasts.
But there is more. Also from Psycho the Maneskin craze has landed but their vinyl of “Teatro d’ira-Vol.I” is nowhere to be found, even in many e-commerce sites: “We are still waiting for the reissue after having sold all the copies that arrived. It is a problem that also concerns other titles: we pay for the closure of the vinyl factories which are mainly in Germany, occurred during the lockdown. For the first time we stati senza “Dark side of the moon” dei Pink Floyd for almost five months “, the owner Fabio Bianco points out.
The latest addition to the fresh Eurovision winners has the Massive Music Store in via Fara where the special “orange transparent” LP is on sale for 80 euros. “Maneskin is the most popular title in this period, they ask us to send it even from abroad through the site. For the Record Store Day releases, the greatest demand concerns the new edition of Lady Gaga’s” Chromatica “” explain the partners Alessandro Localzo and Sergio Latto. From Rossetti Records and Books in via Cesare da Sesto the reissue of “Meteora” by Linkin Park is strong (at about 40 euros) which was first released in 2003: “A title that has become unobtainable because almost 20 years ago the LPs were not there. almost no one bought – they were all diverted to the CD – and therefore the few original copies had reached stellar quotations on the internet. This reissue linked to the day is welcome, “says Aron Canella who took over the shop opened by his father Maurizio 40 years ago.
The new metal of Linkin Park appeals to the forties that find in a title of almost 20 years ago their “madeleine” for youth. Record Store Day: there are also those who say no. How does “Sound Cave” in via Crespi: “The original spirit has been somewhat distorted of the initiative which was to get people back into record stores. Now it’s an appointment only for the collectors with bulging wallets“says Roberto Mammarella, owner of the shop specializing in extreme metal.” I understand the philosophy – reply the partners of Massive Music Store – but it is one of the few ways to bring even the new generations closer to the world of physical support. Before the internet it was a necessary step to listen to music, now the opportunity has to come up. Long live Record Store Day “.
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