The first gramophone record was introduced in 1931 in New York. Long Play or “long playing” is a term for a type of turntable (analog soundtrack or audio format that has 33 rpm) from a vinyl record that rotates on a turntable at a speed of 33 rpm. American record company “Columbia Records” is back in 1948 popularized this vinyl record. Since then, vinyl has become the standard for the record industry around the world. Until then, the standard format of gramophone records (78 rmp / or rpm) allowed only 3-5 minutes of content per page. Long play allowed for 20 minutes of content on each side. Thus, it is possible to perform classical music (operas, symphonies, etc.) on gramophone records, and to release albums of popular music and other musical genres on one record. The popularity of LP records has not diminished with the introduction of single records at 45 rpm: in the 1970s with the advent of audio cassettes, Long Play records were threatened.
Most world-renowned musicians today publish new songs on digital platforms and physical releases (on vinyl or gramophone records). Gramophone records are becoming mainstream again because these sound carriers are the driver of the music industry, ie the complete branch of the economy of every slightly more developed country. Since the format of tape recorders was replaced by records, mass production of turntables began. There is a growing interest in the rock ‘n’ roll music segment. The multiplied sales of instruments and accompanying equipment, clothing with the logos of music bands are at the zenith of the attention of the global audience.
That is why many people decide to become passionate collectors of plastic guardians of magical vibrations. It is well known that New York and London are the cradles of fierce riffs. Gramophone records have once again entered the big doors of the planetary pop scene. The return of some more musical “relics” has been announced – CDs, cassettes and cassette players. Although the music is easily “fried” on copies, so there are plagiarisms available all over the world. Plagiarism has no quality because over time the records are lost. Vinyl though decades old always sounds like the first day. They preserve the authentic quality of the music. Vinyls that don’t sound good are just played on a bad turntable. Many music lovers would say that it is charming when it ‘crunches’ the sound. Although this ‘crunching’ is a sign that it is gramophone record played on a bad turntable. Already in some discos in Germany disc jockeys play music from TDK and Maxell cassettes, mix music on cassette players. This will appear very quickly in other parts of the world because the cassettes are based on tapes that are easy to manipulate. If the tape is also damaged then the damaged part can be cut out. Then the two sides are joined with ordinary glue without feeling the transition.
In the mid-70s of the last century, for example, London was a city in the tension of the avant-garde and the rapid development of the punk scene. People listened and watched live Pink Floyd, The Who at Wembley, but also Bad Company in Marquee. The youth of that time began to wear unusual hairstyles. The Marquee Club increasingly pushed faster and more aggressive music during this period. The youth enjoyed listening to The Clash and the Sex Pistols. Earlier, this scenario unfolded in New York with the groups The Ramones and New York Dolls. It should be underlined that the core of world art was precisely New York in those crazy 70s. Back then, there were cheap apartments in the East Village. Drug nests were almost built there. From there, punk spread to Europe. Then at the peak was Andy Warhol. The conclusion is that the triangle New York – London – Berlin culturally connected the world. Anyone interested in this topic and this period is recommended to watch the drama series ‘Vinyl’, whose creators are the great Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese. Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Gregg Allman Band – they are all exceptional artists. For example, Joy Division vinyls are very expensive. Vinyl albums created in 1988 and 1989 are rare in the world. This is the period of CD appearance. U2’s album ‘Achtung Baby’ was created when Bono Vox and The Edge ‘put’ that album on CD. At that time, gramophone records were already passé. Today, young people are interested in rock ‘n’ roll and many have a huge knowledge of music. T
As for the English-speaking musicians, it is sad to say that the British scene has been lost. The guys from Oasis are back, the Arctic Monkeys are indigenous representatives of British indie rock, but they have also been performing from Los Angeles for some time. With their last album, they switched to psychedelia. The British began to prefer that sound. Interestingly, the Americans are blindly consistent here. From the beginning, Americans have nurtured all scenes – blues, jazz, rock, pop and others. Total continuity. What has been particularly intriguing lately is the americana, an amalgam of American music created by combining common and diverse traditions that make up the US sound ethos. , Rock am Ring & Rock im Park, Pinkpop and other big events).
10 most expensive gramophone vinyl records in the world:
- Bob Dylan – The Freewheelin ‘Bob Dylan (1963)
Is the second album with some changes before release. Four songs were replaced with new songs just before they were released. The factory printed a number of song records before they were replaced with new ones. One of those misprinted records sold for $ 35,000. It is considered one of the most valuable records in the world.
- The Beatles – The Beatles (White Album) (1968)
Not all copies of the cult edition of The Beatles are created equal. The band members and the directors of their record company received records with serial numbers starting with A00000 (A000001, A000002, etc.). The first copy of that series in 2013 sold for $ 35,000, while a copy numbered A0000023 sold for $ 13,750.
- David Bowie – Diamond Dogs (1974)
The original cover of this album on vinyl contained an illustration with canine genitals. Bowie’s RCA discographer modified the final version, but some employees kept their copies. The version with canine genitals sold in 2003 for $ 3,550. Given Bowie’s death, it’s not hard to imagine how much such a rarity could be worth today.
- Sex Pistols – God Save The Queen / No Feelings 7 ” (1977)
The Sex Pistols signed with A&M Records in March 1977. Only six days later, the contract was canceled due to the band’s behavior. When their discographer decided to cancel the band’s collaboration, they had already released 25,000 copies of their single ‘God Save The Queen’. A&M Records ordered the copies destroyed, but over the years some copies have surfaced and sold for more than $ 8,600.
- Hank Mobley – Blue Note 1568 (1957)
Between 300 and a thousand copies of this album were released in 1957. The address of the record company was misspelled on the copies – if rumors are to be believed. Discussions continue about the value, but some boards with the correct address have sold for more than $ 10,000.
- The Beatles – Please Please me (1963)
Depending on owning a particular version of this album then the potential earnings will vary. The ‘Holy Grail’ of collectors is a version that has gold letters on a black stamp. The stereo version of the album sold for $ 4,200.
- The Beatles – Yesterday And Today (1966)
The original cover of this edition was not a favorite due to the use of freshly cut meat motifs, so 750 thousand copies were withdrawn from sale. Some editions have been sold though. Today, such an issue could be worth more than $ 15,000.
- Bruce Springsteen – Spirit In The Night 7 ” (1973)
The first release of Springsteen today could sell for $ 5,000, but the problem is that no one has wanted to sell their record so far. The Discogs website has not recorded any transactions involving this release.
- The Rolling Stones – Street Fighting Man / No Expectation (1968)
The original cover of the American edition of this single, The Rolling Stones, contained a photograph of a man who was beaten by police at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. The record company estimated that the cover was controversial and the record was withdrawn from sale. It is estimated that there are between 10 and 18 such copies, and one was sold for $ 17,000.
- Nirvana – Bleach reissue (1992)
A special edition of Nirvana’s 1989 album is valuable because of the experimental printing technique applied by their record label Sub Pop during the reissue. Only 500 copies were printed, and some sold for $ 1,500.