Why Do I Collect Vinyl?: Francesco Martin

Vinyl Collector: Francesco Martins a.k.a. Fran

Home Country: United States

Birth Country: Brazil

Genres: MPB, Bossa Nova, Samba, Rock, Funk, Soul, R&B, Disco, Pop, Easy Listening, Electronic, World

Collecting For 9 Years


The answer is simple: Sound quality!
Besides all the different opinions of which one sounds better, CD’s or LP’s?
One answer is certain and perhaps unanimous they both are more superior than the  current digital format.
I particularly love the sound of the vinyl better, and to detect that organic sound that vinyl delivers all you need is; a receiver, speakers and a good turntable. Then just sit back, relax and enjoy it. Even though, vinyl doesn’t always need to be the newer 180 grams vinyl; which are superior to the older vinyl sound quality, older vinyl still gives good sound quality and enjoyable listening pleasure.  Another thing that I love about vinyl are the graphic album cover art and the inserts.  I feel today that vinyl from current artists are lacking the sincerity of old beautiful album cover art work, inserts and posters.  I’ve been disappointed lot because today when I buy new records, I open it and  discover there are no inserts or just one page of information; front and back.
My passion for vinyl started back in the 80’s when I was a young boy in Brazil.  I used to listening to my uncles and aunts collection a lot and they had a little bit of everything from MPB, Classic Rock, R&B, Bossa Nova, Jazz, to Samba. I definitely owe my eclectic taste in music to my family for exposing me to all different genres. I became a serious collector when I was 12 years old.  I still remember my very first album that I purchased with my  allowance money; Gal Costa’s “Fantasia”.  I remember buying it because of one particular song which was playing on the Novela Brilhante at the time “Meu Bem, Meu Mal”. Admittedly, after listening to the whole album I become Costa’s biggest fan and started buying all her past albums and new releases. I am proud to say that I own every  Gal Costa vinyl released including, compilation albums and cds that weren’t released on vinyl.  Unfortunately, in 1988 I moved to USA leaving all of my collection behind, only to return 17 years later and  find out that they were all been tossed in the trash. That was painful.
In 2009 I was visiting my family in Pouso Alegre, Minas Gerais (the same town I spent part of my childhood ). While walking down the streets I walked right into a SEBO (Brazilian name for stores that sells used vinyl, cds, cassettes,book, etc…) I went in and couldn’t believe the prices of the records there so I went crazy. They had everything: Gal Costa, Baby Consuelo, Marina Lima, Elis Regina, Rita Lee, Simone, Caetano Veloso, Djavan, Gilberto Gil, Milton NascimentoJorge Ben JorMaria Bethania, Alcione, and many other amazing arist that I grew up listening to as a kid.  I bought lots of vinyl that day, I bought as many records I thought i could handle carrying  on the walk back to my mom’s house. When I got back to my mom’s home,  everyone was shocked at all the records and asked me “why did you buy all that?” and “do you even own a record player?”  I answered “No! but I am buying one as soon as I get back home to the USA”, so that my journey on how I began collecting vinyl records again.


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