Vinyl Collector: Bob H.
Country: Somewhere In The World
Genre: Jazz, Soul, Rock & Funk
Collecting For 6 Years
Hey I’m Bob and I’ve been collecting vinyl for about 6 years now. Why do I collect vinyl? There are many reasons that I love collecting vinyl. First of all, there is the whole nostalgia of records – I remember the very first time when I was very young and my father put a record on the turntable for me. It was “Procol Harem – Live in Concert with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.” My father said to me “Bob, this is how music should sound!” I vividly remember that priceless experience of sharing time with my father listening to music and the exact moment he placed the needle on the record. That record is now in my collection and holds very special meaning for me of course. As for the sound, I felt like my ears had opened up for the first time hearing that legendary rock band performing with a full orchestra and it’s something I’ll never forget! The full, rich, warm sound of the strings coupled with the booming sound of the rock band was unlike anything I’d ever heard before and I thought right then and there that one day I’d have my own vinyl collection!
Besides nostalgia for the past through my experiences with my father and hearing just how incredible a vinyl record could sound, I also get a lot of satisfaction out of the ‘artifact value’ of the records. You know, thinking about who else has owned each record in my collection. What is its story? What was happening in the world and for the owner when they played this record? To me, that part is also very fascinating and part of what makes collecting so much fun. Another thing that I love about collecting records is truly appreciating not only the much better sound quality as I spin the records but here is a crazy concept that younger people may not understand – listening through an ENTIRE album without skipping tracks or making a playlist! Yes, that seems like a crazy idea but for me I feel that it gives me a much deeper and a fuller connection and appreciation for not only the music but also what the artist was trying to convey to the listener. Most musical artists are trying to tell us a story through their albums so long as we are open to listening to all that they are trying to say. Collecting records is definitely something I think will keep me busy and happy for a lifetime, I can’t wait to go dig (always a thrill and another great part about collecting) – if I’m lucky, I’ll find a few more of those round, special treasures!
My Personal Top 10 Favorite Albums
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