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

(counting down from 10 to 1):

10. Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker, Diz N Bird
9. Pat Metheny, Bright Size Life
8. Thelonious Monk, Brilliant Corners
7. Herbie Hancock, Empyrean Isles
6. Jamiroquai, The Return of the Space Cowboy
5. Sonny Rollins, Saxophone Colossus
4. Stan Getz / Joao Gilberto, Getz / Gilberto
3. Stevie Wonder, Songs In The Key Of Life
2. John Coltrane, A Love Supreme
1. Miles Davis, Kind Of Blue
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My name is Maurice Edwards and I’m an avid vinyl collector, music historian and novice DJ. My music background consist of 20 years of music retail and promotion and independent artist consulting. I had the fortune of working for two of the largest music retail outlets; Tower Records and Virgin Megastore. After my tenure with major record stores in 2004, I founded a web-based self-funded start-up company called Evolution of Media (EOM) which focused on the needs of independent and major artists in the music industry. Evolution of Media (EOM) grew from 27 unique visitors to over 50,000 unique visitors per month within the first year of going live. What set EOM apart from other competitors was that we limiting site reviews and recommendations to only outstanding emerging artists and major artist that were not visible within the mainstream. Besides working with independent artist from around the globe I established working relationships with the promotion departments of Sony, Interscope and Shanachie records assisting them with extra promotion for artist such as; Al Jarreau, Sky Edwards (Morcheeba), Miki Howard, Vesta Williams, Phil Perry and many more.

One Comment

  1. blueingreenjazz July 12, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    Honestly, Bob is one of the coolest guy I’ve known through Instagram and I’m so glad I did! Always open-minded and passionate about music, like we can see through this interview! Keep up the great work!