Is there a back to the future for vinyl in Harlow

Lifestyle / Mon 20th Apr 2015 at 12:09pm

By Adam Dunkley, Ellie Hutchin & Dom Littler.

THERE are many Harlow residents who hark back to the days of the record stores. For many it was always Startime, where copies of records from Bowie to the Bay City Rollers were purchased.

But as this weekend, signalled Record Store Saturday, we went out onto the streets of Harlow to see if there is a future for vinyl in Harlow

We did so, as the Official Charts Company has announced that they will be launching a weekly vinyl chart as a result of the increase in vinyl sales over the last 18 years. However, some believe that, due to the constant rise in digital downloads and streaming, vinyls will still have no place in popular culture.

Colin Sparrow, 52, a vinyl collector and salesman at Harlow market, said: “It’s a good idea, but people download too much nowadays.”

“There is no good music around anymore. Downloads have killed vinyl” agreed young musician Jake Winger, 18.

On the other hand, some believe that the chart will generate an element of nostalgia and reintroduce the lost generation of vinyl music.

Dave Neil, 62, another collector and Harlow vinyl salesman, said: “I love the sound of vinyl. They’re iconic. As long as they’re looked after they can sound better than any CD. It brings back tradition and childhood memories.”

As is stands, the newest album in the vinyl chart is Chasing Yesterday by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, although the majority of the chart is made up of vintage classics, such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and Bob Dylan.

Vinyl sales are at its highest since 1995, however it doesn’t seem like they will ever compete with the huge success of the download charts.

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