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Vinyl Record Day
“Somebody was trying to tell me that CDs are better than vinyl because they don’t have any surface noise. I said, “Listen, mate, life has surface noise.”
~ John Peel, BBC Radio1 DJ
How true! And if you're of the music-loving Clan Classic Vinyl generation, the numbers 33 1/3 and 45 should definitely grab your retro attention! Do you still have (or miss) your classic rock record collection? Did you ever attempt to listen for secret messages hidden on records, known as "backward masking" or "backmasking" ? Backward masking is a recording technique in which a message is recorded backward onto an audio track intended to be played forward; while backmasking is an unintentional message heard when playing a record backward as a result of the human tendency for aural pattern detection during phonetic reversal. At any rate ... vinyl, according to audiophiles, is having a revival! Album Cover Art in its heyday provided reputation-making opportunities for artists and photographers as well as creating iconic images that defined each music-loving generation. Click the collage to see how many classic rock albums might be in your collection or collective memory! Feel free to post a favorite in the comments for a Clan Classic Rock Playlist. Rock On! 📻 🎤 🎶 🔘
This fashion tartan was inspired by the kilt on a lady dancer on a unidentified vintage LP cover.
The first vinyl discs were made for playback at 33 1/3 rpm and pressed onto 12” diameter flexible plastic discs. These did not do well at the time due to the Great Depression and a lack of consumer playback equipment. However, starting in 1939, Columbia Records continued to develop vinyl technology and In 1948, introduced the 12” Long Play (LP) 33 1/3 rpm microgroove record.
The cutthroat rivalry between RCA Victor and Columbia Records led to the introduction of another competing format by RCA, the 7”/45 rpm Extended Play (EP). The period where both of these formats fought for dominance from 1948-1950 was known as the “War of the Speeds.”
Albums provided a special opportunity for artists and photographers who produced some of the most iconic cover art, particularly during the 1960s - 1980s until the introduction of tapes, cassettes, and CDs miniaturized the format and opportunities as displayable collectors items.
Click the collage for some of the most memorable of vinyl cover art.