IOLA, WIS – Vinyl records are more popular today than at any time in more than a quarter century.
Sales for new vinyl record aren’t just growing, they’re exploding: up 18% in 2012, 32% in 2013, 51% in 2014, and 33% in 2015. Not surprising, the demand for new vinyl has also increased demand for old vinyl.
“It’s astonishing just how much interest there is in the record-collecting field today, compared with even just a couple of years ago” says Dave Thompson, editor and pricing expert for the recently released Standard Catalog of American Records, 9th edition.
The mammoth Standard Catalog of American Records, with more 1,400 pages filled with 150,000 listings for vinyl albums, 45s, 12-inch singles, assorted 78 records, picture sleeves and the industry-standard Goldmine Grading Guide, is widely regarded as the collecting authority in the hobby. Enthusiasts of all levels use the catalog, Thompson says.
“The Standard Catalog of American Records is the heartbeat of collecting in America – and beyond,” Thompson says. “Over the years, which of course are now decades, it has established itself as the one guide that you can always rely on, not only for pricing, but for discography information in general.”
Records in this encyclopedic reference are organized alphabetically by artist name. Each listing includes formats, labels, catalog number, titles, release dates, and current record value in Near-Mint condition. The catalog covers rock, pop, country, jazz, soul and R&B artists, as well as other genres of American-released vinyl.
The sheer scope and size of the book makes each new edition an impressive task.
“It is a major undertaking,” Thompson says, “but it’s also a very enjoyable one – it’s fascinating to watch as new trends rise and sometimes fall, or the ebb and flow of the classic artists, depending upon whether or not they’ve been in the news.
“For example, whenever a new Beatles-related release appears, that always affects the collectibles side of things. This doesn’t necessarily affect values dramatically, and sometimes it has the opposite effect as more people think to empty out the loft and dump an old collection onto the market. But it’s interesting to watch it play out – and sometimes, a bit of a detective story as well, as you try and work out why something has suddenly become hot.”
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And what would Thompson consider “hot” in the collecting world right now?
“As for specifics, punk rock is very popular right now, both the original 1977 breed and its descendants,” Thompson says. “There’s also a lot of interest in vinyl from the late 1980s and early 1990s – the period when less and less vinyl was being manufactured, because CDs were taking over. In a way, it’s like the end of the 1960s, with mono being phased out in favor of stereo, and just as late-period mono is now very collectible, so is late-period vinyl.”
That, and a lot more, vinyl lovers can discover for themselves in what is often a nostalgic and informative immersion in the new edition of the Standard Catalog of American Records.