Thursday

Remember This? The LP Record

The LP (long-playing) vinyl record album is almost 70 years old, introduced in the years after the Second World War. For younger readers, that's the medium us codgers got our recorded music on back in the day - about 20 minute's worth of analog music goodness on each side.

The 10- or 12-inch black shiny disks rotated at 33 1/3 rpm, slower than the 45 rpm "singles" that one might find in a Juke Box. You would (gently!) lower the tone arm with the stylus onto the rotating ebony platter, hear that first pop and hiss, and then be transported to somewhere else.

This is the music media I grew up with, and the fact I need to explain all these terms is a little deflating in itself.

The LP covers often were minor works of art in themselves, especially when prog-rock bands and the like were into producing "concept albums".

Back in the Jurassic Age - prior to the LP's introduction in 1948 - the 78 rpm disk was the shiznitz. Before that, we had Edison's wax cylinders...

The LP is actually not gone, and is still around today in the collections of audiophiles who eschew digital music like CDs and mp3s. Vinyl disks are still manufactured and have even had a bit of a resurgence in popularity in recent years.

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