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The 45 Revolution

by Dennis Elsas

The 45 RPM (revolutions per minute) record was introduced in 1949 by RCA Records as a competitive marketing move to rival the newly released Columbia Records Long Playing (LP) 12-inch disc that played at 33 1/3 RPM. It was originally sold in conjunction with a special record player that required a wide record spindle that fit the larger hole in the smaller 7-inch disc. Eventually the dueling formats wound up coexisting as the album and single, with turntables adapted to play both speeds and the original 78 RPM.

NYC-Area Record Stores

by WFUV Staff

In the wake of the vinyl revival, finding a record store in New York may not be as hard as you would initially think. With a number of old favorites in Manhattan, and a budding crop of new stores in Brooklyn — as well as a few remaining stores in the suburbs — vinyl is arguably easier to find than it has been for the past two decades.

In honor of this recent resurgence, and of Record Store Day on April 20th, here are some top shops for finding vinyl:

Viva Vinyl!

by Darren DeVivo

What goes around, comes around. When something goes out of fashion, give it a little time, and it will come back into fashion. Go ahead and apply these clichés to a growing trend catching the attention of music lovers, and therefore the music industry:

Once seemingly dead and buried, the vinyl record is back.

A Walk Through the NY Audio Show

by Paul Cavalconte

I am drawn to spinning vinyl. It is no mere prejudice, it is an orientation, like being left handed, or a Mets fan. You are Born This Way, and Lady Gaga will only do it for you at 33-1/3rpm. I like records. I like CDs, much less so. I also like almost every unaffordable thing I'm shown in countless suites of fantasy systems.