27 January, 2021

Putting The Record Straight

LPs slumber on in memories and attics. That is until now, when a generation bred on sparkling digital clarity has discovered vinyl’s unmatched depth of sound. India is part of an exhilarating global comeback of analogue music.

A customer flips through LPs in Delhi’s Radio & Gramophone House
Photograph by Sanjay Rawat
Putting The Record Straight
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2017-07-22T10:27:25+05:30

Of all comebacks, none is as son­orous as this. Veteran ‘vinylhead’ Jaydeep Joy aka Jazzy Joe, hums a happy tune as his fingers flip through the scores of rec­ords lining the racks at Radio and Gramophone House, New Delhi. And one can imagine long-haired youths from long back dancing to the tune of Aao Twist Kare, as he lays the newly pressed record of Bhoot Bangla on the turntable, placing the needle gently into the groove. Jaydeep is not alone in being ent­hralled by the scratchy perfection of Long Playing or LP records. After market forces pandering to players ever more portable banished them for a generation, LPs—through which recorded music has been heard for most of its history of over a century—are slowly wre­sting back control. Leading the pack now are the new listeners, youngsters who are developing an ear for the warm, full-bodied sound of a gramophone record. And old connoisseurs are only too ­happy with this turn of the table.

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