We live in a world where digital recordings reign, traditional LPs are becoming scarcer, record players are breaking down and becoming irreparable, and computer programs, such as Napster, are gaining in popularity.  Here we discuss what to make of these changes and what they might mean for collectors.

 

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LET'S TALK MUSIC RECORDINGS

 
 We live in a world where digital recordings reign, traditional LPs are becoming scarcer, record players are breaking down and becoming irreparable, and computer programs, such as torrents, are gaining in popularity.  Here we discuss what to make of these changes and what they might mean for collectors.

Dizzy Gillespie's 'Dizzy over Paris'
Are records such as Dizzy Gillespie's Dizzy over Paris endangered species?

With the advent of compact disks, only a handful of records are produced anymore. Of the newer releases, be very selective of what might be collectible, as many of the more recent records are artificial collectibles. They are released in limited numbers, with the word "collectible" or "collector's edition." All too often these records are not collectible at all.

Price guides such as the Goldmine Jazz Album Price Guide are a must if you're buying on eBay, as these are the guides used by the dealers themselves. The Goldmine series are fairly accurate and with it, it is easy to pick up items listed for $150, and which are drawing $30 on eBay.

About 80 percent to 90 percent of items listed on eBay are drawing bids, with many items not attracting any bids at all. Sellers are listing everything in the hope of attracting bids, including albums they should know won't sell.

Is MP3s Affecting Record Sales?

torrents and MP3s are part of a phenomenon. They're great for exchanging music from person to person. torrents is very popular with college kids, and some schools have banned it because it caused too much traffic and slowed down their Internet connections. 

Music companies and some musicians have sued over copyright infringement. In order to present the courts with evidence, the record companies went to stores near colleges. They found that sales are way down there.

So what are people collecting?

The music collecting area has changed with the introduction of the CD. Generally, record collectors are getting older and younger people are just into the music. CDs are so small in comparison with LP records, that one has to squint to see the cover art, which means they won't be collected for their art in the way records are.

LPs with great cover art, the 'packaging' is what is selling. Jefferson Airplane and those types of bands have great covers. Some art collectors collect to a theme, they're looking for cover art that has to do with a particular topic. One guy wanted anything that had to do with jail.

The main problem with collecting LPs today is that the players themselves are scarcer. When an LP player isn't working, a lot of people don't know what to do. Instead of trying to get it fixed, they sell their records.

Often it is the records which sold millions when they originally came out, selling today for a premium. Those are the records that people want, because they remember them from when they first were introduced. Because of that, you go to a store and see a record like Michael Jackson's Thriller that's selling for $30. It should be selling for fifty cents like all the other common records!

Recommended: Goldmine Record Album Price Guide, 2nd Edition
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Goldmine Record Album Price Guide, 2nd Edition
by Tim Neely

Goldmine Jazz Album Price Guide
by Tim Neely

Goldmine Country & Western Record Price Guide, 2nd Ed
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Goldmine's Price Guide to Collectible Record Albums, 5th Ed
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by Ira Robbins

The Encyclopedia of Record Producers:
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The Insider's Guide to Classical Recordings, From the Host of The Record Shelf, a Highly Opinionated, Irreverent, and Selective Guide to What's Good and What's Not
by Jim Svejda, Mitch Miller

Goldmine Promo Record & CD Price Guide
by Fred Heggeness, Tim Neely

Gruhn's Guide to Vintage Guitars: An Identification Guide for American Fretted Instruments, 2nd Ed
by George Gruhn, Walter Carter

Sheet Music:
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by Debbie Dillon

The Official Price Guide to Movie/TV Soundtracks & Original Cast Albums, 2nd Ed
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