Sempere, Toño García and Victor Ramos
are three of Alicante's most diehard vinyl collectors.
Carlos owns around 5000 vinyls. "
I've sold many of them for lack of space," he
tells the announcer of M-80Radio. Toño inherited
a great quantity of vinyls from his father. He has
followed the tradition and his collection outnumbers
2500. Victor managed the legendary records shop UFO,
now sadly no longer.
Here they debate about their worship for
this form of music, a piece on the verge of extinction
due to the advent of digital music. They lament the
fact that the development of the new technologies
puts in danger the existence of physical vinyls; on
the other hand, they welcome the resurgence of the
vinyl product in the last years.
Many bands are now also releasing their
work on vinyl, probably for nostalgia sake. Big stars
of rock belong to other decades, said Sempere, for
whom the fondness for the records may not be the only
reason for this turnaround.
"The record industry has realised
that the CD is a dead format and the vinyl cannot
downloaded by internet. The difference is that the
fans of Bob Dylan buy his records on vinyl and those
of Shakira download free in mp3,"
With the development of the technology
and the digitalisation of music, they are many who
question the viability of physical support as way
of reproduction, possibly heralding the demise of
records and CDs altogether.
"But it would be very hard. Long-time
enthusiasts like us know how important it is to touch
the music, to feel it in your hands. But that now
has lost its value. Before, with luck, you were buying
a vinyl a week. Now you can download 100 CDs in one
day. The music is the ame throughout, even in the
elevator of Harrods," said Sempere.
"Watching a vinyl between your hands
gives you a lot of nostalgia. I don't want the vinyl
to disappear," said Victor Ramos."If the
vinyl disappear, it would lead to the disappearance
of the collectors."
plays his favourite vinyl single: Yellow
And it's not just the sound; the 'warmth'created
by vinyls owe a lot to the graphical art used to create
"The groups were contracting to companies
specialised in the design of cover art because they
were giving an added value to the music. It was the
marketing of the seventies.Some of them are legendary,
as those of Pink Floyd. The cover is the essence of
the record. Really brilliant covers have been designed,"
The three experts, who spoke at the FNAC
store at Alicante, also touched on the fetishism that
surrounds the world of the collecting.
"Fetishists are those opbsessed with
obtaining rare copies: discs with mistakes, signed
singles, limited editions ..., " Sempere said.
"The Japanese versions always have had very much
value," García added.
After the debate, all three played their
favourite vinyl singles on the record player.
Victor Ramos played Christie's Yellow
Says Ramos: "I travel frequently
to Benidorm often. I always remember that Iron
Horse (love this song) was written at the Montiboli.
Thank you very much, Jeff."