This blog post is for a Big Welcome to a selected group of people who place a great importance of music in their everyday lives with vinyl records being the preferred medium!! Vinyl LP (Long Play) caters to a very specific group that favours real analogue sound over "digital music". But in today’s age of digital file formats, and at a time when CD sales are spiraling toward a fantastic and fiery demise, vinyl records remain in demand by many musicians and hard-to-please music aficionados.
Some vintage vinyl stores in Singapore do sell new albums in LP format if you're still interested. They focus either on "audiophile" jazz albums or DJ albums used for club mixes. Some stores have records on sale, both used and new. You can find audiophile jazz LPs, used pop / rock etc records from cheap to rare.
Those stores still offers that huge collection of coveted, white-label records, as well as rare and deleted collector’s edition of Teresa Teng, Leslie Cheung and Anita Mui - all available on their racks. The equally legendary New Disc Village (#02-15 The Adelphi) brings in exclusive seven-inch records, most of which have already ceased to be in production. Serious collectors should also square in on Simply Music (#03-12 The Adelphi), Roxy Disc House (#03-42 The Adelphi), Vinylucky (#B1-42 The Adelphi) and Chinatown Complex (#01-133 Block 335 Smith Street) for more rare and limited edition CDs and vinyls.
在数字播放器当道的时代, 音乐光盘正在消亡, 卡式磁带听起来久远得像石器时代的东西, 曾经风靡一时的黑胶唱片, 又称 LP (Long Play)...不, 它们没有逝去, 正卷土重来. 没有什么东西比在留声机上悠悠旋转着的黑胶唱片更时髦. 黑胶唱片爱好者说, 黑胶唱片记录下来的音乐最接近原声, 音质比经过压缩的数码文件好得多. 另外, 唱片是个有形实体, 有包装, 有质感, MP3和CD无法比拟. 一些人购买黑胶唱片是为收藏漂亮的封套, 还有一些黑胶唱片收藏家喜欢淘货, 专门寻找稀有, 保存完好的唱片.
从磁带, 激光唱片到MP3, 依托现当代的科技, 人们欣赏音乐的载体不断在更新换代, 但仍有那么一部分人, 他们钟爱黑胶唱片塑造的真实感和年代感, 收藏与赏析之, 或者是将胶木唱片当作投资品种类. 区分黑胶唱片一个很明显的指标是它的转速, 这些数字的含义即是每分钟转多少圈. 此外, 黑胶唱片的常规尺寸, 黑胶唱片的颜色通常为黑色, 不过也有彩色的.
LP是直率的, 通透, 多信息, 是鲜的, 是活的, 是感人的, 直接的和你交流. 艺术歌曲上 LP 能够立即把你和演员之间建立交流, 你会马上投入进去, 与之共鸣.
简单讲, 你会用情去听. 是你主动的, 你自己愿意的, 都是因为 LP 和你进行了直接的交流. LP 在艺术歌曲的感染力上和 CD 不是一个东西. 另外单声道的 CD 不好听, 但单声道的LP很多都是精品, 音质奇佳, 尤其在钢琴, 小提琴, 大提琴为主角的作品中.
This small shop at Chinatown Complex (Level 1 Unit 01-176, Block 335 Smith Street) is run by a former antique dealer. The store is packed with more than 4,000 records, including an abundance of Chinese-dialect pop and Melayu from Indonesia. The highlight of this place is the formidable pile of records of mostly mid-century Chinese pop, classical and opera, including some exceedingly rare recordings from pre-Communist China.
ROXY DISC HOUSE (#03-42 The Adelphi) is run by a pair of brothers, who have sold everything from used vinyl to import CDs. Patrons to the shop will keep their eyes peeled for vinyl re-issues of seldom seen jazz classics. The many boxes of local pop albums crammed in a corner is one of the largest caches in Singapore. It is one of the best places in town to buy audiophile CDs and records.
The owner of this vintage vinyl store - SIMPLY MUSIC (#03-12 The Adelphi) started out this shop a decade ago, when his own collection got too big to keep at home. The store concentrates on providing exclusive on new Japanese pressings, plus small selection of second hand. There are also many high-quality vintage vinyl in the shop, including albums by 1960s English-language local pop bands like The Quests. The store also keeps a golden assortment of bebop records, both original and re-issue, is supplemented by a choice selection of 1980s Canto-pop albums, most in pristine condition.
This is another Singapore's interesting record shop / store located at Unit B1-42 of The Adelphi. VINYLUCKY Music & Audio stocks many collectible records from 80s to present era. Some 60s / 70s music are also available. Check it out. VINYLUCKY features the cream of vinyl records in Singapore with some most interesting collection of LPs / 12" singles from many genres of music ranging from Pop/Rock, Jazz to Classical, Folk / Blues, Light Orchestra Music, World Music, Instrumentals, Female / Male vocals and many much more from ABBA to Zappa and most in between!
The store also offers a Professional 2-Step Record Cleaning service that is sure to remove any and all contaminants that is embedded on the surface of the record.
NEW DISC VILLAGE (#03-15 The Adelphi) New Disc Village is one other place to have a comprehensive range of new releases and re-issues Classic Records, Speakers' Corner and Analogue Productions. The shop was closed when i dropped by for a shoot, hence i was unable to snap more of its interior look of this vintage vinyl shop.
Since as a young child, the intrigue I found in exploring these old records could not have been fueled by a subconscious desire to compliment my own working knowledge of musicology. But, despite listening to the records in ignorance of their historical context and blind to any kind of vintage ambiance that may have been attributed to them, I was captivated by a more tangible experience. Their covers were full of big images and artwork that was different than anything I had seen before. They had a distinct smell – a cross between newspapers and furniture. And, I would later learn, they had their own distinct sound – one that was regarded by many as playing an integral role in the music that was recorded with vinyl specifically in mind.
Today, we have likely witnessed the death of all physical media. While digital technology will surely spawn new advancements in its own right, the age of packaging as an essential function in delivering music to listeners has come to an abrupt end. But, somehow, the vinyl record has earned the right to stay with us. And in the face of our unsympathetic media culture’s fleeting strides toward technological perfection, the vinyl record continues to be appreciated by listeners and lives on as a tool in our tireless exploration of sound.
A big Thank You to all who had spent time and help to support the vinyl format in accordance with the respect and recognition that it duly deserves given its rarity these days. :-)
确实, 无论是过去还是现在, 当人们谈论到黑胶唱片, 都会用一种崇拜的心理去向往那样的慵懒与恬静. 如果说音乐要用质感来形容, 那一定没有一样影音产品, 可以与黑胶同台竞技. 黑胶 LP, 是立体声黑色赛璐珞质地的密纹唱片. 拥有CD所没有的空灵感和现场感. 它的音域宽泛, 更贴近歌手真实的声音, 可以一直深入到人心里. 而随着时间的流逝, 黑胶唱片也逐渐消失在大家视线中. 现在发烧友能淘货的地方, 黑胶的价格最便宜的要六七十元钱, 珍藏版本的可以上千. 一些老式唱机更是难觅其踪.
而或许, 那样的慵懒与感性, 无非是在经典匮乏的今天, 心理的某种慰藉. 所以, 与其说收藏黑胶, 是为了单纯的音乐, 不如说, 是为了回忆那些如歌的岁月.
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