February 14, 2018 | Music

Because everything old is new again.

The vinyl industry has recently experienced an uptick in sales – but its not older generations who grew up with vinyl that are buying them. This growth is actually being driven by millennials.

This is no surprise, honestly. It’s rare these days, when most entertainment, including music, is streamed online, to have something physical, to hold a sizable record in your hands, slide it from the case, admire the album artwork. Place the record in the player, draw the needle over to it. It’s almost a ritual.

Then, of course, there’s also that nostalgic component of listening to music from the “good old days.” It’s nice to notice a few more notable complexities than most mainstream pop and rock of the current day and age.

And honestly, there’s something about vinyl that just makes music sound so good. So. Good.

Well, record labels seem to be aware of this, because a ton of bands of decades’ past are coming out with reissued vinyls for their most popular albums. Take note – let’s begin.


  1. Ringo Starr

On January 19, Beatles drummer Ringo Starr released vinyl for Ringo and Goodnight Vienna, both on 180-gram vinyl, featuring tracks like “You’re Sixteen,” “Photograph,” and “Oh My My.”

  1. The Killers – Four LPs

Island/UMe has re-released four – yes, four! – LPs on 180-gram black vinyl. It’s sure to sound sweet. Available since January 26, 2018.

  1. Black Sabbath – Ten Year War (Box Set)

Black Sabbath is going the whole nine yards here as well – they’re giving out not one, but two 7-inch records, on top of their first 8 albums on CD. The box set is completed with plenty of other Black Sabbath collectibles, too. Available as of February 2.

  1. Morrison Kincannon– Beneath the Redwoods

As a very special treat, some master tapes were found in Spacetalk’s lead songwriter’s attic, and now, for the very first time, this Californian ‘70s and early-‘80s folk funk is being made available on 7-inch records.

  1. Eurythmics

This band’s been nominated this year as an inductee in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – to celebrate, Sony is releasing all eight of Eurythmics’ albums anywhere from April to July to October! That means In the Garden, Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), Touch, Be Yourself Tonight, Revenge, Savage, We Too Are One, and Peace. Wowza!

  1. My Bloody Valentine

My Bloody Valentine has already released its first two albums, Isn’t Anything and Loveless, on vinyl. Now, as of January 18, you can get your hands on the 180-gram LPs, remastered from their original analog tapes; that’s got to sound awesome. You can get your hands on them via the band’s website.

  1. Led Zeppelin – How the West Was Won

Rock legends Led Zeppelin recently announced a re-release of their live album How The West Was Won. It’s being re-released on CD, Blu-ray, and vinyl, and, as one would expect, has been completely remastered. Nice! This also marks the band’s 50th-anniversary celebration. How strange to think about! Available March 23.

  1. 2Pac – Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z… (2XLP)

Rock is far from the only genre taking advantage of the vinyl trend here. Hip-hop legend 2-Pac is releasing a double-sided vinyl via Interscope Records, available February 16, 2018. Can’t wait!

  1. Elvis Presley – Blue Suede Shoes.

Also released on February 16: Elvis Presley’s Blue Suede Shoes, via label Le Chant du Monde in LP album format.

  1. Billy Holiday – Lady Sings the Blues

Jazz musician and singing-songwriting dreamboat Billy Holiday is releasing vinyl for the album entitled Lady Sings the Blues (also available February 26!) Honestly, if you’re looking to steep yourself in nostalgia, this is as dreamy as it gets.

That’s it – hope you’ve taken notes. This is a big year for vinyl, so keep your eyes ever-peeled for more throughout 2018!

Jason Lee Menard
Jason Lee Menard

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