Since Vinyl Night started a few months ago, one of the most popular spins was the Motown Night that featured the best songs from that era.
“I’m a huge vinyl fan. My dad started collecting records when I was young. I’ve had it in my mind for a while now that bringing a Vinyl Night to the right venue would be fun,” Tony said. “I perform a lot as a musician at Turkey Hill so I approached the manager about the idea and he loved it.”
And so have the crowds that show up each week to hear a blast from the past.
“A friend of mine told me about the record night, so I went down with some buddies of mine before Christmas. It was a hoot,” said Chris Waltz, Muncy. “I was born in 1991, so record albums were before my time. It was great to see something that is like history for people my age or younger. I thought the songs had more dimension, sort of like another layer you don’t hear in digital.”
Although Waltz liked the sound of vinyl, he joked how difficult it would be to listen to a vinyl record while jogging or working outside.
Waltz is not alone thinking vinyl has a sound not heard on CDs or MP3, Tony concurs.
“I personally think it sounds better. I produce and engineer records for musicians so I’m always listening to the spaces and pockets in between the sound and I feel vinyl best represents that dynamic,” said Tony, who started his own vinyl collection five years ago. “It tends to be warmer which feels better with music that used to be recorded to tape which also tends to create a warmer sound than computer recording and listening.”
The Washingtonville resident also pointed out the album covers back in vinyl days had more personality and he compared buying an album to buying a piece of art you really admire.