Rebirth of vinyl: sales of records boom again

- Solo Records, a small operation that started in Royal Oak in 1982, has seen music formats come full circle - from records to tapes to CDs and finally back to vinyl.

"Vinyl pretty much grew cobwebs until about 2006, 2006, we noticed a little resurgence but now it's huge again."

Proprieter Lorna says its a mix of curiosity, nostalgia and a belief in purer sound quality driving the current boom in turbtable culture.

And when a popular artist passes away, records fly off the shelves, as in the recent cases of Bowie, Royal Oak's Glenn Frey and Natalie Cole.

"We couldn't sell a Natalie Cold record for months and then all of a sudden she passed away unexpectedly and other people were willing to try her," Lorna says. She adds, "David Bowie just got restocked a tiny bit because we were fortunate enough to buy somebody's collection yesterday."

FOX 2's Jason Carr paid the store a visit and says Solo Records is a friendly store. "No high fidelity, judgey mcjudgerson here," he says.

Employee Heather agrees.

"My tastes are all over the board so I'm not going to judge somebody's else's taste," she says. "But if they ask me something that I happen to know a little bit extra about, I do get a little, 'Oh! Let me tell you about that.'"

They even have equipment for the beginning enthusiast - receivers, turntables.

"A lot of kids didn't even know what a vinyl record was, and then their parents informed them and now it's like, they shop as families again," Lorna says.

Customer Jim admits he, too, has come full circle.

"Back in the '80s I sold my vinyl collection to Sam's Jams in Ferndale, bought all CDs, and now I'm kind of selling all my CDs and going back to the vinyl," he tells Jason.

Customer Ebony was buying CDs.

"Good price! I like cheap!" she laughs.

As for Jason, he coughed up $13 bucks for five obscure LPs - score!

Solo Records is located in Royal Oak at 30118 Woodward Avenue. 

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