The Case Against CDs 2
An Op-Ed in the NY Times on Saturday finds writer Verlyn Klinkenborg singing the praises of a long-forgotten album from 1970 by The Jerry Hahn Brotherhood.
“I heard ‘Martha’s Madman’ in my head and I did what I usually do. I went to the iTunes Music Store. Nothing. Same at Amazon. So I walked down to the barn, where all my old albums are stored, and dug out my vinyl copy of The Jerry Hahn Brotherhood, which is now sitting on my desk. I no longer have the equipment to play it.”
His point is to lament that some artists are considered too marginal to be merited a CD reissue. But a sane person reading his story would draw the following conclusion instead. Namely:
WHY do you no longer have the equipment to play it? Because you threw out your record player? Why? Were you (incorrectly) informed that CDs were inherently better than the original LPs? Did you (incorrectly) assume that all the albums you personally deemed worthy would be reissued on CD? If so, is that not a particularly blind act of faith in the capitalist system? Were you really such a sheep that you couldn’t hold on to a record player once the CD player became the predominant means of musical communication? Have you, as a classic baby boomer rock fan, really not been able to find a store that would sell you a new record player over subsequent years? And why then did you hold on to a barn full of records if not to your actual record player? Why not sell those off, too and be done with it? Welcome to a pet peeve: people who acknowledge that vinyl records have a greater aesthetic/artistic value than CDs but nonetheless disposed of their record players. Baa!