Triple Played: Cleaning up loose music ends
Happy new year everyone! I have a few odds and ends from 2013 to clean up before looking forward to 2014.
First, I would like to thank all of you who bought vinyl records from Triple Play Records in 2013.
Not only did we celebrate our 25th year in business, but because of you we sold more record albums in 2013 than we have in other time in our history. Vinyl sales were particularly heavy in December as many folks were giving the classic gift of music.
When we opened Triple Play in 1988 it was mainly because we did not believe the major record labels assertion that vinyl was dead. We felt that there always would be a market for vinyl records because of our experiences as record collectors.
Even though the store has evolved into much more than a record store, vinyl records were and still are the largest part of our inventory, and I don’t see that changing any time soon.
What I haven’t been able to figure out is why the younger vinyl buyers would rather spend $40 dollars on an LP than $13 dollars for the same thing on CD when it is just exactly the opposite for the folks closer to my age. I guess I will just have to ask.
I think we will see more re-issues of classic titles as well as more bands releasing their music on LP well into the future.
While we are on the subject of thanks I would like to give a big hug of thanks to Robert St. John for gracing this valley with his million dollar voice and billion dollar personality for 40 years.
If you have been living here for more than a little while and you don’t know who Robert is, we need to talk. I don’t think I am going out on a limb when I say he is the finest radio talent who has ever worked in Mesa County.
The first time I heard Robert’s voice, I was in high school driving down North Avenue as he introduced the title track and first single from the Eagles’ “One of These Nights” LP. I have been a big fan ever since and have enjoyed listening to Robert on almost all the stations in town and under the name of Julia Wild, Ed Whiskey and St. John. I think he even used RS 25 as a handle at one time.
All I know is that he could have worked at any radio station in any market in this country and made a lot more money and been much more famous. We are so very lucky that he decided to spend most of his career right here in Grand Junction. For that, I am extremely thankful.
There were several excellent new releases in 2013 that I will cover in my next column.
Today, I want to look forward to Jan. 14 when we will see Rosanne Cash’s new album “The River and the Thread” on Blue Note Records.
Cash wrote all of the songs with her husband John Leventhal and told bluenote.com, “If I never make another album I will be content, because I made this one.”
Also coming that day, Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street band will deliver its new recording, “High Hopes.” The album will feature Tom Morello, as well as the late Clarence Clemons and Danny Federici.
Tom Petty says that he is releasing a Heartbreakers album as well as one from Mudcrutch this year. One can only hope that is true.