The vision for vinyl rolls on with Record Store Day Saturday
Record Store Day returns to Minturn’s Eagle Valley Music & Comics
If You Go …
What: Record Store Day
When: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 13.
Where: Eagle Valley Music and Comics, 211 Main St., Minturn.
More information: Call 970-476-1713, same phone number they’ve had for 35 years, or go to their Facebook page or to recordstoreday.com.
MINTURN — Record Store Day brings a whole new meaning to First Tracks.
The annual celebration of all things vinyl — at least all musical things vinyl — returns Saturday. Locally, that means the line outside Minturn’s Eagle Valley Music and Comics starts forming early, much like the lines for those other kinds of first tracks.
“You will have to get there at a relatively decent hour,” Tom Robbins said.
And like all years, it’ll be worth the wait.
Pearl Jam is this year’s ambassador band and its music will be featured. So will some limited selections by dozens of artists including the Grateful Dead and Bob Dylan … extremely limited.
Robbins will have more than 500 Record Store Day selections. But some items he was only able to get three or four of. So if you’re the fifth Dead Head in line, you’re out of luck. Don’t stroll in at noon and get your knickers in a twist because they sold out of the re-release Dylan’s Blood On The Tracks.
Even Record Store Day has rules.
“We can’t hold anything and you can’t buy more than one copy of a title,” Robbins said. “The early audiophile gets the album.”
You also cannot buy Record Store Day stuff online.
As they have every day for the past three and a half decades, Eagle Valley Music and Comics opens at 10 a.m. and no earlier, not even on Record Store Day.
It’ll be worth the wait, Robbins said.
“There’s a large number of great releases, lots of classic rock and indie bands,” he said.
35 years young
Robbins owns Eagle Valley Music and Records and has for decades, starting back when it was in Vail’s Crossroads building. (Ask your parents and grandparents.) They opened 35 years ago on Halloween, Oct. 31, 1983. He added comics in 2006.
Robbins will spend countless hours pricing and organizing Record Store Day’s more-than 500 albums and the stuff that goes with them. It takes longer because we tend to linger over album covers and read the liner notes.
Vinyl is a tradition
Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners and employees. The first Record Store Day was April 19, 2008. Today there are Record Store Day participating stores on every continent except Antarctica.
If you go back far enough, then you remember blowing a significant portion of your minimum-wage paycheck on impulse buys in your local record store.
And that, Robbins said, is the idea behind Record Store Day.
Vinyl never really went away, but in our “click here” culture, it suffered some hard times.
Sure, electro gadgets are small and convenient, but they’re tough to look at. Digital downloads are simple and you can stuff zillions onto a player smaller than the pack of non-filtered Lucky Strikes your grandfather used to keep rolled up in his T-shirt sleeve. But with the possible exception of a band of angels, there’s no sound like a vinyl record playing on a high quality turntable.
“It’s part of the ritual, the experience, getting out of your chair, selecting a record, taking it carefully out of the sleeve and placing it carefully on the turntable. Then reading the cover and the liner notes as the music plays,” Robbins said. “There’s not much of a ritual in turning on a device and letting it run.”
A dozen bands will perform in Eagle during the three-day event May 31 to June 2.