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Eagle Valley Music and Comics celebrates eighth annual Record Store Day on Saturday

Record Store Day has been around since 2007. It was 2012 when music enthusiasts, Justin Turner, left, Chuck Kraft, center, and Chad Payne, right, perused the Eagle Valley Music and Comic store's racks. This year's Record Store is Saturday.
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If You Go ...

What: Record Store Day.

When: Saturday.

Where: Locally at Eagle Valley Music and Records, 211 Main Street, Minturn.

Cost: Depends on what you buy. The SWAG is free, though.

More information: Call Eagle Valley Music and Comics at 970-476-1713. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., but since it’s Record Store Day, if you knock and ask nicely, they’ll probably let you in early.

MINTURN — On Saturday, we salute the Old School — Record Store Day.

If you’re going to celebrate it, and you should, then celebrate it locally at Eagle Valley Music & Comics.

Eagle Valley Music & Comics has been in business 31 years. Tom Robbins worked there six years before he bought the store.

If you go back far enough, you remember blowing a significant portion of your paycheck on impulse buys in their record store, when it was in Vail’s Crossroads center.

And that, Robbins says, is the idea behind Record Store Day.

Vinyl is rolling again as younger people discover it. It never really went away, but in our “click here” culture it suffered some hard times.

Yeah, CDs 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 in the 1950s.

But true audiophiles know that vinyl provides the best sound reproduction.

“And the newer recordings are better than they used to be in the 1980s,” Robbins said.

Vinyl is again Eagle Valley Music & Comics’ largest revenue generator, Robbins said.

“People are enjoying music in more traditional ways,” Robbins said.

EIGHTH annual RSD

It’s the eighth national Record Store Day, and Eagle Valley Music & Comics has participated in them all.

Because they love you and want what’s best for you, Eagle Valley Music & Comics brought in 500 pieces of vinyl for this, as well as lots of Record Store Day swag.

An Elvis tribute by Jack White might be available. A bunch of other stuff already is.

The list is available on Eagle Valley Music & Comics’ Facebook page, or go to recordstoreday.com/SpecialReleases.

Record Store Day even has an official beer, Dogfish Head’s Analog Beer for the Digital Age.

About Record Store Day

Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners. It now includes nearly 1,400 independently owned record stores in the U.S. and thousands of similar stores internationally. There are Record Store Day participating stores on every continent except Antarctica.

Every year, the Record Store Day Powers That Be pick an ambassador, and this year it’s Dave Grohl, former drummer with Nirvana and founder of the Foo Fighters.

“I found my calling in the back bin of a dark, dusty record store,” Grohl said in a video on the Record Store Day website. “I believe that the power of the record store to inspire is still alive and well, and that their importance to our next generation of musicians is crucial.”

He said he felt his spark as a kid when he picked up 1975s K-Tel’s “20 Original Hits by the original Stars” in a record store in his suburban Virginia neighborhood. It featured Alice Cooper, War, Kool and the Gang, Average White Band and many more.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 and rwyrick@vaildaily.com.


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