TOPICS: Collectors in the groove

HUNTER vinyl collectors will be talking styluses, B sides and gatefolds across the country as part of Record Store Day Australia today.

Newcastle vinyl aficionado Bruce Saunders of Antique Sounds raves about the warm sound of a rare record and counts Johnny O’Keefe’s debut single You Hit The Wrong Note, Billy Goat among his collection.

The Saunders’ family has been selling vinyl in Newcastle since his maternal grandfather started Newcastle music store Tyrrells in 1925.

‘‘People like the sound of records more than those imitation things,’’ Saunders said this week.

Those imitation things, by the way, are CDs and Saunders still refuses to have any in his music collection.

His daughter Naomi Saunders, who runs the vintage store the Odditorium in the CBD, and will take over from her dad when he retires, has also started selling vinyl.

As a child Naomi said she always got the best CDS from her dad’s store.

‘‘He’d say ‘You can have these [CDs]’. Don’t touch the records.’’

With a resurgence in the popularity of vinyl in recent years artists such as Gotye are releasing music on CD and vinyl. Albums by The Beatles, Velvet Underground and Sonic Youth have been rereleased.

Hundreds of musicians will perform for free at independent music outlets today for Record Store Day Australia.

The Odditorium will host an instore performance from Kira Puru & the Bruise, from 11am.

Newcastle mates Max White and Vincent Macfadyen will open their new record shop White’s Records in Hunter Street Mall.

Now in its fourth year, the day aims to raise awareness for the physical formats of music increasingly under threat from downloads.

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