There has been a recent resurgence of vinyl record sales according to Nielson Sound Scan.
2011 vinyl album sales reached 3.9 million, shattering the previous record of 2.8 million LP album sales in 2010. With this in mind, local entrepreneur Denny Somach and his son, Theodore, an online marketer, have formed a new record company called Vinyl Legacy that will release only limited edition vinyl and picture discs.
The debut release will be Larry Kane’s Ticket to Ride, a collection of exclusive interviews with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. As the only broadcast journalist to travel to every stop on the Beatles’ 1964 and 1965 tours, Kane authored Ticket to Ride in 2003 (Foreword by Dick Clark) and Lennon Revealed, a New York Times Bestseller in 2005. He has been an anchorman for television news in Philadelphia on all three network affiliates over the years.
“Vinyl is a bit of history and nostalgia,” said Somach. “I grew up with the ritual of taking an album out of its sleeve and placing it on the turntable, while my son has grown up with downloads.”
According to Somach’s son, Theodore, “vinyl albums are not only a great audio medium, but collectors view it as a visual medium and a work of art that you can play and display in your home or office.”
Picture discs have been around for many years although not many are released to the public. They are unique in that the art is pressed right into the vinyl. It can be framed and used as decoration on a wall, or placed on a turntable and played.
This particular release has twice the value to collectors because not only do they get the unique and rare interview of the Beatles, they get the picture disc, too.
Vinyl Legacy will concentrate on classic and newly recorded product and is available at most retail outlets and on line at Amazon.com and other destinations. The second release will be from the Yardbirds, who will begin an American tour next week.
To celebrate the release of Larry Kane’s Ticket to Ride on vinyl, George Harrison’s sister, Louise Harrison will make some rare Philadelphia appearances, including at the FYE store at Broad and Chestnut in Center City at 4 p.m. Thursday, September 13. Larry Kane will also appear there.
In addition, the two will appear Wednesday on The 10! Show on NBC-10 at 11:30 a.m.; Thursday on Good Day Philadelphia on Fox 29 at 8:30 a.m.; and Talk Philly on CBS-3 at noon. Kane will interview Louise Harrison on a future Voice of Reason show on the Comcast Network.
For more information about Vinyl Legacy, the company can be reached at 610-446-7100 and Theo@Vinyllegacy.com.