Its so heartbreaking for us when an awesome band just can’t raise the cash to press their album — especially when we know there’s thousands of this out there somewhere.
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The labels on LPs are not attached to the center of the record with an adhesive. The paper is placed in the hot vinyl just after pressing. They are printed on ordinary paper. Making records is an organic, chemical process — sometimes it is not as predictible as replicating CDs. For instance, the label may tear or be set off-center, rendering the last track of the LP unplayable.
We had a new LP returned by a customer last year with this problem (you can see a picture of it here). That reminds us — if you ever have a problem with a new LP please feel welcome to bring it in. Most of the time we are able to order a replacement, or to give you a new copy right off the shelves. These things happen from time to time.
This copy of Sly and the Family Stone’s 1970 Greatest Hits LP had a torn label which made the last track — “Thank You (fallettinme be Mice Elf Agin)” — unplayable.
The remaining eleven tracks play beautifully, and this awesome LP remained in someone’s collection all these years in spite of its flaw.
This month marks six years we have been posting records here nearly every morning, from universal favorites to (to quote The Simpsons) “the tragically ludicrous! The ludicrously tragic!” Along the way, we’ve done our best to introduce interesting music from the past and present, with a particular emphasis on all you can find without leaving the Twin Cities. We’ve also done our best to get in a cheap shot at Paul McCartney at least a couple times a year.
Remarkably, the Hymies blog has survived in spite of Dave’s minimal talents when it comes to anything with a screen or keyboard. On rare occasions we’ve had to enlist help (our record label, for instance, has been able to host its download codes here entirely thanks to one of the fellas from this underrated band, who sadly aren’t playing anymore).
The Hymies blog survived our five block move, three shows by the Taxpayers, and the time a guy on Yelp called us “trashy,” but this week the MP3 player finally became so obsolete it doesn’t work with our updated site. If you take a scrolling stroll down memory lane, you’ll find the songs embedded in earlier posts appear different. They’ll still play as before with an additional click (a problem we may or may not begin to explore fixing in the more than 1,650 posts in our past). Many hundreds of the records heard here are ones which passed through the shop briefly and were recorded and photographed to share with you, so we couldn’t reproduce the files even if we had the time.
This week we introduce a new MP3 player! It will allow us to continue sharing records here for another six years or more. It’s fairly new software and its developers have announced plans to add a variety of additional features (maybe one day you’ll finally be able to smell the records through the internet). One of its most appealing features is that it should be more adaptable to smart phones and other devices Dave simply doesn’t understand.
Today, instead of welcoming our new player to the team with a track from the “Difficult Listening” section, we’ve chosen to present Mozart’s magnificent overture to The Marriage of Figaro, performed here by the Vienna State Opera in 1958. For the record, our new player can present stereo recordings as well.
What other improvements will the future hold? Maybe someday a new digital camera which doesn’t take blurry pictures of the jackets!
Telephones are back on here on our corner of East Lake Street! Sorry if you couldn’t reach us yesterday afternoon or this morning!
Record labels aren’t simply glued onto the center surface of the album — they’re attached when the vinyl is still hot, sort of seared onto the discs. This copy of Mermaid Avenue had a disastrously mis-placed label, leaving the “Way Over Yonder in the Minor Key” unplayable!
Fortunately, the customer who bought it here at Hymie’s came back and talked to us about it — we were able to give her money back, but not able to get another copy as our supplier was out of them — another disappointment. Those Rhino reissues are great, but they seem to come and go!
Anyways, if you ever buy a new LP here and find a pressing defect, please let us know. These kind of problems are rare, but they do happen, and we’d like you to have a nice copy of the album you wanted to hear.
And now we have an almost-perfect copy of Mermaid Avenue to play in the shop…
We are working to fix the problem — Sorry if it’s hard to read!