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Published:April 21st, 2013 11:35 EST

Sixth Annual 'Record Store Day' A Smashing Success: Video

By Robert Paul Reyes

"More than U.S. 1,000 stores participated in Record Store Day Saturday, with about 400 special music releases honoring the day, an event co-founder said.


Record Store Day had humble beginnings in 2008, when only 10 special releases by the likes of Metallica, Death Cab for Cutie and R.E.M. were launched, The Hollywood Reporter said."


Once record stores were ubiquitous, but now there`s only a few left in major cities.

I fondly remember as a teenager browsing through the bins of vinyl records at Tower Records in San Francisco, admiring the art work, and reading the liner notes of the album covers. I would while away hours at the record store, checking out the UK imports, and smiling at my fellow music lovers.

The digital revolution has demolished the romance of buying new albums; sure it`s more convenient to buy an album online in a few seconds, but I miss the awe and reverence of entering the hallowed grounds of a record store.

To my younger readers: If you live in a big city and there`s a free-standing record store building, check out the new releases on cassette and vinyl.

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