BILLINGS – Whether it’s the classics or current artists, vinyl records have made a comeback for music fans.
Record Store Day was celebrated across the country on Saturday and Smiling Dog Records in Billings is part of the celebration.
Many came early for a chance at Record Store Day limited editions.
Nostalgia, artwork, and posters are some of the reasons for vinyl’s resurgence.
But it’s the quality of the sound that draws music fans from digital to the turntables and the old technology.
Mike Ludlum, owner of Smiling Dog, said the vinyl provides a better sound that is lost with digital.
“Music has natural overtones and first off you lose those and that’s the natural feel,” said Ludlum.
Ludlum said even kids want the records.
“We have a ton of teenage customers,” he said. “It’s fascinating. And the cool part is a lot of those 15-year-old customers are looking for the Beatles and Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd. And so it gives me a little hope for the future that this generation is growing up appreciating the classic music.”
Ludlum said albums from the three groups he mentioned along with the Grateful Dead sell out as soon as he has them in the store.
He said the top-selling album is Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumors.”