Viva, vinyl! Despite the boom of digital technology, the original musical format endures. Vinyl Revolution, a team of Mike Schutzman and Randy Gregg who once ran Slipped Disc Records in Valley Stream, now put on record fairs for vinyl-lovers who want to browse several dealers’ collections all at once.
“Holding a record in your hand, pulling out the sleeve and opening the gatefold is magical,” says Gregg, of Valley Stream, whose next sale is Sunday, Oct. 16 at Cluett Hall in Garden City. “There’s nothing magical about clicking ‘Buy it now.’ People are starting to realize that, and they are going back to vinyl.”
Here are six vendors from the show who specialize in a variety of genres:
Joe Koukos from Hold Fast Records sells reggae albums in styles from roots to dub to dance hall, including records from popular acts such as Akae Beka and Addis Pablo.
“I fly out to Kingston, Jamaica, every year just to get reggae records,” he says. “I come back with vinyl, from local indie artists, which has never left the island."
“Metal Dave” Dave Galgano of Revilla Grooves is known for his vast collection of heavy-metal vinyl.
“Metal is the genre I’ve loved since I was a kid,” Galgano says. “I have everything from the ’70s new wave of British heavy metal to mid-’90s thrash metal.”
He’s bringing 4,000 pieces to Sunday’s show to sell for $20-$50, including collectibles such as first pressings of Metallica records “Kill ’Em All” and “Ride the Lightning” ($30-$50).
Looking for albums from the Ramones, Sex Pistols, New Order or The Chameleons? Mike Overn from Vinyl Rescue has punk and post-punk titles ranging from $15 to $25.
“I get young people who are starting their collections to middle-age folks looking to rebuild their collections from records they lost a long time ago,” Overn says.
His wall of collectibles includes original pressings of Red Hot Chili Peppers’ self-titled debut ($50) and Joy Division’s “Unknown Pleasures” ($65).
In addition to his stock of classic rock, soul, R&B and Latin, Paul Aaronson of Solid Sender Records always delivers a healthy stock of blues.
“I bring boxes filled with records from Lightning Hopkins, Johnny Lee Hooker, John Mayall and other blues artists to every show,” says Aaronson, of Farmingdale.
His pieces range from $12 to $200, and he likes to deal with his customers face to face.
“I don’t sell online,” he says. “I’m an old-school guy.”
Amid all the stacks of vinyl, Steve Caleca of Bethpage sells memorabilia such as buttons, backstage passes, books, concert shirts, posters and toys.
“I’m the oddball out in the room,” Caleca says. “I have rare items like Beatles disk-go-cases that hold 45s [$225] as well as lunchboxes [$150-$650] from the ’60s. The Beatles were the first mass-marketed band of the modern era. There was no end to what was branded with Beatles.”
Tony Pinnisi has been collecting records since age 11.
“I try to bring a smattering of everything,” says Pinnisi, of Bay Park. “My records are pristine.”
He sells common titles from Rush, Pink Floyd, Rainbow and The Moody Blues ($6-$25) to collectibles such as picture discs of Elvis Costello’s first two albums, “My Aim Is True” and “This Year’s Model” ($200 each).
“Vinyl is close to my heart because it’s the way I first heard music,” Pinnisi says. “Opening up a record is an event — the cover art is big, there are inserts like posters or word sheets, and sometimes the vinyl is in color. You don’t get that with a CD or MP3.”
VINYL REVOLUTION RECORD SHOW
WHEN | WHERE 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, Cluett Hall at St. Paul’s Recreation Complex, 295 Stewart Ave., Garden City
ADMISSION $4 ($7 early admission at 10 a.m.)