According to a report in Forbes, vinyl sales is enjoying a revival in the music industry in the United States. In 2015, almost 12 million copies of vinyl were sold, marking a 30% growth from the previous year.
Adele’s 25 was the best-selling vinyl in the US, with more than 116,000 copies sold.
However, the local music scene has yet to fully embrace a return to vinyl; many people are opting for digital-only releases instead.
Rapper SonaOne recently said his 12-track debut album Growing Up Sucks is only available in digital format while more recording artistes in Malaysia are opting for singles-only releases.
But fret not, vinyl hunters. Here are 6 local albums you can get on vinyl.
Selamat Datang Ke Panggung Suara
Release date: February 2016
Local alternative rock outfit Pitahati recently released its second album Selamat Datang Ke Panggung Suara on a double-LP vinyl. Priced at RM130, the album features 18 tracks including songs like Sahabat, Balada Aku Engkau, Nova and a few other instrumental numbers.
Release date: February 2016
Kuala Pilah-based punk rockers The Bollocks has released a new LP with 10 track. Priced at RM65, choose from the 180-gram black vinyl or 120-gram limited yellow vinyl. Check out www.facebook.com/tandangstore/ for more information.
Release date: September 2015
The 15 songs featured on this double-LP vinyl were recorded at Datuk Siti Nurhaliza’s concert in Istana Budaya in April 2015. For RM212.90, fans get to enjoy songs like Jaga Dia Untukku, Lebih Indah and Seluruh Cinta. The hefty price tag has not stopped some collectors from snagging 10 copies for themselves.
Release date: September 2014
The Hujan frontman’s solo debut album has five song plus a live piano version of title track. Priced at RM120, only 300 pressings were made available. Teenage Head Records in Subang Jaya, Selangor reportedly sold out all 150 copies the store had in stock. Brand new copies are available on eBay with price starting from RM85.
Release date: May 2014
The five-track vinyl comes with with lyrics and artwork in a hardcover book, nicely packaged in a black box. Only 222 copies of this vinyl – which features Aizat’s duets with the likes of Yuna, Zee Avi and Noh Salleh – were available and fans had to bid for a copy online. Bidding started at RM150. Check out eBay for new listings.
Bershukor: A Retrospective Of Hits By A Malaysian Pop Yeh Yeh Legend
Release date: April 2016
Consider this double-LP compilation a time machine! Relive the groovy glory days of pop yeh yeh through 26 tracks including Gadis Semalam, Bershukur and Normah. The collection is presented in a gatefold sleeve with an eight-page booklet. Priced at RM111.80, this vinyl is a practically a steal for collectors. Pre-order is available from www.forcedexposure.com.