My Records And 12 Vinyl Record Album Facts

by Sherry Riter in Fun Facts

gramophone phonograph record cover

This weekend I spent all my time unpacking boxes, so going forward I can start emptying out the storage unit. Yay!!

Anyway, three of the boxes that I unpacked were filled with record albums. Oh no, not just plain records albums. I have really fab-u-lous vinyl record albums that have music that every-one wants to listen to and enjoy.

I’m totally laughing out loud.

Let me just remind you that I have been a nerd for a very long time, so some of the records in my collection shouldn’t surprise you much.

But first, let me share a few vinyl record album facts.

Vinyl Record Album Facts

  1. A vinyl record album can also be called a phonograph record, gramophone record, record album and a record.
  2. Vinyl records have analog recordings.
  3. A vinyl record is a flat, round disk with a spiral groove.
  4. The groove in a vinyl record starts at the outer edge of the disc and ends towards the center of the disk.
  5. When a record is played, the sound can be different on the outer edge than the inner edge. This is caused because the tracks on the inside are closer together than the outer tracks.
  6. The quality of the vinyl used when producing a vinyl record determines the quality and durability of the sound that is recorded on it.
  7. Vinyl record albums were the main way that music was recorded until the latter part of the 1980’s.
  8. Digital media took over the market in the late 1980’s.
  9. Heat and sunlight can quickly warp a vinyl record.
  10. Vinyl records easily produce a static charge which attracts dust and dirt.
  11. When dust sticks to vinyl records it is difficult to remove it. If it remains on the record, it will create a popping or cracking-scratching noises when the record is played.
  12. Vinyl records can be described by their diameter or their rotational speed. The diameter could be 12 inch or 10 inch and the rotational speed could be 78 rpm or 45 rpm.

You might be wondering what kind of fab-u-lous vinyl record albums I found in my boxes of belongings. Yes? Well, let me name a few of the singers on the albums for you…

Foreigner 4
Sing Again With The Chipmunks
Frankie Valli
Elton John
Rick Springfield, Hard To Hold
Glen Campbell
Donald Clark Osmond
Nature Sounds of the Beach
Elvis Presley
David Soul
Willie Nelson
BJ Thomas
Beach Boys
The Partridge Family

Oh yeah! Now really, can it get better than The Chipmunks and The Partridge Family!?!?! I know you want them! Don’t even try to deny it!!!

old gramophone phonograph record

Now it is time for a little truth…Do you still have vinyl records and if so, what kind or who is singing on them? Yes, tell the truth!

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1 ANN*H December 4, 2012 at 11:19 am

what a interesting and fun article. Yes I have a few albums here yet I used to have about 100 of them. I sold some of them. I still have a few 45’s to One I will not get rid of is my Elvis 45 , it was the first record I ever bought around 1959-1960 maybe . Now a days no one bothers much with records now it CD’s and who knows what all else – Im dont know much tech stuff at my old age LOL Thanks for the memories


2 Sherry Riter December 4, 2012 at 3:44 pm

🙂 It is hard to keep up with technology! I miss all the albums. I think they are cool looking, but I also love CDs and how they can reflect sunlight all over the room. LOL I guess you know what I do in my spare time! LOL


3 Ric Fox December 4, 2012 at 2:49 pm

No, but I DO have some old 8 track tapes.
Try finding an 8 track tape deck to play an 8 track tape someday.

It’s enough to make me wish I had the Chipmunks on CD.


4 Sherry Riter December 4, 2012 at 3:44 pm

LOL I’ll record the Chipmunks on a CD and send it you! LOL


5 Young Werther December 4, 2012 at 5:40 pm

Wat?? No 33 1/3 RPMs in your collection ?



6 Sherry Riter December 5, 2012 at 8:16 am

LOL No, I don’t have any 33 1/3’s, but I have plenty of 45’s. 😛


7 Skip_D December 5, 2012 at 3:15 am

I think you meant “33-1/3 rpm or 45 rpm” in number 12; 78 rpm records, which I grew up with, weren’t vinyl, but much harder, more breakable material… they were replaced by 33-1/3 & 45 rpm vinyl records in the 50s – which of course you don’t remember, but I do 😉

I have more than twice as many boxes full of vinyl records as you have! …the 33s run the gamut from Italian, French, & Russian operas, symphonies & concertos, film soundtracks, jazz & folk music, international music from Africa, India, the Mid East, & Russia, to many of the albums by the Beatles, Little Feat, Melanie, Maria Muldaur, & many more! I haven’t a huge number of 45s, but some are real classics… all I need is a working turntable so I can dub them all onto CDs & put them on my iPod 🙂


8 Sherry Riter December 5, 2012 at 8:23 am

Yes, the sad part is that I haven’t played any of those albums or my 45’s for many, many years. 🙁


9 Bev December 5, 2012 at 6:37 pm

You know, mine are in my keepsake trunk at my mother’s home. I really should go get them. I think my last vinyl album I bought was Bad Company. Now that is a trip down memory lane! And I kind of liked that popping sound they made. 🙂


10 Sherry Riter December 5, 2012 at 10:13 pm

LOL It’s funny how we can remember that sound so distinctly. It is also AMAZING how much technology has changed and changed our lives!


11 Vikar Mar January 24, 2013 at 8:27 am

i dont have many i have
Led zeppelin II
pink floyd- the dark side of the moon
Pink floyd- the wall
peter tosh-bush doctor
valdimar-um stund
the beatles- a collection of oldies
all 33 only one 45 retro stefson qween


12 Sherry Riter January 25, 2013 at 7:59 am

Cool!!! Oldie Goldies!!!


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