New Brunswick

Vinyl records make comeback with younger music fans

The CBC's Lauren Bird found out why music lovers are trading in their shiny CDs for older, warmer sounding LPs.

Re-releases, new albums and old time favourites are all making a comeback on vinyl

Backstreet records has been in Fredericton for 26 years. Eric Hill runs the record store and he says vinyl sales picked up in 2000.

Nick Cobham quit smoking seven years ago and began spending his extra cash on records.

"I used to go to my grandmother's house and listen to her records on her turntable when I was really, really young and then as I was getting older, I would buy certain albums but I never really got into collecting and about seven years ago," said Cobham.

Buying records is not only becoming more common, it's become somewhat of a trend. Bands have re-released older albums on vinyl because the demand is there. 

Cobham is a member of Olympic Symphonium, a Fredericton-based band that has released several records on vinyl.

"Records have always been around and they're not going anywhere. Vinyl sales are up, CD sales, digital sales are down," he said.

"I think kids growing up now are seeing how cool it is."

Gary Scott, the owner of Stereo Services in Fredericton, fixes electronics, such as stereo equipment and televisions,

But lately, Scott said he's been fixing more turntables.

He said he's been fixing roughly two a week.

"They've picked up a lot in the last year or so and it's the young people who are buying them and going back to playing records.CDs are on the way out — records are coming back big time," he said.