Anyone will tell you that music sounds better on vinyl. In fact, it may be the only thing on which millennials, gen-xers and baby boomers agree.
Vinyl is back, and what started as something of a niche market or obsessive item for collectors, seems to have some staying power, at least for the moment.
According to a study done by Forbes.com, vinyl had its biggest year in 2015 since 1989, moving almost 12 million units.
Almost every artist is releasing their products on vinyl these days, including Taylor Swift, Adele and Haim. And reissues of classics by the likes of Led Zeppelin, the Stones and Prince have helped to solidify its popularity.
South Mississippians are no strangers to the resurgence of the album.
Here are five places where you can get vinyl in South Mississippi.
2209 Government St. in Ocean Springs
Maynard’s deals in used vinyl as well as used CDs and even cassette tapes. The store has a large selection, so be prepared to stay for a while. There’s a lot of classic rock and old metal, plus country, soul and soundtracks.
Identity Vintage & Vinyl
131 Main Street in Bay St. Louis
Owner Suzi Walters has been in the vintage business for a while, selling everything from clothes to kitsch. These days, Walters is concentrating her efforts on selling records — and lots of them
Looking for The Beatles on mono or “Led Zeppelin III” with the spinning disc cover? Identity is your place.
Barnes & Noble
Crossroads Shopping Center in Gulfport
Barnes & Noble takes their vinyl very seriously, so seriously in fact that the store redid its music and DVD section to include a large selection of new vinyl. If you’re looking for the latest from Best Coast or a reissue of Supertramp’s “Breakfast in America,” Barnes & Noble has you covered.
Edgewater Mall in Biloxi
We could spend hours pining for the old BeBop Records that was near Edgewater Mall or even the Peppermint Records that was inside the mall. Those days may be gone. But BAM helps fill that void with a selection of new vinyl such as “Purple Rain” on 180 gram purple vinyl and some reissues from David Bowie’s extensive catalog.
T-Bones Records and Cafe
2101 Hardy St. in Hattiesburg
T-Bones has a large selection of records, including hard to find indie releases. Plus, the store’s section of music from Blue Mountain that features Sumrall’s native son Cary Hudson as well as Hudson’s solo outings is hard to beat. And while you’re there, you can enjoy a pressed sandwich such as their take on the Cuban or an iced coffee from the cafe.
Best selling records of 2015
1. Taylor Swift, 1989 (34,000)
2. Sufjan Stevens, Carrie & Lowell (32,000)
3. Arctic Monkeys, AM (27,000)
4. Alabama Shakes, Sound & Color (26,000)
5. Miles Davis, Kind of Blue (23,000)
6. Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour (23,000)
7. Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon (23,000)
8. Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack (22,000)
9. Father John Misty, I Love You Honeybear (22,000)
10. Hozier, Hozier (21,000)