In rotation: 7/17/20

UK | BPI’s Geoff Taylor on the ‘heroic effort’ of the physical music sector: Amid the disruption from Covid-19, the UK recorded music industry is still growing. As revealed in the latest issue of Music Week and our analysis of the Official Charts Company data, the rate of overall market growth slowed during Q2 but remained steady. Geoff Taylor, BPI and BRIT Awards chief executive, has told Music Week that the increasing dominance of streaming protected the industry. The AES figure (Album Equivalent Sales) for the first half of 2020 was 73.3 million, a year-on-year increase of 6.8%. Even for the Q2 period when the lockdown set in, AES still increased by 5.8% year-on-year. “The fact that streaming accounts for the majority of our consumption has obviously insulated us to some degree,” said Taylor… Physical music has now bounced back to above 20% of the share of album sales. But Taylor acknowledged it had been tough during recent months.

Raleigh, NC | The Triangle’s vinyl record scene: Hey, Raleigh. RALtoday intern Phoenix here. With consumers choosing the appeal of old-school vinyl records over contemporary music technologies — indicated by the first recorded peak of vinyl album sales since 1991 — you may be wondering how to start or broaden your own vinyl collection. Lucky for you, the Triangle is host to a myriad of record stores each with its own history + offerings. We’ve compiled a list of eight shops in the area we recommend for your next vinyl hunt. The shops on our list go beyond offering their standard collections of new and used records by venturing into music production, magazine publication, podcasts, books, beverages + works by local makers. In the age of digitization, picking up a record is a great way to unplug and find new ways to experience your favorite music all while shopping local.

Peter Gabriel’s live albums set for vinyl reissue: Peter Gabriel’s Plays Live, Live In Athens 1987, Secret World Live and Growing Up Live are to be released over a four-month span. Four of Peter Gabriel’s live albums are to be reissued later this year on vinyl. Plays Live, Live In Athens 1987, Secret World Live and Growing Up Live have all been remastered at half-speed and cut to lacquers at 33RPM by Matt Colton at Alchemy Mastering. All four have been mastered by Tony Cousins at Metropolis and overseen by Peter Gabriel’s sound engineer Richard Chappell. Each album will also come with a hi-resolution download code and will be released through Real World/Caroline International/ADA. The first in the series will be 1983’s Plays Live which will be released on August 28 on double vinyl. That’ll be followed on September 25 by another double vinyl: Live In Athens 1987, which was recorded in the Greek capital on Gabriel’s tour in support of his fifth solo album, So. October 23 will see 1993’s Secret World arrive on 2LP, while Growing Up Live from 2003 will be reissued as a triple album pressing. Earlier this year, Gabriel released his album Rated PG, which was originally launched for Record Store Day 2019.

How Third Man Records Unearthed a Great Lost Johnny Cash Live Album: “It was exactly what we were looking for, and it’s unheard,” says Third Man’s Ben Blackwell of the 1973 concert. …Part of Third Man’s mail-order business is the Vault series, which lets fans pay to receive a quarterly surprise release in the mail. The 40-plus Vault releases have included rare albums by the White Stripes, the Raconteurs, and the Dead Weather, plus limited-edition releases by Pearl Jam, Sleep, Margo Price and more. Now, the Vault is about to release one of its most interesting archival finds yet: a lost Johnny Cash live album. The show was recorded on April 29th, 1973, at Los Angeles’ Ahmanson Theatre. The occasion was A Week to Remember, six nights of music organized by Clive Davis to celebrate Columbia Records’ legendary roster. Miles Davis, the Staples Singers, Bruce Springsteen, and Earth, Wind and Fire all performed. Cash brought his road show, which included wife June Carter Cash and guitarist Carl Perkins, his friend going back to their Sun Records days, for a set full of classics: The night opens with a stomping “Big River,” which leads to Kris Kristofferson’s “Sunday Morning Coming Down.” There’s a wild medley of “Folsom Prison Blues / Wreck of the Old 97 / Orange Blossom Special,” plus “Jackson.”

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