ROSWELL, Ga. – Rand Cabus, owner of Mojo Vinyl Records, has moved a few yards to a new location, but he is still off Canton Street on Webb Street. Cabus is having his grand re-opening coincide with national Record Store Day April 19.
The day-long celebration will introduce Mojo Vinyl’s offerings to a wider audience while thanking the many passionate customers who have fueled the store’s rapid growth to date. The ribbon-cutting ceremony also will kick off National Record Store Day 2014. Roswell Mayor Jere Wood is scheduled to assist in the ribbon cutting and drop the needle on the first record of Record Store Day. The bands Rye and Lauren St. James and the Dead Westerns are ready to entertain visitors starting at noon.
But that is not the reason Cabus expects more than 100 people to be waiting when the doors open at 9:45 a.m.
Record Store Day – always the third Saturday in April – is when special vinyl record collections are released, and anxious vinyl-heads line up outside record stores all over the nation to snap them up.
“It’s not unusual to have 100 people waiting for the door to open on Record Store Day,” Cabus said. “Limited editions of top bands, usually with custom-color vinyl are available but only in limited numbers. They range from new artists to classic bands.”
Record store owners like Cabus are only allowed to order a limited number of the releases to further create anticipation for the event. In return, store owners must pledge “not to jack up the prices,” Cabus said.
Vinyl records are making a huge comeback – one of the reasons Cabus jumped at the chance to triple his floor space (and quadruple his inventory) at 26 Webb St.
In addition to adding more inventory, he is also now carrying new and used vinyl turntables.
The renaissance in vinyl records began seven or eight years ago when older audiophiles began to realize they missed something about analog vinyl records when recorded music switched to digital.
“It’s all about the sound,” Cabus said. “Many people consider analog as the original sound. And it is something new to do in the man cave. There is something about dropping a needle that makes your heart beat a little faster, too. Playing vinyl is a physical act.”
Don Rutherford, a customer who made a special trip to Mojo while he was in town, said there is no comparison between analog and digital music.
“They got me suckered when CDs came out. But when you listen to vinyl, you can really hear the definition, the separation and the high notes. It is just a better music experience,” Rutherford said.
Vinyl-heads love seeing that old album art also. Fleetwood Mac, the Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” The Flying Burrito Brothers, “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” – these were iconic album covers. And seeing them again is like smelling Mama’s cooking in the kitchen.
“It’s nice having your MP3 music up in the Cloud. But there is something special about physically owning your music,” Cabus said.
LPs have art, liner notes and sometimes the complete lyrics. It is surprising to see how artists appear on each other’s music. You see Sting singing on Dire Straits’ “Money for Nothing,” he said.
Not only does Cabus deal in used vinyl, record companies are pressing new ones – from the ‘60s to artists of today. That is why 100,000 turntables were sold in 2013.
“They never really stopped pressing records. Paul McCartney’s catalogue contract required vinyl pressings,” Cabus said. “Now the high school kids are discovering it, and they’re finding a whole new experience.
“For the older listeners, the record store is the new barbershop – where you go to talk about old times.”
Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding nearly 1,000 independently owned record stores in the U.S. and thousands of similar stores internationally. Record Store Day is celebrated the third Saturday every April.
Mojo Vinyl Records
26 Webb St., No. 2
Hours: Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.