Enter the Compact Disc. When Fast Folk first started as a label, songs were recorded and distributed solely on vinyl, though due to fluctuating costs and changes in the recording industry was finally forced to convert to a CD-only format. The opinions about this change oscillated wildly. While some welcomed the change, many subscribers and fans were unhappy, with one even accusing the changing magazine of selling out and becoming “the playground of the yuppie”.
Fast Folk received hundreds of responses regarding this change. These are the passionate opinions of select subscribers:
To a contemporary audience, the resistance to the CD can seem archaic and comical. The recording industry, however, is seeing very similar changes with the switch from CD to digital only formats and similar thoughts, feelings, and passionate opinions are evoked. Some are choosing a return to vinyl; Smithsonian Folkways has begun to re-release vinyl pressings to cater to the many fans who like the quality of the sound, often described as warmer.
How do you like your music?