The fifth biggest selling piece of vinyl in the US so far this year, according to Nielsen Music’s latest figures, is Kind of Blue, the 1959 Miles Davis classic, which has sold some 23,200 LPs.
LP sales in the States overall are up a whopping 38 per cent.
So what does this tell us apart from the enduring popularity of Miles Davis? After all this is an album that anecdotally (in the absence of hard facts) is the best selling jazz album of all time. Perhaps the fact that it is selling handsomely on vinyl too is no surprise.
Buyers may just want to have it again on vinyl having dispensed with their original copies to switch allegiance to CD and are now craving better sound once again. But maybe, faced with a choice, a new generation of listeners are turning to vinyl as a point of principle.
People who buy vinyl – in the UK sales are currently at a 20-year high, the figure predicted to reach 2m units this year – seem to prefer classic and often quite old jazz in many instances dating back more than 50 years old.
But that's not always the case and relatively new vinyl-first labels such as Gearbox for instance have started to put out music by new artists and not just hark back to the distant past.
My hunch is that the craving for vinyl is a longing for authenticity, better sound, an album as an artefact, and also something that as an object has desirability because it looks better.
And it’s fun, above all, digesting these figures, to think that what the sales snapshot in the States is indicating is jazz is still a top-10 seller... on vinyl at least.