I think nowadays most of the music community is aware that vinyl record has been in bloom many times and also now.
Big, expensive, vulnerable, circumstantial to use,it need a separate target device, and moreover, you need to turn it around in the middle of listening to music.
– Nice. This is undoubtedly a subjective measure of value but the same cover is much more effective at a 33×33 centimeter size or on the „foldable” gatefold’s twice the size surface as in 12×12
(this is the size of the CD booklet) or in a jpg image on some display. And the plate itself is engineering beauty with its grooves.
– Sounds good. Online forums are full with lots of analog versus digital battles to which one is better.
But in absolute terms, there is no doubt that analog recording parameters have set the standard high enough decades ago. Do not think of an analogue cassette here first.
– It holds its value. How much is an audio file worth? If we can pay for it (of course it is natural for us to pay, since no one will download free mp3) then we actually pay for a service the price of which we never see again.
But let’s take a look at ebay or discogs’ records page. (Although I will add here that the CD is not a bad comparison either.)
Fortunately, the album has more than just curiosity, because the songs on it were very good so it is highly recommended for listening, not just for shelf decoration.