For the Record: The Vinyl Rescue Project

Music enthusiasts all across the nation are being re-introduced to a retro form of music entertainment: the vinyl record.  

Most modern vinyl music listeners head to the nearest music store and pick up the priciest and most posh record deck they can find. After purchasing their new turntable, they pick out a forty dollar record from the typical top thirty musicians. But for others, searching for vinyl records is more like a treasure hunt. They go out scoping garages sales, Goodwills, and thrift stores for the artistry on covers and the obscurity in the music. Unexpectedly scoring some old time classical favorites is what makes a record collector’s dream come true.

Danny Lindsey, a local vinyl record enthusiast, has transformed his treasure hunt finds into a personal gold mine.

Lindsey bought his very first record, Build Me Up Buttercup, an album that reached number three on the US Billboard Hot 100 in early 1969, at 8 years old. Lindsey, owner of The Vinyl Rescue Project, a shop dedicated to the restoration and sales of authentic vinyl records, is now able to sell and share records just like his collection as a youth. Lindsey is proud of what his store has become and does not mind what kind of music comes across Vinyl Rescue Project’s path. You can find modern tunes from The Dead Weather, golden oldie’s from blues singer Howlin’ Wolf, soundtracks from various Hollywood movies such as the 1984 mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap, and everything else in between.

“Even if I don’t like the music. Someone did,” Lindsey said. “As a collector, covers catch my eye too. I’m looking for obscure music and covers.”

The Vinyl Rescue Project opened two years ago. Inside you can not only find records and record players, but Lindsey’s very own special cleaning solution too. Typically, vinyl collectors encounter records in their collections they want to sell because it doesn't have the crisp, clean sound it once had, or they lose interest towards albums they own and decide to donate them to secondhand stores.

Lindsey uses his special cleaning solution, which he made and used on his own records before opening the shop, and a special turntable vacuum to professionally clean his customer’s records. Thanks to Lindsey’s secret cleaning concoction, The Vinyl Rescue Project’s albums have been given a new breath of life for modern audiences to enjoy. For those who are looking to tidy up their collection, they can bring vinyls in and he will rescue all their favorite tunes.

“When I clean the records, I am saving them from scrappers,” Lindsey explained. “I want all records to play. No matter the name of the band.”

With the record popularity boom happening, Lindsey sees records from times of old and new including genres all across the musical horizon. Some hardcore music aficionado believe it’s shameful and taboo to put new artist on an album, but Lindsey has a different opinion about the hype.

“The vinyl fad is great. Vinyl is a separate animal! Downloads are made for ear buds,” he said. While discussing what makes vinyl records more appealing, he said, “Some music is meant to be listened to on records. They sound better. With records you get the cover, stickers, posters, and the music.”

Whether the vinyl medium truly is a fad or an everlasting musical resurrection, Danny Lindsey will still hold the same amount of passion for them.