Why should you care about records anyway? Because as an inquisitive person you’re susceptible to having your mind blown by what’s on them. Fifty plus years of Gilbert and Sullivan, Opera, rockabilly, delta blues, prog rock, Lenny Bruce, Beethoven, Balinese gamelan, jug bands, Yardbird Parker, Klezmer, and much more that you can’t even imagine. The second half of the 20th century was a tremendous time for musical creativity and performance. Long playing records were the primary format for music distribution, and they were produced by the hundreds of millions. From Bozo the Clown Under the Sea to Van Cliburn at the Tchaikovsky Competition, it’s all still out there and much of this material never made the transition to digital.