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A day of celebration for records

  • Published Sunday, April 10, 2011, at 12:08 a.m.

Gary Jones is inviting Wichita to come hang out at his shop and listen to records all day next Saturday.

That's a particularly interesting invitation considering that Jones is one of Wichita's fanciest, most high-end purveyors of super-modern audio equipment.

Jones opened his business — LivingSound — last year at 9747 E. 21st St. He specializes in audio and video gear made by brands such as McIntosh, Rotel, and Bowers & Wilkins.

In his free time, naturally, he's a music fan. Driving to work one day, he heard on his super-modern XM radio that April 16 was National Record Store Day.

Though he doesn't sell vinyl records, Jones loves records. In very complicated audiospeak, he can explain with a deep passion that vinyl produces an analog sound that fills your analog ears with a rich, organic sound that fancy digital recordings can't replicate.

"If you truly want that full original sound, vinyl is the way the go," he said.

Jones decided he'd celebrate National Record Store Day by spinning records — all day.

He's recruited local vinyl enthusiast John Wells, who has more than 20,000 albums in his collection, to help out and provide music for the event.

Jones is asking music fans to suggest and vote for albums that ought to be played on the store's Facebook page (search LivingSound with no space or link to the Facebook page from www.livingsoundhome.com). The play list, he said, no doubt will include the likes of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Elvis Presley, among other artists.

Jones says he'll soon publish a schedule of what he plans to play and when so that fans can stop in the store to hear their favorites, which he'll spin on a hi-fi, Pro-Ject Audio Systems turntable hooked up to his top-of-the-line speakers and amps.

He promises a moving musical experience. (Complete with refreshments!)

The spinning will start at 10 a.m. Saturday and will continue "until the last record plays," which will be around 7 p.m.

Jones is quick to point out that he's not a record store and therefore not an "official" participant in Record Store Day, which was founded in 2007 as a celebration of independent music stores. Read more about it at www.recordstoreday.com.

For more information about Jones and his celebration of vinyl, call 316-634-0333.

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