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Kind of Blue Record Store

Cassette Nostalgia

Words / Phaedrus Lam
Photography / Kimio Ng
Translation / Iris Heung

不到十年前,我們還哀嚎著唱片已死,實體音樂無以為繼的悲歌,然今黑膠唱片卻全面復興,回歸成大行其道的音樂載體。而相對於黑膠唱片和CD,夾在兩種產物之間的卡帶也悄悄地重歸大眾視線,像來自台灣的「感傷唱片行」,可說是這波類比復興運動的推手之一。

由台灣作家、前唱片業工作者游璨賓企劃,「感傷唱片行」是一家快閃店,去年十一月首度於台中現身,以立錐一地的白色小屋作店面,卻大氣地秀出近七百卷唱片,重現出那個卡帶市場仍欣欣向榮的光景。據主理人游璨賓表示,唱片除了從收藏家手上直接購得,他也巡走了台灣大大小小的老唱片行,把貨架上一張張封面褪色的卡式唱片取下,並且重新整理,再現卡帶音樂專屬的溫暖音質。

今年七月「感傷唱片行」越洋來港,與香港誠品合作,落腳在銅鑼灣利園一期前的空地廣場,其庫存量依然龐大得誇張,主要販售華語音樂卡帶,時間跨度由七十至九十年代不等。「感傷唱片行」香港店的活動會直至八月底,而無論你的動機是鄉愁抑或嚐鮮,能一次飽覽近七百卷卡帶,實在是一場樂迷們不容錯過的盛事。

地點:香港銅鑼灣利園一期地面林蔭大道
時間:7月21日至8月31日/12:00 – 20:00

Just less than 10 years ago, we were still mourning the death of CD and believed any physical format of music was doomed to vanish. Surprisingly, vinyl record has enjoyed a victorious comeback and becoming one of the mainstream media for music once again. Other than vinyl and CD, cassette, which had its time between vinyl’s and CD’s, is also slowly returning to the market. Kind of Blue Record Store from Taiwan is one of the forces that revived such analog format.

The founder of the Kind of Blue Record Store, You Ts’anpin is a Taiwanese author who once worked in the music industry. The record store runs in a pop-up format that first appeared in Taichung last November. Inside their little white cubicle, almost 700 pieces of music were showcased, inviting you to step inside into the golden era of cassette. Ts’anpin bought some of these cassettes from collectors, he also toured through Taiwan to visit many of the music stores to gather the cassettes. The color of the cover images has already faded, he had to replace them one by one, so as to recreate the distinctively tender texture of cassette again.

Kind of Blue Record Store has landed in Hong Kong in July. Collaborated with Eslite Bookstore,  the pop-up store located in the courtyard in front of Lee Garden One in Causeway Bay continues to impress its visitors with their huge cassette collection. Until the end of August, nostalgic music buff or young music buff who missed out the cassette era are given this great opportunity to see almost 700 cassettes that mainly feature 70s-90s music from the Chinese speaking regions.

Date: July 21 – August 31, 2017/ 12:00-20:00
Location:G/F Pavement, Lee Garden One, Causeway bay, Hong Kong