Don’t call it a comeback cause vinyl has always been around, it’s just recently making a surge to a newer generation.
Stepping into Sunshine Records is almost like a time warp, it manages to bring back not only the look, but also the feel, of an authentic record shop back in the 70’s.
As soon as you walk in the door you are greeted by the smell of incense and of course by the friendly owner, Don Gray, who is always more than happy to help you find what you are looking for.
The store is a little piece of vinyl heaven, the walls are covered by album artwork by so many incredible artists like the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, etc.
Posters of artists like Misfits, No Doubt and others also are plastered on the wall.
Sunshine Records offers a diverse collection of albums, both 45’s and 78’s, and they range from rock, country, soul, old school hip-hop, punk, blues, and many more. Prices range from $3-$10, prices depend on the popularity as well as rarity of the vinyl.
Sunshine has a bit of everything, it just depends what you’re looking.
Don Gray has turned his passion for collecting vinyl into a profit as he steps out of retirement to bring back the magical sound of a pressed vinyl to a generation where most haven’t heard of an LP much less a 45.
“I have collected tons of vinyl over the years from yard sales or from people just giving me old records, it was never in my plan to have this turn into a business.. It just kinda happened. I remember passing Sunshine Records current location and thinking it was a cool spot for a vinyl shop, it’s on a busy corner where there is always traffic. Then one day I drove by and noticed a ‘For Rent’ sign and made a U-turn and bought it on the spot.”
I have been a loyal customer for Sunshine Records for years now and nothing beats going to the shop and basically going treasure hunting for ‘new’ music.
Don has lots of original pressings, I have found vinyl gold with an original pressing of George Harrison’s debut solo album and the Beatles White album both with original posters inside.
What I love about vinyl that most people don’t understand is that it gives you a quality of sound that not even Itunes can master, nothing beats the crackle of a good vinyl.