I’ll tell you one thing vinyl records have over tape, CD, or even the convenience of MP3. You can actually look at them and sort of see the music!
Now unless you’re some kind of robot, you can’t actually tell exactly what it sounds like or anything. But when I was a kid, I remember noticing (record dork that I am) that the grooves on Supremes records looked much rougher than other records. And I realized that it was because of the almost constant tambourine on them. That sharp sound really causes the grooves to spread out.
Remember the Carly Simon song “That’s the Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be”? The verses were really soft and the thunderous drums would come in on the much louder chorus. It looks like this:
That’s a totally striped song! Most songs aren’t that pronounced, but now you know a new super-nerdy thing about vinyl. You’re welcome.