Nick Bridges of Kennebunk looks at records at Bull Moose in Sanford Saturday morning.

Nick Bridges of Kennebunk looks at records at Bull Moose in Sanford Saturday morning.

SANFORD — The doors of Bull Moose music store Saturday opened promptly at 8 a.m., and the 20 or so people standing in line outside scrambled in, eager to get to the stash of limited release records and score that special piece of vinyl.

Saturday was the ninth annual Record Store Day, a holiday of sorts for vinyl collectors. The idea for Record Store Day was sparked by Bull Moose Marketing Director Chris Brown, and every April, music stores around the globe celebrate the day with the sale of limited edition records, in-store concerts and other special promotions.

The Sanford music store opened an hour earlier than normal, offering limited edition records and freebies like tote bags and buttons.

Isaac LaRose was a little bleary-eyed from staying up most of the night with a 1-month-old baby at home, but nonetheless, he came to the store around 7 a.m. and was one of the first customers of the day to check out. He was going home with the Phish album “Hoist” on orange splatter-colored vinyl.

Dale Biser said he also came to the store around 7 a.m., and was also leaving with the “Hoist” album.

Both men said it was the specially released limited editions that got them out shopping so early on a Saturday morning.

Why so enthusiastic about records?

“I like the sound,” said Biser.

“It has kind of a nostalgic feel to it,” said LaRose.

Nick Bridges said it was his 7-year-old daughter’s birthday the day before, and among his purchases were “Disney Favorite Songs” on vinyl and a Disney-themed turntable.

“I’m getting her started early with vinyl,” he said.

Bridges said he has about 450 records at home, and inherited his father’s collection and his mother-in-law’s collection. His oldest record is the 1950s album by Frank Sinatra, “The Voice.”

“There’s a kind of warmth and intimacy, to records, he said. He said with an album, you have more than just one track, and there’s also the liner notes and cover art.

— Staff Writer Liz Gotthelf can be contacted at 282-1535, ext. 325 or [email protected]

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