Corbin Krug and India Krug drove to Johnstown from the Indiana area hoping to buy “Soul Slabs Volume 2,” a special three-disc vinyl album released for Record Store Day.

But the Colemine Records release was not shipped to George’s Song Shop for its biggest sales day of the year.

“Sometimes they come, sometimes they don’t. That’s just the way it goes,” Corbin Krug said outside the 128 Market St. business.

The two were among hundreds who came to what is considered the nation’s oldest record store for a special day celebrating vinyl records.

Despite not getting the Soul Slabs album, neither considered the trip wasted.

“I went sort of old school,” Corbin Krug said. “I got some James Cotton and Charlie Parker and Charlie Parker on strings.”

“I got a newer band called the Arctic Monkeys. I got their newest album on vinyl, which I’m very excited about,” India Krug said, displaying the “Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino” record album.

At least 30 people, including several family groups, were in line outside George’s Song Shop when it opened at 8 a.m. Saturday, second-generation owner John George said.

A local band, Dan Stonerook and the Wounded Moose, played on the Market Street sidewalk during the morning.

Record Store Day was organized by a group of independent business owners and employees and was first celebrated in April 2008, the Record Store Day website says.

It has grown into an international observance, with many music companies publishing special releases exclusively for the day.

“Once they’re gone, they’re gone,” George said at the store.

“If I sell out, I can’t get them again. That’s what brings everybody in here today.”

Special releases selling out by 2 p.m. Saturday were Green Day’s “Woodstock 1994,” Greta Van Fleet’s “From the Fires” and recordings from an original 1975 test pressing of Bob Dylan’s “Blood on the Tracks.”

The resurging popularity of vinyl records has helped George’s Song Shop gain national attention and bring more shoppers. Black Friday in November will be big, but Record Store Day is bigger.

“Today is the day,” George said on Saturday. “It’s the busiest day of the year, by far. Today was the busiest day we have had in seven years.

“It will probably be busier next year.”

Randy Griffith is a multimedia reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. He can be reached at 532-5057. Follow him on Twitter @PhotoGriffer57.

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