30 years ago, vinyl was the only lossless source we had. The first METAL cd presses started in the late 80’s. Tape was out of my choices of purchase.
Vinyl is not about “classic”, its about the unique sound that can be reproduced at some serious audio system. The music spectrum from a vinyl record is in theory bigger. Although there’s some album productions from the last years that were record directly to digital sources, so vinyl is no gain compared to any flac file or CD audio taken from that same digital source. In theory many audiophiles say, digital is killing the real essence of the sound, the music.