Ghosts of Record Stores Past and Present

Much of my youth was spent hunting for and playing vinyl. I have created this site to remember many of the stores I've visited. Don't try and visit them without calling first, as many of them are no longer with us. If I've posted a picture of a store that you want me to delete please let me know and I'll take it down. To see a particular store just open the photo album with its name on it.

The site also contains links to interesting articles and information on record shops and record collecting and fine musical suggestions and playlists for your listening pleasure (with You Tube links so you can check them out for yourself). The Playlists can be found by scrolling to a separate section of the index under the heading musical resources. And our latest addition, Song of the Day, a glimpse at what's playing on my stereo today, appears there as well.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Ranch Records, Salem Oregon

Ranch Records, Salem Oregon
Open - 237 High Street N.E. Salem Oregon  97301

A long time favorite of Salem, it had a really cool display of old Beatles records and memorabilia, in addition to a large selection of new and used records.  There are also loads of posters from the 60s adorning the walls,  Worthy of a visit when you're in town.

Ranch Records Record Store Salem Oregon

Here's an article that appeared in the Statesman Journal  Ranch Records of Salem A World of Musical Wonderment  that interviews the store's owner about his shop.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Vinyl Bay 777

Vinyl Bay 777 Plainview Long Island
    Open - 101 Dupont St. #14, Plainview New York 11803

Who says vinyl is dead!  Vinyl Bay 777 is a new(ish) record store buried in an industrial park just north of the service road of the LIE.  Opened approximately a year ago, it is well stocked with used (and some new) albums of all genres, as well as an ample collection of 45s.  Found the records fairly priced and happily scored some nice tunes (see below).  Probably shouldn't tell you, because I'll be back, but hey, I'm a nice guy (and I can't buy everything).  Happy hunting (and here's hoping you're not looking for what I'm looking for :)

Vinyl Bay 777 Record Store Plainview Long Island

Got these records - particularly happy about the Howard Tate - an underappreciated soul record from 1966 that should have done much better.

Here's an article from the Plainview Patch New Record Store Opens In Plainview with an interview of the store's owner describing the store.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Music Odyssey

Music Odyssey Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles Ca

Here's another record store long gone.  I visited during my school days in the 70s (one couldn't always go to Rhino and Tower).  Can't beat a record for $.99.  I can still remember dancing (and dancing and dancing) to In A Gadda Da Vida (all 17 minutes of it).

Music Odyssey Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Other Music

Other Music Greenwich Village NYC
Closed - 15 E. 4th Street New York New York 10003

I heard the sad news that after a 20 year run, Other Music had decided to close its doors (and mail order too).  I remember it as the small store opposite the giant Tower records (which it outlasted) and went to pay one last visit before the end.  There was always alot of traffic in the store, and today was no exception.

Other Music Greenwich Village New York

The Times published an article Other Music Record Shop, Yielding To Trends, Will Close that discusses the history of the store with its owners and their reasons for closing it.  A sad day indeed.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Academy Records Annex

Academy Records Annex Greenpoint Brooklyn

Open - 85 Oak Street Brooklyn NY  11222

Not to be confused with the related Academy Records - located in Manhattan - nor with its prior location in Williamsburg - this version of the Academy Records Annex is located in Greenpoint, and well worth the trip.  It has plenty of used records to offer, two listening stations so you can try before you buy, and a large selection of recent arrivals so you can get a shot at a (relatively) new arrival before the other diggers find it.  Prices are reasonable too.

Academy Records Annex Greenpoint Brooklyn

Academy Records Annex Greenpoint Brooklyn

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Record Reserve Kings Park Long Island

Record Reserve Kings Park Long Island
Open - 10 Main Street Kings Park New York 11754

On the annual summer pilgrimage to Port Jefferson, we passed thru Kings Park and to my surprise, found Record Reserve, a used record store with a nice selection.  A second room in the back features discounted used records for a buck.  Good selection of old rock fairly priced.  And everyone loved the dog in Port Jefferson.

Record Reserve Record Store Kings Park Long Island

Record Reserve Record Store Kings Park Long Island