Ghosts of Record Stores Past and Present

Much of my youth was spent hunting for and playing vinyl. I have created this site to show 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, April 18, 2014

Song of the Day

Richard Thompson - 1952 Vincent Black Lightning

Today's Song of the Day is my favorite Richard Thompson song - Richard Thompson - 1952 Vincent Black Lightning.  This is a live version that shows the true guitar virtuosity of Thompson, and showcases both his singing and songwriting ability.  A great folk song that tells the tragic love story about two lovers and a motorcycle - the Vincent Black Lightning.  The song first appeared on his Rumor and Sigh album in 1991.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Song of the Day

Beatles - Taxman

It's April 15, so there can only be one Song of the Day, the Beatles - Taxman.  From the superb Revolver album in 1966, this was one of the first George Harrison songs I really liked.  A good guitar riff, with George singing lead.  The lyrics make reference to a British super tax of that day, where certain incomes were taxed at 95%.  Aren't politicians grand?

Hope you've already filed.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Tunes - Voorhees New Jersey

Tunes  -  Voorhees New Jersey

After a wedding in New Jersey, went to check out the local record store scene.  Found Tunes, which is a chain of about 6 stores.  This one had a decent selection of records, reasonably priced.  Picked up some good records, Willie Nile's first record, a Mother Earth, and Art Blakey and the Messenger's Mosaic on Blue Note.  Happy hunting.


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Song of the Day

Creedence Clearwater Revival - Heard It Thru The Grapevine

Today's song of the day is one of my favorite Soul songs, Heard it Thru the Grapevine.  Here, we feature the version by Creedence Clearwater Revival - Heard It Thru The Grapevine  This is an abbreviated version of what appears on the album Cosmo's Factory (1970), where the song clocks in at a full 11 minutes.  But this is a nice video, featuring the band and enough of the Fogerty's excellent guitar solo so you get the idea of what he was going for.

Of course, there are many excellent versions of this song from the Motown factory, including versions both by Marvin Gaye and Gladys Knight and the Pips.

Gladys Knight and the Pips

Marvin Gaye

Can't go wrong with any of them.  And to think, when they originally penned this song, the boys at Motown didn't hear a No. 1.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Song of the Day

Maniac - Michael Sembello (Flashdance

This song is a guilty pleasure.  You shouldn't like it.  Your friends shouldn't know you like it.  You shouldn't be seen playing it.  But you like it anyhow.  Maniac - Michael Sembello (Flashdance)

Don't worry, by You Tube's current count - so do 11 million others.  So go ahead, give it a listen.  You know you want to.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Song of the Day

Rocky Horror Picture Show - Science Fiction Double Feature

Today's song of the day is from the camp classic Rocky Horror Picture Show - Science Fiction Double Feature  This is the intro song to the movie - which plays while moving lips sing against a black backdrop.  A camp classic, this film first hit the screen in 1975, and tells the tale of the mad scientist Dr. Frank-n-furter (Tim Curry), a transvestite from Transylvania who is building a man, and Brad and Janet (a young Susan Surandon) who's car break down leads them to his house.  It also features a cameo by Meat Loaf, who sings a rocker before his untimely demise.  Oh, and don't forget the pelvic thrust.  It really drives you insane.

The lyrics of this song (by Richard O'Brien) make reference to a slew of B movie sci-fi classics from the 50s (which the movie sends-up).  Here, a clever videographer has pieced together those films, and more, in a video that accompanies the song.  I always loved the Blob - remember how it gets killed?

Want more?  Here's a link to Rocky Music, The Musical World of Rocky Horror, a webpage that delves even more deeply into the Sci-Fi behind the song.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Song of the Day

Paul McCartney - Dear Boy

Today's Song of the Day is Paul McCartney - Dear Boy.  From Ram in 1971, this is piano pop that sounds almost like choral music, with soaring harmonies, and a coda that sounds like classical music.  I remember when Ram came out how disappointed I was.  I wanted another Beatles' album, and this was not what I was looking for.  Over the years, however, as I gave it a fresh listen, without my expectations, I came to realize just how good it was.  This is one of my favorite cuts.  I'll leave to others to interpret the lyrics, and their meaning - praise for Linda or an attack on John.  You be the judge.  But to do so you'll have to listen for yourself.