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.


Saturday, February 28, 2015

Zacharias Records - CDs, Athens Greece

Zacharias Records - CDs - Athens, Greece
   Monastiraki Flea Market - Open

I took a trip to Greece recently, and had our flight back to the States delayed.  This gave me an unexpected extra day in Athens.  So we strolled around the Monastiraki Flea Market and to my surprise discovered a large number of record stores.  The best of the lot by far was Zacharias - off to the side of the main drag, it had an excellent selection both of rock, psych, etc., but also a number of Greek records (as to which I confess I am clueless).  Yes, that was the Velvet Underground on the wall, with a partially peeled banana cover.  Worth a trip, if you miss your flight, or have seen the Parthenon enough.















Here's an interview in Ough titled the Good Humor Man He Sees Everything Like This with the owner of the store.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 1 - 10

Top 110 Songs of the 1960s -  1 - 10



This is the eleventh of 11 posts, featuring my list of the top 110 songs of the Sixties.  Up today are numbers 1 to 10 (in reverse order).

To compile this list I followed a few rules - first, the list had to represent the entire decade, both in terms of year and genres.  Much as I might like one year or style over the next, all had to be represented.  Second, the songs had to be well-known.  I'll run a second list of the top 100 obscure songs of the Sixties later to satisfy my critics' jones.  And third, I tried to represent as many artists as possible.  Again, the goal was to cover as much of what was the decade's best, which required some hard omissions in favor of other works by that artist.  So, without further ado, here's the list.  It will be posted in 11 parts, from 110 to 1, with You Tube videos so you can hear them for yourselves.  (Why 110?  I just couldn't eliminate any of these songs).  Want the next batch?  There are links at the bottom of the post that will take you to the others.


10.  Steppenwolf - Born To Be Wild
       Steppenwolf                      (1968)





9.  Mamas and the Papas - California Dreamin'
     Can You Believe Your Eyes and Ears (1965)




8.  Marvin Gaye - Heard It Thru The Grapevine
     In The Groove                                          (1968)



7.  Ronettes - Be My Baby
     Ronettes              (1963)



6.  Easybeats - Friday On My Mind
     Friday On My Mind          (1967)





5.  Procol Harem - Whiter Shade Of Pale
     Procol Harem                              (1967)





4.  Bob Dylan - Like A Rolling Stone
     Highway 61 Revisited          (1965)




3.  Beach Boys - God Only Knows
     Pet Sounds                       (1966)





2.  Beatles - A Day In The Life
     Sgt. Peppers               (1967)




1.  Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter
     Let It Bleed                       (1969)






Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 101 - 110
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 91 - 100
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 81 - 90
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 71 - 80
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 61 - 70
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 51 - 60
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 41 - 50
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 31 - 40
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 21 - 30



Sunday, February 15, 2015

Top 110 Songs of the 1960s

Top 110 Songs of the 1960s -  11 - 20



This is the tenth of 11 posts, featuring my list of the top 110 songs of the Sixties.  Up today are numbers 11 to 20 (in reverse order).

20.  Led Zepplin -  Whole Lotta Love
       Led Zepplin 2                      (1969)






19.  Beach Boys -  Good Vibrations
                                                 (1966)




18.  Lovin' Spoonful - Summer In The City
       Hums of the Lovin' Spoonful      (1966)






17.  Jefferson Airplane - Somebody To Love
       Surrealistic Pillow                          (1967)






16.  Temptations -  Ain't Too Proud To Beg
        Gettin' Ready                                (1966)




15.  Who - My Generation
        My Generation  (1965)




14.  Yardbirds - For Your Love
       For Your Love           (1965)




13.  Jimi Hendrix - Purple Haze
       Are You Experienced (1967)




12.  Del Shannon - Runaway
       Runaway with Del Shannon   (1961)




11.  Aretha Franklin - Respect
       I Never Loved A Man The Way I Loved You  (1967)





Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 101 - 110
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 91 - 100
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 81 - 90
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 71 - 80
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 61 - 70
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 51 - 60
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 41 - 50
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 31 - 40
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 21 - 30
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 1 - 10



Thursday, February 12, 2015

Top 110 Songs of the 1960s

Top 110 Songs of the 1960s -  21 - 30



This is the ninth of 11 posts, featuring my list of the top 110 songs of the Sixties.  Up today are numbers 21 to 30 (in reverse order).

30.  Zombies - Time of the Season
       Odessey and Oracle      (1969)





29.  Ray Charles - Hit The Road Jack
                                                     (1961)





28.  Wilson Pickett - In The Midnight Hour
       The Exciting Wilson Pickett        (1966)




27.  Rolling Stones - You Can't Always Get What You Want
       Let It Bleed                                                                 (1969)





26.  Roy Orbison - Pretty Woman
       Orbisongs                      (1964)




25.  Door - Light My Fire
       Doors               (1967)






24.  Kingsmen - Louie Louie
       In Person              (1963)




23.  Patsy Cline   -  I Fall To Pieces
       Patsy Cline Story            (1961)





22.  Byrds - Eight Miles High
       5th Dimension       (1966)




21.  James Brown -  I Got You (I Feel Good)
       I Got You                                        (1965)







Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 101 - 110
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 91 - 100
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 81 - 90
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 71 - 80
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 61 - 70
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 51 - 60
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 41 - 50
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 31 - 40
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 21 - 30
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 11 - 20


Sunday, February 8, 2015

Top 110 Songs of the 1960s

Top 110 Songs of the 1960s -  31 - 40



This is the eighth of 11 posts, featuring my list of the top 110 songs of the Sixties.  Up today are numbers 31 to 40 (in reverse order).

40.  Creedence Clearwater Revival - Fortunate Son
       Willy and the Poor Boys                         (1969)




39.  Turtles - Happy Together
       Happy Together     (1967)




38.  Four Tops - Reach Out (I'll Be There)
       Reach Out                                    (1967)




37.  Beatles - While My Guitar Gently Weeps
       White Album                                    (1968)




36.  Kinks - You Really Got Me
       You Really Got Me   (1964)





35.  Sly and the Family Stone - Dance To The Music
       Dance To The Music                                    (1968)





34.  Otis Redding - Try A Little Tenderness (Live)
       Live In Europe                                         (1967)





33.  Blind Faith - Can't Find My Way Home
       Blind Faith                                      (1969)




32.  Monkees - (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone
       More Of The Monkees                     (1967)






31.  Beatles - Help
       Help     (1965)



Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 101 - 110
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 91 - 100
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 81 - 90
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 71 - 80
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 61 - 70
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 51 - 60
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 41 - 50
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 31 - 40
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 21 - 30
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 11 - 20





Friday, February 6, 2015

Top 110 Songs of the 1960s

Top 110 Songs of the 1960s -  41 - 50



This is the seventth of 11 posts, featuring my list of the top 110 songs of the Sixties.  Up today are numbers 41 to 50 (in reverse order).

50.  Shangri-Las - Leader of the Pack
                                                     (1964)




49.  Janis Joplin - Ball 'n Chain
       Cheap Thrills            (1968)




48.  The Allman Brothers - Whipping Post
       The Allman Brothers Band        (1969)





47.  The Band - Unfaithful Servant
       The Band                         (1969)





46.  Phil Ochs - I Ain't Marching Anymore
       I Ain't Marching Anymore         (1965)






45.  Left Banke - Walk Away Renee
       Walk Away Renee            (1967)




44.  Three Dog Night - One
       One                      (1969)





43.  Nina Simone - Sinnerman
       Pastel Blues             (1965)





42.  Sam & Dave - Soul Man
       Soul Men              (1967)





41.  Righteous Brothers - You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling
                                                                                        (1965)





Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 101 - 110
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 91 - 100
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 81 - 90
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 71 - 80
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 61 - 70
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 51 - 60
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 41 - 50
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 31 - 40
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 21 - 30
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 11 - 20




Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Top 110 Songs of the 1960s

Top 110 Songs of the 1960s -  51 -  60



This is the sixth of 11 posts, featuring my list of the top 110 songs of the Sixties.  Up today are numbers 51 to 60 (in reverse order).

60.  Johnny Rivers - Secret Agent Man
       And I Know You Wanna Dance - 1966




59.  Sergio Mendes and Brasil '66 - Mas Que Nada
       Sergio Mendes and Brasil '66                 (1966)



 


58.  Strawberry Alarm Clock - Incense and Peppermint
       Strawberry Alarm Clock                               (1967)





57.  Animals - House Of The Rising Son
       The Animals                           (1964)




56.  Rolling Stones - Paint It Black
       Aftermath                       (1966)





55.  Spencer Davis Group - I'm A Man
       I'm A Man                             (1967)




54.  Diana Ross and the Supremes - Love Child

       Love Child                                            (1968)





53.  Buffalo Springfield - Mr. Soul
       Buffalo Springfield Again (1967)





52.  Simon & Garfunkel  - Mrs. Robinson
       Bookends                                    (1968)





51.  Dusty Springfield - Son Of A Preacher Man
       Dusty In Memphis                                (1968)





Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 101 - 110
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 91 - 100
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 81 - 90
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 71 - 80
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 61 - 70
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 51 - 60
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 41 - 50
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 31 - 40
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 21 - 30
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 11 - 20