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 or click on the green (open) or red (closed) marker in the map below. Expanding the map will reveal more stores in the same city.

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 27, 2018

Vinyl Guru

Vinyl Guru - 152 Broadway Newport Rhode Island 02840

A small shop opened in 2014, it has a typical assortment of rock, jazz, blues and soul records, with one exception.  There, in the back, behind the counter, on a shelf, in all its glory, stood a first press of the Flat Earth Society's 1968 psych record Waleeco on Fleetwood.  Typically, this record sells for between $300 and $400.  Alas, our friendly proprietor both knew what it was worth, and was already in discussions to sell it to another willing to pay the price.  He told me he had bought it for the princely sum of $1 at Supersavers (a local thrift shop) which made sense, as the Flat Earth Society was a Boston based band.  And there you have one of the reasons we go to record stores - the thrill of the hunt for a record such as this.  Well, maybe I'll find it in the next store .....

Here's a link to a September 2014 story titled Ode To A Time (Before Their Own) on the with a brief interview with the store's owner on the shop and its founding.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

John Doe Records And Books

John Doe Records And Books -  434 Warren Street, Hudson New York  12534

For my money, the best record store the Hudson Valley has to offer.  Its crammed with a bit of everything, including books if you're so inclined.  As Hudson has gone upscale(ish) it (and its extra p) reminds you of what it used to be.  Worth a trip if you're in the area.

John Doe Record and Books - Hudson New York - store front

Here's an article from HV1 in October 2014, Meet John Doe Hudson's Mysterious Record Shopppe interviewing store owner Dan Seward about the store and its history, which apparently involves many different locations over the years.

And another from Rural Intelligence The Rural We: Daniel Seward with a picture of Daniel Seward and one of his store's old locations (also in Hudson).

And here's a You Tube interview with a satisfied customer, describing some jazz records he bought at the store.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Dusty Groove

Dusty Groove - 1120 North Ashland Ave.,  Wicker Park, Chicago, IL  60622

Next up on my tour of Chicago's finest was the veritable Dusty Groove.  Not your typical used record store, it featured a heavy dose of non-rock, non-common records.  Go for the blues, jazz, soul, funk, latin, disco, African, Brazilian or world music, if that's your taste.  Personally, I went for the Tropicalia, and was pleased to see a large selection of reissues and original presses.

It was featured in Rolling Stone's 2010 list of the best 31 record stores in the US.  It also has it's own Wikipedia page, describing the founding of the store and its history.  And quite a website too, I'm told.

Dusty Groove Wicker Park Chicago Illinois - Store Front

Here's a video titled Record Store Day at Dusty Groove from April 2012 to give you a better idea of what the store has to offer (by Black Rider Films).

And from Tap Records, here's an interview with Rick Wojcik, one of the store's owners, about the store and its history.

And what did I get while I was there?  I thought you'd never ask -

First up was Gal Costa's 1969 Tropicalia classic Gal Costa (Cinema Olympia) - a reissue -

Gal Costa (Cinema Olympia)

You can give a listen to Cinema Olympia to get a taste of this Brazilian classic.

Next up was Gilberto Gil's 1967 debut album Louvacao - just before the tropicalia sound was created.


This one was a first press.

And to round it out a blues comp album on Charly (a great blues reissue label from England) Freddy King Takin' Care of Business

Worth it for Have You Ever Loved A Woman alone - you know Eric Clapton has listened to this one.

And for good measure here's a smokin' live version of Freddie King doing Have You Ever Loved A Woman from Europe in the 1970s.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Dave's Records

Dave's Records - 2604 North Clark Street,  Lincoln Park, Chicago Ill.  60614

Rated as one of the country's top record stores by both Rolling Stone in 2010 and Hi-Consumption in 2016 (and I'm sure many others) this is a true record store - small and jam packed with quality vinyl.  The shop has been owned and operated by Dave Crain (pictured below) for the last 15 or so years and the sign on the front door (on a seven inch) says it all "No CDs.  Never had 'em.  Never will."  So how do you like your vinyl?  New and unopened?  Used and cheap?  Something a little tastier off the high end menu?  It's all here. 

Dave's Records Lincoln Park Chicago Illinois Store Front

Got some really nice picture sleeve 45's (quite reasonably priced) including the Raybeats Guitar Beat (pictured above), the Cure's Why Can't I Be You, Pinball Wizard by the Who, and Clocks by Coldplay.

Now, how did I get here?  I'd already been to three (good) Chicago record stores this weekend, where I was at a wedding with my wife.  A fourth would definitely be pushing my luck.  But as luck would have it, we had time for one more (quick) tour, and picked Lincoln Park and the Elk's Museum.  We were supposed to see this

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But as fate would have it, the Museum was closed, and so we took a stroll around Lincoln Park.  And what do you think we found?  I didn't know it was there.  Honest.

Kind of like that famous Fugs album

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Here's an article that appeared in DNA info in 2015 Dave of Dave's Records: It's Bigger Than Christmas interviewing Dave about the then upcoming Record Store Day.

And here's a you tube video Get It On Vinyl Visits Dave's Record Store interviewing Dave and discussing the store and it's history.

In the immortal words of Ahnald -  I'll be back.