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, May 16, 2014

Song of the Day

Elliot Smith - Cupid's Trick

Today's song of the day is from Elliott Smith - Cupid's Trick.  From 1997's Either/Or, this is a bit more rockin' Alternative than usual from Elliott Smith, a great and under appreciated artist who died way to young.  He plays all the instruments on this one, and his thin-reed voice leads the proceedings.  Not as much here, but in many other songs, seems like a descendent of Nick Drake, a folk legend of the late 60s who also died tragically young.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Song of the Day

Beck - Song Reader

The great Beck (Hansen) in 2012 published a book of sheet music, containing 20 new (and great) songs.  Rather than put them on his own album, he gave them to the world first to have a go at interpreting them.  He has done some live shows of the material, with others, but he's given all an opportunity to put their mark on these songs.  Imagine getting a John Lennon/Paul McCartney song before they did it.

Here are some great versions of the songs on the album - some by Beck himself.

Beck - Title of this Song

Great version - accompanied by cool video of awesome skateboarders bombing downhill.  Any one know who is singing?

Beck - Do We? We Do

Beck and friends performing Do We?  We Do - in London in 2013.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Song of the Day

Specials - A Message To You Rudy

Today's song of the day is from the Specials - A Message To You Rudy.  One of a number of great ska songs from this 2 Tone ska revival group, this one was originally written by Dandy Livingstone in 1967 and sported a slightly different title (Rudy, A Message To You).  Great trombone solo and rocksteady beat, this video features the band as it presented to the public when it was first formed - repelete with 60's mod style 'rude boy' outfits - including porkpie hats. 

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.