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.


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Record Mart Times Square Subway Station New York City

Record Mart Times Square Subway Station New York City

  Open -  featuring Latin and Jazz CDs, including Salsa.  So I ran down the steps to the 7, the doors open and jump into the train - only to find that it isn't going to go anywhere due to signal problems.  Off the train, up the steps, I get onto the Shuttle instead to Times Square - which I never do.  Get out, head for the 1 and what do I see?  Yup, the Record Mart - underground in Times Square Subway Station.  Salsa blaring on the video screen.  CDs only, but a nice collection if you like Latin or Jazz.  Happy hunting.



Here's a story that appeared in the New York Times titled Beneath the Roar of the Subway an Old Familiar Rhythm Return on December 19, 2007 about Record Mart and its reopening.

Want to see something else?  I've put together a list of the Top 110 Songs of the 1960s complete with You Tube videos so you can give a listen.  Are your favorites on the list?

Record Mart Times Square Subway Station New York City

Record Mart Times Square Subway Station New York City
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Record Mart Times Square Subway Station New York City

Record Mart Times Square Subway Station New York City
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Record Mart Times Square Subway Station New York City

Record Mart Times Square Subway Station New York City
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Record Mart Times Square Subway Station New York City

Record Mart Times Square Subway Station New York City
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Record Mart Times Square Subway Station New York City

Record Mart Times Square Subway Subway Station New York City
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Record Mart Times Square Subway Station New York City

Record Mart  Times Square Subway Station New York City
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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Playlist Psych 1

Psych 1 Playlist

Here's a fine collectiion of psychedelic songs from the sixties featuring Love, Sweetwater, Pink Floyd and the Jefferson Airplane, among others.  There is a link at the end to a You Tube playlist, where you can hear them all in a row.  Or you can click on the list below and hear them individually.  I couldn't find all the Sweetwater songs on You Tube, so you will have to search for them yourself.

Love She Comes In Colours
Love Alone Again Or
Love A House Is Not A Motel
Love Andmoreagain
Love The Daily Planet
Love Old Man
Love The Red Telephone
Love Signed D.C.
Sweetwater Motherless Child
Sweetwater  Here We Go Again
Sweetwater What's Wrong*  (This is not the version I wanted but the only one I could find).
Sweetwater   Two Worlds
Jefferson Airplane Triad
Jefferson Airplane The Ballad Of You & Me & Pooneil
Pink Floyd Paintbox
Pink Floyd Remember A Day
Pink Floyd Arnold Layne
Pink Floyd See Emily Play
Byrds Eight Miles High
Move Blackberry Way
Janis Joplin Summertime



If you want to listen to this playlist, simply click on this link.  <iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/videoseries?list=PL7B7680F5F71DD0AD&amp;hl=en_US" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>  I couldn't find all of the Sweetwater songs so you will have to look for them yourself.  Happy hunting.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Other Music Greenwich Village New York City

Other Music Greenwich Village New York City
    Closed

Other Music Greenwich Village New York City

Other Music Greenwich Village New York City
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Other Music Greenwich Village New York City

Other Music Greenwich Village New York City
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Other Music Greenwich Village New York City

Other Music Greenwich Village New York City
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Other Music Greenwich Village New York City

Other Music Greenwich Village New York City
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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Recent Acquisitions

Recent Acquisitions
    Here are some records (and admittedly one cd) I bought recently.  While the Wallflower Complexion is not an original, the Ill Wind - Flashes and Buzzcocks - Singles Going Steady (one of my favorite records) are.


Monday, August 6, 2012

Sounds St. Marks Place Greenwich Village New York City

Sounds  20 St. Marks Place Greenwich Village New York City
  Closed.

When I went there in August 2012, when I originally wrote this post, it was but a shell of its old self, It had mostly cds and just a few records in the back.

But now, even that is gone.  Here's a Sept. 21, 2015 in the blog EV Grieve The Last Record Store On St. Marks Place Is Closing announcing its sad departure.

But back in the day, it was filled with used records everywhere.  I bought so many records there, I could even begin to name them all.  One of my personal favorites was by Earl Hooker - There's a Fungus Amung us - a great blues record from 1972 that sounds a lot like Booker T.






This was all that remained of their record collection in 2012.



Ah, dig the purple Sounds price tag.  How many records do I have the bear that?


Here's a link to a story by Binky Phillips titled Stars In A Record Store that recently appeared in the Huffington Post about various stars who visited Sounds back in the day.  Hey, how come he didn't mention me?

Sounds St. Marks Place Greenwich Village New York City

Sounds St. Marks Place Greenwich Village New York City
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Sounds St. Marks Place Greenwich Village New York City

Sounds St. Marks Place Greenwich Village New York City
   This was once full of records.  All of these bins and more.  Now its only cds.

Sounds St. Marks Place Greenwich Village New York

Sounds St. Marks Place Greenwich Village New York City
     All that remains of their records.


Sunday, August 5, 2012

Gimme Gimme Records East Village New York City

Gimme Gimme Records East Village New York City
   Open.  Recently went to Gimme Gimme, a real record store featuring plenty of vinyl, both lps and 45s.  The store has a turntable so you can listen to your selections before you buy, and a lot of $1 records if you feel like hunting for a bargin.  And plenty of well organized records too, by genre.  Will go back.


Gimme Gimme Records East Village New York City

Gimme Gimme Records East Village New York City
 

Gimme Gimme Records East Village New York City

Gimme Gimme Records East Village New York City
   

Gimme Gimme Records East Village New York City

Gimme Gimmi Records East Village New York City
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Gimme Gimme Records East Village New York City

Gimme Gimme Records East Village New York City
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Gimme Gimme Records East Village New York City

Gimme Gimme Records East Village NYC
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