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.


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Mississippi Records, Portland Oregon

Mississippi Records, Portland Oregon
  Open - 5202 N. Albina Ave. Portland Oregon  97217

Made a trip to Portland Oregon this summer, and visited a number of record stores.  Thought Mississippi Records was the best.  A small shop, but a lot of great records (and plenty of traffic in the store). Good selection, many genres and, most important for the discerning record collector, cheap prices. They also sell vintage equipment, and have a record label.  And you can give a listen before you buy.

Portland is a very friendly record store town, with a number of good ones to choose from.  Portland's stores also have chipped in to provide a handy guide to all the local stores.

Have to thank The Vinyl Record Collector Blog, who did a great post on Portland record stores which I used as a helpful guide to my own local tour.  You'll find a link to their article on Portland's record stores, below.

This record store was also listed in a post on Buzz Feed - 27 Breathtaking Record Stores You Have To Shop Before You Die as well as a recent article in USA Today on the Ten Best Record Stores In The USA.  Heady company.

Found some really good records, as you will see below.  Most happy with the copy of Elliot Smith's Either/Or - haven't seen one before or since.

An article informs that Mississippi Records got its name because it was originally on Mississippi Avenue when it was opened.  It isn't now.

Another good store I visited on my trip was The Vinyl Resting Place.


Mississippi Records Record Store Portland Oregon








Vinyl Record Collector's Blog wrote this most helpful article about Portland's record stores.  Their recommendations were spot on.

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