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, October 3, 2014

Song of the Day

The Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter

Today's Song of the Day is the Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter.  Written largely by Keith Richards, it features one of his best guitar riff intros, which is quite a feat given the many great intros he has written.  The chick vocal is by Merry Clayton, who tells quite a story about the recording session.

This is from 1969's Let It Bleed, and to me has always symbolized the end of the 60's - gone are the tight harmonies of mid 60's AM pop, the love power of 1967, and the psychedelia that followed,  It is replaced by dark images of the Vietnam war, and assassinations.  One of my all time favorite Stones' songs, it has always been number one on my personal Stones playlist.

The video below is very interesting, featuring a number of disturbing images from the late 60s set against the song.


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