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, December 31, 2014

Fats Waller - Your Feets Too Big

Song of the Day

Today's Song of the Day is by the immortal Fats Waller - Your Feets Too Big.
Two versions of the song are featured below - the first is the original 1939 recording, set to a cartoon.  And the second, a live version from 1941.  Waller was both an accomplished jazz pianist, who played stride style, and a comedic performer of immense girth.  Here, he is performing a light song written by Fred Fisher and Ada Benson that closes with Waller's immortal catch phrase - One Never Knows, Do One.  Waller died very young of pneumonia on a cross-country train trip at 39.

And here is another version, performed live by Fats Waller in 1941.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Lou Reed - Dirty Boulevard

Song of the Day

Today's Song of the Day is Lou Reed - Dirty Boulevard.  Long past his tour with the Velvet Underground, Reed rises again here as he (mostly) talks and (sometimes) sings his way through this bleak ode to New York's poor.  A simple three chord progression, this one is mostly about the words, over a stripped down backing  with a soulful embellishment at the end.  From 1988's New York, this one fared well on the modern radio charts.  It has a backing vocal by none other than Dion (Dimucci).

"No one here dreams of being a doctor or a lawyer or anything
They dream of dealing on the dirty boulevard"

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Free - All Right Now

Song of the Day

Today's Song of the Day is by Free - All Right Now.  A massive hit in 1970, this one is no secret - just in the mood for some good rock n roll.  Great bass line, great lead guitar, great vocal.  Sorry for the video, but couldn't find anything better with the right version of this hit.  Paul Rodgers, the lead singer, went on the form bad company.  Unfortunately, Paul Kossoff, the guitarist, died way before his time at 25.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Housemartins - Happy Hour

Song of the Day

Today's Song of the Day is from England's Housemartins - Happy Hour. From 1986's London 0 Hull 4 (a football score for those in the US who have no clue, like me),  Its alternative, described as jangle pop with a soul vocal.  Upbeat and catchy.  The video is quite good, but you'll have to wait a little before the song starts. The band gave birth to Beautiful South and Fatboy Slim.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Howard Tate - Ain't Nobody Home

Song of the Day

Today's Song of the Day features a trio of tunes from Howard Tate.  The first two, Ain't Nobody Home and Get It While You Can, are from his 1966 album Get It While You Can.  The third, 8 Days On The Road, is from 1972's Howard Tate.

Soul, sounding a lot like Otis Redding. Howard Tate shows just how hard the music business is.  His first album in particular, where he teamed with writer/producer Jerry Ragovoy (he wrote Time Is On My Side by the Rolling Stones), is chock full of great soul that should have launched a long and successful career.  Ain't Nobody Home was a minor Rnb hit, but the album went nowhere, as did two subsequent attempts.

But its here for you now.  If you like soul, these are damn fine records, and there is more where that came from.