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.


Saturday, February 28, 2015

Zacharias Records - CDs, Athens Greece

Zacharias Records - CDs - 20, Ifestou St., Monastiraki, Athens, 10555 Greece
   Monastiraki Flea Market - Open

I took a trip to Greece recently, and had our flight back to the States delayed.  This gave me an unexpected extra day in Athens.  So we strolled around the Monastiraki Flea Market and to my surprise discovered a large number of record stores.  The best of the lot by far was Zacharias - off to the side of the main drag, it had an excellent selection both of rock, psych, etc., but also a number of Greek records (as to which I confess I am clueless).  Yes, that was the Velvet Underground on the wall, with a partially peeled banana cover.  Worth a trip, if you miss your flight, or have seen the Parthenon enough.















Here's an interview in Ough titled the Good Humor Man He Sees Everything Like This with the owner of the store.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 1 - 10

Top 110 Songs of the 1960s -  1 - 10



This is the eleventh of 11 posts, featuring my list of the top 110 songs of the Sixties.  Up today are numbers 1 to 10 (in reverse order).

To compile this list I followed a few rules - first, the list had to represent the entire decade, both in terms of year and genres.  Much as I might like one year or style over the next, all had to be represented.  Second, the songs had to be well-known.  I'll run a second list of the top 100 obscure songs of the Sixties later to satisfy my critics' jones.  And third, I tried to represent as many artists as possible.  Again, the goal was to cover as much of what was the decade's best, which required some hard omissions in favor of other works by that artist.  So, without further ado, here's the list.  It will be posted in 11 parts, from 110 to 1, with You Tube videos so you can hear them for yourselves.  (Why 110?  I just couldn't eliminate any of these songs).  Want the next batch?  There are links at the bottom of the post that will take you to the others.


10.  Steppenwolf - Born To Be Wild
       Steppenwolf                      (1968)





9.  Mamas and the Papas - California Dreamin'
     Can You Believe Your Eyes and Ears (1965)




8.  Marvin Gaye - Heard It Thru The Grapevine
     In The Groove                                          (1968)



7.  Ronettes - Be My Baby
     Ronettes              (1963)



6.  Easybeats - Friday On My Mind
     Friday On My Mind          (1967)





5.  Procol Harem - Whiter Shade Of Pale
     Procol Harem                              (1967)





4.  Bob Dylan - Like A Rolling Stone
     Highway 61 Revisited          (1965)




3.  Beach Boys - God Only Knows
     Pet Sounds                       (1966)





2.  Beatles - A Day In The Life
     Sgt. Peppers               (1967)




1.  Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter
     Let It Bleed                       (1969)






Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 101 - 110
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 91 - 100
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 81 - 90
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 71 - 80
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 61 - 70
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 51 - 60
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 41 - 50
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 31 - 40
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 21 - 30



Sunday, February 15, 2015

Top 110 Songs of the 1960s

Top 110 Songs of the 1960s -  11 - 20



This is the tenth of 11 posts, featuring my list of the top 110 songs of the Sixties.  Up today are numbers 11 to 20 (in reverse order).

20.  Led Zepplin -  Whole Lotta Love
       Led Zepplin 2                      (1969)






19.  Beach Boys -  Good Vibrations
                                                 (1966)




18.  Lovin' Spoonful - Summer In The City
       Hums of the Lovin' Spoonful      (1966)






17.  Jefferson Airplane - Somebody To Love
       Surrealistic Pillow                          (1967)






16.  Temptations -  Ain't Too Proud To Beg
        Gettin' Ready                                (1966)




15.  Who - My Generation
        My Generation  (1965)




14.  Yardbirds - For Your Love
       For Your Love           (1965)




13.  Jimi Hendrix - Purple Haze
       Are You Experienced (1967)




12.  Del Shannon - Runaway
       Runaway with Del Shannon   (1961)




11.  Aretha Franklin - Respect
       I Never Loved A Man The Way I Loved You  (1967)





Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 101 - 110
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 91 - 100
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 81 - 90
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 71 - 80
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 61 - 70
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 51 - 60
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 41 - 50
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 31 - 40
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 21 - 30
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 1 - 10



Thursday, February 12, 2015

Top 110 Songs of the 1960s

Top 110 Songs of the 1960s -  21 - 30



This is the ninth of 11 posts, featuring my list of the top 110 songs of the Sixties.  Up today are numbers 21 to 30 (in reverse order).

30.  Zombies - Time of the Season
       Odessey and Oracle      (1969)





29.  Ray Charles - Hit The Road Jack
                                                     (1961)





28.  Wilson Pickett - In The Midnight Hour
       The Exciting Wilson Pickett        (1966)




27.  Rolling Stones - You Can't Always Get What You Want
       Let It Bleed                                                                 (1969)





26.  Roy Orbison - Pretty Woman
       Orbisongs                      (1964)




25.  Door - Light My Fire
       Doors               (1967)






24.  Kingsmen - Louie Louie
       In Person              (1963)




23.  Patsy Cline   -  I Fall To Pieces
       Patsy Cline Story            (1961)





22.  Byrds - Eight Miles High
       5th Dimension       (1966)




21.  James Brown -  I Got You (I Feel Good)
       I Got You                                        (1965)







Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 101 - 110
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 91 - 100
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 81 - 90
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 71 - 80
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 61 - 70
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 51 - 60
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 41 - 50
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 31 - 40
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 21 - 30
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 11 - 20


Sunday, February 8, 2015

Top 110 Songs of the 1960s

Top 110 Songs of the 1960s -  31 - 40



This is the eighth of 11 posts, featuring my list of the top 110 songs of the Sixties.  Up today are numbers 31 to 40 (in reverse order).

40.  Creedence Clearwater Revival - Fortunate Son
       Willy and the Poor Boys                         (1969)




39.  Turtles - Happy Together
       Happy Together     (1967)




38.  Four Tops - Reach Out (I'll Be There)
       Reach Out                                    (1967)




37.  Beatles - While My Guitar Gently Weeps
       White Album                                    (1968)




36.  Kinks - You Really Got Me
       You Really Got Me   (1964)





35.  Sly and the Family Stone - Dance To The Music
       Dance To The Music                                    (1968)





34.  Otis Redding - Try A Little Tenderness (Live)
       Live In Europe                                         (1967)





33.  Blind Faith - Can't Find My Way Home
       Blind Faith                                      (1969)




32.  Monkees - (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone
       More Of The Monkees                     (1967)






31.  Beatles - Help
       Help     (1965)



Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 101 - 110
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 91 - 100
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 81 - 90
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 71 - 80
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 61 - 70
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 51 - 60
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 41 - 50
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 31 - 40
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 21 - 30
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 11 - 20





Friday, February 6, 2015

Top 110 Songs of the 1960s

Top 110 Songs of the 1960s -  41 - 50



This is the seventth of 11 posts, featuring my list of the top 110 songs of the Sixties.  Up today are numbers 41 to 50 (in reverse order).

50.  Shangri-Las - Leader of the Pack
                                                     (1964)




49.  Janis Joplin - Ball 'n Chain
       Cheap Thrills            (1968)




48.  The Allman Brothers - Whipping Post
       The Allman Brothers Band        (1969)





47.  The Band - Unfaithful Servant
       The Band                         (1969)





46.  Phil Ochs - I Ain't Marching Anymore
       I Ain't Marching Anymore         (1965)






45.  Left Banke - Walk Away Renee
       Walk Away Renee            (1967)




44.  Three Dog Night - One
       One                      (1969)





43.  Nina Simone - Sinnerman
       Pastel Blues             (1965)





42.  Sam & Dave - Soul Man
       Soul Men              (1967)





41.  Righteous Brothers - You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling
                                                                                        (1965)





Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 101 - 110
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 91 - 100
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 81 - 90
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 71 - 80
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 61 - 70
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 51 - 60
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 41 - 50
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 31 - 40
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 21 - 30
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 11 - 20




Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Top 110 Songs of the 1960s

Top 110 Songs of the 1960s -  51 -  60



This is the sixth of 11 posts, featuring my list of the top 110 songs of the Sixties.  Up today are numbers 51 to 60 (in reverse order).

60.  Johnny Rivers - Secret Agent Man
       And I Know You Wanna Dance - 1966




59.  Sergio Mendes and Brasil '66 - Mas Que Nada
       Sergio Mendes and Brasil '66                 (1966)



 


58.  Strawberry Alarm Clock - Incense and Peppermint
       Strawberry Alarm Clock                               (1967)





57.  Animals - House Of The Rising Son
       The Animals                           (1964)




56.  Rolling Stones - Paint It Black
       Aftermath                       (1966)





55.  Spencer Davis Group - I'm A Man
       I'm A Man                             (1967)




54.  Diana Ross and the Supremes - Love Child

       Love Child                                            (1968)





53.  Buffalo Springfield - Mr. Soul
       Buffalo Springfield Again (1967)





52.  Simon & Garfunkel  - Mrs. Robinson
       Bookends                                    (1968)





51.  Dusty Springfield - Son Of A Preacher Man
       Dusty In Memphis                                (1968)





Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 101 - 110
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 91 - 100
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 81 - 90
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 71 - 80
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 61 - 70
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 51 - 60
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 41 - 50
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 31 - 40
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 21 - 30
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 11 - 20




Monday, February 2, 2015

Top 110 Songs of the 1960s

Top 110 Songs of the 1960s -  61 - 70

This is the fifth of 11 posts, featuring my list of the top 110 songs of the Sixties.  Up today are numbers 61 to 70 (in reverse order).

70.  Joao Gilberto/Stan Getz - Girl From Ipanema
       Getz/Gilberto                                        (1963)





69.  Ike and Tina Turner -  River Deep Mountain High
       River Deep Mountain High                          (1966)







68.  Love -  Alone Again Or
       Forever Changes (1967)





67.  Deep Purple - Hush
       Shades of Deep Purple (1968)





66.  Spirit - I Got A Line On You
       The Family That Plays Together  (1968)




65.  Rolling Stones -  Sympathy For The Devil
       Beggars Banquet                               (1968)







64.  Beatles - Yesterday
       Yesterday and Today  (1966)






63.  BB King - The Thrill Is Gone
       Completely Well            (1969)





62.  Dusty Springfield - The Look Of Love
       Casino Royale (Soundtrack)      (1967)




61.  Aretha Franklin -  Chain Of Fools

       Lady Soul                              (1967)






Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 101 - 110
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 91 - 100
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 81 - 90
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 71 - 80
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 61 - 70
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 51 - 60
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 41 - 50
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 31 - 40
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 21 - 30
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 11 - 20





Saturday, January 31, 2015

Top 110 Songs of the 1960s

Top 110 Songs of the 1960s -  71 - 80

This is the fourth of 11 posts, featuring my list of the top 110 songs of the Sixties.  Up today are numbers 71 to 80 (in reverse order).

80.  Jackie Wilson - (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher
                                                                                                             (1967)








79.  13th Floor Elevators - You're Gonna Miss Me
       The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators (1966)





78.  Sly and the Family Stone - Everybody Is A Star
       Greatest Hits                                                (1969)




77.  The Capitols - Cool Jerk
        Dance The Cool Jerk  (1966)





76.  Tammy Wynette - Stand By Your Man
                                                               (1968)





75.  Hair -  Let The Sunshine In
       Soundtrack                 (1968)





74.  Kinks - Tired Of Waiting For You
       Kinda Kinks                          (1965)






73.  The Who  - I Can See For Miles

        Sell Out                             (1967)





72.  Cream - White Room
       Wheels Of Fire (1968)





71.  David Bowie - Space Oddity
       Space Oddity              (1969)







Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 101 - 110
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 91 - 100
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 81 - 90
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 71 - 80
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 61 - 70
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 51 - 60
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 41 - 50
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 31 - 40
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 21 - 30

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Top 110 Songs of the 1960s

Top 110 Songs of the 1960s -  81- 90 

This is the third of 11 posts, featuring my list of the top 110 songs of the sixties.  Up today are numbers 81 to 90 (in reverse order).

90.  Koko Taylor -  Wang Dang Doodle
                                                   (1965)






89.  Small Faces -  Itchycoo Park
       There Are But Four Small Faces (1967)





88.  Association -  Along Comes Mary
       And Then .... Along Comes The Association  (1966)





87.  Neil Diamond - Solitary Man
       The Feel Of Neil Diamond  (1966)






86.  Pink Floyd - Paintbox
       Relics                (1967)






85.  Beatles - A Hard Day's Night
       A Hard Day's Night      (1964)





84.  Paul Revere and the Raiders - Kicks
       Midnight Ride                           (1966)




83.  Velvet Underground - Heroin
       Velvet Underground & Nico (1967)





82.  Jimi Hendrix -  All Along The Watchtower
       Electric Ladyland                              (1968)





81.  Bee Gees - I Gotta Get A Message To You
       Idea                                                     (1968)






Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 101 - 110
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 91 - 100
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 81 - 90
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 71 - 80
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 61 - 70
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 51 - 60
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 41 - 50
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 31 - 40
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 21 - 30
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 11 - 20



Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Top 110 Songs of the 1960s

Top 110 Songs of the 1960s -  91 - 100

This is the second of 11 posts, featuring my list of the top 110 songs of the sixties.  Up today are numbers 91 to 100 (in reverse order).

100.  Norman Greenbaum - Spirit In The Sky
         Spirit In The Sky                         (1969)






99.  Neil Young -  Down By The River
       Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere  (1969)






98.  Bob Dylan - Just Like A Woman
       Blonde on Blonde               (1966)





97.  Buffalo Springfield  -  For What Its Worth
       Buffalo Springfield                             (1967)





96.  Chicago - Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?
       Chicago Transit Authority                                       (1969)





95.  Jimi Henrix -  Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
       Electric Ladyland                                  (1968)






94.  Aretha Franklin -  Think
       Aretha Now            (1968)






93.  Blood Sweat & Tears -  God Bless The Child
       Blood Sweat & Tears                            (1968)





92.  Grateful Dead - That's It For The Other One
       Anthem of the Sun                                  (1968)






91.  Booker T & the MGs  -  Green Onions
       Green Onions                               (1962)






Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 101 - 110
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 91 - 100
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 81 - 90
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 71 - 80
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 61 - 70
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 51 - 60
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 41 - 50
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 31 - 40
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 21 - 30

Monday, January 26, 2015

Top 110 Songs of the 1960s

Top 110 Songs Of The 1960s  -  101 - 110

Today we give you something new - a list of the top 110 songs of the 1960s.  To compile this list I followed a few rules - first, the list had to represent the entire decade, both in terms of year and genres.  Much as I might like one year or style over the next, all had to be represented.  Second, the songs had to be well-known.  I'll run a second list of the top 100 obscure songs of the Sixties later to satisfy my critics' jones.  And third, I tried to represent as many artists as possible.  Again, the goal was to cover as much of what was the decade's best, which required some hard omissions in favor of other works by that artist.  So, without further ado, here's the list.  It will be posted in 11 parts, from 110 to 1, with You Tube videos so you can hear them for yourselves.  (Why 110?  I just couldn't eliminate any of these songs).  Want the next batch?  Theres a link at the bottom of the post that will take you to 91 - 100.

110.  Bob Dylan - It's All Over Now, Baby Blue 
         Bringing It All Back Home              (1965)




109.  Smokey Robinson -  Tears Of A Clown
         Make It Happen                           (1967)






108.  Howlin' Wolf - Spoonful
         Howlin' Wolf          (1960)






107.  Dick Dale -  Misirlou
         Surfer's Choice   (1962)







106.  Etta James -  At Last
                                   (1960)



   
105.  Desmond Dekker - Israelites
         This Is Desmond Dekker  (1969)







104.  John Lee Hooker  -  Boom Boom Boom
         Urban Blues                                  (1967)






It wasn't the version I was looking for (which is on Urban Blues in 1967), but it will do for now.

103.. Isley Brothers -  It's Your Thing
         It's Our Thing                   (1969)





102.   Bobbie Gentry  -  Ode To Billy Joe
          Ode To Billy Joe                    (1967)






101.  Simon & Garfunkel  -  Sounds of Silence
         Sounds of Silence                             (1966)







Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 91 - 100

Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 81 - 90
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 71 - 80
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 61 - 70
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 51 - 60
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 41 - 50
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 31 - 40
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 21 - 30
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 11 - 20
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 1 - 11

Monday, January 12, 2015

Song of the Day

Shangri-Las -  Give Him A Great Big Kiss

Today's Song of the Day is from those lovely ladies from Queens, the Shangri-Las - Give Him A Great Big Kiss.  A classic 60's Girl Group song, they were ably supported by Shadow Morton, who lead them to a number one hit with Leader of the Pack - the 'live' video for that, featuring Robert Goulet as the motorcyclist is priceless.  This song was later covered by Johnny Thunders, among others.


Earwax, Brooklyn (Williamsburg) New York

Earwax, Brooklyn, New York

Open - 167 North 9th Street Brooklyn New York  11211

Next up on my Brooklyn record store day is Earwax.  A long time denizen of Williamsburg, this small(ish) shop was here long before the hipsters who now come to buy its records.   They were playing a cool Isley Brothers record I hadn't heard before (no, not Shout), 1971's Givin It Back, with the Isley's take on a number of songs by Bob Dylan, Stephen Stills, Neil Young and Jimi Hendrix among others.  Got a cheap copy of a Black Uhuru record I was always looking for, Red.

Earwax Record Store Willamsburg Brooklyn New York





Here's a link to a video interview of the store's co-owner Fabio Roberti, describing his store, its history, and that of Williamsburg.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Song of the Day

Dave Matthews Band - Two Step

Today's Song of the Day is Two Step by the Dave Matthews Band.  A jam band in the tradition of the Grateful Dead and Phish, this is one of my personal favorites, with a great jamming intro.  From 1997's Crash, its a mixture of folk, world beat, and jazz rolled up in one stew.


Sunday, January 4, 2015

The Vinyl Resting Place, Portland Oregon

The Vinyl Resting Place, Portland Oregon
  Open - 8332 N. Lombard Street Portland Oregon 97203

Here's another one of the stores I visited on my trip to Oregon in the summer of 2014. A smaller store, it had a good selection of rock, jazz and blues, as well as some old 'collectors' items from the 60s and late 50s.  Definitely worth a visit.  It too was featured in the handy guide to Portland's record stores.  Love the name.

Vinyl Resting Place Record Store Portland Oregon

Vinyl Resting Place Record Store Portland Oregon