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, September 14, 2016

Love - Alone Again Or

Song of the Day

Today's Song of the Day is Love - Alone Again Or from Love's classic 1967 album Forever Changes. One of the great underappreciated albums of the '60s, its a 5 star record on All Music, and 40 on Rolling Stone's 2003 list of the top 500 albums of all time.

This is a mixture of folk and psych, with a haunting mariachi trumpet and strings thrown in.  This is the last record made by the band's original lineup, a bi-racial group lead by Arthur Lee, guitarist Bryan MacLean, who wrote this song, Johnny Echols on lead guitar, Ken Forssi on bass and Michael Stuart on drums.

The album is highly recommended, and features a number of great songs.

The song has been covered a number of times, including by Calexico in 2004, and the Damned in 1987.

I've also included the band's appearance on the Dick Clark show in 1966, doing A Message To Pretty, from their first album.  This is a haunting folk rock balad.

Don't stop here, as there is much to explore on each of the first three albums.  Signed DC, My Little Red Book, She Comes in Colors, Andmoreagain, and A House Is Not A Motel to name a few.

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