Record Store Finds, V1.0

Posted by: admin on July 13, 2009 @ 9:24 am
Filed under: Culture, Listening

I have been wanting to do a post like this for awhile now. Thanks to Ethan @ Do The Math for posting his finds and putting the idea back into my head.

The record store is still a place where I love to hang. Music you don’t usually know playing a little too loud while you dive into the bins trying to find the deal of the century – you know, that original mono pressing of an early Zappa album for $.99. More likely, you’ll be luckier with that at a thrift shop where things like that slip through the cracks. Maybe it’s my love of High Fidelity that keeps me going in. Or maybe it’s just that I’m one of those guys who still loves the feeling you get when you drop the needle or press play on something you’ve never heard.

With everyone saying that retail is dead, I’ve been making a concerted effort to support at least 2 of my 4 favorite Chicago record stores every month – Dusty Groove on Ashland, Permanent Records on Chicago Ave, Reckless Records (all 3 locations), and of course Jazz Record Mart. Not that I continue to grasp at the music industry of the past. I just really dig the time spent there. Records stores are like my saloon, I guess – I spend a little too much time there, and when I get home, sometimes I can’t figure out where all my money went.  And lately, each of these stores have had a lot of people shopping.  Good to see.

Anyway, this past weekend, I went to Permanent and the Reckless on Broadway. My finds are below.

@ Permanent Records

Paul Bley & Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen, Inner City LP – $5.99
Great record of duets from 1976.

Jimmy Giuffre, Tangents in Jazz LP – $6.99
I’ve been on the lookout for Giuffre records since DD turned me onto him earlier this year. Phenomenal record. One of the best of his that I’ve heard.

@ Reckless Records on Broadway

Grachan Moncur III, New Africa LP [Actuel 21] = $7.99
Grachan Moncur III, aco dei de madrugada LP [Actuel 33] – $7.99
Both of these reissues on the French label are usually well over $15, sometimes up to $25. Both are fabulous, especially New Africa which features Alan Silva, Archie Shepp, Roscoe Mitchell, Dave Burrell, and Andrew Cyrille.

Paul Bley & Scorpio, s/t LP – $6.99
Out of print from what I could find. Great Bley fusion from 1972.

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Hard Promises LP – $3.99
I was planning on buying the new MBV: Before Loveless LP, but they didn’t have it in yet. Couldn’t walk out of the store without a rock record, so Petty it is. Mike Campbell wails on this one, though nothing showy about it. One of my favorite rock guitarists. So tasteful.

All-in-all a good weekend of purchases. More to add to the shelf this week I’m sure.

Feel free to pass on any finds of your own. Or new music you’ve been listening to.  I’ll be sure to do the same.


  1. Yeah, record shopping is the best! The hard part is trying to walk out while staying within your budget – especially when the socially-awkward record store employee who knows what you like keeps suggesting stuff.

    I picked up that Giuffre Tangents in Jazz a few years ago. What an amazing record – way ahead of its time, and Jack Sheldon is smoking on there. Plus it was never re-released on CD unless you have the complete Giuffre Mosaic set.

    Current listening – streaming audio from Tons of live sets from tons of artists.

    Latest purchase: Denver trumpeter Ron Miles – Laughing Barrel. Love Ron Miles!

    Comment by Bart — July 13, 2009 @ 10:58 am

  2. Man, great site over there at Small’s. Good sound quality, too. Been listening the last couple days. Thanks for passing that on, Bart.

    Comment by Jim Tuerk — July 14, 2009 @ 1:58 pm

  3. I grew up hanging around the two used book&records shops in my home town, not to mention the pawn shops were I picked up my first Zeppelin, Chicago, Ziggy Marley and all sorts of random stuff. You can’t replace or recreate that vibe. I hope they can keep going, I don’t know if I could buy records over the internet, just not the same.

    Some recent finds at the last used bookstore/used record shop on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

    Bill Dixon – In Italy Vol. I & II

    Booker Little – Out Front

    A boat load of Ornette, went a little over budget that day, but worth it.

    Miles – Get Up With It, Cookin’, Jack Johnson, Somethin’ Else (I know it’s a Cannonball Adderley record, but I always think of Miles first…)

    Coltrane & Don Cherry – The Avant Garde

    A bunch of beat up early Dylan

    Beatles – Abbey Road and Sgt Pepper

    J.R.R. Tolkien Reads Poems and Songs of Middle Earth!!!

    I just couldn’t pass that last one up.

    Comment by Rich — July 14, 2009 @ 7:59 pm

  4. Nice finds there. All great records. I found a copy of Coltrane / Shepp split called “New Thing at the Newport” a couple weeks ago for $2.99. Goes nicely with that Coltrane / Cherry record. I’ll have to hunt down a copy of that Tolkien album. Sounds amazing.

    I do buy records on the web. I agree it isn’t the same vibe, but with the web, you can find ANYTHING you are looking for. The limitations of a record shop sometimes contributes to the vibe — that record that you CAN’T have.

    I’m waiting for an online store to set up a browse function that recreates thumbing through the bins of LPs. That would be cool IMO. Maybe even an app on my iPhone.

    Comment by Jim Tuerk — July 15, 2009 @ 8:07 am

  5. Yeah, I spent an afternoon looking at a couple online shops and I found some amazing stuff I’ve never seen anywhere – Giuffre, Wheeler, great stuff – but the whole time i felt like I was cheating.

    Comment by Rich — July 15, 2009 @ 1:45 pm

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