I wondered what happened to Collector's Records I used to stop there
every year when I went though Dallas on the way to visit my daughter and
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From: "Dismuke" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Friday, June 29, 2007 3:10 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Is The Record Shop Dead?
> --- phillip holmes <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> Did you know I was thinking of Collectors' Records?
> ....... Did you ever meet John Stainze
> I would probably recognize him if I saw him - I never
> really knew people's names there. Except for the
> older gentleman in the back with the 78 whose name I
> usually can remember but forget at the moment. He
> passed away before the store closed.
>> Am I supposed to cry because the Virgin
>> Megastore left Dallas?
> I wasn't even aware it left. I went to the Grapevine
> Mills location once - and yawned.
>> However, I was
>> sad when Tower
>> died. They were the last CD Store to carry a deep
>> catalog and they even
>> sold records, making it a record shop. Tower was a
>> chain of real record
> I went to the one in New York City on Broadway not too
> far from Greenwich Village a couple of years ago. It
> was one of the only times in my life as an adult I
> actually had to make a choice between which brand new
> CDs of 1920s and 1930s reissues I wanted to buy as I
> had already picked out about $200 worth of stuff.
> They even had British releases of reissues that I was
> not even aware existed. THAT store would have been
> wonderful to have had in Fort Worth/Dallas.
> On the other hand, when I was in Atlanta several years
> ago I went out of my way to visit the Tower Records
> there and found absolutely nothing of interest.
>> Perhaps people are just too stupid or have no taste.
> Or they are victims of a popular culture that
> introduces them to nothing but garbage. They don't
> know anything better - because for so many years,
> unless one was fortunate enough to have cultured
> family members or other influences, it was almost
> impossible for kids with limited spending money to
> access other music. All that was there was AM/FM type
> drivel. Thankfully, the Internet today gives kids who
> are willing to explore new genres the opportunity to
> do so. And, of course, there are always plenty of
> those who pick their taste in music on the same basis
> that they pick their taste in clothing - they are
> mindless sheep who are trying ape their peers who are,
> in turn, mindless sheep trying to ape everyone else.
>> The selection at
>> Target, Wal-Mart, and the like, remind me of that
>> little rack of
>> cassette tapes they have at every mega truck stop.
>> "Tammy Wynette and
>> "old possum face's" greatest duets" and the complete
>> works of ZZ Top.
> There actually are people out there whose tastes and
> approach to life never advances beyond that of "If
> Wal-mart don't got it, you don't need it."
> Don't get me wrong - I love Wal-mart when it comes to
> buying things such as basic groceries and garden
> hoses. I was about to say that cheap mass market stuff
> has its place but not in the world of music. But then
> I forgot - I LOVE the wonderful "dime store" dance
> band music sold in the day's Wal-mart equivelents back
> in the late 1920s and early 1930s. So there is nothing
> inherently bad about mass market tastes, per se. It
> all comes back to the pop culture. Taste and style
> went out the window after World War II and fell into
> the sewer in the 1960s and has yet to dry off, let
> alone recover.
>> So where is the store in Ft Worth? I go there to
>> surplus/used/military/aviation tubes and parts for
>> radio and hi-fi
> It is on University directly across from the TCU
> campus. I THINK it is called "Record Town" - but I
> may be mistaken. Regardless, you cannot miss it as it
> has a big 1950s vintage sign showing a record with an
> RCA Victor label.