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Subject: RE: Obit: Russ Solomon Tower Records (1925-2018)
From: Thomas Stern - PM
Date: 06 Mar 18 - 12:37 AM
as of 2014 the Tokyo store was still in business:
and there appears to be an active website: http://tower.jp/store/Shibuya/
RIP Russ Solomon, condolences to family and his many customers.
Seek out the DVD documentary ALL THINGS MUST PASS, a must see for
anyone who loved the TOWER stores.
I believe that the NY Tower east village store was largely responsible
for the demise of a great record store: Discophile on 8th street. The owner
later worked at the east 80's German specialty store's record department,
later had a mail order business....
In its heyday, Tower had an immense stock wide and deep, but in it's
decline the bins were thinly stocked. The employees included some extremely
knowledgeable people, and certain stores had areas of specialization - for
instance the NY east village store had a remarkable collection of classical
vocal and instrumental music including imports from Japan which were not in
other branches. The Broadway store, as might be expected, full coverage
of theater and nostalgia.
From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Karl Miller
Sent: Tuesday, March 6, 2018 11:29 AM
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] R.I.P Russ Solomon
I still have a flyer regarding the MGM reissues. It was printed by the Record Hunter [Masterpieces in the Mail} and sent to me...postmark 13 March 1963.
As far as I know, the rights are owned by Universal Music. I had, at one time, thought about reissuing them, but then I thought about the costs. I have a terrible sounding interview with Hovhaness who mentioned that he had to re record things since the master tapes of the MGM issues could not be found. Yet, I have heard that the master tapes, at least of the stuff that was not licensed by MGM are in a warehouse in Germany. I have had no verification on this. I do have decent copies of the discs of the non licensed material...and some of the licensed stuff. I believe all of the non-licensed, and perhaps the licensed material, should be PD outside the US. I think Naxos transferred (using people like Lani Spahr) some of the discs and they can be heard at non-US urls, via the Naxos Music Library.
On Tue, Mar 6, 2018 at 9:34 AM, Music Hunter <[log in to unmask]>
> I owned retail record stores in Manhattan from 1964-1993 and The
> Record Hunter from 1972-1993 after which I retired from the retail business.
> I do not remember ever knowing about MGM blue cover mail order LPs.
> Your search for sound & video ends here!
> JAY SONIN, GENERAL MANAGER
> MUSIC HUNTER DISTRIBUTING COMPANY
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> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] R.I.P Russ Solomon
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> Were you at The Record Hunter when the blue-cover reissues of MGM LPs
> were being produced and sold by mail?
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> > On Mar 5, 2018, at 3:10 PM, Music Hunter <[log in to unmask]>
> > http://amp.sacbee.com/latest-news/article203542104.html
> > I remember when Tower opened in Manhattan, it was great for The
> > Record Hunter.
> > Tower increased the awareness of our products and business boomed.
> > Jay
> > Your search for sound & video ends here!
> > JAY SONIN, GENERAL MANAGER
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