My Record Store Adventures!

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Re: My Record Store Adventures!

Post by DasherF » 17 Jun 2019 12:07

I think they are...got a couple "reruns" that I spoke of based on condition.

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Re: My Record Store Adventures!

Post by vinyl master » 07 Jul 2019 06:56

OK, guys...Just for fun, I thought I would show you some pics of (and share an ode to) my absolute FAVORITE record store EVER! The ONE that started my obsession with cheap vinyl!! It is now sadly defunct and no longer in business, but it was run by my favorite guy seen here, Mr. Bill O'Keefe!

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The store where Scotty would give me lots of great discounts on vinyl (I bought in bulk! :wink:) and even throw in some freebies and promos on occasion! The store where I learned about Duals for the first time! The store that had me sprawled on the floor looking through boxes of old 45's in search of rare gold! The store where I went in on a Wednesday afternoon and just sat in the back all day on the faded leather couch watching Neil Young's "Greendale" on the big screen (Or was it a Jimi Hendrix concert? :-k)! The store that I would stay in the back crate-digging until it was almost time to close and Scotty or Sean would have to kick me out because I didn't realize it was 8 PM already! Them's were the days, my friends! :cry:

In any case, check out some pics I found online of the place...I only wish I had taken these myself, but you'll get the gist of the place...Not big, but awesome nonetheless! :D

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Here is a write-up they did on the place from way back when, too!

https://patch.com/michigan/shelby-utica ... 91a874578c

Although I have gone to many other record stores in my time, Rock-A-Billy's will always be my first true vinyl love! :mrgreen:

And if you guys have any memories of record stores you'd visited growing up, feel free to share those here, too! =D>

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Re: My Record Store Adventures!

Post by Mrs Ritchie Valens » 23 Jul 2019 00:19

vinyl master wrote:
25 Mar 2018 11:48
Tinkaroo wrote:
Have you ever left a store like that and wished you had taken a chance on a certain record or had more time to check out the bins?
Yeah, I actually I have done that, Tink...I'll discover an artist later sometimes and then think, I saw that artist's album a few months back at the (insert name here) record store, but by the time I get back there to check it out, I find it had already been sold...And it's usually something that was at a good price, too! Oh well... :roll: We live and we learn! But, once I start digging an album or an artist, they go right on the want lists, both the "mental" one and a physical one! :wink:

If I miss out on buying a particular album, I can only hope that somewhere down the line, I see another copy of it! OTOH, sometimes, you just have to buy while you're there and the copy is decent, for you never know if you'll find said album in the condition it's in and the price they're asking ever again... :-k
Vinyl Master,
I don't know if you would be up for really far traveling for record store day 2019, but come to Williamsburg Virginia to come to Retro Daddy 'os!
It's very small, with all the vinyl being used. They don't just sell vinyl. They sell tv show fandom related things, as well as things made from vinyl. I go there all the time.
It's really the only record store that I think there is here.

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Re: My Record Store Adventures!

Post by vinyl master » 23 Jul 2019 01:09

Mrs Ritchie Valens wrote:
23 Jul 2019 00:19
vinyl master wrote:
25 Mar 2018 11:48
Tinkaroo wrote:
Have you ever left a store like that and wished you had taken a chance on a certain record or had more time to check out the bins?
Yeah, I actually I have done that, Tink...I'll discover an artist later sometimes and then think, I saw that artist's album a few months back at the (insert name here) record store, but by the time I get back there to check it out, I find it had already been sold...And it's usually something that was at a good price, too! Oh well... :roll: We live and we learn! But, once I start digging an album or an artist, they go right on the want lists, both the "mental" one and a physical one! :wink:

If I miss out on buying a particular album, I can only hope that somewhere down the line, I see another copy of it! OTOH, sometimes, you just have to buy while you're there and the copy is decent, for you never know if you'll find said album in the condition it's in and the price they're asking ever again... :-k
Vinyl Master,
I don't know if you would be up for really far traveling for record store day 2019, but come to Williamsburg Virginia to come to Retro Daddy 'os!
It's very small, with all the vinyl being used. They don't just sell vinyl. They sell tv show fandom related things, as well as things made from vinyl. I go there all the time.
It's really the only record store that I think there is here.
Hey, Mrs Ritchie Valens...Your post has me wondering...Since you go there all the time, I wonder if next time you're in, you could take a few pictures of the place while you're there and share them with us! :wink: Pleeeeeease!! :mrgreen: =D>

By the way, since you mention Williamsburg, Virginia, have you ever been to this place near Newport News??? :-k

https://www.facebook.com/AmericanOldiesRecords/

In Richmond, about an hour away, there is Steady Sounds...

https://steadysounds.tumblr.com/

...Vinyl Conflict...

http://vinylconflict.com/site/

...Plan 9 (which is another great one I forgot to mention!)...

https://plan9music.com/

...Deep Groove...

http://deepgroovevinyl.com/

...Wax Moon...

https://waxmoonrecords.com/

...Barky's...

http://richmondfreepress.com/news/2015/ ... ged-times/

...6131...

http://6131records.com/site/rva/

...Records & Relics, where they just got some 45 rpm cases in...

https://www.facebook.com/recordsandrelicsrva

...Memory Lane, of course...

http://www.vamemorylane.com/

...and a place you should really check out...Your local Richmond 2nd & Charles in Tuckernuck Square! :D

The vinyl section at MY local 2nd & Charles makes it WELL-WORTH the visit, along with books and many other collectibles!

https://www.2ndandcharles.com/

Maybe one day, if you visit any of these, you can document your own local shops and give us a flavor of your home state! :D I know there are more shops on my wish list that I want to visit here, so stay tuned! 8)

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Re: My Record Store Adventures!

Post by Mrs Ritchie Valens » 23 Jul 2019 01:42

Well, you should come and see it, it's cooool!!
There used to be a plan 9 here, but there isn't anymore.
I have heard of American oldies, but haven't gone there.

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Re: My Record Store Adventures!

Post by vinyl master » 22 Aug 2019 06:55

Well, guys...I thought I would take you on another adventure...I had an opportunity to go on a camping trip up North recently and being that I was in the Charlevoix area again, I figured I'd check out one of my favorite retro shops again and see what new stuff they might have for sale...I was not disappointed, as I picked up a few more goodies, thanks to the great folks at Chill Retro! =D>

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Take a look at the items I brought home this time...I had to check out their record selection again and so I raided the cheap bins and found the following interesting LP's...

First up is the second album of Canadian guitarist Jerry Doucette, featuring this minor hit...

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihzpVC5rFdM

and then...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tslrJ2rzz7I

Next up is the debut album from The Cate Brothers...I recognized their hit "Union Man" and wanted to hear the rest of the album...Steve Cropper produced it and Levon Helm, among others is featured on it! Nice Southern country-soul, in any case... 8)

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCKkJvcRNbg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dE_acB5LKwM

Then, we have the fourth album from The Brothers Johnson and the last one of theirs produced by Quincy Jones...

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It featured the smash disco hit, "Stomp!", written by the great Rod Temperton ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPBDMihPRJA ), but wait...there's more! How about this smooth one? :-k

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrrAK_psOfE

Or one even smoother??? :D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0v5Ycs82kFw

Then, there was this one, co-written by the one and only Michael Jackson! 8)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5Y2i7LLNy0

On top of that, I discovered Detroit's own funky Magic Lady at my local radio station swap meet in the winter...I saw this cover of their second album and thought I'd give it a try...

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMt5rLSlR0g

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pe0RYiQQR6M

Another album I bought for the cover was this one from American Flyer...The album was their first of two and was produced by the great George Martin! 8)

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wvV-JHNo0c

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEYvLs0I46Q

Here's a short instrumental co-written by George, too...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJD-AP_K_eQ

Reminds me a bit of this...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GreaN1ljqGY

Next up is a little soul-jazz from the great Nancy Wilson and a missing piece to my collection...

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQfPtLBjFNk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpbAd9AObm4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6S5E5erwalQ

She also does a version of a George Michael song, which I will return to later...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZIWQ2a7_7Y

And then, there was more country-rock from J.D. Souther plus Chris Hillman and Richie Furay of Byrds and Poco fame respectively...

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEd9otPOXXM

Not their best outing, but this was somewhat of a hit in certain Boston circles...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xOADMLiYqY

This was a nice one written by Richie...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imHNOeKVm0U

...but despite the rare moments of goodness, you could you tell the band was falling apart and sure enough, their second album faded away as fast as it came...Oh, and just for the record, Detroit-born (Yes!) J.D. got his start with the band, The Cinders, who recorded their first songs with the great Norman Petty! For $1.00, I'm not complaining, though... 8-[

I also found this album from Rochester, New York's own Duke Jupiter...

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XNSxfnPns4

I found their debut LP, "Sweet Cheeks", some time back, with the hit "I'll Drink To You" and thought I'd take a chance on them again...

I also saw this one...The cover gave me such an 80's vibe that I had to know more about them...

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It turns out this was their only album and a single "Prove It" was released from the album, but beyond that, I know nothing else about them...If you guys can fill me in, I'm all ears!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4kEwpbBzbc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnCu6MwfPoU

There is definitely a power pop thing going on with them, and the singer reminds me of someone, although I can't place who... :-k

Of course, to complete my Moody Blues solo collection (I have albums from Ray Thomas, Mike Pinder, John Lodge, The Blue Jays, etc.), I had to have Justin's solo LP here...

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OwbbzBYtyk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOqB7R8pgfg

I hear the CD reissue has a great version of Buddy Holly's "Learning The Game" on it, too...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXYgNF2zOGE

Being the model railroad fan I am, I'm drawn to trains on album covers...Here's an interesting "sound effects" record I'd found...

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Now, I remember 1987 and Hamtramck, where Pope John Paul II came through in his "Popemobile"...I used to go to a barber shop when I was younger and the barber had an almost-shrine put up to the event...

http://www.thehamtramckreview.com/betwe ... hamtramck/

I didn't know there was an album featuring the man, though...

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Another fascinating find and "record" of those times when one man could bring everyone together in unity...

Speaking of unique albums, here's an interesting one...

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Here's the back of it...

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It looks like some sort of "country karaoke" album...Hmmm... :-k

In the same vein, I also found this album of Johnny Cash covers by some band called The Country Road...

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"Country Roads" and Johnny Cash, eh? Reminds me of this rare duet...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcSCyiFgPuk

Now, I don't know much about this artist, but the cover fascinated me...

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Turns out he's an Indonesian jazz fusion guy and the album features contributions from Vinnie Colaiuta, Charlie Haden, Jimmy Haslip of The Yellowjackets and more!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psIAk0AC5T8

I've been a Phyllis Hyman fan from early on...One of my first 20 albums just happened to be her opus "You Know How To Love Me"...This was her sixth album, released in 1983...I remember her song "Riding The Tiger" and wanted to hear more of what she had to offer...

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gyz5xtcAVGE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUjcja0XskA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJteA6XaJRA

Good stuff if you're a fan of hers! 8)

By the way, here's a treat for you guys...If you love the James Bond themes like I do, this could have been the title track to the film "Never Say Never Again" had not Michel Legrand sued over another song he wrote for the film with the same title...I do love Lani Hall's version of that, but Phyllis' own song is quite striking, too...It was released after her death and is said to be one of her favorite recordings...A taste of what it would have been like, had it been featured in the film...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uU4j84VKoE

I'm not sure if I profiled this album from Tierra before, but it was only $1.00 and it's a decent copy...

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgMSINIihGM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sugNqltcEIU

By the way, if Wikipedia is right, Tierra has the sole distinction of being the first Latino band to have four songs on the national chart with two of them in the Top 100 at the same time.

More R&B came in the form of this Peabo Bryson album...

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Everyone knows this hit, of course...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgPscy0sixA

...I still wanted to hear if there are any more hidden nuggets from the man like this one, written by the great Gerry Goffin...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Knf0x_7OOhg

Betcha didn't know that Richard Marx is singing background vocals on both those tunes! :P

I also found this interesting folk album...

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2F-xHCb24Ug

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rE0co-sY0uE

Another "totally 80's" cover is this one from Canada's own Anne Murray...

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5TQhnDSx5A

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTJcchmKhPw

A really good message in that title song, too...It still resonates today! =D>

And then, finally, here's an interesting radio station compilation...

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=viK4rdyQjjI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30k6gfHSD80

I dig these comps because I never know what I'm gonna find! 8)

Those are not all I found, though...I also picked up several 45's and picture sleeves, like these...

I made mention of Buddy Holly and Norman Petty earlier...Norman produced Buddy's first recordings after Buddy became upset with original producer Owen Bradley's more orchestrated musical style, preferring something rawer...Of course, Norman himself made a few recordings such as this one with his trio...

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I remember seeing this movie a long time ago and found it interesting that there was a 45' released for The Muppets of this...

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Of course, this was a huge hit in 1983...

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVOuYquXuuc

Here is an interesting RCA sleeve that featured a copy of The Castaways' "Liar, Liar" in it on Soma...

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8rCy173y7Y

I found this sleeve for The Osmonds, too...

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nV6OEHZqvv0

Back to Anne Murray, here's another unusual sleeve... :-k

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ON8636RgkZ8

You may not recognize the name Larry Henley, but one look at his discography reveals much more...He was the lead singer of The Newbeats, who had a hit "Bread And Butter", also on the Hickory label...Of course, with Jeff Silbar, he later wrote a little song called "Wind Beneath My Wings" that has been peformed by everyone from Bette Midler to Eddie and Gerald Levert! Originally, it was sung by Roger Whittaker, of all people! :-k

This was a solo 45' from him...A real find! 8)

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9Xg-P_m-Zs

Back to Canada, here's one of Prism's biggest hits...

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QX0MpUAgDME

Another big hit for Rick Springfield...

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cp42V938eBA

And then, this one for Arcadia, which you may or may not know was an offshoot of Duran Duran, featuring Simon LeBon, Nick Rhodes and Roger Taylor...For fun, can you name Duran Duran's other "offshoot" band? :-k

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4W5aKwrsYIM

Here's a sleeve for one of my favorite Journey songs, too...

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCpeuJ6swro

and then, WHAM! Two from the group! This one...

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...and the one Nancy Wilson covered earlier...

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yf_Lwe6p-Cg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izGwDsrQ1eQ

I always look for good condition 5th Dimension 45's and this is another one...

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KsnZ6GC9dh8

My mom always liked Wham! and Rod Stewart back in the day, so maybe her tastes rubbed off on me somewhat over the years...Here's one from Ole Rod...

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njhliS6vnOU

Vinyl is not all I picked up...I also found this 8-track...

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Maybe I could add something from it to my thread here...

https://www.vinylengine.com/turntable_f ... 1&t=108617

I also picked up these assorted buttons...

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The bottom three for the rock side of me and the top one for the smoother side! :wink:

Last but not least, I found this interesting 50's-era dual lantern made by the Snap It Corporation...Can any of you guys tell me more about it??? :-k The owner of the store had no idea about it and threw it in as a freebie, since I bought so much other stuff from him...

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I've never seen one with a coil of wire inside...He said if all else, maybe I could use it as a decorative item...

Finally, since my dad left me with an appreciation of lighthouses, I found this cool jar that reminded me of a fresnel lens...

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Maybe I can fill it with rocks, shells, matchboxes or some of the other odd items I've collected over the years...Maybe it would make a great drink pitcher, as well, if I installed a spigot...I've never seen one like it in any case...

By the way, if you want to look up "fresnel lenses", you will be surprised at all the various uses and technologies using them out there!

https://www.explainthatstuff.com/fresnel-lenses.html
https://partsolutions.com/the-million-d ... ouse-lens/
https://www.edmundoptics.com/resources/ ... el-lenses/
https://www.booneyliving.com/621/what-i ... use-of-it/

All in all, another cool outing up in Northern Michigan...And more new-to-me cheap "dollar bin" music to check out, so what's not to love??? 8)

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Re: My Record Store Adventures!

Post by Tinkaroo » 22 Aug 2019 12:45

Those look like some nice finds VM, plus you probably saw lots of other stuff of interest too! 8)

I like that Justin Hayward LP and have been a long time fan of his and The Moodies. I saw them live a couple of times too!

I heard a recent interview with Anne Murray about some anniversary event at the Anne Murray Museum in Springhill. She lives here in the summers but was considering moving back full time.
A while ago I saw Catherine McLellan doing a show of songs written by her dad Gene. Anne did a few of Gene's songs which helped to first put her in the charts plus worked with him on Singalong Jubilee. I also saw her live many years ago when she was topping the charts. =D>

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Re: My Record Store Adventures!

Post by DasherF » 10 Nov 2019 00:00

OK, so I was out 'n' about today and I wanted to go to somewhere special...many choices...I decided on a record store, if it was still open (a couple have closed in recent months I hadn't gotten to, yet).
Yes, Needle Doctor may have gone away (It's official), but The Record Spot is alive and well and I can prove it!
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(They also have a rack of clothes, but I exceeded the 5 pics for this post... 8) :lol: )

Man, I must have spent an hour just talking with him, reminiscing about our old band days, other stores passed...kinda good news...he heard Mill City Sound may get some of the inventory from the good 'Doctor.
I'm curious if it's the carts, belts and whu' or the audio gear...stay tuned...

I forgot to mention his prices! The stckers were MOSTLY $1-5,6!
I got a couple of $10-17 jobbies, there are some higher, but plenty of under $10....AND good selection.
I will definitely will go back to rje 'Spot!

(Oh, by the way, invert the order of the pics...)
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Re: My Record Store Adventures!

Post by vinyl master » 10 Nov 2019 02:48

Sounds like a fun place, Dasher...and David sounds like a cool guy! 8) It's always good to get to know your friendly neighborhood record vendors, too! :wink: You'll have to keep us posted who gets all of the good Doctor's inventory...I'm sure the record stores would love to have that, unless someone else decides to reopen the Needle Doctor...Maybe our good friend Gary at VoM might want some of that stuff??? :-k

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Re: My Record Store Adventures!

Post by Bob Dillon » 10 Nov 2019 22:06

Needle Doctor never closed, that was just some internet flibbery flooby floo.

https://www.needledoctor.com

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