So with us being on vacation last week, and catching The Magnetic Fields, naturally one’s thoughts would turn to record shopping in exotic climes, yes? Well, not really. I am hoping to curb my enthusiasm for indiscriminate crate digging in favor of a focused approach. One that gets me more of what I desire at [hopefully] up to 20% less money spent overall. It was up to my wife urging me on that I mapped out visits to three Greensboro stores. The last time in the city, I had enjoyed C.F.B.G. [a.k.a. the Center For Better Grooves] but had missed out on visiting Hippo Records, due to the second store being closed on a Sunday. This time I headed back to C.F.B.G. as well as Hippo [only a mile away from C.F.B.G.] Plus, I added a third store to the itinerary that looked interesting as well.
CFBG Records | Greensboro
When we last visited the C.F.B.G., I liked the vinyl there. Lots of 7/12″ goodness was available, but decried the lack of CDs as being disturbing. I was happy to see that the proprietor had since addressed the overly vinyl-centric direction of the store since then…with gusto. The small sub-store [inside a hookah shop] now boasted not only CDs, but also cassette tapes as well as the humble 8-track tapes as well!
I had expressed amazement at some of the wonderful stock I saw [but didn’t need] the last visit. I also expressed chagrin that I failed to buy the copy of Japan’s “Gentlemen Take Polaroids” I saw there the last time, so naturally, I made a beeline for the “J” section to no avail. Adding insult to injury, the other fine records I saw there last summer were still in the bins. Gah! That’s not to say it was a wasted trip. I was pleased to find a sealed ’02 RM of “Let It Bleed” by The Rolling Stones that I’d only wanted a copy of for about 35 years now. There was a ton of classic rock new-in-package possible deadstock from a former retailer. Well, it was priced right! One more Jimmy Miller Stones album for the Record Cell.
Rest assured my Post-Punk credentials were safeguarded by the purchase of a US Europeans EP of their “Recognition” album which was a full LP in the UK. I had always liked “The Animal Song” by these guys, and have had a 12″ of it since day one, but finding anything other than that release had been impossible, until this day. But I also partook of another purchase that was neither black nor metallic silver.
When I spied the fluorescent pink tome shown t the right, I was not previously aware of it. I’m not the biggest Clash fan in the world, though i respected them well enough. I only have “London Calling” and “Sandinista!” and have never even heard the first two Clash albums, but show me a fat, hardcover coffee table book on any halfway decent band…used… for $5.00 and my resolve melts like a frozen custard on Miami Beach. So I left CFBG this time with more things to delight the ear… and eye!
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