Record Shopping Road Trip: Greensboro, North Carolina [pt. 1]

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

This photo shows the format changes afoot at C.F.B.G.

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!

Next: …New Stores In A New Town

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2 Responses to Record Shopping Road Trip: Greensboro, North Carolina [pt. 1]

  1. What th…? I have failed in my job as an influencer if you’ve not heard the first two Clash albums (aka the best Clash albums (not taking anything way from the tower of song that is London Calling). Definitely pick up those first two records (and Black Market Clash) post (punk monk) haste!


    • Echorich says:

      How absolutely wonderful it would be to “discover” the first two Clash albums at this age. It would take years off my life, I believe. For a long time Give ‘Em Enough Rope was my favorite album. Even when London Calling came out it took a few listens to to really get how far The Clash had taken their sound. The roar of their 2nd album still stands out in their Canon. As an American fan, it is also VERY important to have Black Market Clash to fill in the leaps forward they made in between albums.


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