Record Store Day…The Results
Record Store Day has come and gone, and from what I saw, as well as what I’ve read around the country, it looks like it was quite successful for many stores across the United States. Saturday was the fourth edition of Record Store Day. If you are not familiar with it, it is a nationwide salute to the independent record stores across the country, and it’s an event that has gotten bigger each year. In fact, it’s popularity has reached a point to where it is getting a fair amount of coverage in the press, even, with articles such as this one from the “Indianapolis Star”.
Despite multiple independent stores in the Asheville area, I was only able to visit one, thanks to a visit to the Home and Garden Show, as well as an Easter Egg Hunt. I made sure, though, that I went to the store that I knew was going all out for this day, Harvest Records, on Haywood Road. This place has a nice selection of new and used CD’s and vinyl in several genres. Like many stores around the country on Saturday, they, too, had were offering limited edition specials and Record Store Day only offerings from local and national acts, mostly in the Rock and Classic Rock fields. And for those into those types of music, there were some really cool offerings, I must say. In addition, many stores around the country, Harvest included, had their own special deals, as well. This is what I was most interested in. Their special couldn’t even be found in their main store front. No, for this one, you had to go around the building’s side, down the stairs, and through a large garage door to their basement area. There, within three or four dimly lit rooms or sections, were plastic container after plastic container full of albums. No CD’s, no cassettes, only 33 1/3 rpm treasures, I’m guessing between 10 to 20,o00 of them. Albums to satisfy every music taste, and each album only a dollar. To steal a quote from my Father-In-Law, “This place wasn’t Heaven, but it was right next door.”
It’s a good thing that I didn’t have unlimited funds, or else the wife and daughter might have been waiting for me to come back to pick them up after dropping off a truckload at the house. Of course, Dear, I’m just kidding on that. Literally, you didn’t know where to start looking, there were so many. It was just amazing. I would guess that you would have spent 2-3 hours before you could have seen all that was there. Between my wife and I, we didn’t probably even make it a quarter of the way through.
Now, my wife isn’t the biggest Country Music fan in the world, in fact, most of it, she really doesn’t care for (though she did stay in the room, with me, the other night through most of the Kenny Roberts album), other than Ronnie Milsap and Charlie Rich. However, I credit her for 1. Patience, and 2. she actually found the Sons Of The Pioneers albums I got. Oh yes, what did we take from there? Some nuggets, of course…
Roy Clark – “Magnificent Sanctuary Band” – Dot Records
Roy Clark & Buck Trent – “A Pair Of Fives(Banjos That Is)” - ABC/Dot
Donna Fargo – “The Happiest Girl In The Whole USA” – Dot
Larry Gatlin – “Not Guilty” – Columbia
David Houston – “A Woman Always Knows” – Epic
Ferlin Husky – “Sittin’ On A Rainbow” – Capitol
Ferlin Husky – “Just For You” – Capitol
Burl Ives – “Pearly Shells” – Decca
George Jones & Gene Pitney – “Together!” – Design/Pickwick
Loretta Lynn – “Before I’m Over You” – Decca
C. W. McCall – “Wolf Creek Pass” – MGM
Melba Montgomery – “Don’t Let The Good Times Fool You” – Elektra
Buck Owens – “Sings Tommy Collins” – Capitol
Buck Owens – “The Kansas City Song” – Capitol
Ray Price – “Touch My Heart” – Columbia
Ray Price – “Night Life” – Columbia
Jeanne Pruett – “Satin Sheets” – MCA
Sons Of The Pioneers – “Tumbleweed Trail” – RCA Victor
Sons Of The Pioneers – “Lure Of The West” – RCA Victor
Nat Stuckey – “New CountryRoads” – RCA Victor
Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn – “Lead Me On” – Decca
Leroy Van Dyke – “Movin’ Van Dyke” – Mercury/Wing
And one more thing of interest, the people. Wow! They were numerous, in fact, the store was so busy when I first went by around 1PM, there was no place to park, so we had to come back late in the afternoon, and then, it was still busy. They were buying the vinyl, and here’s the kicker, almost all of them were well under my 44 years of age. We’re talking twenty and thirty-somethings, as well as teens, going through the dollar bins, as well as in the main store, and they were walking out with multiple LP’s under their arms. I also saw some reports, online, of stores where people were lined up and down aisles, waiting to check out. Incredible.
Well, in conclusion, it was very fun to be a small part of Record Store Day. I can’t wait for edition 5 and I urge you to join in, next year. It’s alot of fun, and you never know what you might find that will please the ears.