Tower Records Founder, Russ Solomon, R.I.P.

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Tower Records Founder, Russ Solomon, R.I.P.

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Post by maestrob » Tue Mar 06, 2018 9:33 am

The end of an era! :cry:

Yes, he should have gone public, but I understand that he didn't want to lose control. His great stores were where I would make a weekly pilgrimage, looking for (and finding!) gems unavailable elsewhere, especially the reissues I wanted to replace my LP collection. Great memories! Now it's all so bloodless online with amazon and other overseas retailers. There's nothing like the joy of discovery of something new and unexpected in the Tower Records near Lincoln Center, or on Eighth Street & Broadway in the Village. The outlet store filled with cut-outs was a particularly fine place to be.

Russ, you will be missed!

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Post by Ricordanza » Tue Mar 06, 2018 11:01 am

I also have fond memories of Tower Records:

- Browsing in the classical "room" in the Cherry Hill, New Jersey store.

- Hearing Marc-Andre Hamelin for the first time in a live recital at the Tower Records Classical Annex on South Street in Philadelphia. June 9, 1996.

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Post by Lance » Tue Mar 06, 2018 3:19 pm

Me, too, spending lots of times at Tower stores: NYC, Boston, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., and elsewhere. It was a grand time to be collecting recordings in those special days. Bloodless purchases today online, indeed!
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Post by Modernistfan » Thu Mar 22, 2018 5:03 pm

Boy, I really do miss Tower Records, notwithstanding the ease and convenience of being able to buy CDs online. Many were the days that I would go to the Tower on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles or the one on Ventura Boulevard in Van Nuys and walk out with $100.00, $150.00, or even more of CDs. When I was visiting in Boston, New York, San Francisco, or Washington, I also made it a point to get to the Tower Records stores in those cities. I knew they were in trouble when I went to the Tower Records in San Francisco and noted that they had cut back on much of their stock, including special imports--for what must have been the first and only time, I walked out empty-handed. If Russ Solomon had been able to stick to his original deep catalog model, including not only classical but such "unpopular" genres as jazz and world music, they might have been able to stay in business.

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Post by Lance » Thu Mar 22, 2018 6:22 pm

You make a good point of Solomon staying in business. But the handwriting was on the wall for many wonderful stores across the nation (and Canada). Amazon, eBay, and other online sellers got a handle on the CD/LP business and continues to hang on very well. I can't tell you when I have been to an actual record store, especially around my territory (there really aren't any!). I have been to Academy in NYC a number of times and find some good things there, attractively priced except for the most rare recordings.
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Post by maestrob » Fri Mar 23, 2018 10:55 am

Lance wrote:
Thu Mar 22, 2018 6:22 pm
You make a good point of Solomon staying in business. But the handwriting was on the wall for many wonderful stores across the nation (and Canada). Amazon, eBay, and other online sellers got a handle on the CD/LP business and continues to hang on very well. I can't tell you when I have been to an actual record store, especially around my territory (there really aren't any!). I have been to Academy in NYC a number of times and find some good things there, attractively priced except for the most rare recordings.
Academy Records is just a few blocks from where I live, and Teresa shops there for birthday presents and other treats. They have an excellent vinyl selection, but we noticed this past Christmas that they were giving away(!) classical vinyl to those who were interested. Very sad to see that. That means to me that the CD reigns supreme for classical music lovers still, as they had an excellent selection of "used" discs at reasonable prices. I had the owner come in and appraise my collection but he wanted only European-pressed LPs and was greedily eyeing some of my OOP CDs, but I wasn't selling those, so we parted amicably with no resulting transaction.

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Post by RebLem » Mon Mar 26, 2018 5:55 am

I find that HBDirect generally has better prices than Amazon or ArchivMusic, especially on sale merchandize, and they have about a third of their stock on sale each month.
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Post by maestrob » Mon Mar 26, 2018 10:59 am

RebLem wrote:
Mon Mar 26, 2018 5:55 am
I find that HBDirect generally has better prices than Amazon or ArchivMusic, especially on sale merchandize, and they have about a third of their stock on sale each month.
Yes, ArchivMusic is expensive, but they sell OOP titles that they will burn a single copy of, which I find attractive.

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