new LP's worth buying at Barnes and Noble?

Discussion in 'Music, Movie and Hardware Store Guide' started by draganm, Mar 15, 2018.

  1. draganm

    draganm Active Member Thread Starter

    I know there is no definitive answer to this , new LP's are a crap-shoot unless it's from Chesky, Analoge Productions, and places like that, but are ALL the LP's at B&N something copied off a cheap digital master?

    What have you bought there that was good, bad, or maybe even very good? They have Crosby Stills, Nash, and Young Deja-vu for $14. , alternately A sealed Classic Records 2005 pressing can be had for $450. from Acoustic Sounds, which is nuts.

    B&N also had Marvin Gaye's Whats Going On For $17.

    so has anyone tried the LP's at B&N?
  2. cdash99

    cdash99 Forum Resident

    Except for their exclusives, I’d presume that they’re the same LP’s that you can purchase elsewhere.

    MARTHY Forum Resident

    Keep in mind a *lot* of third parties sell through B&N just as they do through Amazon. That $450 record from Acoustic Sounds, as you say, is an example. If the LP sells, the seller will pay a percentage to B&N, which is another reason why the price is at $450. Best to try to track down third party sellers directly, if at all possible, rather than going through B&N or Amazon.
  4. curbach

    curbach Some guy on the internet, ain’t talkin’

    The ATX
    I don't understand the question. They sell the same lps everybody else does.
    dkmonroe likes this.
  5. draganm

    draganm Active Member Thread Starter

    ok, but if I type in MArvin Gay at Elusive disc (which I re-discovered from a thread here ), I get 3 different LP versions, B&N doesn't tell you anything, even the label is often left-out.
    Looking at the 3 I just found tonight at Elusive, I know the " vinyl lovers" is best avoided, the Motown is a an odd 10", so The Universal must be the one to get?
    Or, just skip B&N altogether? Kind of a shame as they are really close to my work and have very large vinyl section by today's standards.
  6. dkmonroe

    dkmonroe A completely self-taught idiot

    Just go to the B&N site, find a title that you're interested in, and click "View All Available Formats and Editions." There will be a separate tab for each format. I currently see three different LP versions of What's Going On in stock at B& Labels are Motown, Universal Import, and Vinyl Lovers.

    And yes, the LP's at B&N are the same that you can get at any other retailer. I buy from B&N frequently and their service is excellent. Every time I've had a problem with an LP I've been able to exchange for another copy hassle-free.
  7. Tjazz

    Tjazz Music is my Mistress

    Well, when B&N sold the clear vinyl David Bowie LP, that was unique.
  8. curbach

    curbach Some guy on the internet, ain’t talkin’

    The ATX
    I remain confused. Are you telling me if you went to your nearby B&N and held whatever Marvin Gaye record they had in stock in your hands, you’d be unable to tell which version it was? Or are you saying you don’t have the time or inclination to browse a record store unless you know exactly what you’re going to find? Or. . . :confused:
  9. googlymoogly

    googlymoogly Forum Resident

    They occasionally commission runs of colored vinyl from current, or recent, masterings, like Newbury Comics. My copy of Analog Spark's mastering of the first Cranberries album is the translucent red vinyl "exclusive" version from B&N.
    black sheriff and 12" 45rpm like this.
  10. draganm

    draganm Active Member Thread Starter

    I was there, I picked it up, had no idea what the label was and I don't think it was even shown. Probably a "vinyl lovers" which is one to avoid.
    Really it doesn't matter, I've decided I really like Elusive disc. Will buy there from now on and have about a dozen so far I really want. about $300. , ouch
  11. 12" 45rpm

    12" 45rpm Forum Resident

    New York City
    Interesting question. I often visit B&N and wonder what is AAA...
  12. spencer1

    spencer1 Great Western Forum Resident

    B&N's recent exclusive James Taylor's "Sweet Baby James" was the much sought after, out of print and hard to find Hoffman remaster.
    A thing of beauty that I got at B&N for around 20 bucks instead of the 100+ that it goes for on the resale market.

    If you see something you like do the research because no it's not always the same thing everyone else is selling.
  13. tjannace

    tjannace Well-Known Member

    Long Island
    is it really nice? i know the mastering is great but i heard complaints with the pressing

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