Tower Records has relaunched

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by melodic chaos, Apr 30, 2020.

  1. kwadguy

    kwadguy Senior Member

    Location:
    Cambridge, MA
    The revival of Tower is as relevant as the revival of Columbia House as a high prices retail etailer was.

    You probably forgot about that one...
     
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  2. BradOlson

    BradOlson Country/Christian Music Maven

    https://www.columbiahouse.com/
     
  3. mBen989

    mBen989 Forum Resident

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    Scranton, PA
    A bit of Nostalgia for the old folks.

     
  4. tkl7

    tkl7 Agent Provocateur

    Location:
    New York, NY, USA
    In Living Stereo?
     
  5. tkl7

    tkl7 Agent Provocateur

    Location:
    New York, NY, USA
    I predict that the pricing will be fine, but everything else will be half-assed.
     
  6. Acapella48

    Acapella48 Forum Resident

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    Elk Grove, CA.
    The Store on Sunset Bl. in L.A. will always be my favorite. The one in San Jose, CA. was also good. My 2nd favorite Tower Records store where I spent many a lunch hour was at the corner of El Camino & San Antonio Rd., in Mtn. View, CA.

    That location came closest to the store on Sunset Bl. The original stores on Broadway & 16th St. , were always crowded. One building had books, tapes, CD's and movies and the other store sold vinyl only.

    Never had a bad experience at a Tower Record store.

    When they started having money problems, that's when customer service took a turn. Hard to keep good staff when you're trying to compete with the Internet, other record stores, a lost interest in vinyl in general and still make payroll.

    You could buy CD's and books online from Amazon and that's what the public started doing. People were going to Blockbuster and the Blockbuster clones for their movies. Hard to compete and still remain a profitable business in that kind of business environment. The employees mostly college kids, knew it was just a matter of time and started looking for other jobs.
     
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  7. Raylinds

    Raylinds Resident Lake Surfer

    Yes- that's it.
     
  8. uzn007

    uzn007 Pack Rat

    Location:
    Raleigh, N.C.
    For ten dollars each, no less! As the "introductory" price! What a world, what a world...
     
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  9. Martijn

    Martijn Perfect Sound Forever

    Yes
     
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  10. TheDailyBuzzherd

    TheDailyBuzzherd Forum Resident

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    Northeast USA
    Cool, but I don't think the timing will prove to be in its favor ...
     
  11. FillmoreGuy

    FillmoreGuy Forum Resident

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    springfield nj
    They used to have a separate building just for classical music next door.
     
  12. FillmoreGuy

    FillmoreGuy Forum Resident

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    springfield nj
    I spent many a Saturday morning at the Greenwich Village store. Used to drive in and be able to get a decent parking spot. Took 25 minutes total.
    Would stop at Ray's Pizza on the way back (New Yorkers know this place). Nice memories.
     
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  13. nlgbbbblth

    nlgbbbblth Forum Resident

    Location:
    Ireland
    They're far from being "the only shop in town." There's a few indies left in Dublin - Freebird, Spindizzy and The Rage. Plus a number of Golden Discs. All of whom provide better service and a nicer attitude.
     
  14. keefer1970

    keefer1970 Metal, Movies, Beer!

    Location:
    New Jersey
    Yep, and that space was also a "clearance annex" for a brief while. I scored a bunch of Japanese imports there for about five bucks a throw in the late 90s. Good times, good times!
     
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  15. W.B.

    W.B. The Collector's Collector

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    New York, NY, USA
    That was definitely what I was thinking. That store was also on Broadway as was the one on East 4th. But the "temporary" store I mentioned was in the mid-70's (between 73rd and 74th, I.I.N.M.,) along Broadway when the Lincoln Center store was being refurbished and rearranged.
     
  16. tkl7

    tkl7 Agent Provocateur

    Location:
    New York, NY, USA
    I used to live at 73rd and Broadway - must have been before I moved there. At that time there was an HMV at the corner of 72nd.
     
  17. Larry Loves LPs

    Larry Loves LPs Forum Resident

    Location:
    Alexandria, VA
    I guess I worked at a crappy store and was a crappy employee. :nauga:
     
  18. BroJB

    BroJB Hey man, is that FREEDOM ROCK?

    As someone who all but lived at the NYC Tower back in the day, what a treat it was to visit Tower Dublin. Nice selection, fair prices. And it fun to walk out of there with my new vinyl in a yellow plastic Tower bag.
     
  19. BDC

    BDC Forum Resident

    Location:
    Tacoma
    Remember the last CDs I ever bought from Tower......
    Scorpions Taken By Force....and Tokyo Tapes..used to be sort of hard to find...
    Seattle Center store was way better than the one in Tacoma....

    The last records I ever bought from them were Soundgarden Superunknown and Pearl Jam Vitology....That's back in the 90s in Tacoma
     
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  20. jamesmaya

    jamesmaya Senior Member

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    Mudwest, SoCal
    But that kind of sacrifice builds character. Never forget that. :agree:

    I sure do miss the old Tower. During my college days in the 70s there were two record stores in Westwood Village that I plunked down my earnings from a part-time library job - Vogue Records and Tower. The last time I was at Tower was 1997 at the Sunset Blvd store - the three surviving Doors were there to sign their Box Set.
     
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  21. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    yea, me too! loved my NYC Greenwich Village Record/Book/etc. shopping days! Damn, I miss them...
     
  22. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    I fondly remember finding Japanese CDs of America in stock at Tower Records ...Hearts & Holiday! CDs...still have them.
     
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  23. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    I agree...it's sad...they went backwards which IMO this will fail...

    when this happens they will add CDs! LOL...
     
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  24. PaulMcCartneysGhost

    PaulMcCartneysGhost Forum Resident

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    Liverpool
    The Tower in Shibuya is cool, but I would also highly recommend going to Disk Union in Shinjuku, or at the very least go to the branch in Shibuya.

    I've never been, but I hear Recofan in Shibuya is also good.
     
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  25. I've been there four times. If you ever have the chance (after coronavirus), go there.
     
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