Tower Records has relaunched

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

  1. 131east23

    131east23 Person of Interest

    Wasn't there one up by Hunter on Lex?
  2. Raylinds

    Raylinds Resident Lake Surfer

    No the only other NYC location was near Lincoln Center on 66th and Broadway.
  3. RockDude4492

    RockDude4492 Forum Resident

    New York, NY
    I just received the CD/Blu-Ray set of The Yes Album and I’m awaiting a CD of Buffalo’s Volcanic Rock (which is a great early ‘70s hard rock lost classic if you are unfamiliar with it). So they seem to be stocking more CDs now as those aren’t particularly easy to find titles. They also had the King Crimson boxes for decent prices, was thinking of grabbing one of those at some point.

    Regardless, the service was quick and I found things I’ve been meaning to purchase so I’m happy. I only ever went to the Tower in Burlington, MA when I was much younger and had no income, but it was the only place that I ever saw brand new CDs by Free and that made it cool in my book, so it’s great to be able to purchase from Tower again, even if it’s not the same. It would be great if they open up a physical store or two at some point...
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  4. Muffinbutt

    Muffinbutt Forum Resident

    United States
    I enjoyed documentary but never made it to actual Tower Store. Their site is good but most of the stuff you can find amazon or anywhere else for most part. I hope it does well.
  5. Joseph LeVie

    Joseph LeVie Forum Resident

    South Florida
    I just browsed the site. I didn’t see any information as to what version of LP you would be purchasing. I didn’t see any UPC codes, product codes, registered dates of release, credit information. Maybe I just missed it, but, I looked for a while trying to find any identifying information.
  6. Muffinbutt

    Muffinbutt Forum Resident

    United States
    Yes, they need more details for sure.
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  7. spencer1

    spencer1 Great Western Forum Resident

    Tower Records on the Sunset Strip during the 70’s was freaking awesome and by itself was worth a trip over the hill from The Valley into Hollywood.
    Going to the Hollywood Palladium?
    Automatic stop at Tower.
    Going to the Roxy?
    Automatic stop at Tower.
    Brian Wilson signed a “Pet Sounds” for me there.

    Huge sentimental attachment to that place.
    Thanks for the heads up.
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  8. 131east23

    131east23 Person of Interest

    Oh, it was an HMV!
  9. EdogawaRampo

    EdogawaRampo Senior Member

    Haven't been there since the Covid-19 crisis emerged, but it is indeed huge.
  10. Curveboy

    Curveboy Forum Resident

    New York City
    There was an Upper East Side Tower...I believe it was on 88th and 3rd Ave
  11. teag

    teag Forum Resident

    Are people happy with the service when ordering online? Good packaging?
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  12. I've been waiting since early November for my online purchase to ship. Argh! I hope that the store can get its act together.
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  13. filutek

    filutek Forum Resident

    Croton on Hudson
    HMV was at 86th and Lex. Could you be thinking of that?
  14. Curveboy

    Curveboy Forum Resident

    New York City
    Nope...a quick google search found this video:

    Tower Records Documentary

    I distinctly remember finding the Heart Never/These Dreams UK CD single there.
    I did frequent that HMV as well.
  15. visolo

    visolo Well-Known Member

    Are you serious? Tower Records is back, but only for vinyl records. What, did all the hipsters get together and petition for this? It's cool that they're back in business, but offer CDs, SACDs, cassettes and other formats, not just vinyl to appease the hipsters.
  16. visolo

    visolo Well-Known Member

    Same here. I don't understand this "vinyl resurgence." It's just a bunch of long time hobbyists and hipsters.
  17. quicksrt

    quicksrt Senior Member

    City of Angels
    Money is where the profits are ok. Hipsters are not the only ones buying vinyl LPs right.
  18. pudgym

    pudgym Monster Raving Loony

    The moderators here might want to spin off this thread into a more general one about record stores in Tokyo, Japan if we start going up that avenue. ;)
    On my first trip to Japan in December 2005 (I was covering F.I.F.A.'s Club World Championship.), I dumped all remnant copies of the previous issues of "Incendiary Words", my soccer zine, into a kiosk on the zine floor of this Tower store. I think it was on the 3rd floor. (I had the current issue of "Incendiary Words" with me as well, but I was trying to get ¥100 for it.) :D
    As someone who has brought lots of artifacts back to the U.S.A. from Japan, including CDs which were gifted to my dad [R.I.P.], it is much easier doing so in 2020. Now, when you are directed to the pre-Customs kiosk, the main query is "Did you spend more than $800 on items you are bringing into the U.S.A.?" Back then though, you had to break out what you bought. If you kept your store receipts {doh}, there are a number of World-Wide Web sites which convert Yen to Dollars, and you could identify them as
    • Compact Discs =
    • Records =
    • DVDs =
    That would be annotated on the (paper) Customs form you submitted to the U.S. Customs agent.
    {Handy hint: Compact Disc and DVD cases are fairly cheap to buy in the U.S.A. Breaking down the Japanese packaging into one bag for the physical media, and a separate bag for the cover | packaging will be much less weighty and bulky in your carry-on baggage. Send the Japanese cases to recycling. :cool: }
    One of the significant recommendations mentioned by Steve Schultz in his "Tokyo Damage Report" W-WW site was that there were eight Disc Union shops in Shinjuku, each selling a different genré of music. There was even a shop with nothing but 'noise' releases.
    As far as walking from Shinjuku to Shibuya, errr..., it is a seven minute subway ride, ¥170. It may be a beautiful walk, but if you are toting a bag with an amount of CDs and records in it, it might get tiring and exhaustive. :)
    If you arrive via Tokyo Metro, amidst the labyrinth underneath Shibuya Station, the exit closest to Tower Records is B1. :cool: (Walk west toward the overpass.)
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  19. joy stinson

    joy stinson Secret friend

    Dickson. Tn
    Loved the actual stores...first saw the big store in LA in 76 and later when moved to Nashville, TN delighted one came here later.
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  20. hitmanhart408

    hitmanhart408 Forum Resident

    Miami, FL
    I just happen to purchase a couple records from the website the other day and they were shipped out almost instantly. The prices were cheaper than most places and the standard 2-8 day shipping option was like $3. I'm hoping the records arrive fully intact with no issues. If so, it could become one of my go-to sites.
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  21. pudgym

    pudgym Monster Raving Loony

    Here are photographs of pamphlets I grommed from the Disc Union Jazz store in Shinjuku in December 2011. This was a shop where I bought my dad [R.I.P.] some only-in-Japan CD releases. (I was again covering the F.I.F.A. Club World Cup.) :cool:
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