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 Posted:   Aug 11, 2005 - 12:01 PM   
 By:   jsmiley108   (Member)

I will be staying at the Sheraton Meadowlands Hotel in New Jersey in a few weeks time and was wondering if anyone can recommend some good CD shops for soundtracks and classical close by (or even not so closeby).

I have one day for sightseeing/shopping

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 12, 2005 - 12:31 PM   
 By:   jsmiley108   (Member)

What, you mean there is no one in New York?...


Hello...



Anyone there?...

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 12, 2005 - 1:13 PM   
 By:   John B. Archibald   (Member)

I was just in New York 3 weeks ago, and checked out what I could find. Oddly, the city is not all that great for used-CD stores, not like L.A., or San Francisco, or even San Diego, all of which have their local hangouts with the occasional jewel just lying there, waiting to be discovered by one of us. (Remind me to tell the tale of the day I found WITCHES OF EASTWICK, or THE SERPENT AND THE RAINBOW or THE ACCIDENTAL TOURIST, all within a very short distance from where I live. Of course, on numerous other times, I've found nothing, but that's the way of the game. So it goes.)

Anyway, I noticed in the yellow pages that there's a big used-CD/DVD place, out on Long Island, near Roosevelt Field, which I would some day like to trek out to. As I recall, the name began with an "E," but I don't really remember.

As for Manhattan, the best place I found is called Academy Records, at 12 West 18th St., near 5th Ave. Has a ton of Classical, but a very good section of used soundtracks. Not any particularly rare ones, but a lot of reduced-price promos. I got WAR OF THE WORLDS and the two new composer releases on Chandos, each for about $8.99. And they keep getting new items in the soundtrack section fairly often. I went there the first day I was there, then returned a few days later, and found new things.

Well worth a visit.

 
 Posted:   Aug 12, 2005 - 5:31 PM   
 By:   Scott M (Oldsmith)   (Member)

Anyway, I noticed in the yellow pages that there's a big used-CD/DVD place, out on Long Island, near Roosevelt Field, which I would some day like to trek out to. As I recall, the name began with an "E," but I don't really remember.


Empire Records. The soundtrack section is a very small percentage of the store and even within the section it's about 80% songtracks. I went there every week for awhile (I worked 5 minutes away) and pretty much saw everything they had to sell a dozen times. Meh.

With Footlight out of the picture, physically speaking, there's surprisingly little in NY for soundtrack buffs. Especially on Long Island.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 12, 2005 - 10:45 PM   
 By:   John B. Archibald   (Member)

Actually glad to hear that. Thanks. Saves me the trouble of heading out there.

If any of you is ever in San Francisco or L.A., you'd do well to visit Amoeba, a gigantic store, with great soundtrack and DVD sections.

But New York seems to have dried up. I noticed a number of places on St.Mark's Place, which I never got around to visiting. Don't bother with the stuff on West 4th St.

 
 Posted:   Aug 13, 2005 - 4:27 PM   
 By:   Scott M (Oldsmith)   (Member)

This is really depressing, how there is little avenue for brick and mortar browsing in NYC and Long Island. I used to go into the city fairly often to cruise the racks, but now I on;y go in for work reasons. And I really am not fond of internet shopping.

 
 Posted:   Nov 12, 2013 - 10:31 AM   
 By:   Amer Zahid   (Member)

My folks are in New Jersey these days..any good stores out there for soundtrack cds. I want them to pick up John Williams' THE BOOK THIEF soundtrack. My parents fly back on 19th..and I know the cd will be officially be released on 19th. So anyone know if its out early and pinpoint a good store that would make it easy. Thanks!

 
 Posted:   Nov 13, 2013 - 2:22 PM   
 By:   increbula   (Member)

Sadly there is nothing to recommend in NYC. I've lived here all my life (I'm 56), and there is not a single place I can suggest for a soundtrack collector. It was paradise years ago, when there were numerous collector shops (particularly Footlight) as well as behemoths like Tower, HMV and Virgin Megastore, but those days are long gone. J&R Music World on Park Row is the one exception, but sadly their selection has gradually diminished over the years.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 13, 2013 - 3:16 PM   
 By:   ILOVESCORES65   (Member)

As someone who has lived in the Tri-State Area for nearly 50 years, I too am shocked when I realize how much has changed in New York. There is practically nowhere to go in Manhattan to find an even decent selection of film scores on cd. A couple of months ago, I went down to J&R Music World (my first to that store in a year) only to be absolutely depressed when I saw how little was of not just soundtracks, but the entire music department. I swear that the contents of the department could easily be housed in my studio apartment. All the shopping that I used to do in person is now on the web. Thank God for that, but I miss going into the stores. I hope somebody someday will rectify this dilemma.

 
 Posted:   Nov 13, 2013 - 3:45 PM   
 By:   AnthonyOrecchio   (Member)

Check out the Princeton Record Exchange. http://www.prex.com/

They have a very large used section. I don't think you are going to find labels like La La Land, Intrada, Music Box etc.. But you will find Varese, Sony Classical, Disney, etc.

Happy shopping!

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 13, 2013 - 4:57 PM   
 By:   Rexor   (Member)

My folks are in New Jersey these days..any good stores out there for soundtrack cds. I want them to pick up John Williams' THE BOOK THIEF soundtrack. My parents fly back on 19th..and I know the cd will be officially be released on 19th. So anyone know if its out early and pinpoint a good store that would make it easy. Thanks!

Offhand, I can't recall any stores that would definitely carry new score releases. I would recommend calling the store beforehand. In the past, I have used "big chain" stores like FYE, Barnes and Noble, etc. These stores might carry score releases, on the official release date, if the score is popular. The problem with "modern" stores is that the all carry the same inventory...

http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/storelocator/stores.aspx?pagetype=storeList&city=&state=NJ&zip=#content

http://www.fye.com/stores/fye/store-locator.jsp

In NYC, J&R Music and Computer World (and I was going to write Colony Records) might have it.

http://www.jr.com/information/directions.jsp


Check out the Princeton Record Exchange. http://www.prex.com/

They have a very large used section. I don't think you are going to find labels like La La Land, Intrada, Music Box etc.. But you will find Varese, Sony Classical, Disney, etc.


If you are looking for used soundtracks, I second the Princeton Record Exchange recommendation. The soundtrack collection isn't big as Amoeba's and it also seems to be shrinking while the DVD section has been expanding. frown I must write that I miss going to actual stores, browsing through cd's, and trying out scores... Last week, I went there for the first time this year. They had a lot of stuff from FSM, Varese, Intrada, etc. Just to give you an idea, I picked up stuff like The City of Lost Children ($8) Born Free (VS, $4), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button ($3), The Adventures of Mark Twain ($3), Old Gringo ($3), and Les Choristes ($2). I also got a chance to see what some of the current "rare" scores are: Clash of the Titans, Miracle on 34th Street / Come to the Stable, The Quiller Memorandum, etc. They have free wi-fi in store ...

-Rex

 
 Posted:   Nov 13, 2013 - 5:51 PM   
 By:   Amer Zahid   (Member)

Thanks every one!

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 13, 2013 - 6:21 PM   
 By:   Joe Brausam   (Member)

Check out the Princeton Record Exchange. http://www.prex.com/

They have a very large used section. I don't think you are going to find labels like La La Land, Intrada, Music Box etc.. But you will find Varese, Sony Classical, Disney, etc.

Happy shopping!


Princeton Record Exchange is a place I go to once a month at least, and you will DEFINITELY find product from the specialty labels in the used section, a fair amount. I've come across lots of FSM and Varese Club, some LLL, and a few Intradas. They definitely currently have stock from all those labels currently, so it's worth checking out! Sometimes they'll even out releases out early, I got the Special Edition of The Hobbit there last year the weekend before the actual release date, so you could always luck out in that respect too.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 13, 2013 - 6:58 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

There was a store, can't remember the name now, I believe on west 20th street off 5th ave that used to have a lot of soundtrack cds.It was there for years , In the 90's they sold a lot of great lp s of all kind, by the turn of the century they stay with cds. Was a well known place in New York, Does anyone know about this store? Is it gone?

 
 Posted:   Nov 13, 2013 - 7:13 PM   
 By:   Sigerson Holmes   (Member)

There used to be an astounding Tower Records near Lincoln Center. Gone now.

But downstairs at the Barnes & Noble across the street from the old Tower site, I saw a nice "shows & movies" section that reminded me of the old days. (Downstairs was mostly movies, but they carried audiodiscs too, though I haven't visited in a while.)

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 14, 2013 - 11:48 AM   
 By:   nitzschemorricone   (Member)

In Manhattan proper, I must give another nod to the original Academy Records location in the Flatiron district. I primarily shop for vinyl there, but they have an excellent, constantly rotating selection of CDs of all genres. Many hard-to-find and OOP titles, the majority of which are fairly priced and in superb condition. Same goes for DVDs and Blu-rays (often these are review copies, which probably haven't been viewed at all and in which appear in the store pre-streetdate). This place is consistently competitively priced (i.e. priced to move not as museum pieces) and, again, usually in fine condition. If the condition isn't up to snuff it's bargain-priced.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 14, 2013 - 7:44 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

TO NITZSCHEMORRICONE-That is the one was thinking of off 5th, In the late 90' I bought thousands of lps ,many soundtracks from them. I never forgot the month or so when they were cleaning out their inventory and every day they brought in a large amount of lp's in the store I was one of maybe a few dozen who spent those weeks going back and forth. morning , noon and night [around my job,] buying thousands, yes thousand' s , fun time.One SUNDAY I think I went back and forth 6 times.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 14, 2013 - 7:50 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

Great for vinyl.

 
 Posted:   Nov 14, 2013 - 7:50 PM   
 By:   Amer Zahid   (Member)

TO NITZSCHEMORRICONE-That is the one was thinking of off 5th, In the late 90' I bought thousands of lps ,many soundtracks from them. I never forgot the month or so when they were cleaning out their inventory and every day they brought in a large amount of lp's in the store I was one of maybe a few dozen who spent those weeks going back and forth. morning , noon and night [around my job,] buying thousands, yes thousand' s , fun time.One SUNDAY I think I went back and forth 6 times.


Yes. I remember this shop as well too. Picked some great cds from there including King Rat and King Kong from there. It has a great Vinyl collection too but didn't find at film scores LPs unfortunately.

 
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