Twist and Shout
This was my first time in this shop. I like the way the owner has everything organized and priced. All product is marked on the outer plastic sleeve with the artist name, the catalog number, title, price and anything that is special about the item such as “promo”, “German pressing” and so on. I liked that, as it was a real time saver. Prices are super reasonable with most LP’s in the $4.00 range. The owner seemed cool. This will be a regular stop when I’m in TUS. I bought several import LP’s and an Aerosmith “S.O.S.” wlp 7” for $3.00 5741 E. Speedway, Tucson, AZ
So, I drive to PDQ and there is a sign on the locked gated doors, “This is the place, please be patient”. I look inside the window, thousands of LP’s everywhere. I call their number, disconnected. I ask around town and people tell me that they have been closed for 4 months and this time may be the last time. So it sounds like good old PDQ may be down for the count. They used to be so good. My brother and I used to make two trips a year to PDQ from about 1991 to around 1999. Then they changed hands and things went downhill. Since then the stock has been weak and totally picked over. Pretty disappointing because for me, for a very long time they were the best used record store in the U.S. They always seemed to get a steady supply of imports, promos and the occasional bootleg. It appears to me the other shops in town are now picking up the slack. R.I.P.
3370 E. Speedway location. I went to the Speedway store and was pleasantly surprised by the selection of vinyl. I used to stop by Zia in years past and they never had much in he way of collectible vinyl. They always had a decent selection of new/used CD’s and DVD, and they still do but it appears they have stepped it up in the vinyl dept. The Speedway store has a fair amount of used vinyl. I got a Pink Floyd German "Dark Side of the Moon" quad for $12.99, a Japanese Doors “Soft Parade” for $12 and an Aerosmith “Get Your Wings” promo for $1.99 Suck on that.
The 3655 N. Oracle rd location has done a much better job with their vinyl dept. than the Speedway store, there is more quantity and quality. I picked up quite a bit here. They had 7” vinyl on sale, 8 for $5. I bought a bunch, many wlp Queen and the Who. In LP’s I got an Alice Cooper UK pressing, a Queen pirate picture disc for $10 and 2 Yellowman LP’s for $8, and a few other titles as well. pretty sweet.
They sell 2nd hand LP's at all 3 TUS locations but don't bother wasting your time looking for records at Bookman's. They should take what they have out for sale and throw them in the trash and use the floor space for more books, magazines, CD's and DVD's (which are good) because the vinyl they have for sale is total garbage.