Here is how I would summarize Massachusetts record shopping: Go to Mystery Train in Gloucester and Record Exchange in Salem and skip Boston altogether.
Gloucester - Mystery Train Records
I was driving south along the coast and just happened to arrive here at 15 mins to seven. The Mystery Train closes at 7 and the clerk told me so. "We close in 10 minutes". OK dude. I blasted through the rock LP's in 10 minutes. I walked out with 3 Rush boots, a Deep Purple promo interview disc and a B-52's promo. This is a really good store, it looks like they keep it well stocked with good stuff in all genres. 21 Main Street. Highly Recommended.
|They have cool bags too|
|Three Rush boots and a Deep Purple promo|
Salem - The Record Exchange
What an awesome shop! I was pleasantly surprised by this place. The clerk was friendly and helpful. Found a Pretenders boot I had never seen before. A Sparks UK import 12", a Cars UK import 12", an REO "Riding the Storm Out" advance promo and some other cool shit. The clerk told me people from Boston drive up to Salem to buy records, now i know why, there isn't much in Boston, The Record Exchange has all the good stuff in all genres, reasonable prices and you don't have to pay $12 an hour to pawk your caw, like you do in Boston. 256 Washington Street. Highly Recommended.
In Your Ear - Two locations – one on Commonwealth by Boston University and one on Mount Auburn in Cambridge. Both are pretty much full of LP’s and they aren’t very collectable from what I could gather, although you may do better then me. All I found was common picked over stuff. I did buy an Elton John “Honky Cat” LP an import from somewhere, not sure where yet though. It was two bucks. That was all I could find between both of these shops. Probably worth a look if your in the area.
Weirdo Records – Cambridge
Cheepo – Cambridge
Cheepo didn’t have anything I wanted, and like the rest of Boston, they aren’t that cheep either.
Planet Records – Cambridge
They had what seemed to be a pretty good jazz section but the rock was common, picked over and high priced.
Nuggets – Lot’s of LP’s in here, some are cool, like the several boots from Queen, Bowie and others I saw, but at $35.99 each I guess that’s why they are still there. Other than that, lots of commons in this place, just around the corner from Fenway Park. Can’t recommend this one though.
Jelly's New and Used CD’s - Common LP’s, don’t bother. Go next door to That’s Entertainment which is a comic book store complete with side room where the uber nurds hang out and play Dugeons and dragons or some kind of geek shit there. But they have some LP’s including some boots, overpriced but at least they have them. If your in the area stop in.
|The vinyl section at That's Entertainment|
Natick – Déjà Vu RecordsWhen I walked in the door I tripped over a box. Bad sign. What a disorganized joint. The owner lady is from somewhere I just don’t know where, safe to say not the USA. She is very friendly and helpful, but god damn her shop is a mess, after flipping through all her common records, I entertained myself by looking at the colossal cluster fuck she has going on there. I was about out the door when I saw a few Beatles LP’s. I generally don’t do Beatles but she had a couple bootlegs and a few commercial releases with the shrink on it and a hole punched promo White Album that was in great shape, so I asked her the price since nothing is priced. $5 each for the bootlegs and a few bucks each for the others. OK, done deal. She does have lots of jazz, classical and soundtracks so if you wanna dig, have fun, but I won’t be going back here. 154 E. Central Ave.
|From the outside it looks innocent enough|
|Get in the door and you see the mess|
|Her house must be super awesome|