Independent Records - Bijou Best Of

Best Of 2015: Store for Music, Movies and Video Games

Best Of 2015: Place to Buy Vinyl

Even if Independent Records didn't have several area outlets, the Annex on Platte Avenue would probably be enough to win this category on its own. There, music fans and collectors can spend hours browsing through a sprawling collection of pre-owned, deep-catalog LPs, CDs, DVDs, books and magazines. Vinyl buyer Chuck Snow says '70s and '80s punk and New Wave tend to command the most attention, but notes that teenage girls have lately taken to buying up a lot of classic rock records, especially those of Fleetwood Mac, for reasons largely unknown. "The best albums are the ones that don't have warps, shredded covers, mold, cat pee or the Hantavirus," Snow advises. He adds: "Three albums I see in every buy are Herb Alpert's Whipped Cream and Other Delights, Kenny Rogers' The Gambler, and the Jesus Christ Superstar soundtrack." Fortunately, most local thrift stores will be happy to take those off your hands. — Bill Forman

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