I miss record stores. I know there are still some out there, but they aren’t as ubiquitous as they were when I was growing up in the 1970s and 80s. The main stores I shopped in were National Record Mart and Camelot Music. I recall getting some good albums in the bargain bin at G.C. Murphy’s as well.
I’m taking this walk down memory lane because my latest Flickr album – Let’s Go Shopping – features two photos of record stores. I think I’ve mentioned before that I enjoy looking closely at the details of images. The high-resolution files made by the Prints & Photographs Division lend themselves to close-up study. In one record store photo, taken in November of 1979 by Thomas O’Halloran for U.S. News and World Report Magazine, I (with a little help from some of my colleagues) was able to identify 33 of the albums for sale!
Here is the photo:
In no particular order, though I’m listing my favorite first:
- Saturday Night Fiedler
- Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Rust Never Sleeps
- Cheap Trick – Dream Police
- The Alan Parsons Project – Eve
- Led Zeppelin – In Through the Out Door
- Foreigner – Head Games
- Journey – Evolution
- Jethro Tull – Stormwatch
- Barbra Streisand – Wet
- Barry Manilow – One Voice
- Cheap Trick – In Color
- Bob Dylan – Slow Train Coming
- David Bromberg – Wanted Dead or Alive
- Jefferson Starship – Freedom at Point Zero
- Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run
- Jimmy Buffett – Volcano
- Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – So Far
- Emerson, Lake & Palmer – In Concert
- AKB- Stand Up Sit Down
- The Main Event
- The Billie Holiday Story
- Jean-Luc Ponty – Live
- Pat Metheny Group – American Garage
- Christa Ludwig & Leonard Bernstein – An Evening of Brahms Songs
- Claudja Barry – Boogie Woogie Dancin’ Shoes
- Taka Boom – Taka Boom
- Commodores – Midnight Magic
- Michael Jackson – Off the Wall
- David Ruffin – So Soon We Change
- Bobbi Humphrey – Freestyle
- Angela Bofill – Angie
- Rufus & Chaka – Masterjam
- Lou Rawls – When You Hear Lou, You’ve Heard it All
There is one album that I haven’t been able to place. Do you know what it is?
- See other photos taken by Thomas O’Halloran.
- Learn about the U.S. News & World Report Magazine Photograph Collection.
- Check out this blog about America’s Record Collection.