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Where can I buy these records?

PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2008 12:34 pm
by Charlie
email from Christian

Dear Charlie,

I would be most grateful if you could kindly provide me with the name, address and telephone number of the organisation that sells the record the records you play. I am most interested in buying quite a few records including two from the list you played last week Sunday. Please treat as urgent. Thank you.

Regards,

Christian

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CG reply

depends where you are, Christian

In London, Sterns African record Shops on Euston Rd, around the corner from Warren St tube, is probably the best place to start, while down on Oxford St, HMV is pretty good (much better than Virgin, or whatever the new shop is called - Zavvi?)

in Paris, the FNAC chain has always been very good, although it's a year or two since I was there

in the United States, I believe Borders is the best chain store.

But in general, the online sites Amazon (in UK and USA) and Alapage (in France) probably have wider stocks than any shops.

Perhaps others can add to this short list. What about Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa, Russia, Finland, India, China, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, south of France?

Re: Where can I buy these records?

PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2008 4:32 pm
by Jonathan E.
Charlie wrote:in the United States, I believe Borders is the best chain store.

You might believe so, Charlie, and it might even actually be the best chain store — but it is quite awful at least in the NW. Borders used to be better down in the Bay Area, so I suppose it might be better in other parts of the country. I always feel physically sick after spending more than about ten minutes in there.

Charlie wrote:But in general, the online sites Amazon (in UK and USA) and Alapage (in France) probably have wider stocks than any shops.

Absolutely true. There are many others. Dusty Groove is a personal favourite at http://www.dustygroove.com/, especially for funk and jazz and Brazilian, but an interesting selection of "Global Grooves," and often much better prices than Amazon. Very reliable service and will get stuff in if you ask. Also has a real-life store in Chicago. CD Roots at http://www.cdroots.com/ is another store with an interesting and wide ranging selection. I can't personally recommend it 'cos I've never bought from them — but it has been in business a long time so can't be bad.

PS Don't forget that Sterns has a very impressive online presence, http://www.sternsmusic.com/.

PostPosted: Sun Nov 23, 2008 12:00 pm
by Charlie
email from:

John Forde, Galway City

Hey Charlie, I just heard you talking about where to get 'Gillett' music (alternative to World!!?)....

Amnesty International shops stock the Putumayo CDs and books so it's a good place to recommend to newbies!

Thanks for the sounds!

John, Galway

USA sources for Charlie-music :)

PostPosted: Sun Dec 14, 2008 10:11 pm
by Ken Josenhans
Re: Borders in the USA:: I already wrote about this in the "credit crunch" item. Interesting that Jonathan E's physical reaction echoes mine somewhat. Me, I want to cry. Borders Store #1, my hometown local, now fits all of its remaining CDs in the space which used to be the classical music room -- maybe less than 25% of the CD square footage that they had in 2000. I still find a few classical CDs at Borders, but very little of interest in world & folk music any more. It certainly can't hurt to look, if you have a Borders in your neighborhood.

The competing bookstore chain Barnes & Noble probably has about as good a selection in their CD departments -- they were never as well stocked as Borders so they have cut back less. No other national chain has any significant stock in world & folk, to the best of my knowledge. Best Buy, the leading "big box" electronics chain, stocks maybe a handful of what they hope will be popular world music discs.

re http://www.cdroots.com :: I have been buying from Cliff at CDRoots.com as long as he has had the online boutique store open. Excellent service. Short sound samples available for most albums. My highest recommendation.

Buying European discs from amazon.co.uk works great, and it's often cheaper than buying them from the USA's amazon.com.

Re: USA sources for Charlie-music :)

PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2008 6:11 pm
by judith
Ken Josenhans wrote:
re http://www.cdroots.com :: I have been buying from Cliff at CDRoots.com as long as he has had the online boutique store open. Excellent service. Short sound samples available for most albums. My highest recommendation..


I agree. Personal attention given when needed as well. I also recommend Cliff's Rootsworld bulletin for updates on recordings complete with background information and reviews. And, as well as sound samples, the catalogue is great browsing. His rootsworld radio is also great listening, can click on the window and it not only gives you the title, but takes you to the write-up on the album. I've not found anything to compare with it here in the states. For me, it takes the place of a periodical as well as a place to purchase. (I discovered my very first Charlie Gillett compilation at CDRoots)