From the Land of Band Box Records

Vinyl Alive & Well In Colorado

May 19, 2019

Resurgence of Front Range Record Stores

Fort Collins, Colorado

Two new record stores have emerged in Fort Collins, Colorado to compete with the “Bizarre Bazaar” and “Rock N’ Robbins” which are both situated on College Avenue near the CSU Campus.

All Sales Vinyl….

…. owned by Doug Gaddy is open for business – also located on College Avenue but further to the North situated in the heart of the old town district – a great location.

All Sales Vinyl is located at 120 S. College Avenue – phone: 303-955-1519 – cell: 303-803-8349

Intersect Records….

Is located far to the southwest sector of Fort Collins – Situated inside Intersect Brewery – the facility doubles as a boutique like vinyl outlet.

2160 West Drake Road #A1 – 970-682-2041 – Web Site

Speaking of the Bizarre Bazaar…

I stopped by there and had a nice time going through their outside “honor system” bargain books and records – just a quarter each!  And if it is after hours – you can place your quarters in an envelope and drop it in the mail slot.

Also their 45’s (1,000’s of them) are now priced right.

The Bargain Rack

Longmont, Colorado

Two record outlets have relocated in Longmont – one coming in from Boulder, Colorado and the other departing downtown Longmont settling further to the west.

Absolute Vinyl…..

Is back – good news for record hounds – with a great inventory as was the case in Boulder before they closed shop there – and still offering quality stereo components.

Absolute has taken a nice spot on Longmont’s primary drive – 319 Main Street – 303-955-1519 – Facebook Page

Recycled Records….

Is now out on Hover Street with a much larger store – all of the LP’s arranged very nicely – with hundreds of quality collector LP’s displayed along the walls.  Recycled also offers up a nice line of stereo components.

Estes Park, Colorado

Sgt. Pepper’s Music and Video

Not a new store but one I had previously not listed – I always stop by when in beautiful Estes Park – They feature many new collectible type items – many Fab Four in nature – and then all the way to the back entrance of the store is their used LP racks.

Found more than a couple for my own collection through the years.  Worth a visit.

160 East Elkhorn Avenue – 970-586-7624 – Facebook Page

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Here is the Link to my “Rocky Mountain Vinyl Stores” Page

Get in touch should you have knowledge of another Colorado record store missing from the site.

Louise Duncan

Had a nice surprise this week picking up a copy of Denver’s Louise Duncan – a jazz pianist from back in the day.

Louise was a close friend of symphony bassist and jazz player Charlie Burrell who migrated to Denver from Detroit at a young age and who became very entrenched in the Five Points neighborhood music scene.

Here is an excerpt from an earlier Post pertaining to Louise:

“Charlie formed a close friendship with the extraordinary piano player Louise Duncan, who did not usually perform or play in Five Points.  Her usual venue was a long-gone Lakewood, Colorado spot named “The Aviation Club”.

The location was just off Pierce Street and Colfax.  I was able to frequent the Aviation from time-to-time since my future wife’s family had a membership (this WAS NOT a country club in the vein of Cherry Hills, Denver Country Club and so on – but a comfortable place for the “little people”.  The club included a nice olympic-size pool along with a very tiny little par three golf course – probably no more than four or five holes – and finally a quaint little restaurant where Louise chose to play for a considerable length of time.

She was also booked into downtown Denver’s elite restaurant, “Strombergs” (owner Al Stromberg) in what would come to be called “Larimer Square”.  Burrell would make her acquaintance at Stromberg’s where he would dine often after a Denver Symphony performance.  He helped her obtain a considerable boost in performing fees which established their friendship.

Burrell recalls, “I got a lot of my real broad experience in terms of being a good bass player playing with her, because she wouldn’t play in the traditional keys like B-flat, E-flat and A-flat.  She’d play the blues in F-Sharp or B-Natural.  And I had to follow her, you know, it was a challenge!”

The LP I located was recorded at Stromberg’s in Downtown Denver.

Bob Princeton with the Desperados

This LP comes from 1979 with singer song writer Bob Princeton backed by the Colorado group “The Desperados” featuring Max Hannum (keyboards), Dick Frost lead guitar), David Rodriquez (drums) and Ray Wilinski (bass).  This LP was recorded at Denver’s Maximum Sound Studios.

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