Turntables & Vinyl #13 – The New York Adventure

The family and I took a wonderful Spring Break vacation to the bustling city of New York.  What an amazing city.  There are so many things to see and so little time to see it all, but we crammed in as much as we could.  I was even able to take a few hours and visit some record stores while we were down in Greenwich Village. Lucky Me!!

Before we get to that, let’s talk a little about the trip.  We arrived on Sunday afternoon and had a little time to run down to Time Square to check things out.  The kids were stunned by the huge, bright, flashing billboards and all the people…all the interesting and very strange people.

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We saw where the film the Late Show with Steven Colbert, where the Broadway Show Rocktopia was playing which was starring Pat Monahan from Train while we were there (didn’t see it though), we of course saw Time Square and even went and snapped a picture at Radio City Music Hall.

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And for some reason this creepy guy was following me around…

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The next morning to our surprise, it was snowing!!  Snowing!! Wait a second, this was supposed to be a Spring Break trip…where the hell was Spring.  Regardless, we ventured out and had a wonderful day.  We went down to Rockefeller Center and were going to ice skate, but the kids changed their mind (it was too cold…whatever!!).  We then ventured over to one of the most beautiful churches I have ever seen.  It was St. Patrick’s Cathedral.  I can only say..Wow!!  It was simply breathtaking.

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After that, we strolled over to the Museum of Modern Art.  That was one of my favorite stops because I got to see one of my favorite painting of all time…Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh.  My daughter thought I was nuts as I was freaking out finally getting to see this painting in person.  I am sorry, but I thought it was really, really cool!!  Now there were so many other paintings, but some of the “Modern Art” is a little beyond me.  I didn’t get some of it…hell some of it looked like my kids drew them back in the 1st grade.  To each their own I guess.

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We also ventured up to Central Park since our hotel was only 2 blocks from it.  With all the snow on the ground, it made for a beautiful stroll.  I really wanted to go up to see Strawberry Fields and the Drake where John Lennon was shot, so the family obliged.  It was cool seeing a place very notable in Rock History.

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On Tuesday, the wife woke up with a Migraine so it was a little slow going.  However, it was the perfect time for to take the kids Record Shopping.  So off we went for several hours without the wife.  I took the kids on their first Subway ride as Greenwich Village was way too far to walk.  Plus, it made it in an adventure.  We got down to Greenwich and we absolutely loved that part of time.  New York University was there and of course the Washington Square Arch.  After snapping some pictures, we headed out to the record stores.

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The first one on the list was Generations Records on 210 Thompson Street (the photo is off their Facebook page as we forgot to snap a picture and it was raining).

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The store was great. There were two floors.  The first floor had the albums and CDs and the downstairs had a lot of 12″ Singles and 45’s as well as other items.  They also have the sign from the old Bleecker Street Records Store that has closed.  I was able to find some cool things here. On a side note, the whole point of my record shopping was to find things I wouldn’t expect to find in Charlotte, NC.  I figured New York would give me just that.

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The first thing I grabbed was a 12″ Single for the Krokus song “Screaming in the Night”.  I really loved the album cover and I had to have it.  It was reasonably priced so I grabbed it.  It was a Special Promotional Single and I figured I might not ever see it again.

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The next thing I found wasn’t really anything special so I already broke my rule, but I didn’t have a vinyl copy yet so I took it since it was cheap.  It was David Lee Roth’s Skyscraper album.

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I started talking to guy at the counter and he was super helpful.  I was looking for anything Generation X and he had this bootleg BBC Live Recording that I thought was really cool.  It was a double LP and the vinyl was colored (one orange and one brown).  Perfect, sign me up.  I looked it up on Discogs and they won’t allow you to sell this on the site so that helped sway my decision to really wanting it.

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The last thing I found in the store was on CD.  I have started collecting Kiss bootlegs and I found one I didn’t have.  The CD cover picture is so gross and awesome at the same time.  What I loved about it were the pictures inside and on the disc are not the people playing on the CD.  The CD was the band Live at Fuji Speedway, Japan on July 23, 2006.  That means it would have been Eric Singer on Drums and Tommy Thayer on guitar.  Well, the pictures have Eric Carr in the Fox makeup, Peter Criss in his Cat makeup and Ace in his Space makeup.  No Singer and Thayer anywhere.  Oh well…it is a bootleg and because I bought several things, he knocked about $10 on my purchases.  I will take any discount they want to give.

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And that was all for Generation Records.  Now, the kids were getting hungry so we went over to John’s Pizzeria and had one delicious pepperoni pizza.  We devoured it.  And as it turned out the next record store was just down the next street.  The store was Record Runner on 5 Jones Street.  The store was small and very cramped.  However, it had the most unique items of the three.  The problem was I couldn’t afford them.

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They had an abundance of Kiss Japanese Edition Vinyls and they even had Kiss Originals Volume 2 from Japan (at $400…no thanks).  They had 4 Generation X singles (I didn’t get any as they were pricey…I couldn’t buy just one as I thought he would get lonely plus at $20 each…yikes), but I did get a couple 12″ Singles that I did not have.  The first was Kiss Crazy Crazy Nights…

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and the next item was Def Leppard’s Too Late for Love…

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In talking with the owner, he told me the story of Bob Dylan’s Freewheelin’ album cover.  It was photographed right outside his store.  Here is the album cover…

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And here is that same picture now…well…it is me and it is raining and there are now some pretty big trees, but it is the same spot (more or less)…

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Now the kids were getting antsy and we passed this great little trendy popsicle place called PopBar or something like that.  It was actually delicious despite the loan you had to take out to eat them.  That kept them happy as there was one more stop to be made.  It was a place called Village Music World on 197 Bleecker Street (stock photo from Facebook).

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This place was awesome as well.  One of the guys running the place was very helpful and trigger happy with that pricing gun (more on that in a minute).  Now, they didn’t have any thing overly unique or out of the ordinary that I could find, but they had so many albums I have been wanting for so long.  So many that I had to pass on some as I was spending too much with all these different stops.

First on the stack was Ratt’s ‘Reach for the Sky’. I had never seen that one before and immediately added it to my pile.

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Next up was an original pressing of Kiss’ Love Gun. Believe it or not, I don’t have this one on vinyl.  It was reasonably priced (somewhat) so it is now in my collection.

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Then it was one I didn’t think I would ever find as they weren’t that popular back in the day.  It was one of my all time favorite Melodic Rock albums of the 80’s.  It was the debut album by the band Diving For Pearls.  An absolute masterpiece…at least to me.

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The last one I grabbed from there was an album that was completely overpriced.  It was Whitesnake’s Live…In the Heart of the City.  It was the single LP version not the double.  If I find the double, I will get that one as well.  Anyway, in talking with guy running the store I mentioned I really wanted that one, but I couldn’t pay that price.  He quickly grabbed it and cut the price in half…so now I have it.  It is in really remarkable shape (Mint) and still in the original plastic from when it was released.

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And that was all I got.  I couldn’t get too many as they had to fit in my suitcase and plus, I couldn’t spend too much.  That wouldn’t go over well with the boss.

Now the rest of the trip was pretty great with the one exception of Wednesday.  On Wednesday, we went to the American Museum of Natural History.  It was a massive place, but it sucked!!  The building was so damn hot!!!  I mean stifling hot!  And the place was so damn crowded.  We had been to some crowded places this week, but this was ridiculously crowded.  There were so many school field trips going on and everyone was just plain rude.  No where else had we run into that.  It was not a pleasant experience at all.

I know you are tired of hearing me ramble on about the trip, so I will just touch on the highlights.  We went to the Empire State Building (breathtaking views)…

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We took the Staten Island Ferry and saw the Statue of Liberty (it was free and I was going broke by then)…

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We went and saw a Broadway Show…Phantom of the Opera…it was the best Broadway Show I have ever seen (now the only other one I had seen was Mamma Mia – not by my choice)…

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We went back to Central Park…

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And went to The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) and saw Picasso, Dali and a ton of statues…

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The dumbest thing we did was stand in line for 2+ hours for dinner at a place called Ellen’s Stardust Diner.  It is a diner where all the wait staff are Broadway wannabe’s and they sing and dance during your meal.  Some of the performances were good and most were…well sucky.  They family loved it and that is all that matter.  Oh yeah, the food was so-so.  Not worth it in my book, but when you are outnumbered you go with the flow.  We did meet some nice people in line and it made the time go by pretty fast…okay not really…it still felt like 2+ hours.

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And that was our New York adventure.  We ran out of time and didn’t see a lot of things we wanted to so that will set it up nicely for a return trip to catch the things we missed.  We kept at a very leisurely pace so we didn’t feel pressured or rushed at any times and that was why we didn’t see everything, but I am okay with that.  It was an amazing trip and my oldest stated it was the best vacation we have ever done.  So, I have that!!!

Until next time…

19 thoughts on “Turntables & Vinyl #13 – The New York Adventure

  1. Looks like a Wicked Family Trip..something your kids will remember for a long time!
    Thanks for sharing picks of NYC…I hope to get there someday!
    wicked score on stuff MR SNOW!
    That Krokus Ep whats on the flip side of that EP? Funny if thats from 83 that would be the Headhunter album but that cover they used for the live album in 86….
    Ratt great score as well….found that one the weakest of the 80’s but in saying that there are still some great tracks on it…
    Nice score with DLR….that one sounds real good on vinyl….!
    Excellent trip and thanks for sharing…

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    1. Thanks! It was possibly the best trip we have done…definitely the biggest.
      I think the EP was for the Live album, but I haven’t researched it yet. I will in a future post. For me the prize was the Diving for Pearls album. One of my favorites from the 80’s.

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  2. Sounds like a great trip was made even sweeter with a few record shop stops… that David Lee Roth’s Skyscraper was one I used to see a whole lot, but I was always hesitant to buy it… still don’t have it.

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  3. You covered the trip well. I was gladly soaking it in when you said, “I know you are tired of hearing me …,” and that wasn’t the case at all. My jaunts to NYC occur about every 18 months. I make it a point to (1) see shows, (2) visit museums, (3) do something that specifically interests my group, like visiting a bookstore or a cake shop. So you had a good mix. I enjoyed hearing about it and learned things, too.

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  4. Wonderful – it’s my favourite city on Earth, I just love the place. It’s so exciting, just to be there and walk around.

    Ugh, that creepy guy! Looks like a killer to me. I expect he was just following you around because you were dressed like a stormtrooper though.

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