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Tower Of Bankruptcy - Riffs and Licks
Tower Of Bankruptcy
I stopped by Tower Records to take advantage of their going-out-of-business sale, but bought much less than I'd thought I would. The problem is that Tower is so ridiculously expensive (most new CDs are $18.99) that even with 15% off, it's still cheaper to go to J&R. So I got some discounted CDs, most notably an import of Robert Johnson's complete recordings for about $8. I've had them on LP for years, both the original Columbia records and the boxed set that came out ten years ago or so, but it's nice to have them digitally. Various country brother-harmony discs for a mix CD I'm planning to make (the Brothers Everly, Monroe, Stanley and Bolick) and a great sound effects CD. Plus Bonnie Raitt's third album (oh, for the days when she played gutsy slide guitar instead of easy listening crap) and a Saw Doctors album I didn't have.


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harrietbrown From: harrietbrown Date: October 15th, 2006 04:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Tower of Bankruptcy, heh! That's funny. Yay for J&R!

I have the Robert Johnson CD box set. Very cool. I think I got it when I belonged to BMG Music Club.

Turtle Island String Quartet has a version of "Crossroads" that is pretty wonderful, if you ever feel compelled to listen to different versions of that tune. The Allman Bros. have an early version of it, too, on the "Dreams" CD box set. As if you can't tell, "Crossroads" is one of my favorite songs. No need to bring up the Slowhand version. But I just did, for the sake of completeness.
steelbrassnwood From: steelbrassnwood Date: October 15th, 2006 05:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
A string quartet version of that song would be interesting! In Vermont last weekend we went out to see a local musician, who did a version of "Crossroads" that showed he'd studied Johnson's playing, and one of Shana's friends said she'd never heard such a good version of it before. The rock version of that song (and worse, the endless plodding repetition of it at blues jams where I'd be wondering about possible ways to commit suicide with a harmonica) makes you forget the power of the original. It is indeed quite a song.
From: redstripe Date: October 15th, 2006 05:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
oh man, they're all going out of business?
steelbrassnwood From: steelbrassnwood Date: October 15th, 2006 05:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, the company is in bankruptcy and on the block. I remember waiting on line for King Crimson to sign Three Of A Perfect Pair when they opened in 1984, just after they'd opened. But I'm not terribly nostalgic. It was overpriced, the selection wasn't that great, and the staff often had more attitude than knowledge.
From: redstripe Date: October 15th, 2006 05:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
yeah, it's an overpriced suckfest in general, but they ALWAYS got the documentaries/indies that blockbuster didn't on tuesdays, and it was so convenient to be able to go there til midnight...oh well.
steelbrassnwood From: steelbrassnwood Date: October 15th, 2006 05:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
All the rental DVDs are 50% off, which is a pretty good deal. I wouldn't mind seeing Blockbuster bite the dust either, to be honest.
From: redstripe Date: October 15th, 2006 05:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
50% of the new retail price?

i would, simply cause there's no better option.
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