[JPL] Re: Tower Records To Be Liquidated

jazzrockworld rick at jazzrockworld.com
Mon Oct 9 16:44:00 EDT 2006

Agreed - good riddance to the chain store.

I was of course referring to the days when the only Tower in the SF Bay Area
was "Columbus and Bay". They were very clever back then and made those giant
painted posters outside the building that usually indicated a new release or
a particular artist was on tour in The City. The Jazz section of that store
was gigantic and the dept. manager took a lot of chances and carried nearly
everything, and had no fear of imports. No other record store had the Jazz
section that Tower did. 

Then sometime later, in the Bay Area (Berkeley specifically), Leopold's
opened and the Jazz section was even more exciting. Just around the corner
from Leopold's, Rasputin's opened two stores 1) Rock & everything else and
2) a Jazz store. That particular Jazz store was beyond belief.
Unfortunately, it was located right next to a Greek restaurant where the
owner decided to burn everything down for the insurance and the Rasputin's
Jazz store went down and was never replaced. (The knucklehead restaurant
owner was so dumb, he was caught by his own security cameras). 

San Francisco and Berkeley (along with Hollywood) still have an Amoeba
Record store and you never know what you'll find there. 

For a Fusion fan, the Amoeba store is a gold mine. Nobody likes Fusion, so
everything we like ends up in the 2.00 bin's. Off topic a bit - I can't
believe that "Acoustic Boogie" on Blue Note with Terumasa Hino (Trumpet),
Greg Osby (Sax (Alto)), Masabumi Kikuchi (Piano), James Genus (Bass
(Electric)), Billy Kilson (Drums), is still available at Amazon for

After the glory days, Tower started to open "Satellite" stores. We had one
in Fremont with a Jazz section that was smaller than the selection of
humorous cards in the Hallmark "Recently Deceased" section. 

Enough, you know what I mean. I'm stuck in the 70's...

Rick Calic


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<<< Bill Graham's gone, Jerry Garcia's gone, and now the retailer that
brought their magic to the world is gone.
For me, this hits the "end of an era" bulls eye.
Life is a big circle and I'm lucky to have witnessed a fantastic part of
that circle.
Goodbye old friend... >>>>

I say good bye and good riddance. I recall when the first So Cal branch of
Sac Town's Tower Records opened on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywierd, I
guess it was '71 or '72. What a magical shop it was throughout the 70s and
then it quickly became just another chain store with maybe a bit wider

Long live the indy shops!!!!!



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