[JPL] Re: Tower Records To Be Liquidated

jazzrockworld rick at jazzrockworld.com
Mon Oct 9 17:21:48 EDT 2006


I believe the "Columbus and Bay" store was considered the one in North
Beach. It's only about 8 blocks away and I think it was the only Tower in
SF.

I wish I could say I've bought more on line, but things didn't work out well
for me financially in the last 20 years. I've got about 15 feet of vinyl
(mostly Fusion) packed in boxes. In fact, during the "good old days" I'd go
over to Japan Town, look through Swing Journal's and order records from the
pictures through The Kinokuniya Book Store. Got all the Miles stuff that was
never released here until they came out on Cd's (Black Beauty, Plugged
Nickel 1 & 2, Berlin, etc.), Kazumi Watanabe, Sadao Watanabe, Native Son,
Mabumi Yamaguchi, Takehiro Honda, Teruo Nakamura, The Great Jazz Trio, Dave
Liebman, and a bunch more. Not to mention all the duplicates I wanted on
Japanese vinyl. I bought four Wayne Shorter Native Dancer's before finally
giving up and getting a good one from Japan. 

Ahhh, sorry, visiting hours at the rest home are just about over...

Best,

Rick


 



 

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liked what you said... remember the one in North Beach in SF, having said
that, have bought more music on line. :-)
   
  c.

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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
$1.45.... 

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
selection.

Long live the indy shops!!!!!

Arturo


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