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Merry Record Store Day

04/17/2015

 

Chatting with fellow music fanatics  waiting for the Bangor Bull Moose to open at last year's Record Store Day.

Chatting with fellow music fanatics waiting for the Bangor Bull Moose to open at last year’s Record Store Day. (Photo by Jennifer Moore).

If Record Store Day is like Christmas morning for music geeks then Maine is our North Pole.

Does that mean I’m a rock n’ roll elf?

The amazing smorgasbord of new, exclusive and reissued music released on old-fashioned vinyl this Saturday was conceived by a Maine media chain called Bull Moose in 2007. Now Record Store Day is celebrated annually on the third Saturday of April in hundreds of music stores all over the world.

The ironic thing is Bull Moose, which has 11 stores in Maine and New Hampshire, doesn’t carry much vinyl on its shelves the rest of the year. It features CDs, books, DVDs  but no wax from artists like Led Zepplin, Linda Rondstadt or Johnny Cash.

So if you live in Bangor and want classic soul albums from the 70s, old-school country records, Elton John singles or rare 60s jazz platters you have to go somewhere else.

I go to Dr. Records.

Dr. Records shares a large, nondescript building with a whoopie pie bakery and tailor shop in a neighborhood between downtown Bangor and the airport. A big yellow sign features a wild blue-haired man wearing a lab coat and head mirror. Perhaps the good doctor back in his youth?

Every day is Record Store day at Dr. Records.

Two days before the vinyl celebration at the big box Bull Moose out in the mall, I took neighbor Buck to Dr. Records.

Buck is a bearded & burly New Jersey native, a reluctant former Marine and UMaine student disk jockey who just recently learned to drop the needle on vinyl. I taught him.

At Dr. Records, Buck looked for an album by a veteran soul jazz outfit called the Crusaders. The good Doctor steered him in the right direction and pulled a couple options from the bins.

“If you’re just getting into them and want to hear some of their best work, this is the album I recommend,” he said.

Buck made the buy for $5.99.

Later that night, I did a little research on the Crusaders. The group has released dozens of albums since the 1960s. The album Buck bought earned a 5-star review on Allmusic.com. A certified classic.

Yes, Record Store Day at Bull Moose is like Christmas morning at grandma’s house.

But Dr. Records is the real Santa Claus.

Dr. Records. Bangor, Maine

Dr. Records. Bangor, Maine

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