Mobile Records – 140 S. Sage Ave., Mobile, Alabama 36606
A good record store is like a treasure hunt …. stocked with records of all sorts, inviting a dig to see what you can discover. Mobile Records has that covered in spades. Records are everywhere, in bins, under bins, on bins, in crates, on the walls, you get the idea. Its a large space, with records organized by genre, everything reasonably priced. Some high end stuff if you’re looking for that (they had some Muddy Waters records on the wall, but I have those already). And some 8 tracks and 78s if you’re going in that direction. They also have some great old 45 record cases, including psychedelic platterpus cases from the late 60s.
You can listen to your finds before you buy.
My favorite was Ferrante and Teicher’s “Blast Off” from 1958. Ferrante and Teicher was a dueling piano band, which played easy listening songs in the 60s my father listened to. He was buying records in the 50s, and could have bought great blues or jazz records, or even some rockabilly. But no, he wanted Ferrante and Teicher. When I left home for school, he told me I could take any of this records I wanted. I took 2 Andres Segovia records (and happily left the Ferrante and Teicher behind). I felt no need to change that decision when I saw this record.
Worth a dig.
The store made Al.com’s list of 10 Great Record Stores In Alabama in April 2016.
And here’s an interview with the store’s owner Keith Glass that appeared in Al.com in April 2012 Vinyl Resurgence Giving A New Spin To Independent Record Stores describing the store when it first opened.
And oh, by the way, the store’s owner Keith Glass has his own wikipedia page describing his many (did I say many) musical accomplishments.
And how could I do a post about Mobile without a reference to Bob Dylan’s great Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again.
“And when Ruthie says come see her
in her honky-tonk lagoon
Where I can watch her waltz for free
‘neath her Panamanian moon
An’ I say “Aw come on now
you know about my debutante”
An’ she says “Your debutante just knows what you need
But I know what you want”