Vinyl Guru – 152 Broadway Newport Rhode Island 02840
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A small shop opened in 2014, it has a typical assortment of rock, jazz, blues and soul records, with one exception.  There, in the back, behind the counter, on a shelf, in all its glory, stood a first press of the Flat Earth Society’s 1968 psych record Waleeco on Fleetwood.  Typically, this record sells for between $300 and $400.  Alas, our friendly proprietor both knew what it was worth, and was already in discussions to sell it to another willing to pay the price.  He told me he had bought it for the princely sum of $1 at Supersavers (a local thrift shop) which made sense, as the Flat Earth Society was a Boston based band.  And there you have one of the reasons we go to record stores – the thrill of the hunt for a record such as this.  Well, maybe I’ll find it in the next store …..

Wanna go?  You can find Vinyl Guru on our Record Stores Map

Vinyl Guru - Newport Rhode Island - store front

Vinyl Guru - Newport Rhode Island - store window
Dig those crazy 45 boxes.

Vinyl Guru - Newport Rhode Island - store interior

Vinyl Guru - Newport Rhode Island - store interior

Vinyl Guru - Newport Rhode Island - store interior
A discwasher – with fluid. The latest in technology for cleaning your records, circa 1975.

Vinyl Guru - Newport Rhode Island - store interior

Vinyl Guru - Newport Rhode Island - store interior

Vinyl Guru - Newport Rhode Island - store interior

Here’s a link to a September 2014 story titled Ode To A Time (Before Their Own) on the Newportri.com with a brief interview with the store’s owner on the shop and its founding.
And here’s an interview on Created Here to Vinyl Guru Records about the store and its history.  The link has some more cool photos of the store, including one of the store t-shirt, featuring none other than Lionel Richie.

And here’s a recent video from Ethan Minsker/the Great Record Hunt/ of the store.  In it he interviews the store’s owner Kyle Tormey about the store, what it offers, and its history.  Pretty cool tune in the background too, I might add – Kissed By An Animal’s Floating Head (2019).

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