BEST PLACE TO BUY VINYL Minneapolis 2005 - Let It Be Records
1001 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403
In 10 or 15 years, maybe everyone except the elderly, the impoverished, and a few assorted Luddites will have all their recorded music on computers and tiny digital boxes. Then again, folks pronounced the album dead in the early '90s, and it's still going reasonably strong. You can still get vinyl editions of many hip-hop, dance, and indie-rock albums, the 12-inch single has never been improved on for DJ use, and it's not hard to find vintage jazz, rock, country, and blues on thick, audiophile wax at several area shops. Plus, the used-LP market is still vibrant, though it's not quite the bargain hunter's paradise that it once was. Vinyl junkies can turn to Treehouse, the Cheapo stores, Hymie's, Fifth Element, and other spots, but Let It Be's long-player collection is the best in town for leisurely browsing. Their dance section has all sorts of club music and electronica for you pro- and would-be DJs,?and the store is?loaded with sealed vinyl (rock, dance, what have you) and old rock, jazz, soul, pop, country, you name it. The selection is a mix of collectables, run-of-the-mill dusties, and wonderful cheap junk, and the store's website offers many titles--including the "Hart's Collection" of rare 78s and the "Pyramid Collection" of '60s-through-'80s LPs--not available in the brick-and-mortar space.