Metro Detroit has a long list of history-rich, legendary record stores. With all of the choices to choose from, it’s nearly impossible to visit each one. CW50 has put together the ultimate list of where to find that 1956 jazz vinyl you’ve been searching for, or that 1987 cassette tape that you absolutely need to complete your collection.
So, without further ado and in no particular order, your guide to some of our favorites…
A little gem right in the heart of downtown Royal Oak, Solo Records stocks their shelves with vinyl, 45’s, CDs, cassettes, DVDs, VHS, reel to reel tapes, 78’s, and even 8-tracks. If there is something you’re looking for, whether it is rock, rap, jazz or reggae, you can bet you’ll find it at Solo Records.
The independent record store has been buying and selling everything music since 1984, Rock of Ages Inc. carries not only new and used vinyl, CDs, DVDs, and box sets, but also has concert tee-shirts from a wide variety of shows. Missed the chance to buy your shirt at your last show? Not to worry, Rock of Ages Inc. will probably have just what you’re looking for in stock.
Jazz and R&B collectors should mark People’s Records as a must-visit as the store keeps in stock every obscure artist from the 1920s to the 1980s. Strictly selling only used, People’s Records is the place to go if you have an old LP or 45 to sell. The store also has no CDs or cassettes, but makes up for it with its impressive collection of over 80,000 45’s, most with an emphasis on Motown and Northern Soul music.
An internationally-renowned record store in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor, Encore Records prides itself on their impressive collection of “rare records and CDs from around the world.” That CD you’re looking for, that you’re sure no one else has heard of? You can bet you’ll find it at Encore Records. If not, you can leave your name with one of the very helpful staff members (who are also well-versed in a variety of music) and they will call you when it’s in stock.
Dearborn Music record store opened in 1956 and since then they’ve proven reliable when it comes to your music needs. The store has over 50,000 new and used CDs, vinyl, DVDs and more in stock every day. Perhaps that’s why they say “Ask and we will find it for you.” No time to make it to the store? You can also browse their entire collection on their website and have just what you need shipped right to your door.
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