Speaking of hit and run record dealers. Mini-Max in Seal Beach was probably related to Bob’s Discount and Larry’s Patio Records, which operated at various hit and run locations for about two decades. Allegedly, they’d open up as Music Minus, or some such, then do business, while forgetting things like rent, until they were evicted, then open up some place else. Loved finding their newest locations. Last seen on Tenth St. near Redondo.
The Record Collector was owned by Bob Setlik and jazz collector Jeff Barr. They kept it going until someone broke in and stole their rarest LPs. Don’t recall a thing about Spinning Works except they had a card. Zed was world famous, first specialized in progressive rock (Gentle Giant, etc.); incubated punk and lasted in three locations, most recently on Lakewood near the Traffic Circle.
Both Mundae near the Pier and Revolver on Seventh St. rocked. Speaking of rock titles, Beggar’s Banquet in O.C. was famous for handling Springsteen bootlegs. The story alleges they were sued by The Boss, who agreed not to collect if they’d cease and desist. They agreed. Smart move.
Flip Side was opened by high school or college kids who visited my collection and bought some LPs until they saw a price sticker on a rare LP and were upset I’d increased the price. Like there’s a little known LP price control law, I imagine.
Lamar’s Records was begun by dyed-in-the-blues fan Gilbert Duarte who was part of the Moon & Mars duet when in junior high in Compton. He specialized in hard to get blues LPs and the newly invented blues CDs in the 1980s. Just across Atlantic Avenue was Bobby Dalton’s eclectic record and curio shop called the Velvet Underground, which created an early rare record zone. It was in business for a few decades.
Dalton gave pieces of his business to managers like Chuck Davis, who had put Wenzel’s into the rare record auction business and when Chuck left, to a larger than life guy named Junior. Neither stayed around to cash in their part ownership. For awhile Dalton presented live music from an in-store stage and I recall the district’s councilman Jerry Schulz made up part of one audience. Lamar moved on to Wardlow Rd. where he hung in for at least a decade, having blues collectors bring in rare records for after-hours 45 and 78 rpm recording spinning parties.
These are just the tip of the iceberg when vinyl in all speeds and forms were marketed in our town. There was Licorice Pizza on Seventh near CSULB which kiddie record collector Glen Banks managed and where I found a bulletin board advert for some rare 45 sold to me by an old Hawthorne lowrider named Jerry Silvester (I still have the sticker on a Red Robin label 45) out of Seal Beach. Pizza also had Fifth St. location downtown with plush couches and orange crate record shelves near the Rivoli Theater.
There was also American Music which expanded to Viking Way in time for me to get a rare promo of the Ruben & the Jets LP in about 1970.
Wallich’s closed up shop in the late 70s or early 80s and that was just the start. Luckily, we still have Fingerprints, we still have Bagatelle and we still have Dizzy on Vinyl on Seventh Street and a few more I’m not revealing. Let‘s treasure these brave retailers of new and second hand vinyl, while we still can.
For more on record shops in the area, check out Record Collector News, found on-line, at Bagatelles or at the Orange County Record Show in Stanton, while they last.