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	    ==============================================
	    Stores In The USA That Carry Progressive Music
	    ==============================================

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				FLORIDA
				-------

::Store::
  Asylum Records
::Address::
  6560 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, Florida
::Phone::
  (813)384-1221
::Hours::
  Monday - Saturday, 10 AM - 8 PM; Sunday, 12 - 5 PM
::Comments::
  Huge store specializing in imports and independent labels. Although
  they are not a specialized prog store, by the nature of the labels
  they carry they stock *a lot* of progressive titles. Their prices
  are very reasonable (lower than big chain stores). They sell only
  CDs and have a large used CD section where you can get used imports
  for ~ $12.00 and used US releases for ~ $8.00. I always walk out
  happy when I go there. I do a lot of traveling, and so far this is
  my favorite store!

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Store::
  Sound Exchange
::Address::
  14610 Livingston Ave Tampa, FL/607 Brandon Blvd. W. Brandon, FL
::Phone::
  813-978-9316/813-651-9316

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

			      ----------
			      CALIFORNIA
			      ----------

::Store::
  Al's Records and CDs "Selling Music by the Pound"
::Address::
  6713 Comstock, Whittier, CA 90601
::Phone::
  (310) 696-4345
::Fax::
  As above; you have to call Al so he can activate the fax
::Comments::
  Al has been involved with ProgFest for the last two years.  He
  knows quite a bit about progressive rock bands from the '70s and
  '80s, as well as new up and coming bands.  For example, this year
  he helped Landberk, White Willow (who visited the store), Ars Nova,
  and other ProgFest acts.  If his store doesn't carry something, he
  can usually get his hands on it. (Keiko, the keyboard player for
  Ars Nova, has him out hunting for Goblin's first with a gatefold
  cover...) Among the memorabilia are autographed photographs, ticket
  stubs, album covers and posters.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Store::
  Amoeba
::Address::
  2455 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
::Phone::
  (510) 549-1125
::Hours::
  (open 7 days a week)
::Comments::

Amoeba is located in the heart of the legendary Telegraph Ave.
section of South Berkeley.  While you may find parking to be
difficult in this area, there are three stores within two blocks that
are worth visiting (see Rasputins and Leopold's below).  Amoeba is on
the corner of Telegraph and Haste, across from Cody's Books.

The store is quite large, and boasts a section about 2/3 or the way
towards the back called `Unusual and Experimental' which tends to
include some prog, mostly RIO styled stuff, like The Muffins, Univers
Zero, Art Zoyd, Art Bears, Samla, U Totem and Cassiber.  Occasionally
a somewhat less experimental or straight out fusion band will be
included in this section, like Bi Kyo Ran, Ain Soph, or Iconoclasta.
Most of the store is organized alphabetically in two different
sections; one for used CDs, the other for new.  You'll find
progressive material interspersed in both of these sections.
Canterbury and most common fusion artists are well represented, as
well as the more mainstream prog bands. You'll find small sections
for the common Italian bands (PFM, Le Orme, Banco), and in some very
rare occasions you'll find an extremely hard to find disc (Los
Canarios is the rarest I've found). Very little neo-prog is
represented. The used CD section is huge, and does have prog, but I
rarely find anything exciting there

The sales staff don't seem to be very helpful in terms of prog, and
the best method to use when looking for prog in Amoeba seems to be
exhaustive search. Prices tend to be high (sometimes close to $30 for
an import). This applies to the used section as well, as I've seen
used imports go for $15.


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::Store::
  Rasputin's
::Address::
  2350 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
::Phone::
  (510) 848-9004
::Hours::
  (open 7 days a week)
::Comments::

Two blocks north of Amoeba is Rasputin's, located on the corner of
Telegraph and Durant. The store consists of two levels, with a
progressive rock section on the first, and a very small "Euro-prog"
LP section on the second. The progressive section has 100-200 CDs,
most of them domestic or British import. The Canterbury and RIO bands
are well represented, as well as many "fringe" artists.  Most
noteable is that Yes, Genesis, and Marillion are in the regular rock
section, while ELP, King Crimson and Gentle Giant made the prog
section. Occasionally you'll find a rare Italian disc (Il Balleto di
Bronzo, Ossana, Semiramis) as well rare French and German material
(Atoll, Ashra, Agne).

In general, the prices are slightly lower than Amoeba, but I've seen
some ridiculously high prices for particular British imports.  The
used CD section has a ton of mainstream prog, so if you're looking to
fill out your collection with the basics, try there.

Upstairs in the LP section about 10-20 prog albums can be found,
mostly used. Even mint condition LPs tend to be underpriced (for
example I found an Iceberg LP for $10 - market price is $40-$50).
Usually there isn't much in this section, but once in a while you'll
find a gem. Also upstairs is the jazz section, which contain quite a
bit of fusion.  The prices are very reasonable; sometimes a new CD
will go for $9-$10.

Since there is a progressive rock section, someone working at the
store must know about prog, but I have no idea who that person is.


	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Store::
  Leopold's
::Address::
  2518 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704
::Phone::
  (510) 848-2015
::Comments::
  Half a block east on Durant is Leopold's, the final stop for prog
  in Berkeley.  Actually, there's very little prog in the store, just
  a few discs by Pinhas, Djam Karet, and some RIO in the import
  section. However, Leopold's has an exhaustive jazz/fusion section,
  including virtually everything by Ponty, Mahavishnu as well as many
  others. Prices are about average.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Store::
  Esoteric
::Address::
  3413 El Camino Avenue, Sacramento
::Phone::
  (510) 488-8966
::Hours::
  (generally closes around 6pm)
::Comments::
  Near the corner of El Camino and Watt, Esoteric sports a small prog
  section of both LPs and CDs.  Some of the CDs are rare and
  otherwise hard to find, and prices tend to be reasonable. The LP
  section rarely contains anything rare. Two employees, Brian and
  Jim, are local progressive experts and will be able to recommend
  many artists for you. The store has a CD player hooked up for
  listening, so you can check them out before buying. Esoteric will
  special order, I believe.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Store::
  Off The Record
::Address::
  El Cajon, CA & Hillcrest CA (suburbs of San Diego)
::Comments::

Directions -- Hillcrest - 163 South to Washington.  Right on
University (first light). You want to hang a left at the first light
but it's a one way street going the other way. They're half a block
on your left, park where you can. The directions from 15 north are
much different, you're better off going too far, turning around,
taking 15 South, then following my directions :-) El Cajon -
Interstate 8 to Mollison, go North. About 1 mile down Mollison
intersects Broadway at a light. At the northeast corner is a gas
station, it's next to that. Look for the 60's psycadelic paint job.

Mainly used CD stores with some new CDs. They don't seem to bother
with the top 40 crap, but if you want Ozrics these are the places to
go. I've found the most stuff I wanted in the Hillcrest Off the
Record. I've bought Hawkwind, Ozrics, and Iconoclasta at the
Hillcrest OtR. None of these stores carry prog so much as
`alternative' music, alternative meaning "you'll never hear this on
the radio!". Both stores special order. New CDs are list price, used
are $8.99. I seldom walk out of the Hillcrest OtR empty-handed. I
seldom walk out of the El Cajon OtR with a purchase.


	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Store::
  Lou's
::Address::
  Encinitas CA (suburb of San Diego)
::Comments::

Mainly used CD store with some new CDs.  Bigger than both Off the
Record stores, mentioned above.  New CDs are list price, used are
$8.99. I've been to Lou's twice, their discs weren't in alphabetical
order and I didn't feel like going through all their stuff. But they
do have a good rep around town as a good place to find stuff.

Its used CDs are now all in alphabetical order now. They have a Jazz
section (`New Age' like), hardcore (with Fates Warning, but mostly
satanic stuff), and pop/rock which has your Yes, Rush, etc. Anyway,
they have a great selection of bootlegs for sale ($25 single mainly),
and tons of used records + tapes (a $3.99 area, and a $.19-$1.00
section for the not so good stuff) as well.


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			       COLORADO
			       --------

::Name::
  Life By Design
::Address::
  129 N. Wahsatch, Colorado Springs, CO, 80903
::Phone::
  (719) 475-0937
::Fax::
  (719) 471-1408
::Hours::
  Noon - 8PM daily. Closed Wednesdays.
::Comments::
  This is an outstanding source for progressive rock, as well as
  anything else that is hard to find. They have a huge selection of
  music from around the world. It's just a small purple house which
  can get crowded, but only the CD booklets are on display so there
  is a bunch of music in a small space. They claim to have 15,000
  titles in stock, and don't waste a lot of space on mainstream stuff
  you can get anywhere. They have sections for experimental,
  psychedelic, acid jazz, industrial, ska, ambient, techno, punk,
  hardcore, alternative, atmospheric, doom, guitar greats, new age,
  lots of ethnic music, and of course progressive. In addition to
  progressive rock, I'm into progressive metal and they always have a
  good selection. I gave them a copy of the progressive metal list
  from Internet, and they are trying to order all the disks listed
  that they didn't already have. In addition to CD's, they carry
  videos, magazines, books, cards, jewelry, incense, and T-shirts.
  Their domestic CD prices are average ($11.97-$14.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Store::
  Twist & Shout
::Address::
  724 South Pearl Street, Denver, Colorado
::Phone::
  (303) 722-1943
::Email::
  patwists@aol.com
::Comments::
  Hours are 11-7 Monday-Friday, 10-6 Saturday, and 12-5 Sunday. This
  shop is an independent store with a deep catalogue.  Progressive
  music is definitely available, but does not form the majority of
  their catalogue.  They are more of a full-service store.  However,
  the accent is most definitely on the hard-to-find, eclectic, or
  otherwise noteworthy CD as opposed to a main line offering.  They
  have a newsletter.  The current issue of the newsletter states in
  part that "Twist & Shout has had its best year-to-date since we
  began seven years ago.  We credit this to the quality of the
  shopping experience our customers have when they come to our store;
  atmosphere, listening stations, trade-in service, used CD's at
  $7.99, in-store play, newsletter, top-25 list, deep catalogue,
  special-order service and our extremely knowledgeable and helpful
  employees-all these make the visit itself here as satisfying as the
  music one finds." Apparently you can order over the phone or
  through email.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

				 ----
				 IOWA
				 ----

::Store::
  Record Collector
::Address::
  4 1/2 South Linn St. Iowa City, Iowa 52240
::Coments::
  Operated by Kirk.  Don't know Kirk's last name, although I have
  done business with him for years.  There are all sorts of Can and
  Neu CDs on the wall, and I have seen It's a Beautiful Day, and
  other hard to find stuff there as well.  Kirk takes trades, has
  used vinyl and CDs, gets a lot of alternative traffic, but likes
  prog (esp. Krautrock and old experimental stuff like Faust) and old
  Ravi Shankar LPs (!) a lot.  Prices always seemed pretty good, but
  can't count on him for special orders really.  Used CDs go for
  $7-$11 depending on rarity, if imports, then slightly more.  Vinyl
  prices are all over, based on rarity, condition and so forth.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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			       MINNESOTA
			       ---------

::Store::
  Roadrunner Records
::Address::
  43rd and Nicollet, Minneapolis
::Comments::
  They have a separate prog section (which I must admit impressed
  me).  They carry Can, Camel, Beefheart, Gentle Giant, Egg, Art
  Bears, Faust, The Muffins, Dr. Nerve, Art Zoyd, Univers Zero,
  Matching Mole, Soft Machine, etc. etc. They have lots of imports at
  very reasonable prices (usually $14-17).  They're open 10-6 Monday
  through Saturday and 12-5 on Sunday. Most employees seem at least
  moderately interested in prog. Usually, anything I buy there
  receives a knowledgeable comment from the cashier.  I believe
  they'll special order, too.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Store::
  Sprckets
::Address::
  2938 Biddle Avenue, Wyandotte, MI 48192
::Phone::
  (313)284-1598
::Comments::
  This storefront is run by The Music Broker Ltd., which, I
  understand, has exclusive U.S. distribution rights on Ozric
  Tentacles.  They specialize in imports of all genres, but their
  catalog has a great selection of prog and psych titles. Looking
  over the list, I see CDs by Amon Dl, Arrakeen, Asgard, Atoll,
  Banco, Cathedral, Edhels, Eloy, Goblin...you get the idea. Their
  prices are a little on the high side ($18.95 to $21.95 for most
  imports), but they occasionally have an `all imports for $11.95'
  sale, which I'm anxiously awaiting since I've seen their catalog :)
  They also do mail order.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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			       MARYLAND
			       --------

::Store::
  Of Sound Mind
::Address::
  8600 Foundry Street, Box 2086, Savage MD 20763
::Phone::
  (301) 497-6488
::Fax::
  (301) 497-6815
::Hours::
  Sunday 12-5, Monday-Saturday 12-9, closed Tuesday.
::Comments::

Carries 70's Prog, Neo-prog, Jazz, Fusion, Space, Electronic, World
Music, Industrial, Classical, some new-agey stuff - and that's all.
No pop, rock, country, metal, alternative, etc. Extensive breadth of
progressive material, and good depth for the big names (Camel,
Caravan, Soft Machine, Gentle Giant, Ozrics, etc.)  They do special
order and mail order sales. Chris Lamka is the owner and sole
propriator and is extremely knowledgeable about prog. Domestics run
about $14-15, imports generally in the $18-22 range, used stuff is
generally $8-10 for CD's but vinyl varies all over the place
depending on quality and rarity. Trades are generally welcome. Some
cassettes and videos are also available, as are other things like
sketches and paintings. An antique center in the same mill complex
has a web page with a map and directions to the center at:

<URL:http://www.antique-cntr-savage.com/directs.html>

Excellent place to get imports - Italian, Scandanavian, French.
Well-stocked in the Canterbury classics. Lots of small, indy labels
and obscure domestic stuff. This is a store dedicated to the
progressive listener.

Of Sound Mind was known as Playing By Ear before Chris bought it a
few years ago.


	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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			     MASSACHUSETS
			     ------------

::Store::
  Newbury Comics
::Address::
  Multiple shops - see their Web page.
::WWW::
  <URL:http://www.newbury.com>
::Comments::
  The shop in Cambridge, Boston is excellent. Much outr material
  including RR and industrial/experimental. There is a free local
  paper you can find on the streets in the area that contains coupons
  for the store which entitles you to $3 off any disc over, I think,
  $12.99. See their Web page for more details. Thay have on-line
  ordering on their web page. Recommended.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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			      NEW JERSEY
			      ----------

::Store::
  Vintage Vinyl
::Address::
  Route #1 and Ford Avenue, Fords
::Address::
  1637 Route 35, Ocean
::Phone::
  (908) 225-7717
::Hours::
  Probably 11am - 9pm on weekdays and Saturday, shorter Sunday.
::Comments::

Dedicated progressive section. Heavy on imports - much Italian,
British, German; some Musea. A couple of hundred CDs. Mass-market
stuff like Yes, Genesis, Tangerine Dream, ELP, etc (thorough coverage
of these) is in the regular section, so this dedicated section is for
the more obscure stuff. For prog-heads who have even more eclectic
tastes, they also have a large metal section (quadruple the size of
the progressive area), an oldie reissues section with lots of 60's
and 70's stuff, and a techno/industrial section. The non-Japanese
imports range from $18 to $24.  Their normal prices for domestics are
$2-$3 under what one would pay in the chains. They have a `club' that
lets one accumulate credit toward future purchases. I've been buying
there for several years with zero hassles.

Note, Vintage Vinyl has two locations, Fords and Route 35N Ocean
Twsp. Hours are basically the same, and both stores have a large
selection of prog. The Ocean Twsp. store however has about twice the
square footage and therefore has a lot more stuff.


	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Store::
  Compact Disc Center
::Address::
  Route 35 South, Middletown
::Hours::
  10-9 M/F, 10-7 Sat, 12-5 Sun
::Comments::
  This store has TONS of imports by all types of bands, but carries a
  lot of prog. They had almost the entire Magma catalog, lots of
  Gong, Renaissance (both lineups), all of the Gryphon CDs, Atomic
  Rooster, lots of Hawkwind, etc.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Store::
  The Trading Post
::Address::
  Route 1 South next to Route 18 Ramp
::Hours::
  Open until 9pm weekdays, not sure about weekends
::Comments::
  If you go to this store be prepared to spend at least an hour
  perusing through their racks. The Trading Post (2nd floor) sells
  nothing but used CDs, thousands of them. They buy everything and
  sell it at prices ranging from $6 - $10. I have found CDs by
  Carmen, Formula 3, Vivian Stanshall, Caravan, Seventh Wave,
  Gracious, Dixie Dregs, Material, Robert Musso, etc. plus bands from
  all over the world that I have never heard of. Its pretty much pot
  luck, but if you like to browse and are interested in checking out
  obscure bands this is a good place to start.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Store::
  Almost Live
::Address::
  Main St., Belmar
::Comments::
  A guy who works here loves prog, so he is responsible for putting
  some pretty cool stuff in the used rack. I've scored CDs by the
  Strawbs, Fairport, Spirogira, Synergy, Gentle Giant, Gong, etc.
  They also have some prog imports in the regular racks.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Store::
  Silver Tunes
::Address::
  Main St., Belmar
::Comments::
  This store sells new & used LPs and CDs. The owner is a big GG and
  Renaissance fan, and carries a lot of prog vinyl. He goes to a lot
  of CD/LP shows and will look for stuff for you if you ask.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Store::
  CD World
::Address::
  Route 1, Menlo park Mall
::Address::
  Route 18S, East Brunswick
::Comments::
  Multiple branches. Carries most of the One Way releases, and the
  Code 90 CDs. Just started a used section in which I've scored some
  Can, Echolyn, Sakomoto, etc. so they do buy/sell prog. This store
  also carries some Popol Vuh which is rare and lots of Hawkwind.
  Also, Blue Plate releases.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Store::
  Cheap Thrills
::Address::
  Church Street, New Brunswick
::Comments::
  Mostly an alternative type store, but has some decent prog titles,
  i.e. Van Der Graaf Generator, Kevin Ayers, Amon Dl I & II, National
  Health. Also has a diverse used section in which I've found
  Caravan, Barclay James Harvest. Only store in New Jersey that
  carries Mirthrandir! (I just though that was pretty funny).

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Store::
  Princeton Record Exchange
::Address::
  20 S. Tulane St., Princeton, NJ 08542
::Phone::
  (609) 921-0881
::Hours::
  Mon-Sat 10-8, Sun 12-6
::Comments::

PRE is located half a block north of Nassau Street opposite the
university library. It is a good place to look for progressive rock
in a town which is anything but progressive.

It claims to be one of the largest collectors' stores in the country
and boasts 100,000 lp's, 30,000 CD's and 10,000 tapes. They don't
tend to carry many new prog CD's, though I have seen HTM, Camel,
Carvan, and A. Phillips there, as well the more `mainstream' stuff
like Crimson, Genesis and Floyd. Depending on the day, you can find a
number of used prog CD's as there are apparently a number of local
prog-heads unloading their goods. I've seen Pinhas, Weingarten (!),
Eloy, and GG to name a few. New domestics sell for about $15. Used
CD's sell for $6-$10.

The real story here is the vinyl section. The majority of lp's sell
for an amazing $1.99; few sell for more than $6.99. I've encountered
prog gems by the likes of PFM, Acqua Fragile, McDonald and Giles (!),
Camel, Caravan (lots!), and many others. Also in the vinyl section
are a number of (unalphabetized) $.99 record bins, shoved under the
regular vinyl racks. If you don't mind spending some time on your
knees, you can find LP's by most of the mainstream prog bands.

As with any used shop, the stock will vary considerably from one time
to another. The vinyl section has a fairly quick turn-over rate, so
if you come once and are disappointed, try again in a month or two.


	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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			       NEW YORK
			       --------

::Store::
  World Wide Music & Video Games
::Address::
  3100 Main Street, Buffalo
::Phone::
  (716) 832-2636
::Comments::
  Carries a LOT of imports and progressive rock. Lots of Eloy, Camel
  and Nektar, among others.  Call them if you need any more info.
  They also do special orders on domestic and import titles.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Store::
  Downtown Music Gallery
::Address::
  211 East 5th St., New York
::Phone::
  (212) 473-0043
::Comments::
  The store caters to the NYC Downtown Music Scene, like the Knitting
  Factory, and lots of progressive, Canterbury, experimental,
  electronic and jazz releases.  The man at the counter, Bruce, is
  perhaps the most knowledgeable salesman I've ever met, and
  certainly the friendliest. The store is jam full of music, and they
  don't frown on vinyl. For records on the Recommended/Rift label,
  and lots of European and Japanese prog records this is a good
  source. Mail order is no problem either.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Store::
  Nowhere
::Address::
  2016 Crompond Rd., Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
::Phone::
  914 962 6274
::Email::
  Nowhere247@aol.com
::Comments::
  Hrs Mon-Sa 11-6. Originally Pantasia Recorz of NYC 1974- 80,
  specializing in imported & other rock. Later became Mad Platters of
  Yonkers & Carmel NY 1980 - 95. Now renamed again &in Yorktown.
  STILL HAVE A GOOD QUANTITY OF VINYL PERTINENT TO THIS GROUP (as
  well as 40 different genres & 60,000 LPs total). Not many of the
  serious collectibles left, though. Mail for lists.  Wants welcome.
  Weak on CDs & more current artists.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

			       ---------
			       TENNESSEE
			       ---------

::Store::
  Safe Psychs
::Address::
  2213 Elliston Place, Nashville, TN 37203
::Phone::
  (615) 327-2777
::Comments::
  There is an excellent store in Nashville that prides itself on only
  carrying music that the owners personally like. Luckily for us, the
  owners (Meigie and Ben Mabry) seem to enjoy prog an awful lot.
  I've only been there once, but stayed for about four hours just
  listening to stuff and chatting with Meigie about various bands.
  They carry lots of Eloy, Caravan, and they have the largest
  selection of Tangerine Dream CDs I've ever seen.  Really, TDream
  fans owe it to themselves to check it out. The only drawback is
  that they had very little in the way of obscure stuff.  By the way,
  the prices are excellent. I picked up an import copy of Ozric's
  *Pungent Effulgent* for $13.99.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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				 TEXAS
				 -----

::Name::
  RPM RECORDS
::Address::
  1900 Oates Drive, STE 200 Mesquite, Texas 75150
::Phone::
  214-681-8441
::Fax::
  214-681-9486
::Email::
  rpmrec@metronet.com
::Comments::

We have been in business for 14 years.  We sell new, used, domestic
and import, CD's, LP's, Cass and Laser Videos. Our specialty is 60's
and 70's rarities, progressive and alternative. We also have a large
selection of Japanese laser discs. We have a 3,200 square ft store on
the corner of Interstate 635 and Oates Drive in Mesquite (a suburb of
Dallas). We ship out daily UPS, and accept all major credit cards.

Randy Frierson is the owner. About the only place in Dallas to get
progressive rock. Randy Frierson's tastes run from punk/alternative
to Krautrock, so these two areas are generally covered well.  Also a
pretty good selection of spacey fusion, Ozric Tentacles, Porcupine
Tree, etc.  Also a good selection of the big names - Gentle Giant,
Nektar, Caravan, Camel, Marillion, iQ...  Occasionally gets hard to
find live recordings.


	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Name::
  Vinal Edge Records
::Address::
  13171 Veteran's Memorial Dr., Houston, TX 77014
::Phone::
  (713)-537-2575
::Fax::
  (713)-537-7228
::WWW::
  <URL:http://rampages.onramp.net/~vinaledg/>
::Hours::
  Mon.-Sat. 11am-9pm, and 12pm-6pm on Sun.
::Coments::

All the progressive stuff is in the Avant Garde/Noise/Experimental
section. Quite a good selection of things. I noticed multiple Area,
Art Zoyd and Nurse With Wound without really trying too hard.


	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

	  ===================================================
	  Stores Outside The USA That Carry Progressive Music
	  ===================================================

::Store::
  Mellotronen
::Address::
  Kaakbrinken 16, 11127, Stockholm
::Tel::
  +46 8 20 00 12
::Fax::
  +46 8 24 42 42
::Comments::
  Closest metro station is Gamla Stan. Apparently, the opening hours
  are 11:00 -- 18:00. This is the shop run by Stefan Dimle, the
  bassist of Landberk, and the director of the (now defunct?)
  Mellotronen label (which released, among others, nglagrd's
  *Hybris*).  Lots of prog, some vinyl, some non-prog.  Tell Stefan
  that Ron Chrisley sent you ...

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Store::
  Minus Zero Records
::Address::
  2 Blenheim Crescent, London, W11 1NN, UK
::Phone::
  0171 299 5424
::Comments::
  Hours are Friday and Saturday only, 10 to 6.  This shop is
  extremely small and crowded, but has a huge selection of
  progressive, psychedelic, rock, oldies, eclectic, and generally
  hard-to-find CDs.  It is mainly concerned with CDs that are
  generally not found in main line stores like Tower Records.
  Progressive music, both old and new forms a big percentage of their
  catalogue.  It seems to be run by people that are doing it more out
  of a love for the music than as a major money making proposition.
  They will do orders over the phone.  Mick Dillingham, a rock critic
  writing for the Ptolemaic Terrascope, works in the shop.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Store::
  Piccadilly Records
::Address::
  5/7 Brown Street, Manchester, M2 1DA, UK
::Phone::
  +44 (0161) 839 8008
::Email::
  j.kerfoot@gromit.mcc.ac.uk
::WWW::
  <URL:http://gromit.mcc.ac.uk/piccadilly/>
::Comments::
  Not actually visited this outlet but I have had things bought for
  me from there. Said things were quite obscure and had hand-written
  stickers giving details of genre and links to other artists which
  impressed. Knowledgeable and well-priced with a good catalogue.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Store::
  Track Records
::Address::
  15 High Ousegate, York, YO1 2RZ, UK
::Phone::
  +44 (01904) 629022 (4 lines)
::Fax::
  +44 (01904) 610637
::Comments::

I have been buying CDs from them since 1989, I have never ever been
disappointed. The store is owned by Keith Howe, but its the
mail-order manager, Alan Beecroft with whom I have mostly dealt with.
What he doesn't know about progressive music isn't worth knowing. He
is extremely helpful, and is very friendly on the phone.  They keep a
huge stock of CDs from the 60, 70s and 80s and well as current
titles. They also produce a catalogue from time to time. The last
major one was in two parts totalling 124 pages, and I have recently
received a spring 1995 supplement of 42 pages. Excellent stuff.
Track advertise in the UKs monthly Record Collector magazine. They
accept credit cards, and once on file, just order, a swift check on
your details and the goods are sent.  They also sell videos,
cassettes, vinyl and keep a number of specialist magazines

Decidedly average outlet. Reasonable amount of Cantebury related
material and not a great deal else of note. No RIO, zeuhl (one second
hand Magma *Live*) to speak of. Rather conservative.


	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Store::
  Prognetik Records
::Address::
  Stalsberggt 20, 2010 Strommen, Norway
::Phone::
  +4763801939
::Comments::
  The proprietor is Rune Schau, co-editor of Prognetik Magazine (see
  FAQ 3).

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Store::
  Ultima Thule
::Address::
  1 Conduit Street, Leicester, LE2 OJN, UK
::Phone::
  +44 (0116) 2854545
::Fax::
  +44 (0116) 2854555
::Comments::
  Excellent mail-order store. Their shop is supposedly good. They
  have a very large inventory of indeed and are very knowledegable
  about progressive music. Particularly the German and electronic
  music. International mail order. Quite expensive though, even for
  the UK. They have odd opening hours.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Store::
  Acetato Records
::Address::
  c/o Pelayo, 12 bajo, Valencia, Spain
::Phone::
  34-6-3510550 (Spanish only)
::Comments::
  Excellent store specializing in prog and psych, both CD and vinyl,
  including many rarities. They stock music from all over including
  South America and Mexico. It is run by Jose Martin Hernandez, who
  is the man behind the Lost Vinyl label (Atila, Itoiz, etc.). He is
  very knowledgeable and would play stuff for you to audition. He
  also runs a mail order service. His extensive catalog is free for
  the asking. Address catalog requests to: Jose Martin Hernandez,
  Records and CDs by Mail, Apartado 8347, 46080 Valencia, Spain.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Store::
  Discos Melocoton
::Address::
  Salud 10, Madrid, Spain
::Phone::
  531-85-44
::Comments::
  Great little store in the heart of Madrid (Puerta del Sol area).
  They stock music from all over the world and, of course, Spain.
  They stock quite a bit of prog plus other genres. Very
  knowledgeable staff. The store is about equally divided between CDs
  and LPs. Large section of used LPs but no used CDs. Spanish
  releases are ~ $14.00 and others ~ $20.00. Recently, they have
  ventured into releasing CDs under their own label (Discos
  Melocoton). My favorite store in Madrid!

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Store::
  Madrid Rock
::Address::
  Gran Via 25, Madrid, Spain
::Phone::
  523-26-52
::Comments::
  Madrid Rock is the largest chain of music stores in the Madrid
  area. They carry mainly the nuts and bolts CDs that any other chain
  store carries. *However*, this particular store in the Gran Via has
  a whole aisle dedicated to rock from Spain, including most of the
  Spanish prog groups (Bloque, Triana, Mezquita, Eduardo Bort,
  Granada, Gotic, etc.) and at a relatively nice price (~ $14.00).
  They have the largest selection of Spanish rock CDs I have seen
  anywhere in Spain. Also, this is the only store that does not close
  for the siesta.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Store::
  Pan y Musica
::Address::
  C/ Ros de Olano 12, 08012, Barcelona, Spain
::Phone::
  (93) 237-6568
::Fax::
  (93) 415-0219
::Comments::

The store is located close to Fontana subway station. They have a lot
of progressive stuff, specially neo-progressive (IQ, Pendragon,
Jadis, Cyan, Leviathan, Citizien Cain, Casino, Twelth Night, Violent
District, Arrakeen, Big Picture, Aragon, Pallas, Starcastle,
Clepsydra, Chandelier, etc). They also have a good list of Spanish
and Italian releases (Gotic, Iman, Asfalato, PFM, Banco, Osanna, Le
Orme, Arti+Mestieri, Eris Pluvia, Harnakis, Galadriel, Il Volo,
Metamorfosi, Seminaris, etc), among other countries and differents
styles in the prog. scene (nglagrd, Amon Dl, Atoll, Cathedral, Coda,
Collage, Curved Air, Dice, Dream Theater, Echolyn, Eloy, The Enid,
Greenslade, Henry Cow, Kayak, Machiavel, Nektar, O Terc,o, Popol Vuh,
Sagrado, Tiemko, Triumvirat, etc, etc).  They have a smaller
collection of Rock, Jazz and New-Age music.  The prices range from
1800 to 3400 pts (about $14-$26). Twice a year they print their
updated catalogue (I have the last one).

The catalogue they produce is stunning. Many albums listed have full
colour reproductions of the covers and it is well typeset.


	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Store::
  Records on Wheels
::Address::
  Main St., Dundas, Ontario, Canada
::Comments::
  Carries Gentle Giant, UK, Eloy, King Crimson, Ozric Tentacles,
  Renaissance, etc.  Talk to Mike for special orders. Prices are
  fairly reasonable.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Store::
  Rock en stock
::Address::
  1238 Crescent, Montreal, Qubec, Canada, H3G-2A9
::Phone::
  (514) 878-1648
::Fax::
  (514) 878-4419
::Comments::
  They have a good stock in new prog stuff and also in the classic
  big names.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Store::
  Le Free-Son
::Address::
  1477 Mont-Royal east, Montreal, Qubec,        Canada
::Phone::
  521-5159
::Hours::
  Open during normal business hours, 6 days a week.
::Comments::
  The only new CDs they sell are progressive rock. The rest of CDs
  and LPs are second hand. They have a wide selection of progrock
  CDs, including Ter reno Baldio, Minimum Vital, Isildurs Bane,
  Ozrics, Banco, P.F.M., etc.. and of course the big names like
  Gentle Giant, Peter Hammill, ELP, Tangerine Dream, Genesis, etc...
  Le Free-Son has three CD players in store, one of them being a
  100-disc carousel and two of them are dedicated to the customers.
  There are chairs at the back and people are welcome to leisurely
  hear the discs before buying, using headphones. The staff are very
  friendly.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Store::
  SHOP 33
::Address::
  47, cours de la Marne, 33000 BORDEAUX, France
::Phone::
  56 94 51 63
::Fax::
  56 92 59 85
::Comments::
  Free listing. CDs from all over the world.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Store::
  Shinjuku Record
::Address::
  shinjuku-ku, nishi-shinjuku 7-5-6, shinjuku-daikan-plaza 756, 2nd
  floor,      Tokyo, Japan
::Phone::
  03-3363-3669
::Comments::
  Import & Japanese, expensive.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Store::
  Edison
::Address::
  shinjuku-ku, nishi-shinjuku 7-15-14, Tokyo, Japan
::Phone::
  03-3369-3708

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Store::
  Si-Wan Records
::Address::
  Si-Wan Records, 609 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario M6G 1K5,
  Canada
::Phone::
  (416) 532-2690
::Email::
  siwanrec@idirect.com
::WWW::
  <URL:http://www.si-wan.com/>
::Comments::

Si-wan Records is a Korea-based label,specializing in reissuing
progressive rock and euro-rock. It also has its own stores in Seoul
and Toronto for retail sales and mail order. We sell not only Si-Wan
label cds but also sell lots of imported cds like Japanese pressing
and European pressing. We also focus on Kraut rock, Techno, Ambient
music and world pop music.


	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Store::
  Disk Union (shinjuku shop)
::Address::
  Near big department store `Marui' Fashion Building
::Phone::
  03-3352-2691
::Comments::
  Disk Union has more than 10 shops in/near Tokyo, but the shinjuku
  shop has the best collection of prog CDs (new & used). Reasonable
  price.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Store::
  Vinyl Japan
::Address::
  shinjuku-ku, nishi-shinjuku 7-4-9 & 7-4-5 Tokyo, Japan
::Phone::
  03-3365-0910 & 03-5330-9141 respectively
::Comments::
  There are two shops. Collector's vinyl.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Store::
  EXP
::Address::
  shinjuku-ku, nishi-shinjuku 7-1-7, Daikan-plaza A-1019, Tokyo,
  Japan
::Phone::
  03-3367-3704
::Comments::
  Collector's video.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

This FAQ is maintained by Phil Kime(Phil.Kime@ed.ac.uk). Comments,
questions, and criticisms are positively always welcome.  This text
was taken in part from the previous versions of this FAQ, which were
maintained by Scott McMahan, and Mike Borella. The FAQs were brought
into being originally through the sterling efforts of Malcolm Humes.
Many thanks go to all of these gentlemen for their excellent work.
-- 
=                    Phil Kime (Phil.Kime@ed.ac.uk)                   =
=             Centre for Cognitive Science/Dept of Philosophy         =
=                         University of Edinburgh                     =

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