I like to visit new purveyors of vinyl records. I've already perused the selections at Stinkweeds, Hoodlums, Zia, and Rockzone. Today I decided check out Bookmans in Mesa.
Cool store. Lots of books, an electronics section, games and puzzles, CDs, and, of course, vinyl records. I found their selection to be OK, with a few things I haven't seen elsewhere. The condition of the records seems to be pretty good in general. They did tend to be a little on the expensive side, with most of the used records going for $4-$6 (rather than the $3 most records sell for at Hoodlums and Zia).
The first record I picked out was King Crimson's Beat. This is the second album by the band's 80s lineup, and the only King Crimson album I have never owned in some form or other (I have owned some King Crimson albums in multiple forms). It was selling for $6, but I went for it anyhow.
Next, I looked for Neil Young records, as I am wont to do whenever I visit a record store. They had Re-Ac-Tor and Comes A Time, both for $6. I initially picked up both, but decided to show some discipline, and kept only Comes A Time.
I proceeded to look for Creedence Clearwater Revival records, but all they had was the John Fogerty album Centerfield for $4. I picked it up.
Next, I found Robert Plant's Pictures At Eleven. I see this album at every single record store I ever visit, and usually multiple copies. I bought it anyways. We'll see if there's a reason everybody is apparently trying to get rid of theirs.
Finally, I decided to see if they had a copy of Paul Simon's Graceland. They did.
For these five records, I paid $24 plus tax, which is a little more than I might pay at Hoodlums, but still reasonable.
I suspect I'll be paying more visits to Bookmans. Especially considering how many Willie Nelson albums they had.