Tapes & Vinyl
In addition to the specialty stores described below, big-box
department and/or electronic stores including Best Buy (Crossgates
Mall), Circuit City (Crossgates Commons), Target (various
locations) and Wal-Mart (various locations) have music sections
and often offer first-week discounts on major releases.
20 Wolf Road, Colonie, 459-8183; Mohawk Commons, 402 Balltown
Road, Schenectady, 377-0349; 3029 State Route 50, Saratoga
Springs, 583-7717. The massive bookstore also has a music
section that covers a wide range of styles.
Blue Note Record Shop
156 Central Ave., Albany, 462-0221. Although Blue Note’s on-hand
stock is about 75-percent vinyl—the store’s specialty is old
45s—it also stocks cassettes and CDs. The store also does
a big mail-order business.
Borders Books & Music
59 Wolf Road, Colonie, 482-5816; 395 Broadway, Saratoga Springs,
583-1200. Offering the area’s largest stock of CDs in all
the mainstream genres, the store also has a credible import
section and a music-friendly atmosphere. Plus, you can hear
it before you buy it.
Caribbean Records and Accessories
19 Central Ave., Albany, 426-0056. Carries CDs, vinyl and
cassettes, specializing in reggae; also sells beepers, telephones
and other items.
456 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 583-9452. In addition to musical
instruments, the store carries more than 2,500 Celtic-music
titles on CD.
Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany, 438-3003; Clifton Country Road,
Clifton Park, 383-3644; Latham Farms, Latham, 783-7372; 446
Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 583-7088. CDs, videos and DVDs
Disc Go Round
20 Mall, Guilderland, 452-0338. Buys and sells new and used
CDs, DVDs and video games, including imports.
Colonie Center, 437-0727; Crossgates Mall, 464-0199; Delaware
Plaza, Delmar, 439-2449; Latham Circle Mall, Latham 785-3651;
Clifton Country Mall, Clifton Park, 371-5599; Rotterdam Square
Mall, Schenectady, 374-1360. Trans World Entertainment’s biggest
area stores are heavily stocked with current CDs, videos,
DVDs and games; the Colonie Center location also has a large
video arcade and discount section.
173 Quail St., Albany, 432-7736; 437 Broadway, Saratoga Springs,
226-0811. Choose from a wide array of rare vinyl records (both
new and used), CDs, tapes, concert recordings and one of the
area’s best selections of music-related videos.
Punk Rock Reptile
340 Central Ave., Albany. Hardcore, metal, and punk-rock CDs,
plus clothing and jewelry.
13 Broad St., Glens Falls, 798-2040. Unique store specializing
in recycling CDs, videos, DVDs and games. Most music genres
River Street Beat Shop
197 River St., Troy, 272-0433. Troy’s only record store featuring
new and used vinyl, CDs, cassettes, DVDs and VHS tapes. Also
regular free live music featuring local and national musicians.