I never lived in a city with a Tower (or any closer than 3 hrs drive from one, though that was before I ever owned a car, in college).
But whenever I did get up to Chicago (from Galesburg, IL - where I went to college) — maybe once or twice a year tops — I was totally in heaven. And this was at the many-multi-story old Loop location (about a block off of Michigan Ave, iirc), before it closed and moved a little north is the Loop, iirc (I did get to that location a few times a well, later).
Literally 5x bigger than any CD store I’d ever set foot in (the multi-story location), and 3x deeper inventory than I could ever imagine.
I later (once each) visited Tower locations in NYC, London, and Toronto. And maybe Seattle(?), can’t remember. Austin too, a couple times (iirc). Maybe one of the big university towns in Illinois? - was there ever a Tower in Champaign-Urbana? - can’t remember.
Most all the Chicago visits were circa 1988-1998. And most all the others were after I moved to Kansas City, circa 1994-2003 or so (London was on my honeymoon in 2001), and we went to Glasgow too, was there a Tower there too? - I can’t remember.
Tower Records, when it was around, used to have a great jazz (and classical) section. Share your stories of the Tower that you used to frequent!
• Where was it?
• What years did you frequent the store?
• How many different Towers did you visit?
• Any particular titles you remember purchasing at a Tower?
There were two in Oregon: Gresham and Beaverton; I purchased many Miles Davis imports at the latter. There were six in California that I visited: San Francisco, Los Angeles on Sunset, UCLA campus, Sherman Oaks Outlet, Costa Mesa in Orange County, and El Toro. I don't know how a Tower made it to that last location, but they had some Roland Kirk titles I'd never seen anywhere else!
Since we moved in Nov I have been building my stereo. Mostly all purchased on a budget and stuff I bought that had "issues" that I corrected and saved money. Just got my CD player yesterday, though may get something else eventually I'm finally enjoying spinning cds again in my newly acquired Marantz CD-84.
Noah Preminger Group - Zigsaw
Hozan Yamamoto - Silver World
James Brandon Lewis - An Unruly Manifesto
and lastly Albert Collins - At Onkel Po's Carnegie Hall 1980
I'd totally forgotten about the transparent floor tiles. (In fact, I may never have noticed them to begin with.) I do remember the jazz section, however. It competed easily in its offerings with the Tower on Sunset in Los Angeles.
Is the only Tower still standing in Tokyo? That should probably be another thread — the various Tower Records that board members here used to frequent.