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 (Northway Mall) and Wal-Mart (various
locations) have music sections and often offer first-week
discounts on major releases.
20 Wolf Road, Colonie, 459-8183; 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; Delaware Plaza, Delmar, 439-2449;
Latham Farms, Latham, 783-7372; 446 Broadway, Saratoga Springs,
583-7088. CDs, videos and DVDs galore.
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; 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.
Joseph Custom Tailors
795 Madison Ave., Albany, 463-4972. Albany’s “Home of Dollar
Music.” Buys and sells new and used records, cassettes and
CDs. And it’s a tailor, too!
173 Quail St., Albany, 432-7736; 437 Broadway, Saratoga Springs,
226-0811. Choose from a wide array of rare records (both new
and used), CDs, tapes, concert recordings and one of the area’s
best selections of music-related videos.
Mr. Bill’s CDs
881 New Loudon Road, Latham, 783-8067. Store buys and sells
used CDs, vinyl, tapes and videos; also offers concert recordings,
specializing in jam bands.
1272 Central Ave., Albany, 436-4581. The local fave in dance
music, alternative, indie-rock, hip-hop, and metal.
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.