There’s almost nothing better than knowing you’ve walked into the record store on exactly the right day.
You know the day I’m talking about. The day when the LP you’ve wanted forever is not only in stock, but in great shape and less than $15. The day when hard-to-find classics are just perched on the shelves like they’ve been waiting for you. The day when the bins are replenished.
It was one of those days at Shangri-La Records in Midtown.
I managed not to go too crazy (I bought used copies of “Johnny Cash: Live at Folsom Prison”, The Smiths’ “The Queen is Dead” and Bratmobile’s “Pottymouth”), but I definitely could have.
There’s a reason that 20 year-old Shangri-La Records was named the best record store in Memphis last year in the Flyer’s readers’ poll. It’s three rooms full of LPs, singles, CDs, books, posters and back issues of music magazines. Their selection is impressive and well organized. I’m always most impressed with their selection of Memphis music. They’ve got it all – rockabilly, blues, indie rock, punk, rare singles and limited releases, all made by bands that call the Bluff City home.
If you’re visiting Memphis, it’s a good place to stop in and get your bearings. They produce the Kreature Comforts guide, a guide to Memphis for people who want to get to know the city like a local.
Shangri-La is open daily (Monday – Friday, 12 p.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Sunday, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.).
1916 Madison Avenue
Memphis, TN 38104