CD Cellar - This Ain't My First Rodeo

I've been to CD Cellar several times since getting back into the physical media format of music, but oddly enough, I've never appeared to have posted about them. My bad.

My visit to this store was a continuation from yesterday's outing, and if I'm lucky, I'll find somewhere to go today. But, more on that later, if that happens.

Anyway, back to today's post.

CD Cellar has been helping audiophiles groom and grow their collections since they first opened in August of 1992, and while their location has changed over time, their amazing store has always been a must go to spot for your CD and record needs. Sorry, no cassette tapes here.

Because the store was busy, as it often is, I didn't want to take too many pictures. Mainly because I didn't want to impose on the people inside shopping. But, I went ahead and grabbed three, which pretty much encompasses the entire store from right to left.

Much like any good store, it's organized. Rock / Pop are to the right, while you'll find  rap, country, oldies and soundtracks to the center. On the left is the selection of DVD's, as well as, the obscurities - Composers, foreign, etc.

Staff are always helpful to their customers, and in my experience, there's never been a visit here when I didn't find something I was looking for. In fact, several times I've had to pass on things because I can get a little "excessive" in what I grab. Mind you, with prices ranging between $4.00 and $8.00 for most albums, you can get a whole lot of value from this place.

Today I picked up just shy of forty albums. While most of these have been on my want list, there are some which were impulsive buys and others which I didn't know I wanted until I saw them. Then there were also those which would serve as replacements for what I already had. These were mainly the Rush CD's which would replace my Remastered discs with original pressings - Something I've been wanting to do for a while.

Overall, I got a nice variety of 70's and 80's music, with a sprinkle of 90's, via two Smashing Pumpkins discs and a Cool World score. I'm very happy with everything, and eager to start dropping things into iTunes and into my shuffle mixes.

On a final note, I'd just like to remind everyone that despite its convenience, digital media is no replacement for physical. I'm a firm advocate for owning what you buy versus licensing the rights to it. Remember, if those sites go away, so too does all your purchases. Own what you buy and reserve your right to sell it if you want, something you can only do with physical media.

Please also be respectful to the artists you profess to like by not stealing their music. It's one thing to buy it used, it's another to outright take it.

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  1. I keep telling my daughter that I miss the days where you could go into a record store at the mall and thumb through the records and tapes. Often, I would buy an album based on the cover art, no idea what the music was like. Kids these days are missing out.

    1. That's how I ended up with most of my albums. Sometimes it was with a familiarity of the band / artist, or blindly, but it was usually based on the cover.

  2. I used to go to Victory Comics a half mile away to check out their toys when I worked in Tysons.

    1. I'm not a fan of that joint. Back issues are way over priced.