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Record shopping, Istanbul

Posted by Geoff Edgers  May 28, 2011 11:19 AM

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acdc.jpgNo Beach Boys or Elvis Costello, though I did find Dolly and AC/DC. Mephisto, on the shopping drag of Istikal Street, was worth the visit. Debate the merits of Record Store Day all you want, but it is one of the few times you can find something in the United States that's not available with ease - and for less cash - on Amazon.com or iTunes. When you're in a place like Turkey, you never know what you'll find.

I'm not doing to be able to determine the legitimacy of Weton-Wesgram records in the Netherlands. Let the RIAA take that on. I can tell you that I left Mephisto with a 10-CD Billy Holiday set that cost me less than $10 and a 3-CD Jerry Lee Lewis box for $4.30. It’s worth noting that after I opened the Jerry Lee set, I discovered that two of the three discs are live recordings. I'll have to determine later whether they’re The Killer at his best, or what you might expect from a $4.30 box set.

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