The Vinyl Tourist Visits
The Hudson Valley
The Hudson Valley of New York State is one of the oldest collection of settlements in the United States. In the 19th century, it gave its name to one of the first important styles of classical American painting (the Hudson River School) and in the 20th century it still retains much of its romantic charm. For the record collector, it's an especially good region for those with classical tastes, as well.
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- Rodgers Book Barn
Hillsdale, NY 12529
Primarily an antiquarian book shop, Rogers really is located in a barn in the countryside near Hillsdale, off the Taconic Parkway. From the Hillsdale exit, go east, turn left on Craryville Road, and follow the signs. The record stock is almost exclusively classical and jazz and the price per LP is generally $2 or so. Most of the LPs are in boxes under a table by the front door and near the top of the stairs, though in no particular order. Shaded Dogs, 6-Eyed Columbias--they're all jammed in with the Vox and Harmonia Mundis. Think of it as a treasure hunt. Because of the rural location, it may be closed during the winter snow season, so be sure to call ahead if you visit from November thru April.
- Melanie Nelson Books
2710 Route 9
Livingston, NY 12541
Another mainly antiquarian book shop, Melanie Nelson stocks more than 5000 LPs, 90% classical, organized and shelved by composer, plus a selection of modern music and spoken word. There are also CDs, divided into classical, musicals, and unsorted modern. All LPs are $1.00 each, while boxed sets are $1.00 for the first LP and 50 cents for each additional in the same box. All CDs 50 are cents. A bargain!
The shop is open mid-April thru mid-October, only on weekend afternoons. In July and August, the shop is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday Noon-5PM.
- Rhino Records
3 Church Street (Rear)
New Paltz, NY 12561
Rhino of New Paltz is a direct descendant of the original Los Angeles hot spot which also spawned the record label of the same name. The latest incarnation is located just off Main Street underneath the Barner Books. It's only a third the size of the old location, but it's still chock full of pop and rock LPs and CDs at bargain prices. Most long-time collectors will be disappointed, however, by the fairly commonplace selection. A good place, though, to fill the gaps in your not-so-rare 70s thru 90s wants.
- Jack's Rhythm's
54 Main Street
New Paltz, NY 12561
From their website, "Jack's Rhythm¹s is a store located in New Paltz, New York. We carry new and used vinyl records, new and used cds, and used books."
- John Doe Records
434 Warren Street
Hudson, NY 12534
John Doe is somewhat of a throwback to the hippie era. It's a rag-tag collection of LPs, CDs, and books, mainly used and mainly arranged in no particular order. Prices are somewhat on the high side, but that reflects the trendy Warren Street address. Worth a look if you're in Hudson.
- Darkside Records
611 Dutchess Turnpike
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Yet to be visited in person, Darkside Records claims to be the Hudson Valley's largest brick & mortar independent record store. With a 15,000 piece inventory (including CDs and other media), this may well be true. The store also carries turntables, cartridges and accessories.
Last Update: July, 2016