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BEST RECORD STORE FOR OUT-OF-PRINT AND RARE RECORDS Phoenix 2007 - Memory Lane Records

Memory Lane Records

Memory Lane Records

1940 E. University Drive

Tempe, AZ 85281

480-968-1512

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Forget eBay. Vinyl junkies who want that rare record — in mint condition and at a fair price — need to stroll down Memory Lane.

Looking for a quadraphonic, 180-gram vinyl pressing of Johnny Cash Sings Hank Williams for your cowboy cousin? It's here. Gotta get that double-LP picture-disc import of Iron Maiden's Matter of Life and Death for your metalhead man? They've got it.

Need a copy of ex-model Twiggy's 1971 LP The Boy Friend for, uh, some reason? They've got that, too.

Memory Lane's stock is 100,000 records strong, encompassing every genre, including sports and punk (big cred for carrying an Italian import picture-disc of influential U.K. hardcore punks Discharge's 1981 Never Again EP). But discerning collectors will really appreciate the store's grading system, which is informed and accurate, unlike many sellers on eBay.

Memory Lane's grade scale for the condition of its records ranges from G ("Good," which means there is audible damage to the record) to M ("Mint," which means the record is still factory-sealed), and the grades are honest — if there's a tear or a promo stamp on the cover, they say so.

And the prices can be criminally low ($14 for a mint condition, German import of Led Zeppelin's In Through the Out Door; $15 for a mint condition, red vinyl Italian import of garage greats the 13th Floor Elevators' Easter Everywhere).

With its comprehensive stock, detailed grading system, and bargain prices, it's no wonder Memory Lane's been in business more than 22 years.

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Holly

I have to agree with this review. Buying out-of-date records online is extremely hard. Companies rating systems all seem to vary from what you expect. I ran into Memory Lane Records online and thought I would give them a try. I was so impressed when my first order arrived. They were graded just as they should have been. I use them all the time now. Not only do I know my merchandise will be exactly what I want, it arrives fast and the staff is wonderful. I call in with questions and they always go out of their way to get the answers for me. I highly recommend them to anyone looking to buy records.

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