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- - ' : - 'v , - '' ' t The Arizona Republic Saturday, July 19, 1980 and the Arts 1 f l f mm wm . I f i d ,d a r a, Sounding off on Valley disc shops 'By Steve Hallock Republic Staff J. One of the more interesting aspects of a tour of the Valley's record and tape shops is the way the shops take on the culture and image of their itieighborhoods. J. In Tempe, for example, there is an abundance of ;used-record stores, tailored to the budgets of college students. !t On the south side, it's predominantly rhythm and blues, and gospel. " Downtown, in the meager offerings, one finds a .dominance of Spanish-flavored discs. On the west side, predictably, there's not much at all. '' These simplified generalizations, of course, do not apply to the biggies, the chains that dot the Valley like so many McDonald's hamburger stores. Still, there is some geographical and cultural sense to it all. Here then is an inconclusive, Selective listing of the Valley's record shops. General and chain: It's difficult to tell them apart. Their walls are replete with publicity posters, and they offer the game general fare: rock, country, soul, folk, blues, pop, jazz, imports, gospel, Mexican, some classical, and children's with a couple of exceptions. For example, Circles Records and Tapes, 800 N. Central, has recently expanded and now has an entire room devoted to classical music and literary readings the most extensive such offerings we found. Also, the store is undergoing some remodeling, making it one of the more aesthetically pleasing record and tape stores. The prices at this outlet one of two locations in the Valley are generally competitive, too. The best jazz and blues selection, by far, was found at Tower Records in the Tempe Center at 821 S. Mill one of three locations for this chain. This outlet provided the most useful labeling and cataloging system, with courteous service if you could not find your selection. Every square inch of the spacious store is devoted to records and tapes. Basically, though, the biggies are separated by two main traits location and service. This is one reason that Charts Records and Tapes, a relatively new record store at 2515 N. Central, is doing well: knowledgeable, polite clerks who will play requests. Prices at the biggies vary little especially when you take into account the cost of gasoline to drive across town to save a dollar or two on an album. We selected five popular albums and ran a price check at some of the stores: The Blues Brothers soundtrack, the Urban Cowboy soundtrack, Ambrosia's One Eighty, Dolly Parton's Dolly Dolly Dolly and Freddie Hubbard's Skagly. The results: Circles Blues Brothers, $5.88; Cowboy, $10.88; Ambrosia, $6.49; Parton, $6.49; Hubbard, $6.99. Charts Blues Brothers, $7.49; Cowboy, $12.99; Ambrosia, $5.49; Parton, $6.49; Hubbard, $7.49. Bill's Records & Audio in Park Central (four locations) The forte here is not selection, as the store is also filled with stereo and sound equipment and televisions. Nor is the service, at this particular location, the friendliest. The prices: Blues Brothers, $7.47; Cowboy, $11.97; Ambrosia, $6.77; Parton, $6.77; Hubbard, out of stock. World Records & Tapes, 1632 E. Camelback (five locations) The employees jump to find albums for you or leave you alone to explore at fillrVlHhfiWWH,fVm mi mi l nun mi mm miiwimiiwi 111111111 mniiiiii Posters of artists decorate the windows of Poorman's Accords & Tapes on South Central. your leisure. Blues Brothers, $5.88; Cowboy, $11.97; Ambrosia, $5.97; Parton, $5.97; Hubbard, $6.97. The Record Shop Inc., in The Colonnade, 1861 E. Camelback A small shop, with a limited selection. One bonus was a handful of prerecorded reel-to-reel tapes, which are being closed out. The service was nonchalant. Blues Brothers, $6.99; Urban Cowboy, sold out; Ambrosia, $6.99; Parton, not available; Hubbard, not available. Rolling Stones Records A Tapes, in Tower Plaza, 3807 E. Thomas. The store looks like the mall: ramshackle. The selection is limited, and the clerk seemed more interested in listening to the records than in selling them. Blues Brothers, not available; Cowboy, $13.98; "Ambrosia, $4.98; Par-ton, $6.35; Hubbard, not available. Tower, Tempe Blues Brothers, $7.66; Cowboy, $13.66; Ambrosia, not available; Parton, . $6.66; Hubbard, $7.66. Music Tree, in Maryvale Mall, 5200 W. Indian" School. They have some jazz and folk that, curiously, are mixed in with the rock. The selection is limited, the service friendly. Blues Brothers, $5.94; Cowboy, $12.94; Ambrosia, $6.97; Parton, $6.97; no Hubbard at all. Specialties: e Rare and out-of-print discs. L.G. Floyd Inc. You a- won't find an address or telephone number in the book. 1 he company has some 80,000 selections in stock, specializing in 78, 45 and 33 rpm records, collections and sheet music. The serious collector can get more information by contacting Tower Records in Tempe or Bird's Record Exchange in Tempe. Used records. Bird's Record Exchange, in Tower Center, 111 E. University, Tempe; The Record Trader, 831 S. Rural, Tempe; Roads to Moscow Records & Tapes Exchange, 414 S. Mill, Tempe. All three stores buy and sell used records. And all three offer guarantees. Prices at the stores range from 50 cents to about $5. e Indian. Canyon Records, 4143 N. 16th St. More of a cultural center than a record store, the shop has beads, blankets, feathers, jewelry, posters, Indian art prints, stationery, and books. Discs, Tim RogersRepublic jiiiiiuimu.MswMniK I fc ""Nfr- WSmm' F 1 ."!'. WiW (J g ttiiil Owner V. Duffy outside Poorman's Records and Tapes. it i ft I . 1;' , lESG lis I - wi iptK. 'ftrfcp Himiiii 'linn iiimimimj i i''nii'u'j u , JLdA St- Tzrri m ..mw iw ' i.uIiiim m n mu 3f?W'"- ? E16 , Jr-:Htfl 2V feNTS f " 1 .. " ". : . -m-m liir"!' ?wiiiii .....- - f , i.M-MM-.mo in now r'-1-- lLmi- ' vM0mmmmmmmmm " 1 ' - '- - - m " ' 1 ' lini'MMMM, .. Hardy Price Cashier Kim O'Connor looks over selection at Circles Records and Tapes. PEOPLE AND PLACES As you are watching the finals of the British Open Sunday on Channel 3, remember what the greatest Englishman of this century had to say about golf. Winston Churchill, who did not care for golf, defined the game this way: "Golf is a game whose aim is to hit a very small ball into an even smaller hole, with weapons singularly ill-designed for the purpose." ... A special feature of this year's Summer Sunday 6, Aug. 3 at Civic Plaza, will be a sports area where roller skaters will perform, karate enthusiasts will work out and boxers will box. In addition, the area will be used to showcase gymnastics, aerobic dance, unicyclists and the Society for Creative Anachronism. Summer Sunday is sponsored by the City of Phoenix, the Arts Council and The Arizona Republic . . . Leon Patlllo, who used to sing with Santana, will be the featured artist in a Aug. 1 appearance at the Valley Cathedral on North .Central . . . Chlmmie McFad-den's on North 16th Street is closed ' for the summer and a sign on the door informs the curious to watch for the opening of Bunky's Ranch Cafe and Saloon . . . And in Tempe, Cactus County Saloon & Dance Hall, a two-level contemporary western club, will open Friday at 919 E. Apache ... BOW WOW WOW WOW Charles Sharkady's Sun Valley Guard Dogs Inc. will become movie stars this fall. Producer Earl Owens-bly has contracted for 10 of Sharkady's purebred rottweillers and four trainers including Sharkady to be featured in a film about a super ' breed of dogs. Production is sched- uled to start in October in North Carolina . . . Sports freaks take note: Today will mark the grand opening of The Shoe Box baseball cards & things at 1003 E. Camelback. From the name you can guess that baseball cards and other such sports paraphernalia will be offered for sale. For opening day honors, pitching out the first card, etc., you'll find newly named KOOL sports commentator Frank Kush, former National League umpire Jocko Conlon, former Chicago Cub Charlie Grimm and former Arizona State University great Whlz-zer White ... With all the movie people crying this summer over poor attendance at most films, we offer this bit of advice from Will Rogers. "What is the salvation of the movies? I say run 'em backwards. It can't hurt 'em and it's worth a trial" PEOPLE AND PLACES II That eight-record limited edition Elvis Presley album that RCA is bringing out next month caused such a stir that the company has requested dealers to accept advance reservations for the 250,000 copies ... Next Saturday the finals of a Ranchera song contest will be staged at the Coliseum and taped for a Sunday telecast by Channel 33, KTVW as part of Slempre En Domingo , "Always on Sunday." Raul Velasco, called the Johnny Carson of Mexico, will host the show . . . The top five films on this week's Billboard chart of video cassettes include Allen, 10, The Muppet Movie, Superman and The Deer Hunter. Longest on the list, at 36 weeks each, are The Godfather, Saturday Night Fever, Godfather II, Patton, M'A'S'H and The Sound of Uuale .... Willie s film debut needs more sewin' and whompin' HONEYSUCKLE ROSE A Warner Bros, release produced by Gene Taft and Sydney Pollack, directed by Jerry Schatzberg from a screenplay by Carol Sobieski, William D. Wittliff and John Binder based on a story by Gosta Steven and Gustav Molander. Cinematography by Robby Muller. Cast: Willie Nelson, Dyan Cannon, my Irving ana bum Pickens. Rated PG. At Valley theaters. 3y Michael Maza Republic Staff Here's country singer, designer blue jeans magnate and ouveau movie star Willie Nelson describing the end of his xst marriage: "I came home drunk and while I was passed out. she Mwed me up in a sheet. Must've taken her two hours to do i Then she got a broomstick and started beating the hell out of me. I woke up in this straightjacket, getting pounded like a short-order steak." With a few scenes like that mixed in to give it a bit of life, Honeysuckle Rose, Nelson's first picture as a leading man, would have been better. As it is, a bloodless Hollywood tale with an improbably happy ending, it doesn't have the power of your average unrecorded country song. Honeysuckle Rose is a triangular czz'tlzl musical about a nice, aging, road-addicted country singer nascd R'Kk Bonham; Viv, his nice, beautiful, stay-at-home wife (whom he loves); and Lily, the nice, beautiful would-be star who works with him (and woos him) on the road. The film's best moments are all on stage. Nelson is a engrossing performer, alone or in duets. He works briefly with Emmylou Harris. He sings lovingly with Viy (Dyan Cannon). And he sings with Lily (Amy Irving) in a sensual number that brings Viv on stage to declare an end to their marriage. Director Jerry Schatzberg (Sweet Revenge, The Seduction of Joe Tynan) has trouble moving between music and drama. During one number, he illustrates a love song with a long shot of the back of a bus. No help comes from the TV commercial conventions of country life kids swimming nude down at the ol' hole, old folks presiding over a family reunion, a smeary fight with hand-cranked ice cream. And even when they're cheatin' or drunk, the characters are always so nice. No women sewing men up in sheets and whomping them. Nelson, as might be expected, is best when he's singing, and adequate in more dramatic moments. Ms. Cannon Heaven Can Wait) is excellent within the script's limits . as an injured wife. Ms. Irving (Voices) again wins us with her face one of Hollywood's most expressive. Her eyes seem to produce light rather than reflect it, and she conveys immense feeling in the tiniest facial movements. While her perforamance isn't enough to pull Honeysuckle Rose out of its circle of unreality, she helps. "l "if J; I . ft Dyan Cannon and Amy Irving in a duet. ii1

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