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BEST Music Store

2001 BEST Music Store, New

Newbury Comics

Cambridge

Great variety (imports, independents, jazz, classical, rock, soundtracks) isn’t enough. Low prices (new discs as low as $9.99) aren’t enough. Even a knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful staff isn’t enough. Because every devotee of Newbury Comics knows that, on top of… read more »

2001 BEST Music Store, Used

Disc Diggers

Somerville

The indie music ethic in this town is so snobbish, it’s almost considered blasphemy if you like a song on the radio. But thanks to Davis Square’s Disc Diggers, located in the epicenter of cool, this attitude has been dispensed… read more »

1996 BEST Music Store, Used Records

Mars

Allston

A Generation X antidote to downtown shopping. Walk up the dark staircase to this vinyl/CD shop that carries the neighborhood’s most obscure selection of used recordings—from the Lawrence of Arabia soundtrack to Japanese space punk. Prices are right for the… read more »

1996 BEST Music Store, Used CDs/LPs

Looney Tunes

Boston

Some people will never be swayed by the pure, clean, digital sound of compact discs—they prefer their music to be on vinyl. You can get the best of both worlds—used CDs and LPs—at Looney Tunes. And best of all, many… read more »

1995 BEST Music Store, CD Store

Newbury Comics

Sure, there are comic books, and posters, and T-shirts, and even lava lamps. But mostly we hang at Newbury for the terrific selection of music at consistently better prices than its bigger competitors. read more »

1995 BEST Music Store, CDs (Rare Classical)

Orpheus

Boston

When you can’t find that rare, out-of-print classical CD around the corner on Newbury Street, try Orpheus. This hole-in-the-wall store carries classical, jazz, and international recordings, opera boxed sets, laser discs, and such musical memorabilia as autographs. A great place… read more »

1995 BEST Music Store, CDs (Used Popular)

Second Coming Records

Cambridge

Great selection of standards, plus tons of imports, CD bootlegs, and unreleased tracks you can’t find at regular record shops. Good prices, too. read more »

1994 BEST Music Store

Guitar Center

Boston

Unmatched selection, salespeople who are available but not pushy, and a policy of matching any price in the country make this a musician’s Disneyland. Find the classic ax of your dreams here, or just spend a pleasant afternoon sampling the… read more »

1994 BEST Music Store, New CDs

Tie: Tower Records and HMV Records

Boston; Cambridge

The war has been heating up between Tower and HMV since the latter announced the opening of a new store at Downtown Crossing in the fall. Both stores do have a huge selection of compact discs and cassettes to please… read more »

1994 BEST Music Store, Used CDs

CD Spins

Boston

In spite of hefty competition, CD Spins did well enough with its used-CD niche in its Allston location to open up a new store at the high end of Newbury Street last year. You can buy and sell used compact… read more »