Denver/Boulder's five best places to buy records

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3. The Denver Record Collector's Expo, Ramada Plaza, 10 East 120th Avenue, Northglenn

The Denver Record Collector's Expo is a veritable Mecca for music collectors. Twice a year (spring and fall), over forty dealers from every corner of the country come to sell hard to find LPs and 45s at the Ramada in Northglenn. It's worth the drive, and it's virtually guaranteed you'll find something you love. Mark your calendars: The next one is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 21. Get there early.

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2. Wax Trax, 638 East 13th Avenue, Denver

For people who like to geek out in peace, Wax Trax is the most approachable place to browse an incredible selection of vinyl. The store is small and manageable, the atmosphere is relaxed, the staff is helpful and the prices are a steal. This is as real as it gets -- smell the ancient grit of music history past while perusing the notable rock section as well as rare and underground releases. Check out the cassette tape collection in the back, too.

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Wax Trax Records

638 E. 13th Ave., Denver, CO

Category: General

Twist & Shout

2508 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Music

Ramada Plaza Convention Center

10 E. 120th Ave., Denver, CO

Category: General

Independent Records - CLOSED

937 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO

Category: General

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Seriously
Seriously

Hey Westword, maybe you should use a photo of the Independent Records that is in Denver, not the one that is in Colorado Springs? 

Sickum Frank
Sickum Frank

I heard a rumour that a 2.4 million dollar loan at the Lowenstein Complex has been in default since Feb.. I guess that makes Wax Trax #1 soon. B&R should be #1. Barts is a shack. Absolute Vinyl is a Van Nuys type of store just used to get stuff for eBay. Twist has too many RIAA visit candidates in their racks, not cool. The Record Show should be three times a year.

Nick Browning
Nick Browning

Absolute Vinyl in Boulder at Arapahoe and 55th.... Doug is the man...

Denver Ultigirl
Denver Ultigirl

Well, everything that needed to be said has been said.  Black'n'Read should definitely make the top 5.  Black'n'Read's employees are the type of people who volunteer to bring a high schooler home from a metal show because the kid's parents don't want to stay up that late.  Their selection is great and it is a place where you get more than you deserve. And Wax Trax is number 1, not number 2.  Hell, I know vinyl hounds who search the internet constantly for that one album...and in the end, it's Wax Trax who scores it on their behalf.  That goes far beyond hosting shows or offering local bands' albums or having a neat special deal.  It speaks to Wax Trax's passion for record collecting and how it plays out through attention to detail, relationships within the music and vinyl scenes and extraordinary customer service.  That's why they are number 1.

bungus
bungus

and they forgot Black & Read, plus who in Denver cares about Bart's? it's too small now... I did get heat outta there back when Vajra was still ringing people up. Can't hate.

Teenageheart
Teenageheart

Whoops, you guys listed Wax Trax wrong.  It's number 1, not number 2.

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