DJ’s Choice – #RSD Sleepers

Bee Gees Staying Alive | PROMO

418456374003With The List for Record Store Day becoming larger and larger every year it is getting easier and easier for record companies to slip in a few reissues that are not only popular but extremely easy to find in used vinyl bins around the globe. The 2013 list included “The Gambler” for crying out loud.

So, when we saw the Bee Gees Stayin’ Alive on “The List” we figured some poor soul is going to; once again, overpay for a reissue that is readily available in any dollar bin, flea market or thrift shop.

Our curiosity got the best of us so we looked into it and realized that the Record Store Day folks hit another home run for all the vinyl disc jockeys among us. This is not a reissue of the radio version of  Stayin’ Alive, it is a reissue of the radio station and DJ pre release promo!  A true 12″ 45 coming in at 6:55 this cut is ideal for mixing, scratching or that always needed bathroom break.

Other cuts include Night Fever (4:50), More Than A Woman (4:43), You Should Be Dancing (4:47). We recommend you buy two!

Mapping Your Record Store Day Route

An overhead view of the Morgan Park Academy on 111th Street

Beverly Records has been a fixture in the Morgan Park neighborhood since 1967 and being proud of our neighborhood we encourage you to spend a few hours checking out all of the sites.

And the best way to truly experience Morgan Park is on a bike. Even if you do not live close by, Metra and the CTA are bike friendly on the weekends so don’t be afraid to oil up that chain on Record Store Day!
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Melanaie Martinez #RSD15 Sleepers

We are all getting really excited about The List this year. Great Dylan, Doors, and Phish releases.

The only complaint we have with RSD releases is that if you as vinyl lover are not up at the crack of dawn and waiting in front of a record shop by 5:00 AM all the “a-Stock” will. be. gone. by 8:15. So how do you decipher the “b-Stock” if you are at 10 AM or, God forbid a noon shopper!

For the next few weeks we will feature some sleepers that will probably be around after all the popular stuff is long gone.

Melanie Martinez – Dollhouse

This release is about as dark as Metallica’s And Justice for All. The ying and yang of the fact it is on pink vinyl seals the deal for us. Melanie Martinez did a great job on “The Voice” and really found “it” on this record. Check out this video and make sure to add this soon to be classic to your collection.


Western Ave, 1980

The year is 1908, err.. 1980, and the cold war is at its peak. Beverly Records has been in a fierce battle with Beverly Costumes over parking rights on 116th street. Back in 1980 we settled the score a little differently than how we do these days.

Yep, a good ole fashioned bowling tournament at Evergreen Towers.  Bowling in 1980 took skill, you had to drink beer out of a can with a tab while staying just sober enough to not make any math mistakes on the manual scorer’s table.

Luckily this footage was saved. So grab some corn and have a look at life in Beverly in 1980. We went ahead and overdubbed most of the footage in Spanish for your convenience.

Check out Jack’s purple with wood trim ’77 Volare station wagon in the background.


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