Bought For A Song: Even MORE Deals Under Tower Records’ Deathbed

Dec 6th, 2006 // 3 Comments

For the last week, we’ve been reporting on various Crazy Eddie-like deals to be had at Tower Records stores around the country. Starting today, we turn to our readers for reports. If you’ve found a great buy, please send the album info, discount details, and a sample MP3 to (and please let us know if/how you’d like to be credited). Our first from-the-field entry is from Paul:

Thanks for the tip about the Lincoln Center Tower Records. It’s worth mentioning that while the first floor has been picked over thoroughly, a lot of gems are in the annex of rock discs that they’ve squirreled away in the classical section upstairs.

As of a few hours ago, they still had quite a few copies of the Liars’s first album, plus a few copies of The Dismemberment Plan’s Emergency & I, and shockingly, a copy each of Fugazi’s 13 Songs and Liz Phair’s Exile in Guyville. (Plus about 20 copies of “The Obliterati” by Mission of Burma). My favorite find, though:

Artist: The Make-Up
Album: Destination Love
List Price: $11.99
Minus 60% discount: $4.80
Deal or no Deal: An absolute deal. The Make-Up’s reputation was made on stage, not in the studio. This, their first album, was recorded live, and no other disc recorded their shows as faithfully. When Ian purrs, “All right, Make-Up?” and the band, in unison, replies “Yes, Ian?” in “Evidence Is Everywhere”, it’s like the band never broke up.

The Make-Up – Evidence Is Everywhere [MP3, link expired]
Earlier: Bought For A Song: Looking For Deals Underneath Tower Records’ Deathbed


  1. Breliant

    I always preferred They Live By Night. This year’s Untouchable Sound (although recorded a few years ago) is worth a listen.

    But a bargain is a bargain.

  2. RodimusPrime

    The Tower in DC (21st and Pennsylvania) still has a pretty nice stock going. I walked away with 14 new discs (for $65, including tax!), and the only thing I was looking for but couldn’t find was The Honorary Title.

  3. Ned Raggett

    Now that even $19.99 list price stupidity translates to $8 things are…promising.

    Based on checking with various folks, the label overstock seems to be highest with the Blue Note catalog (Rudy Van Gelder remasters, people!) and Six Degrees. In fact there’s a whole double sided set of racks at my local one that’s NOTHING but Six Degrees releases. I might have to experiment at 90% for the hell of it.

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