Sam the Record Man: a former worker spills store secrets
By Jessica Dee Humphreys Special to the Star
Sun., April 10, 2022
"Jimi Donabie has limitless funny memories of the gritty, legendary shop. "There was this period between the heat being on in the winter and when the air conditioning came on in the summer, where for about a week there would be this smell of old socks and dead mice," he says, laughing. "That?s when you knew the seasons were changing."
"One of the best aspects of stores like Sam's was the knowledgeable staff, who were as passionate about music as the customers. "People would come in and say,'I'm looking for that song that goes, la la la la,'" Donabie says. "And we?d be, like, 'Oh yeah, that's a great tune. I?ve got it right here."
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I remember going to a few Sam The Record Man stores in malls and on the street. Very high priced though but pretty good selection of music overall.
** On Saturday 16.04.22 - 12:39, you wrote:
I seem to remember that either A&A's or Sam's were always
lower-priced than anywhere else. The charted/new LPs were
always stickered with a sales price. Some might say that the
cost of getting downtown (transit + time, or parking) might not
have been worth the hassle, but it was still kinda fun to meet
knowledgeable staff who could make suggestions, and be amongst
an avid crowd of music collectors.
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