Friday was a significant birthday for yours truly. My beloved Ness treated me with a long weekend in Moscow accompanied by our daughter and her boyfriend. As it was my special weekend I was determined to visit at least one record store in Moscow so on Sunday morning armed with Google maps we trundled from our hotel the mere 800 metres to where the store was located. Firstly let me say Google maps was as much use as an ashtray on a motorbike and my knowledge of the cyrillic alphabet was not any better. We reached the general vicinity but ended up going round in circles. Finally we found a very kind Russian young man who looked on his phone and spoke enough English to deliver us to the store with pinpoint accuracy.No wonder we couldn’t find it – it was tucked away in a courtyard off a main road and it was not near to any other stores. There was no visible signage other than a bat which was the sign for Transylvania Records. I walked inside and it was a labyrinth with the most amazing and extensive selection of vinyl and cd’s I have ever seen. Two things struck my about the store – firstly there was no music playing which is most odd for a record store. Secondly the astounding eclecticism. There was a cd of the Kop Choir. Who on earth in Moscow has a love of the Kop Choir?
I decided to focus on boxsets because they had an extensive choice and elected for two – Little Feats Hotcakes and Outtakes because it had long since been deleted in the UK and a Doug Sahm Quintet 5 disc set that I had not previously seen in the UK. Neither were priced up so had to check the pricing when I got to the till. The Doug Sahm set was nearly £90 which I considered too expensive so put that one back. I left with the Little Feat set which was priced on the high side but which I was pleased with.
Later in the evening I looked on Amazon and the Doug Sahm set is shown at £377.00. I missed a bargain but was happy to experience Record buying in Russia.