Spin City X 2

What’s old is new again, and spinning records is the way to listen your music. So break out your best vinyl because Record Store Day, April 21, is quickly approaching! Music on vinyl has made a comeback over the past few years, but don’t fret if you’re still lagging behind the reborn musical trend. Two longtime local record store owners are here to give us the lowdown on their favorite records, the music business and more.

Irv Lukin Owner of EZ2 Collect in Elmwood Park

Favorite album?
Claude Bolling’s Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio

Recommended record player?
Thorens—it’s a very fine piece of machinery and high quality.

Album cover that could double as art?


Santana’s first album—the cover looks like it features a lion but the art actually depicts two women facing each other.

How do you acquire new albums?
We advertise locally to seek out interesting albums.

On your turntable right now?


Miles Davis, Bitches Brew

Craziest request you’ve ever received?


Yesterday and Today by The Beatles. The originals were recalled because of a controversial cover. A new cover was pasted over the album, and people hope to find a copy with the original photo underneath.

John Schlapak Owner of Music Merchants in Westwood

Favorite album?


Buddy Holly’s Greatest Hits

Recommended record player?
Denon—they have a good player for every price range.

Album cover that could double as art?


Caravan’s In The Land of Grey & Pink. It’s a landscape with beautiful mixed colors.

How do you acquire new albums?
I buy entire collections from estate sales. The more albums in a collection the better.

On your turntable right now?
Joe Sample’s (pianist from The Crusaders) Carmel

Craziest request you’ve ever received?


The Alvin and the Chipmunks album Let’s All Sing with the Chipmunks with its original cover. It was a drawing of rodents in barbershop quartet outfits, not the cartoon depiction of the chipmunks.

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