“…Turnabout Is Fair Play…”

by rocky-o

'TURNABOUT' Records in Garwood

'TURNABOUT' Records in Garwood

If you were to look into my soul, at least two-thirds of it would probably look a lot like walking through the front door of ‘Turnabout’ records in Garwood. This place is that cool.

Located at 93 Center Street, ‘Turnabout’ has been serving customers since 1979, way before iPods or mp3s took over the marketplace, and it has a wonderful ‘air’ about it, that makes memories flood back like it was the 60s and 70s all over again. In fact, when they first opened their doors, it was all vinyl…glorious vinyl for the ears to hear the pops and whistles that belong in every groove.


Nowadays, with all the ‘digital technology’ at hand, music has lost its depth, and owner Ed Amoroso, (along with his mom Shirley), fight a never-ending battle of downloading and free-burning, while still maintaining a wonderful respect and love for what they have to offer.

(And since most ‘computer collections’ that make up a large part of the music audiences listening habits un-variably rely upon only the ‘hit-tracks’ that people are familiar with, rather than the ‘album cuts’ that we all know are usually the ‘best tracks’ on any album, the point of a place like this becomes even more essential.)

But, being no strangers to the changing times, they actually do much of their business online these days. But there’s still no replacing the feeling of actually being able to walk into a store like this, to feel each disc in your hands, to experience what’s left of ‘cover art’, and perhaps even find a gem that you didn’t expect to see.

(And speaking of gems, they still have plenty of vinyl left on hand for you to peruse, to help you become re-acquainted with the ‘12×12 experience’ of days gone by, along with their wide variety of CDs for the more ‘up to date’ music enthusiast.)

But through the days and years of 8-tracks and cassettes, VHS and DVDs, t-shirts, sweatshirts, ‘Big-Chain stores’ and dying ‘mom and pop shops’, Ed and Shirley have kept their enthusiasm going, and will continue to keep it going for as long as the consumer keeps going to places like these…and we definitely need to.

Without places like these, a whole moment of life will be lost forever. After all, vinyl is making a comeback, why not a place like this, where it’s the music that truly matters.


Ed Amorose, hard at work, keeping the music playing

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