GETTING MORE TALE #562.5: The Sunrise Returns
I was very saddened when Sunrise records shuttered most of their stores nationwide, including my regular outlet at Fairview Mall. Not so much when the HMVs started closing. I haven’t spent any money at an HMV in years. Recently, Sunrise announced they would be taking over several of the old HMV locations, including the one at Fairview mall. Yes, Sunrise has finally returned to Fairview.
Sunrise re-opened a few days after Record Store Day in a case of bad timing, but they still had some RSD stock. I set aside my Saturday morning to immerse myself in their inventory. As expected they had plenty of vinyl, displayed front and center when you enter the store. It’s a good selection of the usual suspects priced in the mid-$30s. Their vinyl catalogue selection was much better than the same for CD. Flipping through the Kiss LPs, they had 15 or so titles from the catalogue including some of the lesser known ones such as Carnival of Souls. Then I flipped through Deep Purple on CD. Disappointingly, they had five copies of the hits disc Icon, one copy of In Rock (standard edition) and one copy of The Very Best Of. The same issue plagued many artists in the CD section: five copies of Icon, but very few actual albums on CD. This wasn’t the case across the board. There was a healthy Metallica section and they had all the Oasis deluxe editions. One deluxe that I was looking for was the four disc Black Sabbath Paranoid reissue, but all they had was the double CD (and 180 gram vinyl of course).
They staff were friendly and passed the test. They approached me and asked if I needed help, I didn’t need to ask them, and they waited a reasonable amount of time. Unfortunately their system isn’t quite up and running yet. No inventory lookup. But they tried. You can’t judge a store too harshly a few days into their first week. They had a promotional sale on: Buy something on vinyl and get $5 off a T-shirt. They had a lot of cool T-shirts, (a lot!) but if there is one thing I don’t need right now, it’s more T-shirts. They even had brand new Star Wars turntables. Star Wars turntables?
The one surprise I saw was in the Mr. Bungle section. They had five copies of their legendary debut album, at a steal of $5.99 each. Compare that with $21 on Amazon.
I hope Sunrise does well. They made a few sales while I was there, and the store was never empty. It was funny to listen to the people browsing. “Is that a CD?” “No, it’s a seven inch record.” “NO WAY!”
Way indeed. Welcome back Sunrise.
Four finds from four different genres.
Brant Bjork – Tao of the Devil CD – $18.99 (compared to $24.28 on Amazon.ca)
Oasis – Be Here Now 3 CD deluxe – $32.99 (compared to $31.45 on Amazon.ca)
Kiss – Music From the Elder 180 gram LP reissue – $32.99 (compared to $33.79 on Amazon.ca)
Steve Earle & the Dukes – The Continental Club 7″ RSD 2017 single – $11.99 (not available on Amazon.ca)