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1925 Broadway, Nashville, TN | Directions 3720336.149440 -86.798076
"It Ain't What It Used To Be".
I recently overheard a stranger at another record spot say this about The Great Escape- "It Ain't What It Used To Be, If It Ever Was." Only half of that statement is true. The Great Escape definitely WAS the best shop in Nashville, and maybe the best place in the whole South to buy records. I always looked forward to stopping by there when in Nashville to look for records in the past. Unfortunately I must now agree with this stranger's comment of "It Ain't What It Used To Be."
My last visit to this store was very disappointing, not only because there were hardly any interesting records to be found but just because the whole "atmosphere" of the store seems blah. I used to walk in there and just be hyped to see so much great vinyl. The customers used to just gleam with excitement when going through their record racks and the employees used to be excited about the records. Nowdays, it feels like a ghost town in this store and the quality & selection of records is at an all time low. They have a lot of records, mind you, it's just that many of them have now been there for years and their "new adds" section usually consist of Abba, ABC, Bryan Adams, Air Supply, Paul Anka, etc...and that's just some A's. The workers there as of late don't seem to have any excitement, interest, or even knowledge in records anymore. To have once been my favorite record store, it's amazing what this place has dwindled down to.
I know many stores that sell records are hurting, but Great Escape appears to be struggling (at least in records) to the point that they may be in trouble as a record store. I've stopped going there regularly, mostly because I have left disappointed so many of my last few visits. I'm not saying I've given up on them completely, it's just that to say "it ain't what it used to be" is an understatement. It used to be great and I don't understand how they have gotten to the point where they are now. I hope next time I go by that they are still open.
Slow service if you are trying to sell your things. The Great Escape on Broadway is a good place to go if you are a buyer. If you are a seller make sure you bring a bucket load of patience with you along with your wares. I have been selling off my entertainment collection little by little for many years so I have had many dealings with the Great Escape as well as Phonoluxe and CD Warehouse. Great Escape is always so SLOW when buying your items. This past week it took them over an hour to go through my things and decide what they wanted and how much they wanted to offer me. One of the major problems is that they are not computerized. They still look through notebooks & card catalogs! The other problem is that the staff just can?t be bothered. While in the middle of looking through your things they are not focused on the task at hand. They stop to talk to their friends, their coworkers, talk on the phone, etc. I always go to CD Warehouse first because they are fast, friendly & efficient. I only go to Great Escape to sell the things that no other store in town wants.
Great Escape has 3 album, Cd stores.. Great Escape has 3 record stores in Nashville / Madison. Main store off Broadway has many rare records. Good selection of rock and country. Some promos at times. Sales are often and twice a year blowouts. More on the common side on CD's. Half Price store is open Friday's and Saturdays only. Great deal, if you come early. Some Ebay sellers are there at opening. $1 records and $1 CD's up to $4. Best place to find record deals in Nashville. Madison store has good deals but the better selection is at Broadway. By the way Bowling Green, Kentucky has a Great Escape too.
Colorful comic books and cut-rate CDs for committed collectors..
Pop culture mementos, like posters, movies, comic books, audio books, paperbacks and vinyl are among the items sold at this kitschy store. The selection of used CDs will please the most discriminating music listener and sell between $1 and $8.99. With more than 100,000 comics in stock, including new and back issues, collectors revel in the extensive selection.
Very much worth the drive!. I make it from Atlanta to Nashville a couple of times a year and the three Great Escape locations are big reasons I keep coming back. Their CD selection is amazing, and they frequently have sales on old comic books. Park in the larger lot behind the "discount outlet" location on Broadway and walk three blocks to the main store after you've cleaned up on $3 Prince and R.E.M. CDs.
Collector haven. A pop culture mecca. Used albums, books, comics, games, the Escape has it all. Good place to sell CDs. You can get a decent price. Parking in the side lot is kind of tight. Go behind the store and park at a meter.
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