The Hudson Valley has always been spoiled with great record shops over the years.

Record Store Day 2023 is set for April 22, and it got us feeling nostalgic. One of the most popular Independent record stores in the Hudson Valley these days is Dark Side Records in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Darkside Records

Darkside Records
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Darkside Records has been serving the Hudson Valley area since 2011, and it's the area's largest brick-and-mortar independent music store.

Tigman with Cinderella's Tom Keifer. The Rutigliano Archives
Tigman with Cinderella's Tom Keifer. The Rutigliano Archives
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Tigman with Cinderella's Tom Keifer. The Rutigliano Archives
Tigman with Cinderella's Tom Keifer. The Rutigliano Archives
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The store has an amazing selection, and they've hosted some great signings/meet and greets over the years including Cinderella's Tom Keifer and John Waite.

Tigman with John Waite. Photo credit: All Nowak
Tigman with John Waite. Photo credit: All Nowak
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Old School Record Stores From the Past

Record World, Sam Goody, Tape World, Tape Town, Strawberries, Suncoast, the list goes on. Growing up in Carmel, NY, we had the Putnam Plaza shopping center and Book and Record. That was a popular spot to visit.

The Book and Record

Photo credit: Z MaryAnn Tozzi
Photo credit: Z MaryAnn Tozzi
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I remember many a time, looking through the large selection of vinyl and cassettes at Book and Record. In fact, I remember picking up certain titles at the store al those years ago, including Kiss Smashes, Thrashes, and Hits in 1988 and Meat Loaf's Bat Out of Hell 2 in 1993.

Mercury Records
Mercury Records
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MCA Records
MCA Records
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Also See: Fascinating Record Collections from Around the Hudson Valley

Record City

For many in the Poughkeepsie area growing up in the 1980s, Record City at 17 Academy Street was the place to go. The record store and head shop was located just around the corner from The Chance Theater and they had tons of vinyl bootlegs.

Record City, photo credit: Joe Lutsky
Record City, photo credit: Joe Lutsky
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Record World and The Wall

Other area hotspots for kids growing up in Poughkeepsie included Record World in the Dutchess Mall in Fishkill, NY and South Hills Mall. I also remember The Wall in South Hills Mall, with their Lifetime Music Guarantee. If anything happened to the album, it would be replaced free of charge.

Media Play

In the '90s, Media Play at South Hills Mall was a popular destination. I remember going there on weekends and spending hours looking through CDs. They had a great import selection too!

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Rock Fantasy

If you lived in Orange County, it was Rock Fantasy in Middletown, NY for all your hard rock and metal needs. And it still is, since 1985.

Photo courtesy of Stephen Keeler
Photo courtesy of Stephen Keeler
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With the comeback that vinyl has made over the past decade, new record stores are popping up all over again. The newest kid on the block here in the Hudson Valley is Rhinebeck Vinyl Vault.

Rhinebeck Vinyl Vault Facebook
Rhinebeck Vinyl Vault Facebook
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Rhinebeck Vinyl Vault opened in the fall of 2021 at 23 East Market St in Rhinebeck, NY and they offer a selection of new and used vinyl records as well as other music-related merchandise.

Check out a list of Independent Record stores around the Hudson Valley for your Record Store Day enjoyment.

Where Are the Independent Record Stores in the Hudson Valley?

A List of Independent Record Stores in the Hudson Valley

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