Houston >Second Hand Goods > Black Dog Records & Cds
3816 S Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX | Directions 7709829.731934 -95.410631
Neighborhoods: Central, Greenway/ Upper Kirby
After reading all these reviews I chose Black Dog Records to sell some items to. The owner/employee just watched me carry a heavy box from my car and struggle with the door without assisting. He suggested another record shop that may be interested in some items he wasn't. The best directions I could get from him was take 59 and you will see it on the right. Of course I didn't seeing it and had to stop at Starbucks on Westpark where an employee was kind enough to look up the address (since Black Dog Records wouldn't). The shop was NOT on 59 so with Black Dog's directions I never would have found it.
Black Dog Offer – Black Dog offered an amount that was acceptable to me for my record collection -
Customer relations affect this rating – While Black Dog has a periodically good selection of clean, used vinyl and a small selection of new records, the prices are high and the owner has no sense of how to treat customers.
My Home Away From Home – I started a vinyl collection a few years back, mostly relying on friends and neighbors to give me some of their old records. Once I started going out on my own and finding stores here and there, I was hooked. Half-Priced Books always had a little record section, but their vinyls were usually torn up and were only good for folks on a budget.
I then started going to a few others in Houston (I still hadn't visited Black Dog yet) and found them to be a bit overpriced and pushy. When I'd travel in California, I'd go into any record store I came across and would be blown away by their selections, price, and knowledgeable, friendly staff. I longed for that in Houston.
Then, one day, I was headed over to Star Pizza when I saw Black Dog nestled off of a one-way street. I couldn't resist my urges, and I pulled in. Boy was that a good idea.
The first face that greeted me was...well, a black dog's. A beautiful chocolate lab was sleeping near the front of the store, along with a yellow lab. I was then greeted by two men I knew would become my favorite record store owners ever.
As I perused the racks, I was amazed at the depth and quality of their stock. It was as if they only accepted the best vinyls from sellers, and found the best prices to sell them back to us. They also had a ton of cds, shirts, posters, old magazines, etc. I'll never forget walking out of that store with about 15 records, some old LIFE Magazine issues covering the break-up of the Beatles, and a giant white bumper sticker with the store's logo on it.
I have been back to that store several times a month for some time now, and that white bumper sticker has graced the back of my car on every trip. And for good reason. You will not find a friendlier owner, cleaner atmosphere, and better selection anywhere in Houston, hands down. I would give Black Dog 100+ stars if I could.
Best Vinyl record store in Houston, TX – DEFINITELY one of the best VINYL record-stores I’ve ever shopped – and I’ve shopped in a few great ones:
Bleeker Bob’s – outstanding as it gets, but Black Dog Records must have shopped there too (owner is from Baltimore!).
Princeton Record Exchange – deep and worthy of stopping by, but not as organized and concise as Black Dog Records.
3rd Street Jazz - Philly’s most renown LP store, but a tad on the dirty side. Kinda too-jazzy, if y’know what I mean.
Full-Circle Records – Mike tried to stay vinyl AND digital within a changing market up into the early 2000’s, even if it meant downsizing. Mike, Black Dog Records, in Houston, TX, made me think of your store because the owner was so like you; friendly and dedicated to knowing as much about the product of music that you once sold.
I originally dropped-by that other store that’s advertised on Sirius satellite radio, via Steve VanZant, just 100-yards from Black Dog Records. I shopped that other place for over 2-hours – picked just one B+condition LP (Robin Trower; Long Misty Days) priced at $3.99, a goofy backwards-ticking clock, and went to find my way to back over to Black Dog because I’d caught their sign in my left-eye on my way in off the Interstate (I’m from out-of-town; the Delaware Valley/Poconos, NJ/PA), just following my GPS, to that other store.
What a difference! I ended up spending 30-minutes – finding 4 records I’d been wanting at fair prices – and enjoyed every minute!
Nelson Keith Clifton
Citysearch Editorial Review – Nestled near 59 by Star Pizza, this charming little treasure trove has had hardcore vinyl jockeys in a purple haze for 12 years. How sweet it is to peruse racks of records, CDs, memorabilia and T-shirts in an orderly space adorned with the visages of rock gods. Owners and old-time rock-and-roll aficionados Brent and Cliff can track down obscure titles while they ramble on with info on various LP pressings and music mythology for all the young dudes. Your collection will break on through with staples from Dylan, Skynyrd and The Stones to Kraftwerk, Devo and Nirvana. With well-organized stock and mint-condition products, this indie gem is burning down the house.
THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST ALL AROUND RECORD STORES IN THE COUNTRY – Ddon't even bother comparing this store with the other stores in Houston--mthere is no comparison. The merchandise is in great condition, the store is clean and well organized and the guys that work there are very knowledgeable and helpful. The other recoord stores in Houston should wish they were this good,. I travel all over the world and get to shop everywherde I go. I always find something when I go to Black Dog
Nice Record Store – I had been passing by this store for some time when one day I decided to check it out. It was nice and neat and every album I inspected was clean with no scratches. I could have sworn the album playing was the doors, and after a few songs I ask the guy working there who it was and I was suprised by the answer (although I cant remember now). I really enjoyed it.
One of the, if not THE best record store in the country! – I've been shopping at Black Dog since it opened 10 years ago. The store is well organized, the prices are very reasonable (in line with LP price guides), and the quality of the merchandise is second to none - plus the owners are friendly and knowledgable about the music, they readily offer advice when asked.
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