Fruit of the Vinyl

A music collector's paradise

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he most expensive record ever sold at Cheapo Records was a rare, wrapped 12-inch vinyl Blue Note disc that went for more than $1,000. At least, that’s the priciest sale longtime clerk Rob Thomas (no relation to the Matchbox 20 singer) can recall. Most of the more than 100,000 records in Cheapo’s inventory are more affordable than that, with many on sale for as little as 99 cents. The store is a hub for music collectors and has an eclectic mix of genres watched over by scarily knowledgeable and (if you catch them in the right mood) helpful employees, with a particularly deep selection of oldies, rock, soul, and Cajun, and even 45s. But while this place may be an institution, it’s moved so many times since opening in 1954 as “the Cambridge Music Box,” you’ll have to look hard to find it. Duffy

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Opened in 1935, when betting was made legal in Massachusetts, Suffolk Downs attracted its biggest-ever crowd of 24,000 to see the Beatles play on the infield on August 18, 1966.

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