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In Stock?: New Music From Miles Davis, Jenny And Johnny, And Lyfe Jennings

Bitches Brew cover; courtesy of Sony Legacy

Even at great record stores, you can't always find the albums you want. Sometimes the store has a particular specialty, sometimes the local audience doesn't support a genre, sometimes the price of an album doesn't justify the shelf space. Each Tuesday, we call five record stores to see if they have three brand new CDs in their store.

This week, we checked on the 40th anniversary reissue of Bitches Brew (on Sony Legacy), Miles Davis’ epochal redefinition of jazz music; I’m Having Fun Now (on Warner Bros.) by Jenny Lewis and Jonathan Rice; and I Still Believe (on Asylum) by socially conscious R&B singer Lyfe Jennings. The stores we called were randomly selected from a national database.

Melody Record Shop
1623 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C.

Bitches Brew: Yes
I’m Having Fun Now: Yes
I Still Believe: No

"We sell tons of jazz, so we shouldn’t have any problem selling Miles."
-Gordon, night manager

The Exclusive Company
1669 North Farwell Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisc.

Bitches Brew: Yes
I’m Having Fun Now: Yes (CD and vinyl)
I Still Believe: Yes

"People just seem to know what they’re looking for these days, and Miles Davis is kind of a constant here."
-Brian, clerk

CD Warehouse
4001 North Pennsylvania Avenue, Oklahoma City, Okla.

Bitches Brew: No
I’m Having Fun Now: No
I Still Believe: No

"We only sell used albums now. We were bought out by independent investors and live outside the chain. We’re the only CD Warehouse left [in Oklahoma City]."
-Rob, clerk

Budget CDs & DVDs
1910 Brooks Street, Missoula, Mon.

Bitches Brew: No
I’m Having Fun Now: Yes
I Still Believe:Yes

"[On stocking the Bitches Brew deluxe reissue:] When things get high in price, they tend to just sit on the shelf. When The Beatles box sets came out a while back, we stocked a couple of those, but otherwise [we don’t stock expensive items.]"
-Raymond, sales clerk

Barnes & Noble
6825 Camino Arroyo, Gilroy, Calif.

Bitches Brew: No
I’m Having Fun Now: Yes
I Still Believe: On Order

"I’m just covering for the music person, who’s on break right now."
- Eric, books clerk

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