'Vortex' resides at Yonge and Eglington, and is still considered one of the last remaining 'classic' record stores left in the GTA.
The store's owner, Bert, has a knack for getting in loads of consistently good wax at unbelievable prices.
Aretha Franklin: Hey Now Hey (The other side of the sky)
War: The World is a Ghetto
Dexter Gordon: Gettin' Around (Blue Note, Audiophile DMM)
Wayne Shorter: The All Seeing Eye (Blue Note, 70's, Liberty Records)
Art Blakey: a night at bird land (Blue Note, 70's, Liberty Records
Dexter Gordon: Our Man In Paris (Blue Note, Audiophile DMM
The War album is nothing shy of unreal. It's reminiscent of Grateful Dead or any bad-ass black soul LP from the 70's.
The Dexter Gordon LP's truly show the absurdity of living in the year 2010 and having the luxuary of listening to music that is 50 years old. This music speaks! The musicianship showcases Dexter Gordon's ability to select top notch players (notably Bobby Hutcherson's Vibes playing on Gettin Around)who groove with severe aggression. If you like strait forward high energy Jazz, this is the era.
These mid 80's Audiophile DMM pressings are bloody sharp. From the slick appearance, to the sharp and bright lacquer, these Records play so clearly it is as if they are playing in the room. I have several of the 2006 and 2008 reissues, and they do not come close to the power of this series. Also look out for the Japanese releases from the 80's.