What are customers saying about us? Well, have a look. Bellow you will find testimonials and feedback from different Amoeba Customers.
You know there’s a God because Amoeba exists. There has never been a time I have visited Amoeba and left disappointed. As a matter of fact, there have been countless times I have walked in believing I would only be purchasing an album, but instead walked out an hour later with a hundred dollars worth of stuff. Sure my wallet may have been lighter, but I couldn’t have been happier each time. Each time I visit I feel like I am a kid in a candy store. There is just too much good stuff to handle. Whether it’s browsing through vinyl, music posters, soundtracks, used music, lasderdiscs, Blu-rays, or even the DVD section upstairs, I cherish each moment to know about the greatest store ever. It’s one of the friendliest and down-to-earth places you can ever visit. When I am there I feel like I am at home. My first exposure to Amoeba was when I visited the Arclight in March 2005 during Kevin Smith’s West Coast Vulgarathon. From that moment on I found my primary place to shop for mainstream movies and music along with all the obscure stuff in between. Whether it’s an Iggy Pop picture disc or a sealed vinyl copy of “The Apple” Soundtrack or the original and out of print “The Harder They Come” Criterion Collection DVD, Amoeba has had it. Since I have an eclectic taste in film and music I feel a list is necessary when visiting. Among my friends I have become notorious and infamous for these lists bringing them every time I visit Amoeba. About 80% of the time, Amoeba has exactly what I am looking for no matter what and I love how impressive their inventory is at all times. Sure I can talk about the times I have met Slash, Ace Frehley, Ozzy Osbourne, Elvis Costello or the dozens of others I have been fortunate to meet during in-store events, but it’s one aspect I have yet to mention about Amoeba I love most- The WALL. For the longest time I never paid any attention to the wall. Of course that was until a pink colored album caught my eye. About two years ago I was buying a birthday gift and checked out at my favorite register #7. Behind the register on the wall was one of my favorite albums of all time, “Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols.” What was so special about this album? It wasn’t a special edition, a limited edition or even the British version, but an original U.S. 1st pressing SEALED almost NM copy of the album. I couldn’t believe what I was looking at. After asking the cashier to take a closer look, she handed it to me and I examined it closer. There was a slight tear and it affected the binding on the left side of the record sleeve, otherwise the album was NM. I thought long and hard on buying that album, but decided against purchasing the $200 album. However, I couldn’t get it off my mind. For the next two weeks I conveniently came back five times to Amoeba to see if they still had it when I “happened to be in the neighborhood.” On the last visit I bought two CDs and was once again purchasing my two items at register #7. The record was still there. I asked the male clerk to take it down so I could get one last look. Once he placed it in my hands I immediately said, “I’ll take it,” which completely surprised him. Afterwards I had it immediately framed so I could display it in my office and whenever friends come over they are immediately drawn to it. The album now has a few friends keeping it company with a “Kiss” original blue label and 2nd pressing album, a signed “Appetite For Destruction” original U.K. pressing album with the controversial cover that was signed by Slash on Record Store day, Scott Walker’s “Scott” album, “Punk” Magazine #1, and my favorite item, “Rolling Stone” #1 to make my office the coolest office for any college student. With the exception of the two magazines, everything else was purchased at that awesome store on 6400 Sunset Blvd. There is no place better than Amoeba! Thanks for hiring the most awesome people and for always making it a blast to shop!
Attending the where the action is signing was a once in a lifetime experience because I ran into old concert cronies from the 60`s, many of whom I haven't seen in 30 or so years and might never see again. I was able to meet and reaquaint myself with many 60's house bands and musicians who made the local 60's LA music scene so memorable.
One night I was in Amoeba browsing through records right up until the store was about to close. I had been there for quite some time and hadn't yet found quite what I was looking for. About to leave the store empty-handed, a friend pointed out to me a copy of Modest Mouse's debut LP "This Is a Long Drive..." for $30. I couldn't believe it. Not only is this one of my favorite albums of all time, but it's out of print and goes for about $120+ on eBay. There was no doubt in my mind that I would be throwing down 30 bucks for a single record on this evening. When it was my turn in line to head to the register, I said to the cashier, "I'll take the Modest Mouse record...Up there." He took it down and rung it up for me. I was so excited that I was shaking. "I can't believe what a deal this is," I said to the man, "Every copy I see on eBay is upwards of a hundred bucks!" This dude gave me a really dirty look, like he was bitter about the fact that I just got this amazing deal. "Unfortunately, our pricers don't check eBay," he said. "Well that's good news for me I guess," I said with a huge smile on my face. He met me at the end of the cashier line, my record safely slipped into a bright yellow and red Amoeba bag. "Have a GREAT night," I said, and ran up the hill to my apartment. I must've spun that record about 3 times through that night, and it was well worth my $30. THANK YOU AMOEBA I LOVE YOU!
I had just finished a long day of talking non-stop, since I work as a professional Spanish interpreter. About to begin the long drive home, I turned on the classical radio station KDFC and was instantly mesmerized by a gorgeous melody played by an orchestra and highlighted by an outstanding violin performance. At the end they announced the name of the violinist: David Andai... and coincidentally a few days earlier I had just been invited to and decided to attend his upcoming wedding... he is the oldest son of a childhood friend and currently the concertmaster at two orchestras. I phoned my sister, who lives in another state, and told her about this beautiful melody that just happened to be playing the moment I had turned on the radio... and she confessed that the same thing had happened to her two weeks ago... although she almost never listens to classical music on the radio... she had also wondered about the performer and discovered it was Daniel. The next day, I went to Amoeba on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley, and was thrilled to buy the last copy of the CD: My Alma Mexicana / My Mexican Soul... brand new, but sold for less than I would have paid if purchased directly from the radio station. Thank you, Amoeba!
I have been going to Amoeba Hollywood since it first opened and is my first choice for music shopping!!! I love the in-stores and in 1995 I caught The Muffs performing there! I had been wanting to meet them for at least 10 years! I had seen them many times in concert, but never had the opportunity to talk with them. Kim and the guys were great and signed all their cd's for me and took photos with me. I was first in line to meet them and it was worth the wait. Their performance was great too. I also recently found a rare 12" single at the Amoeba San Francisco store. I had been looking for this single for 22 years!!! Thank God for Amoeba! I found it!!!!!!!! I even found a lot of cool stuff at the Amoeba Berkeley store. The staff there was also friendly and helpful.
I was browsing the used dance bins and listening to my iPod. I scored an edit of Fleetwood Mac's "You Make Lovin' Fun" that I had been searching over a year for just after "You Make Lovin' Fun" randomly came up on my iPod. You guys have magical used bins.
It was a gloomy afternoon in Berkeley 2001. I just got serve a court order to finalize my divorce. I was feeling down and decided to cheer myself up, so I went to Amoeba to listen to music and hang out. I"ve been doing this every now and then since 1987, first with long gone Leopold, then Tower and finally stuck with Amoeba when they opened in 1990. Anyway, that sad day in 2001 would not be any different. As I was browsing the Rock section listening to "Love will tear us apart" by Joy Division on the store system. I noticed my soon to be ex-wife entered the store. How random? I thought since she despised buying music. As I followed her through the store without her noticing me (I know "Creepy") I noticed she was browsing the World music section and selecting Cd's I used to listen to or owned. Her basket was jammed with good stuff (according to my taste), easily she dropped like $500.00 bucks worth of music she confessedly had told me despised and hated in the past. I left the store soon after purchasing David Gray's "White Ladder", Me'Shell Ndegéocello's "Bitter" and a random Chavela Vargas Cd in one hand, a smile on my face and a bottle of tequila on the other. The sun had just come out by the time I head to my apartment. I never forget to go to Amoeba after that. Happy 20th Anniversary and good thing you guys are there. See you soon...
My first finding about Amoeba Music, I was a part of a Los Angeles Music Class 2 yrs. ago, I attended a live Music Concert on the Santa Monica Pier. I enjoyed all who participated, the announcement was made who sponsored the concert, and I wore a Amoeba Music Tee shirt, but didn't know who organized the concert,guess what, I had fun being there it was so cool.
The record and CD stacks are full of collectibles and priceless gems at Amoeba Records, but even more valuable are the memories that linger in every section. For me, they're innumerable and infinitely precious, moments in time I'll hold dear for the rest of my life. Which one is my favorite moment? It's hard to decide. Was it the autographed copy of Mother Superior's demo, RIGHT IN A ROW, that I found hidden among the stacks? Was it the opportunity to see Wayne Kramer perform live on the Amoeba stage? Or was it the night I saw Henry Rollins and Chuck Dukowski share the stage in support of their tribute album benefiting the West Memphis 3? Frankly, it's all of the above. And let's not forget the other in-stores, such as Daniel Lanois (which I attended TWICE when the power went out for the first one!). I can't single out any of these in particular, because as big as life or as small and special as they were, the moments of my life that I captured in that store are all equally valuable. There is one, though...one moment that is burned into my mind, a moment so brief and so mundane and yet so profound. That was the night that I met Jason Mackenroth, former drummer for Mother Superior. As musicians go, he's always been a huge influence on me and to my shock, the night I was flipping through the KISS CD's, he was right there just a few feet away, doing exactly the same thing. We talked, exchanged farewells...and from that moment forward Amoeba became a place where, at least for me, an incredible experience is always just around the corner. Moments come and moments go, but for me? The big moments will always be tucked safely away between copies of DESTROYER in the shelves at Amoeba.
I love the Hollywood store and every time is an amazing adventure but i must say that the best so far was getting to meet OZZY and getting his Scream CD signed by the legend himself!! And going to his show that night was the icing on the cake thanks to Amoeba!!!! What an awesome day & night that was!!! So thanks again Amoeba!!! YOU ROCK!!!