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Another long-running Central Arkansas institution, Been Around is heaven on Earth for the true crate-digger, an analog goldmine packed from floor to ceiling with albums. The walls are organized by genre and alphabetical order, but most of the records aren't priced, so when you've made your selections, hand them over to owner John Harris and he'll be happy to price them for you. The line on Been Around is that it's not for the casual browser, but that's not really the case. If you're willing to look around for even a few minutes, you'll probably pick up something worthwhile, and the truly dedicated will be rewarded with awesome finds every time. Nearly all of the stock is used, and a few were well-loved. John is a stickler about condition, though, so while a flawless original pressing of "Piper at the Gates of Dawn" might set you back a pretty penny, a copy that's listenable but a few bumps short of mint will probably cost less than a used Stone Temple Pilots CD. Recent example: an ever-so-slightly crackly sounding copy of Miles Davis' "On the Corner" – a stone-cold nasty slab of paranoid nightmare-funk that had long proved elusive to a certain collector – was purchased for the bargain price of $4. John gets new (used) stuff in all the time and you never know what you'll find. Been Around also stocks tons of CDs, cassettes and movies.

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