That CD Shop
The company first started in 1994 in the far corner of town at Tanglin Mall, where it sold music CDs to a special group of customer who are looking for good music to suit their listening pleasure. It was know as a leader in introducing the latest trends and genres of music to the Singapore public for new music experiences. With a reputation for good service provided by the company’s music consultants. That CD Shop expanded rapidly and today it is the biggest retailer of music CDs in Singapore with 6 shops located in the best shopping areas around Orchard and Marina Bay Sands.
But till then. Great World City has a that CD shop branch. And it is possibly this store that elevated Great World to a new level of magical. The store here comes with a food counter, neat rows and rows of cupcakes displayed in all their savory and colorful glory. I personally haven't tried them yet but oh in time I will down every single one of them.
The music here comes in devastatingly beautiful selection. There are little booths with headphones and the currently playing and everyone looked so blissfully peaceful in their own world. It's a wonderful place to come to decide a lover. Is he picking up Christina Aguilera when Michael Buble is right beside that track? Ditch that dude! Is he curiously turning over George Benson in his hands while blatantly ignoring Demi Lovato's pucker lips beside the track? Wife that man!
I listened to old jazz and 80's blues and I never felt more loved by the musicians of that time. Music in all it's glory is here. The new industry, the retired industry - every genre is here, beautiful and in full grace - come here and re-indulge yourself.
This is musical heaven.
At the Raffles City outlet, there is a whole wall on which the more popular albums are displayed. Chances are, you’ll find your favourite artists’ albums here. Otherwise, you can also browse their other neat and organized shelves. I wouldn’t call the store warm or cosy, but it is indeed a cool place inside and out.
Some other outlets, such as the one at Great World City, have a small cafe kiosk called High Society attached to it. Here, you can purchase exquisite baked goods like macarons, cakes and brownies.
Overall, I do like this place. It has a trendy, sophisticated concept that appeals to fashionable and quality-conscious music lovers. I find the service here though, to be rather cold. Other than that, I can’t really complain.
It has a large collection of albums from various music genres. Apart from housing the latest content of the music industry, the shops also contain records from the past, which successfully cater to the people seeking older albums.
Altogether, the welcoming atmosphere of the shop, tied together with the large collection it houses makes it an excellent place to buy music.
I usually do not feel compelled to venture in to a new CD or DVD Shop. However, this CD shop, or rather THAT Cd- Shop, mysteriously magnetised me into it's store. I was loitering at Great World City and the words 'That CD-Shop" loomed before me beckoning me to enter! Succumbing to it's luring temptation, I approached the store. I quenched my curiosity by soaking in every single thing, glancing at every single corner.
It had exquisite furnishings and there were loads of wood varnish usage. The Cds were placed comfortably on these solid racks and it seemed identical to a vintage bookstore. My ears wasn't destroyed by noise pollution thanks to it's applaudable selection of serene music that resonated throughout the entire store. However, it was rather a chore when it comes to finding several albums there. They should place more sign boards or bold labels.
The phrase ' book store' kept crossing my mind whenever I reminisced my That CD shop experience. Oh yes. It is THAT Cd shop. The one that is a far cry from the world of ordinariness. Everyone who mentions this store always seemed to nod in agreement, embracing the wave of recognition. "Oh that!" How apt.The mystery as to why it is named that way has been solved!
With numerous online sources selling music now, That CD Shop has made shopping for music in an actual store worthwhile simply because of the special experience you get while shopping at the store.
The effort that went into the interior design of the store has not gone unnoticed to me and I would much prefer to buy music from this store than from online sources.
Sure there were classic pieces like O Sole Mio and songs sung by Andrea Bocelli or Pavoratti being played, but there were also modern songs like firework and oldies such as the winner takes it all being played. The CDs sold vary from old songs to the latest songs by the artistes of the new generation, and both new and old movie VCDs and CDs are available.
For someone looking to reminisce in the old times, there are CDs of old songs and movies available, and for the people like me who like to keep up with the times, there are CDs of the latest songs which they can buy and listen to instead of downloading illegally on the Internet.
The interior may be a little high class, but the wide range of CDs available makes me go back to this shop if I want to buy CDs of songs or movies.
That CD shop provides a wide array of albums with genres of all kinds and you can find pretty much anything you want there, I think. What I love about the shop are the rows and rows and never-ending rows of CDs displayed on the giant shelves and the amazing sound system. You can test out albums and the arrangement of the CDs in the shop are well-organised, making browsing a breeze (:
Even though it's a little more expensive than at HMV and CD Rama, the experience there makes up for it. Service is good with the staff knowing their stuff well and making good song choices to play in the background (: This shop is a worth a visit (:
In That CD Shop, you would be able to listen to the test CDs using a very good sound system. They must have invested a lot in their sound system. The sound coming out from their sound system was always so crisp and clear. I would never be able to get the same sound quality from my car stereo system. At least I know the problem of not so good sound quality is not with the CD itself but rather the CD player I am using.
Another thing I noticed about the shop was the sales person. They were all quite well dressed, may be it got to do with their High Society branding.
One thing I like best about That CD Shop is that the interior design of the place, how their stuff are arranged and how organised everything is. I don't have a problem locating the soundtracks or albums I want from any particular artist or movie, and I'm a real sucker for convenience. Another thing I appreciate about the place is that it's not always crowded every time I pass by, and I often find myself enjoying the moment of solitude just hiding away somewhere and poring over the works of my favourite artists.
The price range in here is not unreasonable, and it might even be cheaper than most CD shops I've seen. I have compared prices in HMV to That CD Shop and while prices are similar in some ways, I have seen cheaper albums being sold in the latter rather than the former. Definitely worth your time if you're a lover of good music.
Most of the time one does not go into That CD Shop with one known aim, but wanders in and awaits to be mesmerized. The sagacious staff seemingly takes a "whiff" at you and then plonks a pile of CDs in front of you (to sample). My life-style is kept voguish as I steer my tastes in accordance to the grooves of Stephane Pompougnac with some Pink Martini. Likened to one taking views from each facet of an Artemide Artichoke lamp; there's just too much remaining to be discovered at each visit to the store.
A majority of Singaporeans have evolved from being mere "peasants who worked the fief" to well-heeled bourgeoisie. Having evolved to a developed country with a high per capita income, most astute customers at That CD Shop will not grimace at handing over a dollar or two more (than the average price) for a well deserving CD. They may not be the cheapest in town, but surely the clientele has to pay-back in some way for the expertise involved in disbursing out the prime selection of music on those shelves. It is, but a justifiable token.
I used to buy from That CD Shop all the time until I began downloading my music online, and I have to say that they have a pretty good selection. Mostly they sell CDs from mainstream artistes; if you're looking for albums by indie bands or singers then head to HMV instead. So if you're into mainstream, you'll almost definitely find what you want over there as they usually are well-stocked with the latest and older albums.
Also, they sell DVDs of films and TV shows, so you can get everything in one place. Price-wise, That CD Shop isn't really considered cheap, but more affordable than HMV.