<B>NO DISPUTIN' -- IT'S RASPUTIN . . . </I></B>When Tower Records liquidated its Mountain View store last month, along with its 88 other stores throughout the country, Peninsula music fans felt a loss. But every cloud has a silver lining -- or vinyl lining in this case. The Berkeley-based <B>Rasputin Music</I></B> by late spring is planning to make the former Tower site at El Camino and San Antonio Road its only South Bay location. "Awesome," followed by an animated air-fist pump, was the reaction of 16-year-old Emma Davis when she heard Rasputin was headed for the Palo Alto-Mountain View border. "I won't have to go to Berkeley anymore. That is so cool," she said. Davis, a Palo Alto High School junior, describes herself as someone who is "insanely in love with music. I'm probably one of the more eclectic collectors." Rasputin is "very special. The people who work there are really friendly, and they know what they're talking about," Davis said. Rasputin currently has seven other stores, all in the North Bay and East Bay. In addition to Mountain View, it plans to take over Tower Records' sites in three other locations: Concord, Fresno and Stockton. When Rasputin first opened in Berkeley in 1971, it quickly developed a cult-like following and became a gathering place for those serious about music. A big part of its popularity is due to the numerous rare and hard-to-find albums and videos offered. The store also hosts live bands.
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posted Wednesday, January 31, 2007, 12:00 AM