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The records shops that shaped our lives

Discussion in 'music' started by Mongeddavid, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. Music man and records unlimited in Trowbridge... Picked up the only ones 12 inch and Crass, flexi disks.
    Bath and Bristol had some great record shops that I would visit most weeks. The names have faded unfortunately. :confused:
  2. AllyD

    AllyD ex audio room poster

    Didn't 23rd Precinct have Classical at the back? If it was, it used to have its own entrance on Bath lane. I think it was called Symphony 1.

    Spent most Saturdays in Listen, a great shop. The Virgin mega-store down Union Street pretty much put an end to Listen. The HMV just up from Virgin had a Great Classical section upstairs.

    In Greenock on West Blackhall Street we had Dexters (I think), predominantly rock and chart stuff. At the other end of the street, there was a shop for your easy listening brigade. Sky and James Last posters up on the walls.

  3. simmey

    simmey pfm Member

    Quicksilver, Butts Centre, Reading. My fav. shop as a teenager!
  4. Pete The Cat

    Pete The Cat pfm Member

    The period when Selectadisc had virtually a whole street in Nottingham was the golden age.

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  5. lovejoy

    lovejoy pfm Member

    Woolworths in Pontypridd was where I bought my first 7" singles.

    When Tesco came to Talbot Green, near where I grew up, I started buying vinyl from there. Hard to believe now that one of the only remaining LPs I have left from that era (U2's Joshua Tree) was bought from Tesco.

    Then, one fateful day - January 13th 1989 to be exact, everything changed. I remember the date because all of the records I bought on that day I put a little sticker with the date in inside each LP cardboard sleeve, such was the gravity of that day that I knew it would be one I'd always remember.

    Up until this day, my tastes had been pretty much pop, pop and pop, with occasional rock that got into the charts, but on the recommendations of a school friend I had recently started listening to John Peel on Radio 1 and this whole new and previously unheard of world of music had opened up to me.

    That day in January was my 16th birthday and having asked for nothing other than 'money for music' from anyone buying me presents, I went with my wadge of cash to Spiller's Record in Cardiff.

    About an hour later, I emerged triumphant from the shop with a full carrier bag that contained a selection of the music I had heard and liked during the past couple of weeks.
    Pixies - Surfer Rosa and Come on Pilgrim
    The Fall - I am Kurious Oranj
    Front 242 - Front by Front, Official Version and Never Stop EP
    The Smiths - The world won't listen
    Mudhoney - Superfuzz Bigmuff

    Excited with my new purchases, I couldn't wait to get home to listen to them and I still remember that evening and the following evenings spent playing them on my 'tower hi-fi system'. It doesn't seem like a huge purchase now, but such was the content that it changed my taste in music forever and Spillers, to this day remains my most visited music shop. Even living in Swindon as I do now, if I need a new vinyl fix, I'll save it for the weekend and hop on a train to Cardiff and as long as the shop remains open, this is the way it'll stay.
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  6. Stunsworth

    Stunsworth pfm Member

    Gibbs in central Manchester.

    I used to visit almost every Saturday looking through their racks of second hand classical LPs. I must have spent thousands there over the years.

    I bought some dross, but I was always tempted by early Decca or EMI recordings. Some of those are fantastic musically and sonically.
  7. musicman56

    musicman56 50 years hifi & vinyl junkie

    Sorry, only just seen this thread so this must be the latest answer to a query yet.

    Sooo, St Albans. The Record Room in chequer street was the oldest shop - opened in the early 50s, I believe. Then circa 1971 came Cloud 7 (with their swish purple bags) who had a unit in the then new Heritage Close precinct. Not long after that Harlequin moved into St Peter's Street, so by the 1970s there were three. Our Price bought out Harlequin in the 80s and Cloud 7 disappeared overnight. So when Our Price closed it only left the Record Room (rather fitting, I always thought). Sadly they also closed when the proprietor died in 2012. Probably spent most of my teenage years in these shops. So much better than the likes of Virgin, HMV etc that followed.
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  8. gavreid

    gavreid pfm Member

    Discovery Records in Leamington was a great little shop in the early 80s. I bought the vast majority of mine in HMV in Coventry though as a teenager.

  9. alanbeeb

    alanbeeb pfm Member

    The Other Record Shop and Phoenix Records in Edinburgh High Street. Where I got my Heavy Metal when I was a teen. Then I absorbed the classical department in Tower Records, Glasgow Argyle Street when I worked there for nearly a year before deciding I needed to get a real job.
  10. tiggers

    tiggers pfm Member

    Piccadilly Records in Manchester, was near Market St and then moved to ... Piccadilly.
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  11. matt j

    matt j pfm Member

    I wasn't one of the cool kids unfortunately, most of mine came from HMV in town.
  12. deebster

    deebster Half Man Half Biscuit

    Second City Sounds
    The Plastic Factory

    in Birmingham, and any and every one I could find in the A38 corridor down to Hereford (nice one on Widemarsh Street IIRC), where I was supposed to be out flogging my company's pension products to independent advisers.

    *The only one remaining (well, plus Rich in Ignite Records in The Oasis market, who used to run Tempest's vinyl section).
  13. rmcin626

    rmcin626 pfm Member

    Armadillo Records in Bournemouth, when I lived there in the 70’s, probably the best of all.
    Listen, Fopp, John Smith’s books records section in the West end of Glasgow and 23rd Precinct in Bath Street , when I returned to the West Coast.
  14. gavreid

    gavreid pfm Member

    On the bus station :) I got a few there as a student - spent 10 years in Manchester all in.
  15. Seeker_UK

    Seeker_UK Feelin' nearly faded as my jeans

    Whilst I used to frequent a lot of record ships in my teens and twenties, a lot of my musical discoveries came from taking a punt in the the 'cheapo rack' of the local Woolies. If I hadn't picked up a copy of 'Thieves Like Us' 12" for 29p, I doubt I would have got into New Order so early.
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  16. tiggers

    tiggers pfm Member

    Yep, that's the one. :D There was a very knowledgeable chap there who had lots of info on indie releases so spent many an hour in there chatting and buying and ordering. Glad you remember it, it was a proper old fashioned shop where the staff were enthusiasts. Vinyl Exchange on Oldham St was another of my haunts and there was another one on the plaza near Deansgate/Victoria, but don't remember the name. Good memories of better times.
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  17. tiggers

    tiggers pfm Member

    I think we all used HMV and Virgin or even Tower depending on location. If you knew what you were looking for HMV in Manchester usually had some good stuff. The independent shops were more about finding out about new music and chatting to enthusiastic staff. There was room for all of them in those days.
  18. MichaelC

    MichaelC pfm Member

    For me it was very much Beanos in Croydon. For me, a young teenager in the days of Surrey Street, it was a veritable treasure trove.
  19. Ninety4degrees

    Ninety4degrees I tried to tell her About Marx and Engels...

    Loved Andy's on the Market, spent all my paper round money there. Also for some reason I spent ages leafing through the second hand singles in the Beat goes on!
    Then Parrot Records on King Street. Always some bargains in there.
    All now sadly gone.
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  20. Weekender

    Weekender pfm Member

    Sounds like Decoy - Jazz and Blues specialists. On the pedestrian ramp.

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