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Now in London so I hope to check it out soon. The curator BRSA. Click image for more details on the show.
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BRSA needs help to improve and upgrade the website. BRSA needs those with writing skills to add more content. Also web design skills to improve and upgrade this web site. This would suit either those who like me want to save the history of the record shop or students who want to add to their portfolio or get a reference for a future employer.
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Does anyone remember the name of the other reggae shop on Lozells Road in the 1970's. There was Black Wax but also another one a bit further a long Lozells Road. Email
A mystery shop traded for only a few months around 1975/76 across the River Thames in Caversham. It was on the corner of Gosbrook Road and Wolsey Street and was owned/run by a man named, I think, John Eddy or Eddie. Stock was all deletions. Can you name that shop?
Name of the record shop set up by Debenhams at the back of their store in Minster Street, Reading; was it either 'Just In' or 'Just In Time' or perhaps a slightly more pretentious 'Justin Tyme' ?? Shop traded in the early 70's
Herne Hill Record Shop Reggae?
Half Moon Lane across from the pub in 1973 but I need a name.
Half Moon Lane across from the pub in 1973 but I need a name.
Below are shops that we need to find more details so they can be added to the archive.
Record Collector Weekly Newsletter
A busy week, despite it being the lull period that lurks between the sending of the next issue of the magazine to the printer and its arrival at RC’s cosy cottage, Villa Vinyl.
And they claimed we'd lower the tone of the areaAfter the 400th special edition we knew we had to make 401 a “biggie” (as Tony Blackburn used to say, I’m not sure what about), and we have. There’s a three-in-oneBeatles story, the main part of which finally nails which is the rarest of the Please Please Me album pressings once and for all – and it might not be the one you think it is. This has been a bone of contention among collectors for years. And even if you are not interested in the album itself, the extensive and thorough research, commissioned for the Rare Record Price Guide 2014, reveals a lot about the manufacturing process for vinyl in the 60s and why there are some albums where the stamper numbers don’t tallyup. Having seen a lot of records advertised on eBay as “First press A1/B1”, it has always been clear that it has never been quite so simple. This fascinating story will tell you exactly why.
For those not of Moptop inclinations, there are a major feature on one of the most enduring punk bands, Cockney Rejects (and they’re more than just punk, as thosewho heard their later albums will know); an interview with Madness in which they take us back to their ska days; we meet “the German Pink Floyd”, Eloy; and hear from The Smiths’ Mike Joyce about a new project which includes something big and unseen about the band (no, we haven’t seen it yet either, sadly).
Apart from dodging the rain, what else has been happening? We had one of Nirvanadrop into the office – it wasn’t Kurt, although our sister magazine Kindred Spirit could probably arrange that. I am, of course, talking about the original Nirvana, psychedelic legends. I spoke to one of The Small Faces on the phone – it wasn’t Steve, although our sister magazine… etc. I bought some records from a new website,reggaerhythms.co.uk, and enjoyed a first visit to Alan’s Record & CD Shop in East Finchley, which has a gobsmackingly huge stock. And I watched RC’s staff return from Utrecht agreeably lighter on back issues but also lighter of wallet from buying vinyl. The drug dealer’s code is “if you sell, don’t use”. The same applies to records, surely, although I only knew one serious record dealer who didn’t much care for records himself, Charlie of the long-lost Backtrax in Ilford. What a shop that was… And I am indebted to reader Michael McPartland, whose letter reminded me of a fabulous placethat I haunted in my youth, Vintage Record Centre of Roman Way, North London. It’s present in britishrecordshoparchive.org, a great website that I love to drool over: have a look.
Thank you for reading,
Have a great week,Ian McCann
Record Collector Editor
(4 days ago) Anonymous said:HI, I met you on Saturday in Hackney and told you about the shop I used top own in Croydon. Here it is ...
(Aug 10, 2014) The Curator said:Thank you for the link which I've added to the shop page.
(Aug 6, 2014) Anonymous said:www.facebook.com/CaerphillyLocalHistory/photos/a.172151009496211.37661.163657880345524/252600428117935/?&theater
(May 21, 2014) Curator said:Thanks Pete I've now added the Just In to the Berkshire page and your comment.
(May 20, 2014) Pete Downs said:Re:The record shop in Minster Street, Reading.
It was indeed Just In, I used to go there about 72/73 and remember buying some Creedence Clearwater Revival records there.
(May 17, 2014) NIGEL ROSE said:i have just bought quite of bit of stock which originally belonged to track and groove in new malden surrey . i cant find anythin.g about the history of this shop on the net . all i know is the chap i bought the stock from had acquired quite a few thoushand vinyls from the ex owner . it was doing well apparaently but forced to shut due to ill health of his wife .most of what i acquired relates from late 70's to about 1986 . i am guessing it shut late 8o's/early 90's and must have been going for at least 10 years. would like to find out more about it . firstname.lastname@example.org
(May 9, 2014) Paul said:My youthful record buying was split between WH Smith, Harrogate, which I think you have and The Sound of Music, 12 Cheltenham Crescent (I think), Harrogate, which you do not. The latter was rock and pop only, IIRC, and was certainly active through the mid-late Seventies and early 1980s. Had a more knowledgeable (and rather more intimidating, therefore, to the spotty, young adolescent) staff than Smiths but a much better back catalogue. Not sure when it went out of business: it's been gone probably 20 years at least. In its heyday it was the only place to hang out if you had any pretensions to credibility...
(Apr 10, 2014) VanMan said:Does anyone remember 'Star Track Recordings' in Kent. They had 3 shops Gillingham, Chatham & Maidstone around the late 70's early 80's? The owner was a nice bloke called Pete who had worked for RCA. I recall that his Maidstone shop at Allington was run by a gorgeous girl called Dot who I think had worked previously at Impact's Medway record shops.
(Mar 14, 2014) @helensays said:Past and Present record store in Watford was where I used to go all the time from the late 70's and throughout the 80's and then CD's hit the market and I traitiored off to the big named stores - but I came back to P & P on numerous ocassions, as those 'other big stores' never had the odd CD I wanted that wasn't gonna be in the top half of the charts, but P & P might have, and if not - they were always happy to order it for you without me queuing or waiting for a member of staff to appear. I love small record stores because if you ask for a record to be played you don't have to queue to do so or get a disgruntled 16yr old member of staff glaring at you that wanted to stick to the play list his bosses told him he must adhere to or get the sack... (well that may not be true but i used to get that impression at those stores) LOL XHX #LongLiveVinyl
(Nov 26, 2013) Mike, from Denton, Greater Manchester said:Memories of some of the record shops I remember in the Tameside area, Greater Manchester. On Manchester Road, Denton, not far from Crown Point, there was Edison Gem ('70s and probably '80s). Before that it was Hubble's, going way back to the days of 78rpm shellac discs. Also remember Central Records on Stamford Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, which disappeared, at a guess, in the '80s and Hyde Music Centre in what is now Clarendon Square shopping centre, which survived until probably late '90s, early 00's (I think!). Bordering on to Tameside is Stockport, which had Nield & Hardy, a 'proper music shop'(!) which sold pianos and other musical instruments, but also had a record department.