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Long lost Decoy Records who had a great shop selling blues, jazz and world music. Tony Burke Sound of the world forum.

I worked here .Some great days. The staff were very knowledgeable and great guys - they had their Jack Black snooty " High Fidelity " days but they had charm. Regular customers came from far and wide for those Yazoo and Document blues albums. Always up to date in the killer Jazz, Blues and the best Folk, Country and World music section in town. Mike and Nick were the top guys and good people to work for. I recall Charlie Watts shopping here for Jazz records and his cheque being framed. The Stones were in town for one of their MEN arena gigs when Mr Watts graced the shop . Sadly following the IRA bombing and a massive rates increase its days were numbered. Nick did go on to open the short lived Big Pink shop in the Northern Quarter and Mike has his fingers in many pies ( Band On The Wall ) for one, Certainly one of the best and most missed Manchester record shops for many people. Mike Harding used to visit almost every Friday and think nothing of dropping a hundred pounds on the latest Folk and Country records and I would deliver them to his office across town – I clearly recall him purchasing his first Bela Fleck record in wonderment after hearing it playing on the shops turntable. Comment: Brent Cunliffe

Decoy was one of my all time favourite shops. Used to go in Saturday's - upstairs to the blues and roots area. Nick and Mike were really great. They would play stuff for you and supported local gigs - they used to have a stall at most festivals such as Burnley Blues and Colne R&B. Comment: Tony Burke

Decoy jazz records near Deansgate for eye-wateringly pricey John Zorn imports and Japanese acid jazz. Comment: PeteCW
(Feb 23, 2013) Anonymous said:Good selection of reggae was a great guy. wonder what hes upto..

(Sept 9, 2012) Mike from Liverpool said:I endorse everything said I went whenever I could but was out of work most times. They had World Records when no one in Liverpool had them. Now I am working and they are gone so sad.

Name Richard Comment: I went in regularly for jazz CDs in the 1990s. I swear that when I walked in Mike would put something on the stereo that he thought I'd like, which I often ended up buying. Cheaper than Virgin & HMV, and would order anything for you. He even came out with an ashtray once when our kid walked in smoking! (Feb 3, 2017)

Great shop. Used to go in there lots in the early 90s. I met Buddy Guy in there once and he signed my Damn right I got the blues album - afternoon before he played the Free Trade Hall with John Campbell supporting (1991 - but I can't remember the exact date?)
Andy Wilkinson

Mike introduced me to so much great music and always put something on that he knew I’d like. Got me into Vince Mendoza, David Blamires Group, Yellowjackets, Andrea Marcella, Pat Coil, etc etc etc. Can’t thank Mike enough. Nice bloke too.
Ken Jones
I worked there for a few years before moving to Vinyl Exchange I was in the Jazz section with Mike Chadwick I sold lots of incredible music Coltrane Ayler lots of ECM Lps those were very enjoyable times.
Simon Galsworthy


13 Oct 2023 at 12:17
Hi. I had a very short but enjoyable spell working at Decoy Records before-shock! horror!- returning to HMV. Mike has an excellent show on called "The Cutting Edge". A friend of mine was chatting with Mike recently at "Band On The Wall". I still go regularly to gigs at "The Yard" run by Northern Quarter Jazz. Nat Birchall was a regular in Decoy. Best Wishes--Joel
Wayne Brookes
16 Oct 2023 at 03:08
Many happy hours spent browsing here back in the day. Often returning home with a Sun Ra album or two. thanks for the mention Joel.



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