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(Jan 15, 2015) For me, simply the best record shop in Cambridge bar none. I have very fond memories of the shop and and it is greatly missed. I would buy 5 or 6 records a month and this is where my vinyl collection really started to take shape. Great staff, great banter and great stock. You couldn'the wish for more from a record shop. No other shop has ever come close. I often lament the closing of the shop when ever I pass the old premises in Burleigh street. Very happy record buying days. Comment: Paul Clarke

(April 23, 2015) Agree with pauls comments, I used to spend £50-60 a week in jays, and that was in the early - mid 80's. Always nice and helpful, shame to hear of its closure, I haven't lived in Cambridge for a while, when did it shut? Comment: Michael Eveleigh

(May 11, 2015) Absolute mecca for any golden age hip hop head, visited 2-3 times a month and loaded up with import 12"s and LP's.Loved the original big shop, and remember making a b-line for the top left corner where the new arrivals sat. Comment:

Stuart Long

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I used to work at Pye Unicam in the 1980s & when I got my pay packet (in cash, of course), I would go to Jays Records and spend it all. The bus ride home was spent flicking through all the records I bought.
Great bloke; always was happy to see you and he was responsible for ALL my early vinyl knowledge/education & purchases.
The most memorable record shop I have ever been in. Number two was Dance Tracks in New York City (when I moved to the US) where a record would always be playing when you walked through the door.
Number 3 was Total Science (also in New York), where you had to walk through a clothing shop first to get to the records area.
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Mark Solomon
(2020)

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I used to spend so much on vinyl here. But, I also used to buy these instrumental hip hop mix tapes, with film samples etc scratched over them. They were ridiculously good but I've got no idea who they were by. Someone local I believe. Long shot, but I'd love some more info on them if anyone's got any?
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Will PB
(2020)


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Whent there every weekend for my top 20 singels. Because I did disco's in those days. Excellent shop.
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Dave Jacklin
(2022)

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We ran a mobile disco from the late 70's, so would spend most Saturday mornings in Jay's, usually with 2,3 or more DJ's just listening to the latest tracks. Some we'd buy, some we wouldn't, but it was never too much trouble as Jed, Alan and later, Peter had such a good ear for the latest tunes. We would always leave with the latest top 20 and a bunch of 12" singles ready for Saturday night. I still have all of the vinyl I bought over the years. It's largely thanks to Jay's that I have such a vast record collection. Sad to hear of Jed's passing. Late one night, for some un-known reason, I found his obituary online, a fortnight or so after his funeral. RIP Jed
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Shaun Gilks
(2022)

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Dave Harwood
25 Oct 2023 at 03:51
I found this advert in the ‘Cambridge Daily News’ dated 27th June 1974: “JAYS RECORDS & TAPES. Assistant, 16-18 years (male or female), required to learn record trade. Good prospects. Apply, 2 Burlejgh Street, Cambridge. Tel: Cambridge 66069.”
Dave Harwood
26 Oct 2023 at 06:53
I found this advert in the ‘Cambridge Daily News’ dated 9th September 1977: “JAYS RECORDS & TAPES, NOW AT 22 FITZROY STREET.” ... and this in the 27th January 1978 edition: “JAYS RECORDS AND TAPES 22 Fitzroy Street, Cambridge and 4 Cambridge Street, St. Neots.”

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Jays ll 4 Cambridge Street St Neots

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