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I moved to Manchester in ’79 and Murray’s Music City became my second home, at first located in a shack opposite Harp Larger and then on Princess Parkway in a swanky new shop aided by his son Errol. In Manchester I became aquainted with Murray’s spar President and his selector Benji – probably the biggest of the local sounds ahead of Baron and others that used to battle at the youth club under the Moss Side Centre. We swapped dub plates and I even got to help string-up the sound one evening, ahead of a battle with a London sound at the PSV club. shaka


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Dave Harwood
09 Nov 2023 at 05:36
I found this article in the 'Manchester Evening News' dated 4th February 1994: “WITH reggae music enjoying its most popular period for almost 20 years, the good news is that the first record shop specialising purely in reggae is opening in Manchester city centre on Monday. The shop, called MMC records, will be on Oldham Street and will stock a wide range of reggae music, specialising in those rare oldies. The man behind the shop is Murray, whose specialist reggae shop, Murray's Records on Princess Road in Moss Side, has been a landmark in Manchester for years but caters mainly for the very latest Jamaican imports. MMC will mainly be an oldies shop and with those old reggae pre-45s becoming more and more collectable, I'm predicting business will be brisk.”

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