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High Street, Edinburgh. This started life in St Mary's Street round the corner, but I don't remember it from then. The High Street shop sold new stock on the ground floor, and had a huge supply of overstocks/second hand/deleted 45s upstairs. I think the shop opened a short-lived branch at the east end of Princes Street around 1985, and the whole chain disappeared shortly thereafter. Market Steps, Inverness. Now long gone along with its Edinburgh counterparts, this titchy shop was I think the only place in the 'Sneck you could find punk and new-wave stuff in the late '70s. Comment: dn784533 45cat forum

Remember it from the St Mary's Street Days.They always seemed to have displays in the window for the Average White Band. Also remember buying some Manfred Mann's Earth Band singles there. Comment: fabgear66 45cat forum.

The Inverness shop was not the only shop to stock punk in Inverness. Bruce Millar in the arcade had a few as did the Record Rendevous, despite what someone else seems to think. There was also the basement of the 99p store which had large amounts of random punk and new wave, there was no rhyme nor reason to their stock but they did get o lot from smaller labels. TORS was the main shop and received deliveries a few times a week which were eagerly swooped upon. The Large shop at the end of Princes Street I think killed them it was a Virgin size enterprise. Comment: Werner Keschner.

I used to by records from the Inverness shop...I remember buying "Strange Town" (single) by the Jam when it came out (1979?). I was only 10 at the time (and from Edinburgh) so I felt a bit intimidated jostling shoulders with the local punks, but I knew what I liked! Still got that single now though. Great memories. Comment: Pete MacLeod.

(April 21, 2015) The Aberdeen store must have opened in about 1976. It was like nothing we'd ever seen before - a treasure trove of all those albums you'd only heard of, and couldn't get anywhere else, and in the back, a mysterious, patchouli-scented den of fanzines, rolling papers, and goodness knows what else. It was, for a few golden years, the only place to see and be seen. Comment: Ricard Watt

(July 28. 2015) I remember the Edinburgh branch in the High Street. The upstairs was full of rare and collectable vinyl, the likes of which I'd scarcely seen before, stuff that blew my mind in those days. Around 1983 it was one of the in places to hang out on a Saturday afternoon for the city's cool kids, not that I was ever one. When the East end of Princes Street branch opened in late 1985 I applied for a job there. I got an interview but never got the job. Still that rejection didn't stop me becoming a full time self employed record dealer a few years later, something I'm still doing to this day. Comment: Gerry Vinyl.

I can remember the first day that the Other Record Shop opened in St Mary`s St, then they moved round the corner, up the High Street to a larger premise next door to what was Mc Goos dance hall/club, it was the High Street Other Record Shop which was the public audition of the pre production Linn Kan speakers which to this day were the best Linn Kan speakers that I had heard, but alas you were unable to buy them, but hey the Linn Kan`s deserved the vinyl LP`s just as the LP`s deserved a Linn Sondek Lp12.Read more:

I remember St Mary's Street very well I worked at Scottish and Newcastle brewery and visited the shop most weeks. Bought early Springsteen albums Inc greetings from asbury Park nj in 1973 the staff were all cool hippy types who served when it took their fancy ha ha I still have many albums from the shop...over 40+ years ago
James Dillon

The ORS in Aberdeen was absolutely the place to be in and around 1980. Iron Maiden turned up to do an instore signing about the time they released their first single. There was an orange vinyl Highway To Hell up on the wall for like £40, worth a lot more now.

There were Space Invader and Asteroids machines in a dank halfway area between the records in the front and the back-shop where you could get new-fangled music VHS tapes, and A0-size concert posters from outside the Capitol, Playhouse and Apollo ... again, some now worth 100x the asking price of £2 for a dayglo and black one.

Upstart 1Up took some of the ORS's coolness, as did the jeans & records shop also on Rosemount that's name escapes me now ... but it remained the place to guarantee you a copy of that week's newly-released single or LP first.

Angus Mair


Dave Harwood
25 Jan 2024 at 09:33
I found this advert in the 'Aberdeen Press & Journal' dated 6th March 1975: “10%-20% DISCOUNT on all Records and Cassettes From Your Own Local Record Shop. The Other Record Shop 3 MARKET BRAE, INVERNESS. Tel.: Inverness 36528. Open Six Days a Week, 10-6.”
Andy Marshall
27 Jan 2024 at 08:14
I remember finding a copy of Jim Steinman's Bad For Good on cassette in 1983 in the Inverness branch.
Peter Macleod
08 Feb 2024 at 02:57
I was at Stirling Uni 1982 to 1986 and I remember "The Other Record Shop" on Murray Place opposite the top of Station Road. Not sure how long it lasted, but spent a good amount of my student grant in there.



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