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The Record Store Guide

Post by mysticfred » 02 Feb 2011 08:45


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Music & Video Exchange
(020) 7460 6716
38 Notting Hill Gate, London, W11 3HX

Used Vinyl LP's and 45's, CD's , has neighbouring stores for Classical ((020) 7229 3219) and Soul/Jazz records. Strict grading standards and judging from my most recent visits very friendly and helpful service.

Reckless Records
30 Berwick St, London W1F 8RH
020 7437 4271


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Post by Mark E Smith's Dentist » 02 Feb 2011 09:51

Bristol (UK) Best secondhand record shop in Bristol. Run by a couple of extremely knowledgeable guys. CDs are not stocked, neither are Chris de Burgh records. They often have some amazing rarities and overall their prices are very good. There are two other secondhand record stalls in the same covered market. IMO the best new record shop in Bristol. It's the flagship store of the guy who was behind Fopp. At the moment it has an excellent £7 sale including some records which were only released in 2010. Vinyl is mostly upstairs. Then there's Fopp (slight return) which is OK. The vinyl is downstairs or maybe back upstairs, they can't make their mind up. No longer independent, they don't have such a good selection as Rise but at least you don't have to walk up Park Street!

There are a couple of other secondhand shops: - try and find anyone who has a good word to say about the place

and which is a great little secondhand shop but it's tucked out of the way and closed a lot - call first!


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Post by davidsss » 02 Feb 2011 12:31

I posted my Melbourne list here somewhere else, but here is the updated version:

City and Surrounds
Hound Dog’s Bop Shop
313 Victoria St West Melbourne VIC 3003
ph: (03) 9329 5362
Specialised in 40s/50s/60s also has quite a lot of country, bluegrass, a decent blues selection. Well worth checking out. Only open Thurs, Fri and Sat.

Wax Museum
Campbell Arcade (this is the arcade under Flinders St which has underground access to Flinders St station between Swanston and Elizabeth)
Lots of Drum and Bass and the like but a few racks of second hand rock and also a decent soul section

Central Station (not called this any more!)
2 Somerset Pl
More of the new music: I think mainly house, electro-techno and the like. I remember asking for a record once at Wax Museum and they suggested Central Station, the subtleties of these musical styles is not something I’m familiar with. My daughter has bought a few records there.

Missing Link
405 Bourke St (near where McEwans used to be)
Lot’s of new releases and Indie rock, also some older stuff. Very good for Aussie bands. Now includes Collectors’ Corner.

Flinders Lane near Elizabeth St
Limited range of new records, seem a bit pricey.

Heartland Records
61 Peel St (opp Vic Market)
West Melbourne
Been there once, seemed ok.

Bourke St between Swanston and Russell
I kid you not, the JB Bourke St store has a small selection of new records!

Off The Hip
Basement 383 Flinders Lane
Visited this place now – good selection of new and old records, well worth a visit. Enter from Tavistock Place.

Music Jungle
Queen Victoria Market Shed F Shop 3
I’ve seen this place but never thought it had much. The Diggin Melbourne Guide indicates it has rare records so maybe I’ll have to have another look.

Hardware Lane
Apparently they now stock records at Discurio, will have to check it out.

Reload Records
326 Bridge Rd Richmond VIC 3121
Been there once, can’t remember much.

Melbourne Music Exchange
69 Swan St Richmond VIC 3121
ph: (03) 9428 3355
Small selection of second hand records, worth a visit.

Mixed Bag Music
276 Church St Richmond
It was closed when I tried, looks to be DJ records and some second hand.

Licorice Pie Records
249A High St Prahran VIC 3181
ph: (03) 9510 4600
My favourite: they don’t sell CDs  Large range of records from Jazz, through classical rock to classical. New and Used, decent prices, I’m a regular!

Rare Records
Only online at now, no longer in their Acland St shop.
Reasonable range, decent prices. Lot’s of memorabilia, signed stuff and the like. They have an online catalogue.

Record Paradise
100 Chapel St StKilda VIC 3182
ph: (03) 9534 9344
New owners, seem to be getting new stock, worth a look.

Greville Records
152 Greville St Prahran VIC 3181
ph: (03) 9510 3012
New and used vinyl, good range. Have been a record buying institution for years.

Mr Vinyl Store
Chapel St Bazaar 217 Chapel St Prahran VIC 3181
ph: (03) 9457 3720
It’s worth having a look through Chapel St Bazaar occasionally.

Dixon’s Recycled
308 Chapel St
ph: (03) 9882 3345
Dixons have quite a lot of stock but a lot of it is 70s and 80s – worth a look, also have a few other stores.

Mainly Jazz
94 StKilda Rd
Never been there as I’m not into Jazz. Often ride past it so I know it is still going.

Pure Pop
221 Barkly St StKilda
Been once, a fair range of new records.

DMC Records
211 Commercial Rd Prahran
Specialises in techno and deep house. I’ve been there but this ain’t my kind of music so I can’t rate it.

As far as I recall there is another shop for DJ style records on Izett St in Prahran. Don’t know the name though.

Dixon’s Recycled
736 Burke Rd Camberwell VIC 3124
ph: (03) 9882 3345
Dixons have quite a lot of stock but a lot of it is 70s and 80s – worth a look, also have a few other stores.


Dixon’s Recycled
414 Brunswick St Fitzroy VIC 3065
ph: (03) 9416 2272
Another Dixons, seems to have decent stock.

The Last Record Store
304 Smith St Collingwood VIC 3066
ph: (03) 9416 2000
Been once seemed OK, worth dropping in.

Goldmine preloved CDs and Records
369 Nicholson St Carlton North VIC 3054
ph: (03) 9347 0882
Reasonable range of second hand, they also new records. Well worth a look.

Northside Records
236 Gertrude St (near Smith St)
Specialises in Soul and Funk

183 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
They carry new stuff from some really great labels (ECM, Telarc, etc.).

Lost and Found
12 Smith St Collingwood
Basically this is a bit like Chapel St Bazaar and has a fair stack of records.

Small Screen
420 Rathdown St Carlton
Never been to this one, I think records are only part of what they sell.

The Searchers
93 Smith St Fitzroy
Fair range of books and records, worth a visit.

Dixon’s Recycled
64 Railway Rd Blackburn
150 Walker St Dandenong
Blackburn seems to have quite a bit of stock, never been to Dandenong

Quality Records
269 Glenferrie Rd Malvern VIC 3144
ph: (03) 9500 9902
Great range of classical, they keep a large stock of new records, probably more than any other shop. I go there regularly. A close second to Licorice Pie.

Vicious Sloth Collectables
1309 High St
Take your credit card! Can be a bit pricey but they do have some amazing stock. Hard to find records are often here but you will pay. Only open Thurs, Fri and Sat. Have an online catalogue.

Essendon Secondhand CDs, records and books
20 Russel St Essendon VIC 3040
ph: (03) 9372 9100
Been once, not a great range but ok.

Vinyl Solution
Shop 5/ 10 Park Rd Cheltenham VIC 3192
ph: (03) 9585 0133
Good shop, quite a lot of stock, new and used. They have an online catalogue.

Arkitekt Records
81 Lygon St
Brunswick East
Been once, seemed a reasonable range, new and used.

Round and Round Records/Toot Records
513 Sydney Rd
Toot and Round and Round have joined forces and are in the one shop in Brunswick where Round and Round was. Decent variety of records well worth a visit.

Radical Records
Shop 3-4 The Hub Arcade
Never been there, no idea!

Record City Collectibles
433 Nepean Hwy
Been once, seemed reasonable. Is in an arcade at the end of the arcade away from Nepean Hwy.

Alley Tunes
In a line of shops going towards Glenferrie Rd from Glenferrie Rly Station
I used to go here when I worked at Swinburne, not bad from memory.

Mussel Shoal
504 Lygon St Brunswick
Lots of fairly cheap records, well worth visiting. Only open 11am to 5pm Wed to Sat

White Rabbit Record Bar
176 Belair St Kensington
Reasonable range of records and you can get a coffee

Music Jungle
746 High St Thornbury
Decent range worth a visit.

Eight Miles High
895 High St Thornbury
OK, worth a visit

222 Retro and Vintage
222 St Georges Rd North Fitzroy
This is a retro shop but has a pile of records, not great condition but pretty cheap

Prepared by DavidSSS
Now includes all the shops in the Diggin’ Melbourne Guide (and a few more ;) ).
Please PM me any alterations or info if you find it and I can update this.

Also PM me if you want this as a pdf file, as you can see we do well for record shops in Melbourne.

Now, on to other places:

Recently I visited Bangkok. There are a few record shops on level 3 of Fortune Inn Mall. There's Vinylicca and a few more shops, most of which also sell HiFi gear. Prices are no cheaper than Australia though. There are also a couple of shops selling old Thai records in Chinatown, on Thanon Charoen Krung from memory.

I missed it in Delhi but apparently there is a record shop in Old Delhi which sells lots of old Indian records. It is shop 256 in Meena Bazaar near Jama Masjid (I went to Jama Masjid once and near it another time, grrr). If I ever go back to Delhi I'll drop in, apparently an unparalleled collection of Hindi music.


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Post by NickT » 02 Feb 2011 19:49


Music & Video Exchange
8 Smallbrook Queensway

Just west of New Street station. Mostly second-hand and usually quite a large 'bargain bin' section.

Swordfish Records
14 Temple Street
B2 5BG

Great independent shop for new and old releases. It's been going years and long may it continue.

The Diskery
99 Bromsgrove St
B5 6QB

Legendary. ... r_embedded


Market Hall Records
The Gallery / Market Hall

Closed on Wednesdays. A real collector, he'll track down anything you're trying to get hold of. Likes his 60's/70's rarities.

Mann Audio
30 New St
WR1 2D

Mann Audio is primarily a hi-fi store but also stocks second-hand LP's and CD's, because in the owners words "you can't have one without the other".

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Post by Finger Painter » 02 Feb 2011 23:02

A few which spring to mind from me:

Hairy Records
124 Bold St
Merseyside L1 4JA
0151 709 3121

Used to be good, but I have heard the records are not always in the best of condition

Probe Records
Unit 1, The Bluecoat,
Liverpool L1 3BX
0151 708 8815

Bit void of plastic the last time I visited and not as good as past stocks

The Oxfam Shop
Bold Street

Reasonable collection, but a little pricey for Oxfam. The odd one or two collectables and autographed albums

There is also one outstanding classical music stockist in London Road Liverpool, but sodded if I can remember its name. Mrw00ds you still around for help here?

The Wall of Sound
42 John William St
Huddersfield HD1 1ER
0845 652 2822

Fanbloodytastic. Good healthy stock, in nice condition, reasonable prices and someone behind the till who is not only helpful, but knows his stuff

Time Bomb Records
Telephone on: 07951 927150

Great source for rock fans. Never a duff purchase from them. Do not think they have a 'walk-in' shop though.

3 Beat Records
5 Slater St,
Liverpool L1 4BW
0151 709 3355 ‎

Mainly a DJ stockist, but the last time I visited it there were quite a few other odds and ends in stock. Worth a visit

Kaleidoscope records
30 Westfield Street,
St Helens,
WA10 1QF
Tel (+44) 01744 454190

Long time no visit. Anyone been recently? Used to be a good shop and believe it still is

101 Collectors Records
101 West St
01252 734 409

The last time I visited my office down in Farnahm I came against this place and what a nice find. Good stocks of all genres and knowledgeable helpful staff.

See what else I can think of inbetween work

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Post by Terry Robinson » 02 Feb 2011 23:39

Morning all;

Thank you very much, David, for your list of stores that sell gramophone records in Melbourne. I visited Discurio yesterday and they have a very small selection of long-playing gramophone records. Prices seemed to be quite reasonable.



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Post by cultjake » 03 Feb 2011 18:19

Asheville, North Carolina, US

Harvest Records - Haywood Road, West Asheville

Great owners who keep a good rotation of used LPs. The new stock is pretty eclectic, lots of indie and reissues. Most of the shop is dedicated to vinyl. Sponsors of a vinyl swap/dealer show at one of the big clubs in November.

Voltage Records - North Lexington, Downtown

Good shop with a large selection. Some pricing is a bit dear. Generally dedicated to vinyl. Good jazz/r&B/soul selections.

Static Age - North Lexington, Downtown

Also doubling as a performance space, this smaller shop has some good deals if you're willing to dig. Emphasis is on punk/metal/noise.

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Post by fleasbaby » 03 Feb 2011 22:04

Inland Empire, Southern California, USA

Rhino Records, Clairemont

Mad Platter, Riverside

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Post by Finger Painter » 04 Feb 2011 02:44

Here's one on E-Bay who has always given good service

Vinyl Graveyard

Run by Jamie Jezzard ex guitarist for the Anti-Nowhere league. Mainly deals in 60's/70's and punk/indie. Prices tend to be better than most E-Bay shops.

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Post by v1nn1e » 05 Feb 2011 00:00

Here's a couple in Guildford, Surrey..

Collector's Record Centre,
89f Woodbridge Road

Ben's Collectors Records

This is my fave shop. Record cleaning too on his Clearaudio machine.

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Post by tmaoahthfte » 05 Feb 2011 16:03

Just to add to John's list of Bristol shops there's also in Gloucester Road. I've found some interesting downtempo stuff here over the last couple of years, mainly obscure French albums.

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Post by crofk » 05 Feb 2011 22:49

Here's one from the heartland of the USA

Sisters of Sound
Manhattan, KS

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Post by Alec124c41 » 07 Feb 2011 07:01

In Rochester, New York, the Bop Shop. Even the records in the $1.00 rack out front are good. This is the one place I know I don't have to inspect the record.


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Post by choppa » 09 Feb 2011 09:42

From our man in Finland ------- I give you Helsinki's best.


Stupido Shop
Iso Roobertinkatu 23,eng.php

Mostly new CD's and LP's. Plus books, videos and DVD's, T-shirts etc.

Levykauppa X
Arkadiankatu 14 B

A big player in Helsinki. This has a nice collection of stuff ranging from rock, rap, metal, industrial, prog, indie, electronic and so on, from CD to vinyl.
They also throw small gigs in the place.

Fredrikinkatu 12

This recordstore is dedicated to stuff that has anything to do with rock and pop. Loads of new and second hand, it also has some rare stuff you wouldn't see in other shops.

Digelius Music
Laivurinrinne 2

This is where all the jazz/world/avantgarde-music is. But there are also some rare pop/rock-jewels to find here.

Keltainen Jäänsärkijä
Urho Kekkosenkatu 4-6

One of the popular recordshops, this has a nice collection of rock, goth, metal and funk records from several eras.

Black and White
Toinen linja 1

Sells mostly 2nd hand CDs, along with the fresh stuff. Has an impressive collection of old LPs, so vinyl enthusiasts should check it out.

Fatty Sounds
Hämeentie 4

A record shop mainly concentrating on african-american music, but also housing punk, heavy and electronic music.

Goofin' Around
Hämeentie 46

50s? Then this is your next stop. Has Elvis-era rock'n'roll and their more modern resurrections a'la rockabilly and psychobilly. Also sells old LPs from the 50s, with some very 50s artwork - and hairgel for the budding daddy-o!

Hippie Shake Records
Hämeentie 1

Dedicated to the 60s and 70s (hard)rock, they have an impressive collection of LPs from that era. Lots of new vinyl coming into the shop now a days.

Laivurinrinne 2

Well, as it says. Dub, jazz, salsa stuff. CD and vinyl. :-)

Laivurinkatu 41

Dance orientated - The lifesaver DJ's also spin there tunes in many Helsinki nightclubs

Combat Rock Shop
Vaasankatu 7

For punk, metal and hardcore

Green Grass Records
Fredrikinkatu 60

2nd hand Vinyls galore. Specializing in 70's rock.

The Funkiest
Lapinlahdenkatu 8

Hip hop and Rap and tap tap.

Vaasankatu 15

Just vinyl baby! wow yeah!

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Post by davidsss » 09 Feb 2011 10:53

Wow, Helsinki looks good for records. Must be a dangerous city for your credit card :D


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