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Thu, 27/03/2008 - 21:57
Simply...

Record shops you really miss? Ones that were influential to you growing up, there are loads for me that sadly are no more and I really do miss them all, but for one night only... resurrected here on DJ History Laughing out loud

1. Summit Records & Tapes @ The Old Bullring, Birmingham. (closed late 90's reopened for a short time underneath the Macdonald's ramp)

Man... old school reggae, ska, and eventually rave and techno, a visit to Brum city centre was never complete without an exciting visit, it was great for a fix of West Indian music culture and eventually with the Jamaican barbers downstairs, I once considered having a star shaved into the side of my head there :oops: Was followed outside once and a guy pleaded with me to sell the last copy (which I'd just bought) of a new Reactivate LP.

2. Samebeat Records @ The Old Bullring, Birmingham (closed late 90s and reopened on John Bright Street for a short time)

A wicked hexagonal record hut run mainly by Damian Wilkes and had an awesome selection of soul, jazz, funk, hip hop, rare groove etc.. Damian knew so much and was always willing to pass on his knowledge. So sad when this closed and much missed.

3. Pure Records @ Bull Street? Birmingham

Pure was at the cutting edge of mid 90s house and techno. I think it was linked with Bosting records or Fat Cat? They always made sure you left with a good selection and a record bag if you needed it. I think someone there was behind the awesome Mother - All Funked Up! tune.

4. Global Grooves @ Arcadian, Birmingham

One of the first Record Bars... closely linked with Fun night at the Steering Wheel and I think Piers had something to do with this who later went on to open Circo and possibly 52 Degrees North?
Often picked up excellent tunes here, Matt was always helpful and I think we even went to an after party there once with crates of lager cracked open. RIP
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Thu, 27/03/2008 - 22:33
temple records, sonic groove, dancetracks and vinyl mania. all downtown new york.
anything i have that's not second hand came from those four stores. bought keeping my mind by blaze at dance tracks along with braxtons holmes 12 inches of pleasure.
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Thu, 27/03/2008 - 23:37
For the Canadians out there...

is Eastern Block Toronto still alive?
or that one down Fan Tan Alley Victoria?
or even.. can't remember the name but it was pretty big new & SH store not far from Wreck Beach Vancouver, bought some now rare stuff from there... http://www.wreckbeach.org/
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Fri, 28/03/2008 - 08:27
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Fri, 28/03/2008 - 09:08
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Fri, 28/03/2008 - 09:43
Scorpion Records-High WycombeExcellent 2nd hand shop that was much frequented in my youth, run by a couple of old hippies who would always give anybody an appreciative nod and wink if they were asked for a copy of 'An Electric Storm' by The White Noise.

Might Atom Records-Windsor My record shop that I ran between 94-96 with two friends, made zero cash but had a great time and vastly increased our collections.

TAG-London A fine emporium that always lacked that condescending attitude beloved of most stores in the capital.

Fat Cat-London Say no more.
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Fri, 28/03/2008 - 13:24
Neville;333443 wrote:

[B]TAG-London
A fine emporium that always lacked that condescending attitude beloved of most stores in the capital.

Fat Cat-London Say no more.


this condescending attitude. i am unawre of this. the london record shop community are the most polite and helpfull staff on this earth
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Fri, 28/03/2008 - 13:49
used to be a good second hand place on high street ken, up some stairs above a shoe shop. great for disco stuff.
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Fri, 28/03/2008 - 14:33
Alan's Records - Halifax
Run by an unpleasant fat man called Alan who smelt like a bus seat, this secondhand shit hole was crucial in my formative years of record buying. Brilliant stock and very cheap, in the mid 80's my feeble pay from a paper round was able to get me on the bus into town and come home with a different classic every week. I've still got a mint copy of 'Metal Box' which he sold me for £3. He couldn't wait to get rid of it as it was spoiling the other sleeves in the "P" section.

System Records - Hebden Bridge
Opened my eyes to so much incredible music. Fantastic stock and brilliant staff. Now sadly "internet only" but one of the key members of staff now works at Wall Of Sound in Huddersfield so all is not lost.

Decoy - Manchester
Great shop! Lots of good records from there over the years and helpful staff who could tune into your tastes and offer similar wax for you to consider.
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Fri, 28/03/2008 - 14:53
Kiesnor;333355 wrote:
Simply...

Record shops you really miss? Ones that were influential to you growing up, there are loads for me that sadly are no more and I really do miss them all, but for one night only... resurrected here on DJ History Laughing out loud

1. Summit Records & Tapes @ The Old Bullring, Birmingham. (closed late 90's reopened for a short time underneath the Macdonald's ramp)

Man... old school reggae, ska, and eventually rave and techno, a visit to Brum city centre was never complete without an exciting visit, it was great for a fix of West Indian music culture and eventually with the Jamaican barbers downstairs, I once considered having a star shaved into the side of my head there :oops: Was followed outside once and a guy pleaded with me to sell the last copy (which I'd just bought) of a new Reactivate LP.

2. Samebeat Records @ The Old Bullring, Birmingham (closed late 90s and reopened on John Bright Street for a short time)

A wicked hexagonal record hut run mainly by Damian Wilkes and had an awesome selection of soul, jazz, funk, hip hop, rare groove etc.. Damian knew so much and was always willing to pass on his knowledge. So sad when this closed and much missed.

3. Pure Records @ Bull Street? Birmingham

Pure was at the cutting edge of mid 90s house and techno. I think it was linked with Bosting records or Fat Cat? They always made sure you left with a good selection and a record bag if you needed it. I think someone there was behind the awesome Mother - All Funked Up! tune.

4. Global Grooves @ Arcadian, Birmingham

One of the first Record Bars... closely linked with Fun night at the Steering Wheel and I think Piers had something to do with this who later went on to open Circo and possibly 52 Degrees North?
Often picked up excellent tunes here, Matt was always helpful and I think we even went to an after party there once with crates of lager cracked open. RIP



Hmm, Global Grooves, bar dressed up as a record shop cos they thought it was cool more like. Always rude and condescending, type of place where they would size you up on what you wore. Which is strange for a record shop, i remember asking for a an eddie folkes record and the reply was try HMV son.

Fat Rat on the otherhand ....
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Fri, 28/03/2008 - 15:00
Backtracks and the original Probe in Liverpool
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Fri, 28/03/2008 - 15:24
Kiesnor;333355 wrote:


1. Summit Records & Tapes @ The Old Bullring, Birmingham. (closed late 90's reopened for a short time underneath the Macdonald's ramp)


Along with Tempest was the first PROPER record shop I ever went into as a kid. AMAZING place in its time...
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Fri, 28/03/2008 - 15:47
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I'm sure Jock Lee & Lee Fisher were involved with Pure and it was Lee & someone else that was behind 'Mother'.

Piers was involved with Global Grooves and 52 Degrees, didn't realise that he was behind Circo, a bit out of the norm compared to his other 'glam' stuff.

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lee fisher and jules (rip) were Mother
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Fri, 28/03/2008 - 15:49
Rohan;333563 wrote:
Hmm, Global Grooves, bar dressed up as a record shop cos they thought it was cool more like. Always rude and condescending, type of place where they would size you up on what you wore. Which is strange for a record shop, i remember asking for a an eddie folkes record and the reply was try HMV son.

Fat Rat on the otherhand ....




where was fat rat now?? wasn't it outside of brum....kingswinford or somewhere mad??
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Fri, 28/03/2008 - 18:46
Rohan;333563 wrote:
Hmm, Global Grooves, bar dressed up as a record shop cos they thought it was cool more like. Always rude and condescending, type of place where they would size you up on what you wore. Which is strange for a record shop, i remember asking for a an eddie folkes record and the reply was try HMV son.

Fat Rat on the otherhand ....


I always found the guys reaaally helpfull actually, although I agree about the fashion thing, I once wore a T-shirt with a print taken from Subway Art and the guy recognised the picture. Cool

Far Rat wasn't in Brum... but Don Christies and Frenchies was I think Smile And now I think of it is Ruby Red still going in Wolves?
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Fri, 28/03/2008 - 18:48
kelvin;333582 wrote:
Along with Tempest was the first PROPER record shop I ever went into as a kid. AMAZING place in its time...


If I remember rightly the last time I went into there they were selling records from behind security glass or was that in the re-incarnation?
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Fri, 28/03/2008 - 18:55
Manchester:
Good
- Expansion
- Out Of The Past (in Afflecks)

Bad
- Can't remember the name – The nutter above Johnny Roadhouse on Qxford road who had tens of thousands of records but charged to look
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Fri, 28/03/2008 - 18:58
re-summit
that was the final incarnation under mcd's. they only sold reggae from there & mostly cd but i did get some good pre's there 2005.

frenchie was my man early/mid 80's when they were on temple st. so many great records from him.

i also worked in summit dale end which was a great experience, as mentioned before here, keith thornton the owner -super cool geezer!

then i moved to london & blagged a job in groove-probably/definately the greatest dance music shop in london during the 80's.
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Fri, 28/03/2008 - 19:12
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re-summit
that was the final incarnation under mcd's. they only sold reggae from there & mostly cd but i did get some good pre's there 2005.

frenchie was my man early/mid 80's when they were on temple st. so many great records from him.


Of course... that's where I knew Frenchie from then, he sold wax to me in Summit before he started that little store in China Quarter. He was/is a top bloke!

I'd have loved to have checke dthis place but before my record shoppin days:

Black Wax of Lozells used to contribute to the Reggae charts and released their own tunes.. [url]http://www.discogs.com/label/Black+Wax+(2)[/url]

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Fri, 28/03/2008 - 19:17
RD;333728 wrote:
re-summit
that was the final incarnation under mcd's. they only sold reggae from there & mostly cd but i did get some good pre's there 2005.

frenchie was my man early/mid 80's when they were on temple st. so many great records from him.

i also worked in summit dale end which was a great experience, as mentioned before here, keith thornton the owner -super cool geezer!

then i moved to london & blagged a job in groove-probably/definately the greatest dance music shop in london during the 80's.


Do you remember Baileys record stall in the Rag Market as well?
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Fri, 28/03/2008 - 21:18
The Record Rack and Butch Wax in San Francisco - both amazing with a direct connection to the disco era - sadly no more.

New York - loads! Vinylmania. Dance Tracks. Sonic Groove. Satellite. Temple. Dub Spot. all gone Sad
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Fri, 28/03/2008 - 21:25
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Manchester:
Good
- Expansion (Fat Dean ruling the roost)
- Out Of The Past (in Afflecks) (Dave Withers when he was there and Rod)

Bad
- Can't remember the name – The nutter above Johnny Roadhouse on Qxford road who had tens of thousands of records but charged to look


There was that cut out shop behind the old Rotters but I can't remember the name (Yanks? or something American)
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Fri, 28/03/2008 - 21:26
"There was that cut out shop behind the old Rotters"

Powercuts?
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Fri, 28/03/2008 - 21:34
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"There was that cut out shop behind the old Rotters"

Powercuts?


i'm pretty sure that it was called Yanks but a quick google search states that it changed its name to Powercuts from yanks
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Fri, 28/03/2008 - 21:41
"i'm pretty sure that it was called Yanks but a quick google search states that it changed its name to Powercuts from yanks"

ahh, yeah, i'll have only known it from about 93/94? onwards...think it shut in 95(?)

"- Out Of The Past (in Afflecks)"

seconded!
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Sat, 29/03/2008 - 11:06
Powercuts sale was legendary - I remember buying 30 still-sealed imports for less than £20 including Rufus-Masterjam for 49 pence and Leon Thomas on Flying Dutchman for 99p.

Downstairs in Goldmine in Shambles Sq. was great while it lasted.
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Sat, 29/03/2008 - 21:47
Kiesnor;333730 wrote:
Of course... that's where I knew Frenchie from then, he sold wax to me in Summit before he started that little store in China Quarter. He was/is a top bloke!

I'd have loved to have checke dthis place but before my record shoppin days:

Black Wax of Lozells used to contribute to the Reggae charts and released their own tunes.. [url]http://www.discogs.com/label/Black+Wax+(2)[/url]



now you're joining the dots.... black wax was owned by keith thornton & brian(?) keith of tempest/inferno.it was the biggest importer/distributor of jamaican music in the uk at that time. i shopped there a few times before i knew keith. in their warehouse worked the legendary 'jah pete'...i have some great stories about pete. he claimed to me he owned every jamaican pre imported between 72 & 82 & he knew every matrix number of every release!

a complete nutter! (the other stories are more crazy:-)

they also had a label called mango before island & keith had amny a run in with chris blackwell. keith new coxsone dodd through business.
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Sat, 29/03/2008 - 21:51
hmmm the ones which spring to mind, for me are....

Zoom (camden), Quaff (soho), Fat Cat (covent garden) & Flying (high st ken)

fond memories...

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Sat, 29/03/2008 - 22:00
Some older passings:

Decadance - mainly the Christopher St. location...

Downstairs Records (where we met, I bought records, she cassette)

12" Dance Records in D.C. - anyone DC-based know if the place that took over the location (The DJ Hut) came back from the fire they had?

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Sat, 29/03/2008 - 22:14
RD;333952 wrote:


a complete nutter! (the other stories are more crazy:-)



i hope so... schpill der beenz
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Sun, 30/03/2008 - 18:56
jah pete lives/d in coventry & so did i when working at brum tempest.

we travelled the inter city together often.

he claimed he had travelled on every west midlands bus & train service including school busses!

often as the train pulled into cov station he would scrutinize the carriage serial numbers & say something like..' let's not sit in this carriage' quoting the coach serial number..'the suspension is fkd'

then whilst on board cluching our cardboard cups of beverage he would suddenly pipe up..'hold on to your tea we are just about to go over a wonky rail' & sure enouigh the train would wobble as if prompted by him.

so as well as knowing all the matrix numbers of jamaican pre's 72 to 80 whatever his head was full of all this other crap.

he looked & smelt like wurzle gummage but was such a warm hearted fella you just put up with the ruffage.
he was allways cracking jokes that were so shit they were funny. he was of course the brunt of all keith's wicked jokes & often fkd up in the warehouse & took the full force of keith or brians hardcore raps.

he had his own soundsystem opperating out of cov - hence the name.

a real eccentric, if ever there was, just wonder where he is now...
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