1 Newton Street, Manchester M1 1HW
Opening Hours:Monday to Sunday 09:00 –19:30
Telephone: 0161 236 4445
This place is an absolute gem and well worth an afternoon of any music junkies time. This isn’t purely a record shop, but essentially a huge basement full of books, comics, magazines and stacks of vinyl and CDs, as well as 78s and possibly even some wax cylinders underneath all that, who knows.
It can be a little overwhelming at first and you’ll possibly be rubbing shoulders with collectors of ‘specialist magazines’ but, what the hell, this is what it’s all about, the place has an edge and boxes and boxes full of vinyl as well as sagging CD shelves, so just get down and dirty and have the shower later. In truth this is the kind of place I love as you really don’t know what you’re going to find. I have friends who have pulled some absolute stone cold gems out of here, particularly in the Electro and Hip Hop field and on my last visit I came away ten pounds lighter and with some great obscure 45s.
Its a free for all with all points covered from your obvious Rock n’ Pop through to Reggae, Soul, Funk, Hip Hop, 50s, 60s, Film Soundtracks, Comedy Records…its got the lot. It also has stacks of music magazines as well as old Pop annuals, Beatles mags and music books. No listening post that I’m aware of but the guys behind the counter are friendly enough and although clearly used to dealing with a fair number of scallywags still offer some smiles and patience. One’s a Red and one’s a Blue so take your pick!