44 Bridge Street, Bolton, Lancashire, BL1 2EG
Opening Hours:Monday to Saturday 10:00-17:30
Telephone: 01204 524018
A bit futher afield, but well worth a visit is X-Records of Bolton, Lancashire. You can get to Bolton by train in about 15-20 minutes so you could easily do a quick detour during your Manchester record-shopping frenzy. The USP of this shop is its massive stock of back catalogue. There is a database on their website of 67,000 of the items they have. The other half you’ll have to come to the shop to look for yourself. I’m not joking! At one time X-Records was spread over three sites, a Dance shop, a Vinyl shop and a CD Shop which are now all crammed into one place so you almost get three shops for the price of one. They carry a mix of new and second hand stuff and they have pretty much all genres of music spread over two levels, packed from floor to ceiling. Upstairs is given over to DVDs and CDs including Dance and Hard Rock/Metal which is one of their specialisms. X-Records also like to promote local bands and club nights, and local bands can flog their music and merchandise here.
The collection of stuff is vast and if you are looking for a long deleted release they may well have it, probably best bring some kind of knee pads to get down to the lower shelves. They also do a fine line in Rock Memorabilia, particularly the band Kiss. If you need a Kiss Baseball Bat, a Kiss Beach Towel, some Kiss Branded Coffee and a Kiss Flask to drink it from then this is the place. They have probably one of the biggest collections of music DVDs I’ve seen anywhere.
Downstairs in the basement there are Indie, Pop, Folk, Punk and 60s CDs and this is also home to the Vinyl Selection, a lot of which is at crazy bargain prices. As with the upstairs bit you will find lots of long-deleted obscure and rare records down here and plenty of crates to rifle through.
X-Records is well worth a diversion to Bolton and is one of those magical shops that frequently turns up something unexpected.