Bank Street Studios Prestwich Greater Manchester M25 3HN
Opening Hours:Thursday - Saturday 10.30am to 5.00pm - Sundays 11-4pm (Other days by Appointment Only)
Telephone: 0161 773 1589
* Note that Beatin’ Rhythm have now moved to Prestwich – This review and photos are of their original store in the Northern Quarter Manchester *
This is the absolute Premier store for Rock’n’Roll, 60s Pop, Funk, Doo-Wop, Girl groups, Rare and Northern Soul, Surf, Psych, Rhythm n’ Blues, Film Themes and more. The guys here must have the worlds best knowledge of the Northern Soul scene and this shop is a veritable shrine to the glory of obscure 45s. When you go in you will see photos of previous customers including Keb Darge and DJ Shadow. The heart of this shop is built around the specialist knowledge of Carl, Tom and Derek and it’s all done with true love for the music.
The wall racks of 7″s are divided into categories which range from Christmas Songs to “Uncharted Canadian”. The Northern Soul section is enough to make a Wigan Casino kid weep, and can happily keep me entertained for hours (with the odd fag break). Man, these guys even have an ‘Answer Songs’ category!
The shop itself is a great space predominantly taken up with Vinyl but lots of stuff on CD too. They also have a good selection of re-issued albums near the main door with the particular focus on Northern and Soul compilations; a couple of which are regulars in my box.
Ultimately, Beatin’ Rhythm is testament to the longevity of the 7″ single, and Talcum-powdered dancefloor action. I defy you to go in and not leave without at least one tune you never expected to have or hear. A truly inspiring Manchester institution