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Gilles’ Top Record Stores List (So Far)

July 27, 2010

Ok so here’s the first bunch of Gilles’ favorite record stores for your viewing pleasure. The first few in the list and their comments are courtesy of Sanjiv Ahluwalia and his forthcoming book ‘The Secret List’, so big thanks to him! Check it all out below after the poem…

An untitled poem by Charlie Dark -

‘When the shutters come down there will be no more fleeting visits at lunchtime
No more forsaking food for vinyl in exchange for train journeys filled with fingers caressing plastic record bags
No more sacrifices or complaints from the neighbours
No more banging on the ceiling as you thump the walls with the latest basement purchase
Bass heavy and futuristic
Our cupboards will no longer be empty and our bellies will be full
No more quick trips out at lunch time to pick up some nugget to stash in the staff room’

People’s Sound, Ladbroke Grove – a tad intimidating but the staff warm to you after a little while and great for old reggae records.

Sounds, Portobello Road – front part of the shop is new R n’ B and reggae on CD, the back part stocks good Eighties boogie second hand classics.

Alan’s, East Finchley – in terms of stock the best record shop in London. I found an old British jazz record of Beatles covers with none other than Herbie guesting in here.

JB’s, Hanway Street- excellent for Seventies rock and folk and a small but very impressive jazz section: Pharoah Sanders first album, Saba Meets India etc

Cancer Research, St Albans – the best charity shop for records, picked up numerous gems for a a couple of pounds.

Oxfam, Kentish Town – friendliest Oxfam and obviously some DJs live nearby, because the shops always has excellent records. I saw the first Japanese label Brownswood album here on vinyl. They also stock weird and wonderful things such as The Restaurant at the End of the Universe LP on double vinyl.

Heavy Rotation Records, market stall outside the Vibe Bar on Sundays – masses of records across all genres e.g picked up originals of Nas’s The World Is Yours and Tamba Trio’ s Tempo. Good prices and excellent service.

Village Vinyl – Unit 32, 98 Wood St, Walthamstow, London E17 3HX. Open Fris & Sats 10.30am – 5.30pm. 2nd Hand: Soul, Jazz, Funk, Disco, Boogie, Rare Groove, Breaks, Rock, Rap, House, Techno…Got some new bits from BBE, Wah Wah, Soul Jazz, but mainly old stuff! Free tea if you spend over a grand! (Thanks to Jake Holloway)

Sounds of the Universe -  7 Broadwick Street, Soho, London, W1F 0DA

Phonica – 51 Poland Street, Soho, London, W1F 7LZ

BM Soho - 25 D’Arblay Street, London, W1F 8EJ

Flashback - 50 Essex Road, Islington, London, N1 8LR