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Which one's MG in the Spillers picture?

I used to use Jumbo in Leeds though it's a few years since I last visited. Very good shop. They used to keep a fair few 'Chronological Classics'.

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Love the one in Barnstaple. Looks like the owner never leaves the shop. Or perhaps he can't actually get out.

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'Ben's Collectors' Records' in Guildford is a great little place. Ben know's his jazz too !

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That's Spillers' new premises, in Morgan Arcade. The photographer picked a good day for lighting the shop. I was absent :)

Cob Records in Porthmadog is a very interesting shop in a tiny town. It's impossible to envisage where their customers come from but, from what I've heard, everyone in North Wales knows them. I've met people from right out in the sticks up there, who find speaking English very difficult (not deliberately, y'know), who know all about the early careers of Senegalese, Malian and Guinean bands - and I'm saying, 'so where did you hear that?' and the answer's always 'Cob Records'.

MG

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2 hours ago, Jazzjet said:

Here's a very comprehensive gallery of photos of HMV in Oxford Street :

HMV Oxford Street

How well I remember that! That staircase!

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Something distinctly "space-age" about some of those pics

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First went in there on a memorable early trip to London at the age of 17. Can date it precisely, as the papers were full of "Russians Put Dog into Space" headlines - 4th October 1957. Must have been during my half-term holiday from school!

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Does anyone remember the short lived Ronnie Scott's Record shop.  It was just behind the Colosseum. I bought Out Of The Cool there and IIRC Ronnie was behind the counter.  Last time I was in the area many years ago it was an adult book shop. 

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2 hours ago, JohnS said:

Does anyone remember the short lived Ronnie Scott's Record shop.  It was just behind the Colosseum. I bought Out Of The Cool there and IIRC Ronnie was behind the counter.  Last time I was in the area many years ago it was an adult book shop. 

There's a bit about it here John. Merry Xmas ! :)

Ronnie Scotts Record Shop

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2 hours ago, JohnS said:

Does anyone remember the short lived Ronnie Scott's Record shop.  It was just behind the Colosseum. I bought Out Of The Cool there and IIRC Ronnie was behind the counter.  Last time I was in the area many years ago it was an adult book shop. 

Could just see Ronnie running one of those.^_^

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Plus a good article about the history of All Change, including the Baker St shops. Only remember going once, in the pre Mole days, very well stocked with Impulses etc.

All Change

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Thanks Bob, As I recall the shop was nowhere near as grand as it sounds in the those clippings.

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There seems to have been an art installation based around the old Dobell's Jazz Record shop. Lots of images here, including archive photos (the staff, Elvin Jones, Horace Silver, Errol Garner etc) :

Dobells

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4 hours ago, Jazzjet said:

There seems to have been an art installation based around the old Dobell's Jazz Record shop. Lots of images here, including archive photos (the staff, Elvin Jones, Horace Silver, Errol Garner etc) :

Dobells

Thanks for that - much to my regret I missed this exhibition, well worth seeing by the look of it. Pretty sure I walked past the shop when it was boarded up ready for demolition in 1981 and think I paid one or two visits before that as their paper and plastic bags look very familiar. Too bad that I didn't save them !

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4 hours ago, Jazzjet said:

There seems to have been an art installation based around the old Dobell's Jazz Record shop. Lots of images here, including archive photos (the staff, Elvin Jones, Horace Silver, Errol Garner etc) :

Dobells

Amazing collection! Wish I'd kept my Dobell's bags! :lol:

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I'll have to dig out my Doug Dobell '77 label test pressings. £2 each from Mole !

If I'd got my act together earlier, could have offered them up for a temporary display berth in the Museum of London Dobells rack. :cool:

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