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  1. #21
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    Modern shops would be:

    Rarekind
    Crazybeat
    Amoeba (San Fran)
    Big City (Rip)
    A1

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    Seen a few mentions now for Amoeba in SF. I was really looking forward to checking it when I went to the US a couple of years ago but was a bit disappointed. Maybe I'd built it up expectations too much but the rap vinyl section seemed pretty depleted. Mostly just reissues of the classics so I picked up a few cheap used bits and a couple of CDs (CD section was decent tbf). Maybe I went on the wrong day. Fortunately I found a couple other shops nearby.

    Honourable mentions: RareKind, Fat Beats in Amsterdam, the other MVEs in Camden, Greenwich and Soho (in the 90s), Vinyl Addiction in Camden with the bar upstairs and the shop near my cousins house in Ravenna, Italy that always had a healthy selection of import LPs in the early 90s

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    Never been to the Bay so can't comment myself.

    Lots mentioning Amoeba but no shouts for Groove Merchant?

    Surely that's the store every Rare Groove shop in the world aspired to be?
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    1st The best to me over the longest time was Fat City Manchester.
    2nd must be Mr Bongo London..always came home with a big bag of goodies to study on the train.
    3rd would be Spin Inn and Eastern Block (Affleck’s Palace) Manchester again late 80’s.

    Vinyl Revival Manchester has always been good to me for filling in some of the blanks.
    beats like ice cream, rhymes are like sprinkles...

  5. #25
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Disaster View Post
    Never been to the Bay so can't comment myself.

    Lots mentioning Amoeba but no shouts for Groove Merchant?

    Surely that's the store every Rare Groove shop in the world aspired to be?

    Yes Groove Merchant is great too although not so many under the radar cheapies to be had although did have a few cheap bins and percentage of good records/turd was a much higher ratio but bearing in mind Amoeba is filled with all types of records and Groove Merchant stays in it lane. Other San Fran notable mention is Rasputins where I also scored some beauties. A few others shops there too but had minimal if any purchases in those.

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    Never been to Amoeba or the UK, so can't comment on those.
    Here are my favs:

    Play De Record Toronto (original Yonge St location) - FYI Bob, the Chinese Jamaican guy Eugene is still at the new location (his daughter now fills in from time to time too). You had to walk through a long, narrow convenience store to the back where the record store was......felt like it was some hidden oasis. Plus as a young kid, the porn vids lining the convenience store's glass counters were titillating lol. They also had these cheap headphones for sale, but they were the best at handling a walkman's megabass. Performed better than my Sony& Koss headphones at the time.
    Not many knew this (or got to see it), but there were more shelves in the basement that a select clientele got to see. Also, there was a recording studio in the basement (which is where Saukrates first single was recorded, as well as the Craig Mack dubplate that I unearthed from 1994).

    Fat Beats NYC - had some hard to find indie 12"s that I couldn't find at the other stores

    Beat Street Records in Brooklyn - huge selection, and the Japanese girl working there was easy on the eyes lol. Great mixtape selection too

    Rock & Soul NYC

  7. #27
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    ^^^ haha dope, yeah I remember going through the convenience store and the old dude was in his little cubby hole as you went in. Summer vacation 1994 I remember getting the Beatnuts LP, Smif N Wessun Bucktown 12” and several other classics as well as a Wreck Records T-shirt. It was heaven to a kid from UK because the records were a third of the price of an import at home.

    Thought he retired as last time I went it was closed and there was just the vintage shop further up the street with some young guys working.


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  8. #28
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    best finds i had were

    Aligator Record Bar (Tampa)
    The Sound Library (NY)
    Groove Merchant (San Fran)
    Aarons Records (LA)
    aka DJ JUST-1............. "So what you on, huh, dope or dog food?"

  9. #29
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    Eugene from Play De Record is actually Chinese/Trinidadian! He has one of the all-time best voices/accents. His family owned the original building location so you'd see his parents (both still alive and kicking!) in there supervising all the dealings. Gene sold the business for a stint even though he stayed working there. He is the owner once again in the new location on Spadina.

    I think at least one or two choices for everyone will be the shops they frequented when the music we love caught our ears.

    With that I'll add Carnival Records, Toronto. This was the place everyone went before Play De existed. Up the stairs on the right for the OGs and on the left until its closure. Wasn't always the safest place to shop but it was the place with the most selection.

    For NY I'll go with Big City or A1. Jared was, and is, a class act.

  10. #30
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    Probably go for Fat City, Spin Inn, Unity (Liverpool)

    shout outs to discunion (shinjuku & shibuya), Amoeba (sf), the original 3Beat ( Liverpool), Penny Lane (Chester....& Liverpool Palace when Evo worked there!!)

 

 

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