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This brings back a lot of memories. From Picture the Past, it's the record dept in the basement of Boots on Pelham Street, taken in January 1972. Around those times I spent a hell of a lot of money here. I'm amazed I'm not in the picture. Most of the record selection was off to the left, but you can see LPs stacked up along the wall at the back; the area on the right is books and stationery.

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Great picture Cliff.

Exactly as I remember it. Most record departments were like this.

In fact, at places like Rediffusion - even though it was tiny, people used to start dancing.

Boots was a big record retailer, as was Woolies (primarily the Top 20).

Lots of furniture shops also used to stock records because record players in cabinets were regarded as objet d'art, so it seemed logical that if you were going to buy a piece of Hi-Fi in a nice walnut cabinet, then you'd probably also want a few records to go with it.

My Dad seemed to have an uncanny knack in the 60's of finding places that had decided to get rid of their stock of records and were selling them off cheap. I can remember going off to some strange stores in the Nottingham area and wondering why they were even selling records.

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I've posted this somewhere before, but I'm surprised it isn't on this thread; Arkwright Street, but I don't remember there being two shops almost next to each other.

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And this, the version on Goldsmith Street. Selectadisc was the two windows above/behind the Cortina Estate.

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Fantastic shots Cliff,sign of four gone( came back around the corner in rebuild). ERD electrical van,my mate worked for them,often went for a spin..all the way to Chesterfield to deliver a 40 w bulb! Watmoughs and an Indian were just past the transit. Selectadisc was 'home' for me, Brian also purchased "drill thru or cut corner" albums and these were cheap!! A decent bloke.. his dear wife permitted me to write and print his obituary in Record Collector magazine. Deep purple, new riders of the purple sage and purple rain,all sourced on Goldsmith st.

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Revolver records opposite Sawyers pub sold a great selection of picture discs,next door to Athena. Texas Records..bought " firing on all six" by Lone Star and " grand Illusion" by Styx. Still have ' em!

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Brilliant thread.

And it's answered my question about the record shop in Clumber St. where I bought my first couple of records around 1962. Hindley's. TBH, the name doesn't ring any bells at all. I remember the shop used to have all sorts of weird and wonderful records in the window. Sounds of Steam Engines, Bird Sounds etc.

I bought my first two albums there.

Still have both and they both play through without skips, but they have seen rather too many Dansette's in their 50+ year careers...

I also bought stuff from the Sign of Four:

When I got into DJing, we used to buy most of our stuff in Rediffusion.

Great days.

Col

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I don't remember this place, but it's Bradley's record shop which existed for a few years on Clumber Street. Same building which had previously been Hindleys.

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This shop sold the full compliment of Deep Purple albums inc..Purple Passages and USA versions.

Eventually it became Virgin Records and had a monitor in the window showing videos..a little less controversial than the 'Bo*****ks incident.

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Went out to tune a piano today belonging to my oldest customer. She's 102. Never really noticed the suppliers name on the piano before but had a look today. Just wonder if anyone has heard of them or knows anything about them. Piano will be 1880's. Depends whether or not anyone else has lived long enough I suppose

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Jabez Gregory, musical instrument dealer, was your man at that time. 27 Lister Gate is the one almost on the corner into Broad Marsh, opposite the Walter Fountain. The lettering on the wall on the left includes "organs" and PTP say the photo is c1895, so this must be Mr Gregory's shop.

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A record shop which I don't remember - Advance Records and Tapes on Bridlesmith Gate, next door to The Fountain.

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It's the shop which later became the other Selectadisc.

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#93, cheers Cliff,the brick paving took the kink out of that street.Is that a pub on the end of High St?

Became a Barclay's in 80'-'81?

The Keoghs who were mates of mine ran the Fountain during the 1970's

Wilton Sporting Club was next to the book shop circa'83.

A certain bloke gained council favours block paving that half of the golden mile.

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On 3/23/2011 at 9:29 PM, nnsc said:

Wasn't it Eric Roses or something similar?

Yes it was..his son Dave stills runs the business,but now in West End arcade..

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On 4/27/2015 at 10:29 PM, iandawson said:

Sounds Good on Alfreton Rd . Got most of Sun singles from this shop and discovered Sleepy la Beef at this shop.

Run by Dave Ibbottson...I used to do the record fairs for him,whilst he ran the shop...happy days..

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7 hours ago, ceeaych said:

Yes it was..his son Dave stills runs the business,but now in West End arcade..

Yes, I still order my records from him - top bloke! Always good for a chat and his prices are very reasonable - stuff the internet!

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On 20/08/2014 at 3:53 PM, rich10 said:

Revolver records' to the left of the entrance to the Broadmarsh shopping centre

Yes, indeed.

Revolver is one of the few independent record stores that I remember. If you left Broadmarsh up into Listergate, Revolver was on the right (where the refurbished (by Westfield) set of shops are now, including Thorntons and Holland Barrett; opposite what is now WHSmith), and immediately opposite was HMV (now WHSmith), so if you were walking down Listergate then Revolver was on the left just before entering Broadmarsh.

I still have quite a few vinyl with the Revolver price sticker on them.

Does anyone else remember this record store?

It must have been open still in 1983, and closed in the few years after that - maybe closing 1985ish.

I seem to remember it being very independent, with what was to me as a small child, scary looking staff, and a  creaky flight of stairs to the upper floor, and it was quite ramshackle - but I really can't remember well so maybe I am mistaken.

If anyone has any photos, like they did of the old Virgin Store from the 70s, or has memories of Revolver, then I'd love to hear from them.

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Sure do Chris.. pistol as a logo?..did it replace the old Athena shop?

Fox's had 2 stalls also.

HMV was above Pronuptia on Wheeler Gate opposite Sissons.

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