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IAN PEEL’S LINER NOTES

As we announce the UK’s favourite record shop for 2018, it got me thinking about some of my favourite vinyl emporiums from the last four decades. If only I could remember all their names…

If our survey was for the best record shop of all time, one of my irst votes would go to Timebeat Records in Basingstoke, circa 1988. It was located in a strange netherworld between concrete mall and residential suburb and was the irst collectors’ shop I regularly visited. Timebeat was jammed to the gills with 7”s and LPs and, as it grew in popularity, opened a poster shop upstairs, too. While their stock was all a bit rock- and punk-oriented for me, I never once encountered the collector-shop snobbery that was so prevalent in those days, especially to any visitor under the age of 40.

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