Being a music fan and specifically a vinyl fan over the last few years hasn’t been easy. Record shops have closed by the dozen and secondhand records have been harder and harder to find – unless you go online. But part of the thrill and beauty of records is having them in your hand. Feeling the weight of the vinyl. The smell of it. Seeing the graphic design as it was meant to be seen. And most record collectors will say the same; ideally shopping for secondhand records should be done in person, not online. Luckily for me and for vinyl junkies like me, places like the excellent Flashback still exists.
Flashback opened in 1997 and used to sell secondhand clothes in the basement. That has changed and the second hand vinyl is downstairs while the new LP releases are on the ground floor with the CDs and DVDs. I like the fact that the old records are in the basement. It adds to the mystique. Makes the search for that elusive LP that much greater.
The store is friendly, they have listening posts (a vital component), the staff knowledgeable and most importantly for the digger, the prices (on the whole) are very reasonable.
Put simply, this is my favourite place to buy secondhand records in London.