It's not often that we can hail the opening of a new record shop these days, so here's a sight to gladden the eyes of vinyl hunters in the South Side of Glasgow. It's a new record shop just opened in Shawlands Arcade in the premises formerly occupied by the much missed Salvation Sounds, and appropriately, if rather prosaically, called Southside Records. It might seem rather a dull name but the South Side is always overshadowed by the City Centre and the trendy West End, so three cheers for a business that's proud to fly the flag for Glasgow's forgotten half.
They've just started out, so the stock isn't exactly hoaching with rare R&B or jazz or rock and roll, but there's still a few gems. I picked up a copy of a Dutch bootleg LP on the Sundown label, "Suckin' and Blowin': Harmonica Blues" with tracks by both Sonny Boy Williamsons, Papa Lightfoot, Jerry McCain, George Smith, Long Gone Miles (I'd never heard of him, but what a name), and others. Good condition and good sound quality. Here's a few more shots of the interior:
My thanks to the extremely pleasant staff who gave permission for the photo session and my apologies for the quality of the shots. I've just started out on this digital SLR malarkey and I'm still basically on point and click. Although I try to maintain an ad free blog, I think I'll make an exception here, especially as they've got a nice vinylistic flyer. Oh, and they sell CDs and DVDs and books and stuff too.
By the way, that Doors double LP "Absolutely Live" was my favourite album for many years. I don't think it was ever issued as a CD. Many's the time I grossed out the neighbours with repeated drunken loud plays of "When the Music's Over", usually followed by the Velvet Undergound's "Venus in Furs" and "Heroin." Sic Transit Gloria Mundi.