Flashback Records

144 Crouch Hill Crouch End London N8 9DX

So how has this small secondhand music shop survived the double-whammy of downloads and a particularly good local music-and-books Oxfam? It could be the fastidiously organised collection of vinyl and CDs, where you’ll find everything from Clapton to Krautrock, Funkadelic to folk, via decent selections of soul, reggae, disco, jazz and some electronica. Dig deep and you’ll unearth the odd gem; and you’ll certainly find the odd bargain considering prices start at £3. Its success could also be due to a DVD stock that includes mainstream releases, box-sets and cult classics at similar prices. Or it could just be staff who defy all the muso-snob stereotypes. Simple really. But why aren’t there more shops like this?

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