NB. On the Beat has now closed.
Put thoughts of Norman Wisdom’s 1967 police comedy to one side: On the Beat is for record collectors of all stripes. Spend 15 minutes thumbing here and you’ll definitely come out with something you’d forgotten you always wanted. The well-priced, mostly vinyl collection is crammed into a small room, walls lined with posters and dog-eared music mags that date back decades. In manager Tim Derbyshire’s words, the large collection covers ‘everything but classical’ – you’ll find a wealth of old funk and soul albums, a huge number of library sound compilations and a good range of jazz, country, folk and ‘girl singers’ records; the rock section covers everything from 1960s psychedelia to ’90s pop.