Manchester record shops
A two-floor labyrinth of both old and new stock, Vinyl Exchange is surprisingly well-organised bedlam. Enter with an open mind and you’re just as likely to emerge with an early pressing of Trout Mask Replica as you are with Series 1-3 of ITV’s ‘Cold Feet’ on DVD. Vinyl Exchange really does team all facets of popular culture together, from pricey rave-hallmarks, to oft-re-issued rock classics and, indeed, film and television. More of a collector’s paradise than its nearby contemporaries, Vinyl Exchange focuses on rarities, deletions and second hand items. You might have to do a little rifling, but you’ll likely be impressed at the depth of what’s on offer - a lot of the stock simply isn't found anywhere else. Despite this, it’s a fairly casual atmosphere and the management prides itself on cutting a decent deal, whether buying or selling. Especially dedicated pop-pickers - or those with braver tastes - should keep an eye out for the frequent mystery packs of old CD singles.