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  • Oxfam Music on Duke Street(?) (The road off Broad Street at Jackson's Corner) sells a lot of vinyl, reasonably price, although unlike most charity shops they do know what they've got, and if they've got something rare you can expect the price to reflect on that. Music Man on Oxford Road is a bit more pricey, but he has some really good stuff there, lots of Beatles + Beatles related. Also sells instruments and musical equipment. The Sound Machine in Harris Arcade has already been mentioned numerous times, so I'm not going to go into detail about it, but again, reasonably priced vinyl, CDs etc there. Also in Harris Arcade is Reading Collecter's Centre. Not exclusively records, you can also get pretty much anything collectable (comics, action figures...). Nice friendly person in there, knows his stuff. Don't go there if you're looking for CDs though. If you're looking for CDs, DVDs etc RATHER THAN vinyl, just go to one of the mainstream popular music stores like HMV, Virgin (or whatever it's called now). Also there's Fopp which has previously been mentioned, but it's very cheap there. REPLAY RECORDS and RUSTYS have now closed down! Don't go there, you won't find anything!
  • Fopp and Virgin
  • Replay Records in Bristol and West Arcade (between Sainsburys local and Marks and Spencers) is pretty good. It has a massive selection of cds, records, dvds etc and a brilliant selection of posters/postcards/badges etc. guy there is helpful and knowledgable
  • Music man in the Oxford Rd ,just 10 mins from Argos ,has a great selection of vinyl including rock collectables, dance ,reggae and soul. The cheapest prices in town!
  • Is Rusty's Recorde still there, and the music man
  • There's a shop in Harris Arcade, think it's called the sound box. The guy in there know's his stuff and can always point you in the way of the latest music. Good mix of sounds. Entrance on Friar street next to Ice Bar.
  • Theres HMV which has a good mix of vinyl d 'n' b/jungle etc theres (still i think) a record shop up opposite the police station
  • Sound Machine is excellent, wonderful people with great musical knowledge, who seem to be doing it out of love. Exactly what a music shop should be. It's mainly second-hand though, so HMV is in the Oracle. As soulless mall shops go, it's not so bad. Avoid on a Saturday though, particularly the metal section. It's a narrow gauntlet of black-hooded demons...
  • Fopp
  • Fopp
  • theres a cool shop opposite the cop shop sells good vinyl for mixing and samplin' also in the arcade opposite the town hall d'n'b galore
  • The Arcade behind the new Sainsbury's
  • fop! its proper bo.
  • HMV and virgin are the main music shops
  • Frequency - DnB specialist on Gun Street
  • XS RECORDS - Cant believe they have not had a mention yet. Quite simply the best record shop in the whole of reading. In Bristol and west arcade (through sainsburys express) specialises in DNB with a healthy collection of Garage,Uk and US Hip hop and some breaks. Will shortly be going into house and website coming soon. Also stocks clothing inluding Technics, THTC, Akademiks, Pele Pele and Nu Era caps. Check it out.
  • ahhhh harris arcade in the lil music store there or the one in bristol n west arcade, other than that, virgin and hmv (great security) good guys lol
  • fopp in friar st. has varied range of music many discounted, helpful staff.
  • Go to HMV in da Oracle, its run by Moshers and stuff mainly, sum townies go in but dey r usually in Virgin.
  • HMV, Virgin, hmmm not much else
  • Rusty's records on the Oxford road. Sells cheap alternative music, hoodys, t-shirts, vinals etc. Quite good for baggy t-shirts and cheap alternative music :)
  • FOPP...MUSE cd was only a fiver!
  • sound machine in the harris arcade or fopp
  • i go to a little shop next to storms the army shop as it has all the latest roll deep and nasty tapes and cds
  • the best record shop is hmv and virgin in the town centre coz there is always at least 30 tic boys waitin outside and footlocker is right next door.HEAVEN
  • sound machine, hmv for 5 fingering cd's.
  • Sound machine is brilliant, skater, mosher, goth or barry manilow fan, there's something for ou and the guy who owns it is called Bev, he's prety cool.
  • rustyies and sound machine they are the best of the best. sound machine prolly the bestest ever down the harris aracde the kewlest place 2 see and be seen if ur in there your either a mini mosh or hardcore!!!
  • the sound machine in the harris arcade and replay in the other arcade pretty much nxt to the harris (virgin megastores has been goin down in quality recently)
  • Sound machine
  • sound machine most obviously. fopp is amazing.
  • sound machine is independenet, but rusty's records on oxford road is good for vinyl and swings between nice an' friendly and suspicious...
  • The best record shop in Reading is the comic book store in Harris Arcade...near one of the Sound Machines. The guy sell Vintage and Classic Records. It Pricey but great if you Dj.
  • sound machine (broad street mall and harris arcade) virgin and hmv. sound machine is usually cheapest
  • HMV is realy gud the staff r nice n helpful
  • rusty's on oxford road. mr rusty is a legend. sound machine obviously, harris arcade one is best. cash converters is not bad for videos. near the station. where the youths skate.
  • Hmmm....HMV's not too bad, but propermusic has to comefrom either Rusty's records down the oxford road or sound machine either in traders arcade or broad st mall.
  • The little shop in the arcade by the station is the best I've ever been in, and the dudes that run it know everything about everything.
  • Sound Machine
  • Sound Machine- Harris Arcade.
  • Sound Machine in Broad Street Mall. good selection of nu-metal/rock/metal etc. although, i worryingly found a Cliff Richard CD in there the other day.
  • Virgin is full of young school girls avoid avoid avoid, tower records sells cheap records as does the V shop a much better option.
  • You can nick bundles of stuff from woolworths
  • Music Man down Oxford road, loads of old records (and new) for dirt cheap.
  • Sound Machine in the Harris Arcade (*not* the Broad Street mall) is great for rareties and cut-price chart singles -- it sells genuinely good albums for 5, and promo singles for 20p. It's worth looking in the Cancer Research shop across the road from the Harris Arcade, as Sound Machine discard their singles here sporadically. If you're looking for obscure vinyl or anything other than Indie/Rock, Reading won't do it, but most music is available from the large HMV, or Virgin.
  • There are a couple of second hand record shops in the arcades that come off Friar Street. Nothing *that* special though. For a place with so many crusties and soap dodgers, it's quite surprising.
  • Reading is a musical void, forget it. Even the record basement's gone!
  • Cd sale in the union on a thursday is good. Cheap too.
  • jims - merchant place [above that antique shop / barn]: jim will find you the most obscure record you want in his many boxes - hippedyhop, electro, funk, soundtracks, spoken word... it's all good sound machine - harris arcade: like jims but less obscure. sound machine - broad street mall: good for limp bizkit types [i.e shite] music man - oxford road: superb, no-one really seems to go here [it's a couple of minutes from the town centre] but it's real heap - cheap vinyl, loads of stock hmv and virgin are there too.
  • Rusty's Records, Oxford Street, just over the flyover. Dedicated alternative store, also does chart stuff. Cheap, and the guy in there is an excellent man. Beats rip off Sound Machine, HMV and Virgin hands down.
  • The Sound Machine in the old 'Traders' walk way, is far best the best record shop in the town centre, from 60's to autographed memorabilla, cool prices and helpful staff, no grunts when u ask 4 a Blodwin Pig single!
  • Who ever put in the comment 'Record Basement sells Underground Music' is a fuckin PLEB, Basement has never and will never sell aything underground. The bloke who used to own it used to run a good Underground shop (mostly US stuff ie NO FUCKING HANDBAG, TRANCE or IBIZA SHIT) called Soul Cellar, now that was a good shop.
  • Reading has NOTHING.
  • Assuming it's still running I spent much time during my formative years in Basement sitting behind the counter smoking and listening to tunes. Asolutely wonderful shop and, if he still works there, Timmy is one of the nicest people you could ever hope to meet and really knows his stuff. Totally recommended.
  • none of note anymore, the old HMV in Friar street used to have a half decent collection of vinyl and a pair of 1210's to hear them on. the new HMV in the Oracle has deemed fit to do away with that service, the quality of vinyl has suffered too.
  • Green River used to be excellent, alas no longer there. HMV and Virgin are impressivley large.Most of the shopping arcades have decent second hand shops
  • Gotta be sound machine as its cheap.
  • Sound Machine is all i have to say
  • I used to shop in Green river records, but I found it was full of tossers and that fat bloke that ran it - Paul I think his name was, he used to wink at me in a suggestive manner.
  • Sound Machine in Broad St Mall and Harris Arcade
  • Green River shut a couple of years ago which was a real shame as it was one of the best, Sound Machine did have 2 shops in the Harris Arcade but now have one extended shop plus their shop in the Broad Street Mall - both are definitely worth checking out if you want new and second hand CDs for a fraction of the price that HMV/Virgin taxes you for thesedays (mostly alternative/indie/grunge it has to be said, but always worth a look whatever you're into - even some dance music), they also sell many band tops.
  • Archway next door to The Ship pub on the corner of King's Road and Dukes Street. Open on saturday's Sells very cheap CD's. Loads of them. All sorts. Never bought anything there. Just know it's there.
  • Falcon Records, a bit lame but my mate works there. They've got some good/strange stuff if you are prepared to hunt.
  • Haven't seen a mention of Hickies at all. Very helpful and knowledgeable about any classical music that you want. The man behind the counter seems to know just about everything past and present in the CD market -- and all the versions with different conductors! Also do instruments, though I've never bought one there.
  • The Record Basement. One of the best shops to get underground dance music from.
  • Green River alternative music. HMV, Virgin Megastore, Our Price. Sound Machine, Harris Arcade, town centre. Very good 2nd hand vinyl/CD shop, lots of indie, dance, 60s-70s. Replay Records in the Bristol and West Arcade has a great selection of used vinyl and CDs and the best selection of posters in Reading.

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