Do you know any old record stores in Penang And Kuala Lumpur?
I am talking about the newly setup record shops, like Teenage Head Records, Tandang Store or Hard Graft Records.
These days, you could hardly see them anymore.
I am talking about those record shops from the 60s and the 70s.
The typical shop with wooden box loudspeakers at the shop front, blasting away the latest hit songs.
Old Record Stores In Penang
It was usually managed by a female staff, who would test the record on the turntable for the customers.
Angel Record House Hutton Lane Penang
In Penang, there is this isolated corner shop along Hutton Lane, Penang, which has a neat collection of old Tamil and Hindi records?
The shop is called Angel Record House.
It carries mainly old Indian movie soundtracks.
To my surprise, I was told my the record shop owner, that all these old vinyl records are from his family collection and they are not for sale.
If customers want any song from his collection, he would record it for them.
Wing Hing Records Campbell Street Penang
Talking about old record stores in Penang, I can still remember back in 1995, I went to this Chinese record shop called Wing Hing.
It was located in Campbell Street.
I bought back a couple old albums which were rather cheap then.
At that time, not many Malaysians are into collecting old vinyl records.
Back then when I went back to my hometown Muar Maharani, I managed to buy some old Malay records from the corner bookstore called Toko Buku Manaf at Jalan Abdullah.
It had a good collection of keroncong albums, which are my favorite.
I could easily buy them from the few existing record shops for a song.
Yan Kee Records & Recording Kuala Lumpur
In Kuala Lumpur, I bought many old Chinese records from Yan Kee Records & Recording.
The other day I was there and I found out it still has some old Chinese opera records and other Chinese recording artistes.
It is located near the already demolished Madras Cinema.
To be precise, it is nearby the popular food haunt, Madras Lane Petaling Street.
Or if you’re coming from Jalan Tun H S Lee, then it is opposite the Sri Mahamariamman Temple.
These days I’ve stop buying records. I have more than ample records to listen to with my three old turntables to last a life time.
My collection of albums range from classical, folk to pop, country and rock.
Now with the Internet, I can even listen to so many old albums which are not easily available from any of the physical or online stores.