We are back . . . 12th April 2021

The Strand Records’ Shop is open again today … Monday 12th April 2021 from 10:00am – 4:00pm. For the moment, we will remain open from 10:00am – 4:00pm during Monday – Saturday.

I want to say thank you so much for the support you have given to Strand Records over the past year. The online sales have been so vital and, roughly one year ago, I had literally no idea how we were going to deal with the various lockdowns. All of the online purchases have been essential and I will remain eternally grateful for your support. Thank you so much pop fans. 

For the re-opening, we’ve ordered new stock in and had a good old spring clean of the stock room to unveil plenty of pre-loved vinyl. It’s fair to say that the stock has had a fair old shakeup.

As you can hopefully appreciate, we are limiting customer capacity at any one time, insisting on face masks and the use of hand sanitiser. You know the score!

If you have any questions about visiting the shop or regarding the records we have in stock, please just drop us a line. By the way, the below ‘contact us’ form does work … you just get a weird ‘screen jerk’ once you click on ‘contact us’. Nothing to worry about, we are certainly receiving the messages.

Oh, by the way, we are taking orders/requests for RSD21. If you are interested in any of the RSD21 releases, please let us know by Sunday 25th April 2021.

Thanks pop fans, Ken x

Some lockdown records you might have missed?

There have been some great releases during 2021 that you might have missed due to lockdown. The super six below may have drifted below radar given all that has been going on since January.

Dry Cleaning “New long leg” (yellow vinyl) £18 – Highly original album of post-punk, shape-shifting tracks … think Raincoats, Public Image Ltd, Gang of Four and Sonic Youth.

Joe Strummer “Assembly” (Red vinyl) With free Bandana. £25 – a new compilation of Joe’s solo output. Eclectic ain’t nearly the word as Joe tackles rock, pop, dub, rockabilly, hip-hop, and Spanish folk songs!

Lana Del Rey “Chemtrails over the country club” (Yellow vinyl) £20 – a very self-assured seventh album featuring reflections on Del Rey reflects on fame, love, loneliness and the solidarity of fellow female songwriters, from Joni Mitchell to Weyes Blood.

Faith No more “Who cares a lot (The greatest hits)” (gold vinyl) £30 – Some of their biggest hits from the period 1987 – 1997. Spread across four sides of glorious gold grooves!

The Wedding Present “Locked down and stripped back” £18 – The album features Wedding Present classics in acoustic, but not entirely unplugged form, plus a new duet with Sleeper’s Louise Wener.

Kings Of Leon “When you see yourself” (Cream vinyl) £25 – Rippling guitars and dirty riffs on their 8th album. “Arena rock of the mind” is a great description from Rolling Stone magazine.

Just use the contact form below if you would like any of these beauties. Please note that that contact form does indeed work. It just does a little on-screen ‘jerk’ once you press the ‘contact us’ button which is a little disconcerting. We still receive the messages though … honest!

As usual, delivery is free in the Stoke-on-Trent area and it is £3 for up to 3 albums elsewhere in the UK. Payment is by paypal. There are other postage options available should you require them.

Thanks pop fans, Ken x

Record Store Day UK – 12th June & 17th July 2021

Hi pop fans . . . many of you will know that Record Store Day UK have revealed “The List” of official limited edition vinyl releases making their way to independent record shops this Summer.

There are special releases from loads of artists including U2, ACDC, Elbow, OMD, Suede, Oh Sees, Johnny Thunders, Pearl Jam, Elastica, Steely Dan, Ash, Genesis, Def Leppard, Belle & Sebastian, Tears for Fears, The Rolling Stones, Belly, Primal Scream, Stooges, Prince, The Cure, Add N to X, Motorhead, Crass, The Selecter, Goblin, Ramones, Fontaines DC, Mogwai, Jonathan Richman, The Clash, Amy Winehouse, Dio, Small Faces, Linkin Park, Ocean Colour Scene, Fatboy Slim, Jerry Dammers, Captain Beefheart, Status Quo, John Prine, The Cranberries, The Police and many more. There are also various compilations and soundtracks.

There are two ‘drops’ this summer and you can see futher details of all the releases below;

Please let us know via the below contact form what you would ideally like us to try and stock for each of the two RSD Drops.

As you probably know, we are not allowed to save RSD items for customers but we will try to stock adequate copies of titles based on the interest we receive. No guarantees sadly but the better idea we have of people’s desires, the more informed our order to suppliers will be. Fingers crossed eh!

Thanks pop fans, Ken x

£14 albums pop fans!

Hi Pop fans, the mighty STRAND RECORDS are offering some top vinyl LPs at £14 each. There are limited quanitites available at this price. Free delivery in the Stoke-on-Trent area. Postage for up to 3 albums is only £3.00.

The album titles currently on offer for £14 each are; Anna Birch “Quit the curse“, Coldplay “Everyday life“, The Doors “LA woman“, Drab City “Good songs for bad people“, Flaming Lips “Oczy Mlody“, Flaming Lips “Oczy Mlody reimagined” (Red vinyl), Terry Hall “Home“, Halo Maud “Je Suis une ile“, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard “Gumboot soup“, Joy Division “Unknown Pleasures“, Modern Nature “Annual” (Gold vinyl), New Order “Power, corruption and Lies“, Night Beats “Perform The Sonics’ Boom“, Katy J Pearson “Return” (Red vinyl), Pom Poko “Cheater” (Clear vinyl), Max Romeo “Revelation time“, Royal Blood “Royal Blood“, Saint Etienne “Finisterre“, Saint Etienne “So Tough“, Saint Etienne “Sound of water“, Saint Etienne “Tales of Turnpike road“, Temples “Volcano“, The Orielles “Disco Volador“, Amy Winehouse “Back to Black“, Working men’s club “Working men’s club“, Van Halen “1984“, 77:78 “Jellies” (Orange vinyl).

Something for everyone I think you’ll agree. Factory Records’ austere, industrial classics from Joy Division and New Order, no fewer than four killer albums from Saint Etienne’s europop meets disco back catalogue, Amy’s crisp, emotive soul/R’n’B final LP, 77:78’s delirious heatwave of a beat pop album, The Orielles’ otherwordly party on plastic, Max Romeo’s crucial opus on religious and social themes from 1975 . . . and there’s The Night Beats’ Record Store Day (RSD) album which is an exact track by track cover of The Sonics’ 1966 garage album “Boom” . . . and there’s lots more too of course!

If you want to purchase any of the albums, payment is via paypal and, as mentioned, we can deliver for free in the Stoke-on-Trent area or we can send out up to 3 albums for £3 postage in the UK. Other postage options are available too . . . just drop us a line. Thanks pop fans.