Anyone remember Boots Record Department in Robertson Street?

Thanks to Matt Thomas for finding this.

source… http://everyrecordtellsastory.com/2014/09/03/remember-smash-hits-magazine/

Dave Luck… Yes

Nick Prince… Yes. It was upstairs…

Steve Thorpe… Yep, still got a C60 cassette bought from there with a Top 20 recorded onto it!

Roy Penfold… Upstairs – past the home brew section!

Alan Esdaile… I did buy a few singles from them, when the others were out of stock but if I remember rightly the album sleeves were so jammed tight in the racks you couldn’t see what they were!

Alan Pepper… Yes I think in October 1971 they were 50pence each and remember i bought Al Green’s tired of being alone ! They also had a reduced section 29 pence singles and bought any on Tamla Motown label that didn’t chart . Good old Boots !

Nigel Ford… Sure do!… the arched listening alcoves had headphones wired in and the first one wasn’t working when I asked to listen to GRAND FUNK “Live Album” whom I’d not heard of before, but the sound came through the second one well and a band that were the loudest in the world at the time (ousting Grateful Dead..?) became one of my all time favourites from just seeing the album cover and thinking “Hey, they look exciting”….. another power trio like CREAM? I don’t remember buying anything else from there though, normally it was Disc Jockey & later Stylus where I bought stuff.

Eric Cawthraw… Never used it myself, but then I was never in to sole music. [Apology to all – but I couldn’t stop myself].

Jim Breeds… Yes remember it well. Good selection too. Alongside the photographic section I think. Steve I have loads of cassette tapes with the Sunday evening Radio 1 charts programme. Probably a couple of dozen. Some may be on Boots cassettes.

Yvonne Cleland… My memory’s failing me. Was it upstairs in Boots that had those listening booths? Somewhere in the town centre did.

Alan Esdaile… Probably Plummers (what became Debenhams) Yvonne.?

Andy Clarke… i remember going upstairs in WH Smiths too. Phil was the manager there, WH Smiths had them, as did stylus records.

Graham Belchamber…  I shopped at the Woolworths record section in Bexhill.

Chris Meachen… Boots had headphones hung somewhere on the wall, if memory serves.. I too have cassettes from there, & probably a number of albums, though I was never much of a singles buyer…

Yvonne Cleland… That’s it! Arched listening alcoves! That’s what I meant! Thanks Nigel Ford!

Nigel Ford… With regard to my earlier comment,  this was early 1971 as in July of that year I was allowed to go to London on my own for the first time to see “Funk in the Park” a free concert with Heads, Hands & Feet (who supported Hawkwind on the pier a bit before, aswell as T.Wells Assembly Hall) HUMBLE PIE and GRAND FUNK headlining in Hyde Park. They played most of the “Live” (double)album absolutely note perfect + other tracks.
Humble Pie were so rocky (having only heard Natural Born Boogie previously) I became a big fan and bought “Performance Rockin the Fillmore” (from Big Al!) when it came out a few months later which was/is most of their set that day. Only in recent years have I found out that either “Chas or Dave” was in HH&F!

Wendy Weaver… Graham bought his first records there – The Strawbs Part of the Union and Gary Glitter I Love You Love Me Love. I’m glad his taste improved before we met

Patrick Briggs… The disc jockey had boothes

Peter Fairless… Did Jack ever have booths? I just remember that he’d play anything you asked to hear and you got the opinions of anyone else in the shop!

Alan Esdaile… I’m pretty sure he had a closed booth at the end of the shop at one stage.

Jim Breeds… He did have a booth – at the far end opposite the door, next to the counter so far as I recall. I can almost smell that shop if I try hard enough – I don’t think anywhere else in Hastings that sold records had quite the same smell. A mix of paper and vinyl I guess. Wonderful.

Chris Giles… yes he had a couple of booths I think…. me and my friends used to order our Monkees Lps from jack and so we didnt have to wait and hear them when we got home we used to listen in the booth…:)

Peter Fairless… Upstairs at Boots…

Nick Prince… Oh yes. Up stairs. I think at one time it took up half the first floor.

Chris Giles…  I remember going upstairs to look through the records

Chris Meachen… Remember it well.. They also sold record care equipment if I recall correctly.. pretty sure I bought a ‘dust bug’ there…

3 thoughts on “Anyone remember Boots Record Department in Robertson Street?”

  1. Yes I think in October 1971 they were 50pence each and rememmber i bought Al Green’s tired of being alone ! They also had a reduced section 29 pence singles and bought any on Tamla Motown label that didn’t chart . Good old Boots !

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  2. Sure do!… the arched listening alcoves had headphones wired in and the first one wasn’t working when I asked to listen to GRAND FUNK “Live Album” whom I’d not heard of before, but the sound came through the second one well and a band that were the loudest in the world at the time (ousting Greatful Dead..?) became one of my all time favourites from just seeing the album cover and thinking “Hey, they look exciting”….. another power trio like CREAM? I don’t remember buying anything else from there though, normally it was Disc Jockey & later Stylus where I bought stuff.

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  3. This was early 1971 as in July of that year I was allowed to go to London on my own for the first time to see “Funk in the Park” a free concert with Heads, Hands & Feet (who supported Hawkwind on the pier a bit before, aswell as T.Wells Assembly Hall) HUMBLE PIE and GRAND FUNK headlining in Hyde Park. They played most of the “Live” (double)album absolutely note perfect + other tracks.
    Humble Pie were so rocky (having only heard Natural Born Boogie previously) I became a big fan and bought “Performance Rockin the Fillmore” (from Big Al!) when it came out a few months later which was/is most of their set that day.
    Only in recent years have I found out that either “Chas or Dave” was in HH&F!

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