Recordland, 40 Trafalgar Street

Formerly Recordland, 40 Trafalgar Street, Brighton | Photo by Debbie Lias
Formerly Recordland, 40 Trafalgar Street, Brighton
Photo by Debbie Lias

Possibly the last of all the stores within this list to close, I believe I’m right in saying it was still open for business as recently as 2001 or 2002.

I hadn’t gone there for a while though as, whereas it always sold some in-demand singles, it never really specialised in soul LPs and I only ever picked up a handful over a long period of time.

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  • I sold a lot of my best vinyl here whenever I got skint. Just before I moved to Spain in the early 2000’s, they bought a Michael Jackson picture disc of Thriller from me for a fiver. To be fair, it was the sort of place where I went in to make a few quid, and ended up spending it all back.

    By Paul Hubbard. (25/07/2009)
  • You are right John Lias, not a lot of Soul in general, but excellent for Motown, especially upstairs. I have a few rare LPs which I wouldn’t have but for Recordland. The owner was very helpful as I recall.

    By David Wilkinson (30/12/2010)
  • Geoff Windsor (Fat Geoff) ran Recordland. He was a specialist in jazz/ big band/ vocal and shows but stocked most types of music. I never ventured onto the upper floors much but the ground floor held good stuff at good prices. Geoff could be a bit prickly at times. I once went in there to do a trade with a load of promo LPs. I was after a copy of Tony Conrad & Faust ‘Outside the Dream Syndicate’ I’d seen in there. He eyed my albums suspiciously “Are these promos? I don’t want no promos” he muttered. “No, they aren’t promos” I lied and he consented to the deal. Geoff retired but I believe he took all his stock away and still did, or indeed, does some buying and selling from his home. Like a lot of dealers – it’s in his blood and he can’t kick the habit. I know of one semi-retired record dealer who filled his entire house with thousands of records even though he was working another job full time. I mean – filled it – you could hardly get in the door. I know of other dealers and collectors who have not only filled their houses but lock-ups and storage units too. 

    By M Bradshaw (25/12/2013)
  • I called him Big Geoff. I bought many Sun records from Geoff. Sorry for my poor English but I’m from Belgium. Is he still alive? I saw him once in Belgium and a few times in Nederland, at records fairs. I’m writing now of the 70s and 80s. A great time for records and record fairs.

    By Rocking Rudy from Juke Box Records (08/04/2017)
  • I worked for Geoff (Winser) for a while. The shop was on several floors including a basement which I only found out was damp when looking through a box of unfortunately soggy-sleeved 45s. There was a little room at the very top where Geoff kept a tank of fish. The shop had a hand-painted signboard that fitted into slots on the wall by the door and was inserted and removed and brought inside at the different ends of the day. The shop sold a bit of everything – classical, big band, jazz, easy, soundtracks, and rock and pop that felt rather past its sell-by date – I’m sure there was a Cufflinks album, the Archies-related group. Generally Geoff would look in the Record Collector guide and maybe halve what that gospel book said the price should be. 45s were a couple of pounds each and filed by label. Sometimes I’d turn up repro doo-wop singles, nice. I was there during that big Incredibly Strange Music boom and the easy listening craze, and found my first Martin Denny record there, an E.P. with chunk missing from the sleeve – that was pre-Internet when you just had to buy things in whatever shape they miraculously turned up in or else possibly never get to hear them. If I sold an L.P. from the window display, which consisted of a series of those long strips of joined-together clear plastic L.P. outers, I’d fill the gap with something ridiculous, an album with a stupid sleeve or a Mrs. Mills, to give passers-by a chuckle. My best finds included a Dissevelt and Baltan electronic album that seemed very cheap – I’m not sure Geoff knew how in old electronic music was becoming; also an early ’60s Ivor Cutler E.P. I’d been after for ages; and the little Polydor six-track E.P. of Komeda’s soundtrack to Polanski’s Cul de Sac which I discovered much later was pressed in a much more titchy quantity than you’d expect from a big label. Also I got some of my Tiny Tim and Lee Hazlewood from Geoff; and a beautiful Yma Sumac album spread across a bunch of brown paper-sleeved 7″s and housed in a box, which he brought back from his Stateside buying trip. One day all I sold was one single – admittedly I was playing a compilation CD of Japanese noise in the shop, but really it wasn’t my fault as the weather was atrocious. The worst aspect was if the disc of a CD someone wanted to buy got misfiled and wasn’t in the designated numbered card cover behind the counter (for security reasons)… I had to go through the whole stock to see where it had been put. Before me, a nice chap, now sadly departed, called Mike Gill was Geoff’s assistant – he was the brother of Geoff Gill whose band The Smoke were ’67 near-hit wonders (My Friend Jack).

    By Stephen Drennan (26/07/2018)
  • Found lots of good UK Jazz LPs in here. I was studying at Sussex University and living around the corner from the shop, in Tidy Street. Around 1992-93. Don Rendell &Ian Carr “Dusk Fire”, “Shade of Blue”, Joe Harriet “Hum Dono” are the most memorable. Price was 30 quid each, I still have the LPs with the price stickers on the back of the sleeve. It was quite a lot of money at the time. The rent for my room was 25 quid a week. I used to run into another dealer named Piers Chalmers in this shop quite often, he was pals with Geoff.

    By Sean (10/06/2020)

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