I’ve missed you TFF! We need to get re-aquainted after a long break.
I’ve been inspired to add a new series to TFF – shopping for vinyl records in Hong Kong. I’m not going to get into the why of records – if you collect vinyl, if you’ve found this post, if you’re interested in music, you probably already know.
I recently acquired a new turntable after several years without one and needed to get my hands on some records to re-build my collection. If this was 2001, or even better, 1991, I would have had a wealth of record stores to choose from in Hong Kong (music selection maybe not so great, but at least the stores would be easy to find). Sad to say it, but in 2011, records stores are not so easy to come by. Not only have independent music stores started to disappear but the ones that remain mostly limit their focus to CDs. The big chains – HMV and Hong Kong Records – carry a few records to cater to audiophiles, but have a limited selection focused on classical, jazz and some recent releases. Every once in a while you can find a gem, but it’s likely to be overpriced and, hey, it’s always better to buy a record at an independent shop rather than HMV.
This post, and the ones that follow, are intended to compile a somewhat up-to-date list of where to buy new and used records in Hong Kong. I’m going to focus on stores that carry what interests me – rock, folk and country from the 60s, 70s and 80s or more recent releases. If you have any suggestions or want to add to the list, please comment.
The first place to mention is Paul’s in Sham Shui Po. More after the break… Read the rest of this entry »