Record shops are few and far between these days. Mike’s Record Shack is on Withington Road on the border of Whalley Range and Moss Side (opposite Tesco at the end of Dudley Road.) It may not be there much longer as the property’s owner wants to flatten it and build something new.
Mike has been selling records here on and off for 18 years. He is a keen collector and picks up records wherever he can… in charity shops and at car boot sales. He doesn’t specialise in any particular scene or era; he owns records from every music genre, from the 1930s up until the 1990s. He particularly likes the unusual records in his collection which are forgotten or overlooked by others.
Mike’s personal taste is generally saxophone jazz of all styles from the 1950s and ’60s and recordings by Trojan Records. His Desert Island Discs would be:
Delia Murphy – The Spinning Wheel (1939)
Colman Hawkins & Ben Webster – Blue Saxophones (1957)
LP includes ‘Blues For Yolande’
Ace Cannon – That Music City Feeling – LP
Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On (1971) – LP
Bob Dylan – Bringing It All Back Home (1965) – LP
Toots & The Maytals – Monkey Man (1971) – LP
Dinah Washinton – Dinah Jams (1954)
The LP includes ‘Lover Come Back To Me’
Planxty (Christy Moore) – Planxty (1973)
The LP includes ‘The Blacksmith’
Mike is currently catalogueing his records; there isn’t much room inside the shop so many of his records are outside in bags on the pavement. I asked him if he was concerned about someone walking off with them (although they look very heavy.) Mike said that a few years ago, he wouldn’t have been able to leave them out there safely, but nowadays he feels secure in the knowledge that no-one will take them. This is a good indicator that the quality of life on the Whalley Range/Moss Side border has improved in the last few years.
I wish Mike good luck with his mammoth task and I hope very much that his shop is still there for years to come.
Mike would like to take this opportunity to say hello to members of the Monaghan family in Sligo, Mayo, Kildaire, Offaly and Dublin!