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Crate digging in Paris

bild 1You know there are myths about French people being rude? Well, that’s of course a stereotype and a misunderstanding, but when I was in Paris looking for records the other week I actually experienced it. For the second time. Both times it has happened in record shops.

The first time was two years ago when I visited the grumpy old man at Goodies Records. He asked me to leave, or rather threw me out, when I didn’t buy anything.

And three weeks ago it happened again. I wasn’t asked to leave though. This time it was the other way around, since I wasn’t allowed to pay for my records at Crocodisc until I had listened to five records suggested by the record store clerk. When I finally got to pay for Ras Michael’s Rastafari in Dub, The Skatalites’ Rolling Steady and Prince Jammy’s Computerised Dub he slammed each record down on the counter as some kind of statement. A very weird experience.

Luckily all other people I met in record stores, or at other places, were not ruder than in any other country. The owner of Heartbeat Vinyl was extremely helpful and friendly, so was the people at Betinos, Superfly Records, Music Avenue, Le Silence de la Rue and Patate, the latter probably being the most well-known reggae record store in France.

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For a full list of all the record stores I visited check Reggaemani on Instagram. For a very comprehensive list of record stores in Paris you can check this thread on Discogs.

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Hunting records in Paris

Just came home from a couple of days Paris where I had the opportunity to go hunt for some records. Prior to this trip I had of course done my homework and had some suggestions for record shops to visit.

I started in the Bastille area. My first stop was Le Silence de la rue on 39 rue Faidherbe. It is a store with a varied set of genres and offers both CD and vinyl.

After a struggle of what to buy I ended up with The Bombing – The Very Best of Bost & Bim Reggae Remixes Vol. 2, Phil Pratt Thing, Watch How the People Dancing – Unity Sounds from the London Dancehall 1986-1989, a Basic Replay compilation and Rough Inna Town. I also bought volume 2 & 3 of the hip-hop reggae series on Stix Records.

The next stop was Patate Records on 57 rue Charonne, located just around the corner from Le Silence de la Rue. Here you will find a broad range of reggae on CD and vinyl. I bought Earl Sixteen – Jah Messingers and Tommy McCook – Blazing Horns/Tenor in Roots. The Patate Records owner were also kind enough to throw in Rod Taylor – The Garden of Eden 1975 – 1982, an excellent compilation of this underrated roots singer.

Later the same day I was walking around Étienne-Marcel, close to Les Halles, and stumbled over a small record shop cramped with vinyl. I found the reggae section. It was the usual Jimmy Cliff, Toots & The Maytals and Bob Marley records. But also some great Gregory Isaacs.

I already had most of the interesting albums and decided not to buy anything. When the shopkeeper noticed that I was not in a buying mood I got thrown out. However, if you are in the area you should pop in, especially if you like old soul and disco.

The following day I aimed for Deep Roots Records on 25 rue Lucien Sampaix, near Republique. Unfortunately I did not find the store. I might have closed down, which would not be surprising given the music business today.

If you are in Paris you should also go up to Montmartre and visit Dubwize Records on 60 rue Hermel. I didn’t have the time going there, but it certainly looks like a good shop.

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