50 best record shops

Everyone's life has a unique soundtrack. Whether it's supplied by JS Bach or Bachman Turner Overdrive is a matter between you and your turntable. But you do need to know where to find those life-and-death grooves. Let Steve Jelbert and his expert panel of record collectors help you get next to the ones you love
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Best dance
The Record Album
Black Market
Fat City
Atlas Records
Hard to Find

Best one-stop/general
Beggar's Banquet
Action Records
Wood Music
JG Windows Ltd

Best specialist
Rough Trade
Ultima Thule
Mr Bongo
Small Fish
Soul Jazz/Sounds of the Universe
Malcolm and Annette Galloway
Minus Zero
Sterns African Record Centre
These Records

The Panel
John Kennedy, XFM DJ, presenter of X-Posure, Mon-Thur 11pm-1am, Sun 10pm-1am. Martin James, managing editor of weekly dance magazine 7, and sometime Independent contributor. Andrew Clarke, classical editor of The Information. Helen McLaughlin, Matador Records. Tim Perry, co-author of Fodor's Rock'n'Roll Traveller series. Roger Beaujolais, jazz vibraphone player and record shop habitué.

NB: Details were checked at the time of going to press, but are liable to change