About Jacaranda Records
Launched in July 2015, Jacaranda Records Store is situated in the snug surroundings of the The Jacaranda's first floor. Most record stores offer one or two listening tables for customers to try records before purchase. The Jacaranda Records Store has taken this a step further with four specially crafted listening booths! Using the turntable set into the granite table of each listening booth, customers can play records for themselves or the enjoyment of others. The customer's selection either plays through headphones, or out of the speakers set into the headrests of the booth's seating. Many visitors while away the hours in these spacious listening booths, discovering new music or reaquianting themselves with old favourites. The booth size allows up to 6 people (approximately) to gather around the turntable! Refreshments and snacks are also on offer, allowing crate diggers to enjoy a cup of coffee, a slice of cake, or a cold beer whilst searching for sounds. In addition to the range of new and used records that spans across genres from Prog Rock to P-Funk, the store stocks a library of Liverpudlian artists. Curious customers can sample sounds from a variety of scouse musicians that extends from legends such as The Beatles, Lita Roza, and The Real Thing to modern artists such as Clinic, All We Are, and The Weave. The centrepiece of the record store, the 'cherry on top', our pièce de résistance, is the restored 1948 Voice-O-Graph booth which allows customers to make their own record! Utilising delicate mechanical technology from a bygone era, the Voice-O-Graph records sounds from its built-in microphone directly onto a transparent 5" platter. Visitors can record a capella, bring their own instrument, or borrow our in-store guitar to accompany their performance. Our Voice-O-Graph is one of a few remaining functioning booths in the world, and the only one permanently available to the public in Britain. Jacaranda Records Store is one of the most interesting multi-faceted record stores on planet Earth.
We hope you pay us a visit soon to experience it for yourself!
A 20 year love of vinyl has been my personal hobby, whilst professionally running bars, venues and nightclubs. In 2014 we were refurbishing the Jacaranda, a legendary Liverpool venue, famous for hosting The Beatles before they frequented the Cavern and although we knew exactly what we were doing with the rest of the venue, we hadn’t made any solid decisions about the 1st floor and all the ideas floating round were really ropey. Loads of my friends had started talking to me about the fact that their wives had just bought them record players and it just seemed like the perfect mix to stick a fully functional Record store inside a bar and live venue. I thought the mix was really interesting and we quickly realised how all the elements would bounce off each other.
I always remember being a teenager and being really intimidated going into record shops, that kinda private club you weren’t sure you were invited into. So we’ve tried really hard to make it relaxed, chilled and friendly; the exact environment you want to listen to and discover new music with your friends. Once we decided on building the record store, I realised that if we were going to do it had to be the greatest record store I could imagine. So, we have put in 4 custom listening booths, a 1948 Voice-o-graph recording studio, a full bar and a library of records you can listen to in store whilst enjoying a beer or a cocktail on top of our retail records.
‘Whitesnake – Lovehunter’ bought by Daniel Bryne from local band ‘Black Diamond’
The first record shop I went into was ‘Hairy Records in Liverpool, a highly intimidating joint run by unexpectedly beautiful people but they’re sadly no longer open. The record was a David Bowie vinyl wallet loaded with picture discs of all his singles unbelievably and to my ultimate shame, somewhere between moving houses it slipped through my fingers… so if you come across one let me know!
Reckless records in Soho. Its all second hand, its got an incredible selection and the atmosphere is great with the hustle and bustle of people searching for their own personal holy grails. You never leave without something in your hand.
Honestly, after much blood sweat and tears open my own in 2015!
Julian Cope, Mountford hall, 2003ish – I didn’t know his stuff then, but I do now. Unreal.
Do comic books count…. The Invisibles by Grant Morrison
Legally Blonde…honestly this a well-known fact.
Ichy Thump - The Whitestrpes, New York – Lou Reed, At war with the mystics – Flaming Lips
Zeppelin, ACDC, Hendrix, Tom Waits and Belle and Sebastian
Billie Jean – MJ