Next time you are in the Sutton Coldfield area, be sure to check out Psychotron Records, which you will find tucked away in the Market Village mall on South Parade.
Psychotron had only been open a couple of months when we visited the store in mid-August 2016. Pete, the owner, has a lot of experience in the record business, though, and is also involved with releasing new music onto vinyl.
Psychotron’s bargain bins of uncategorised £1-a-pop LPs are outside the shop and are certainly worth a look if you have the time. More valuable offerings are available inside the one-roomed store. Here albums are sorted into broad genres such as: “Classic Rock,” “USA Psych Prog,” “Soul + Funk,” and “Folk + Oddball,” to name but a few. There are a few hundred singles for sale, again, sorted into broad genres. If you are stuck for time and know what you’re looking for, just ask Pete.
The records and covers I looked at were all in great condition and I found the prices generally reasonable. Don’t be shy when buying albums—if no discount is offered and you’re spending a fair bit, don’t forget to ask for a deal (they can only say “No,” at worst)!
On this occasion I bought two albums—a white label re-issue of Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake and a copy of The Autumn Stone, both by the Small Faces, for £30 and £25 respectively. Both play EX and covers are EX, too. I have to say, I’m pleased with the way they play.
Psychotron Records also offer some vinyl-related items for sale. There were a few end-of line stackable record storage cubes at a very reasonable £5 each
Mini vinyl drinks coasters at £6 per box of six.
A 3-tier vinyl record cake stand constructed with coloured vinyl.
The walls are decorated with framed posters for sale, including black light posters.
The shop’s sound system has a Rotel turntable and Marantz amp at its core and sounds pretty good, and I’m sure Pete will play a potential purchase for you, if you ask nicely!
Overall, then, Psychotron Records is a pretty good used record store, with a relaxed feel to it. It’s small, which obviously limits what can be displayed, but there’s enough on show to keep most collectors of rock, progressive, pop and blues occupied for an hour or more. If you are looking for something in particular, contact Psychotron before you go, because they may have it in stock, but not on display.
The same mall has a café in case browsing for additions to your collection makes you thirsty or hungry. There’s ample car parking (not free, but not expensive) within a short walk of the mall.
Psychotron Records is open the following hours: