Everyday we select for you three record stores from around the world. Our growing online community makes this possible. In this list you will find the best record stores in Amsterdam submitted by our friends.
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Now spanning five shop fronts, Concerto is a hotspot for music lovers and reason enough alone to visit Amsterdam, thanks to its huge selection of new and second-hand CDs, LPs and DVDs in any genre you can think of.
Concerto sells new and second-hand CDs, LPs and DVDs, both new and second-hand. The various departments comprise pop, jazz, classical, dance, world music, music DVDs and many other genres. You will also find a broad range of feature films, TV series and documentaries on DVD, both new and second-hand.
“It was a festive occasion when in July 1988 the American Sweet Soul Music singer Arthur Conley opened a small record shop in one of Amsterdam’s trendiest quarters, the Jordaan. The shop started with a modest collection, which was mainly aimed at lovers of Soul, Jazz and Rhythm and Blues.
While at the beginning this music was readily available on LP, it soon became clear that there was a great demand for it on CD. Today there is a wide range of both CDs and LPs. Latin-jazz , Acid-jazz, Rock-jazz, Vocal-jazz and Fusion can be found under the name of the artist artist or the instrument next to the collection of Swing, Bebop or Hard-bop or other forms of Jazz.
And besides this extensive soul collection you can also find old and recent Gospel-music, Blues, Rhythm and Blues, New Orleans, Cajun and Zydeco versions. And this is not all!
Funk, Original-Funk, from P-funk to Free-funk, Sixties-pop, Salsa, world-music and the better Rhythm and Blues are all available from stock!”
“The company formed in late 1997 with the opening of our record store and mailorder service. Initially importing obscure house and techno records from around the world, then later exporting similar minded Dutch releases to overseas companies. The distribution wing had evolved by two years later, in 1999. This set-up eventually led to the start of the label, which saw its first release just before the millennium.
The label has continued to release a mix of upcoming local and international talent next to more established names. From artists like Tom Trago, San Proper, Aardvarck, Rednose Distrikt and Awanto 3 to international names like Hunee, Carl Craig, Xosar and KiNK to name just a few of them.”
Red Light Records is a small but well and surprising stocked record store in the heart of Amsterdam’s red light district. And it is next to another great record store: Vintage Voudou.
Vintage Voudou is a record store in the Red Light District of Amsterdam. The store has been open since 2010, selling vintage second hand tropical & funky records: Caribbean, Cumbia, Salsa, Ska, Reggae, Funk, Bollywood, Oriental, Surinam, Calypso, Belly Dance, Brazil, African, Film Music, Beat, Exotica, Psych, Weird, etc!
Vintage Voudou is always finding fresh vinyl; the store stock is updated regularly.
Waxwell Records is a specialized record store located in the heart of Historic Amsterdam. The record store specializes in Amsterdam’s most diverse selection of Soul, Hip-Hop, Funk, Jazz, Blues, Disco, Rock, Reggae and Pop records.
Waxwell Records was established in 2005 and has achieved an international reputation. Waxwell has an unique and extensive collection of vinyl from all over the world. They restock the store almost weekly – keeping it fresh always; from Old-School Rap 12″s to rare Jazz Funk 45’s, from Brazilian LP’s to Dutch breaks.
Since 1994 a well known address for many record lovers. They buy & sell 2nd hand vinyl, LP’s, Singles and CD’s. Funk, soul, jazz, rock, 60’s, 12″, hiphop, reggae, worldmusic, pop, a huge amount of collector items and classical music.
Classical music, jazz, 1960s and 70s pop and more.
If you want to lose yourself in crates of records, this is your record store. Distortion Records is a digger’s paradise. Genres: 70s punk rock, jazz, funk, soul, Latin, soundtracks, lo-fi, indie, noise, garage, industrial, 80s and 90s indie, electro, hip hop, reggae, break beats, drum & bass and house.
Good and reasonably priced vinyl in every genre. Besides a lot of second hand vinyl they also have a fine selection of new vinyl, mostly reissues.
They house many genres like Soul / Funk, Disco, Reggae, Hardrock, Punk, New Wave, Latin, Jazz, Classical, Soundtracks, Electronic / House, Sympho / Progrock and Hip-Hop.
“Second Life Music is a second-hand record shop in the centre of Amsterdam, Holland. We sell mainly vinyl records, but also CDs, record players, accessories and related items, all second-hand. The supply varies daily, depending on what we buy in. Basicly we sell all genres of music, from classical to house.
At the moment there is a lot of disco, soul, jazz, pop/rock, dutch artists, popular music from the 50’s till the 90’s”.