Your chance to own a bit of music history
Hywel Roberts

10:57 6th November 2013

The owner of a famous Soho record store has put it up for sale on Ebay. On The Beat Records can be yours for just over a quarter of a million pounds. Get bidding. 

Tim Derbyshire has posted a listing for the historical site in which he claims it is 'a vinyl treasure trove with a pulsing, groovin’ history steeped in its very walls. You can make history and take it over'.

For your money, you can own not only the shop but also all the fittings and stock. When you put it that way it sounds like a pretty good deal. According to Derbyshire, the perks include being able to "live the bohemian life, meet interesting people every day and the occasional pop or rock star."

Although the store is listed as 'profitable' on Ebay, the current owner warns that the anyone looking to take it over should be "at the stage in your life when you don’t have to worry about making money". 

Encouragingly, it seems that more than the money, what the eccentric shop owner wants is someone to look after his store and love it as much as he has, saying: "I’ve given it my heart and soul for all these years but it’s time for me to step down and let another passionate music lover take over."

 Below: Record Store Day 2013- Pick of the Best Releases

  • Sigur Ros - Agaetis Byrjun: The Icelandic stars' second album was made for vinyl listening, blending the chronic distortion heard on their debut with a growing sense of song craft that would later develop into tracks such as 'Hoppipolla' or 'Inni Mer Syngur Vitleysingur'. The epic 'Svefn-g-englar' still makes it into the setlist of nearly every Sigur Ros live show to this very day. This essential album is the sound of a band finding its feet, and still sounds breathtakingly fresh to this day.

  • The Roots - Things Fall Apart: When The Roots released Things Fall Apart in 1999 it was a breakthrough not just for the group but for hip hop in general. At the end of the 90s many still percieved hip hop as simply a case of MC and DJ, but The Roots took it to another level, crafting their branch of hip hop with more musical dexterity and consideration than most bands. Countless people have been introduced to hip hop by this record and everything's that's happened since has been trying to live up to what The Roots did here.

  • Various - Drive soundtrack: What sticks in your mind more - the Ryan Gosling movie or the soundtrack to the Ryan Gosling movie? Either way, the movie's success was boosted by its thrilling soundtrack, most notably tracks 'Nightcall' by Kavinsky, 'A Real Hero' by College and 'Tick Of The Clock' by Chromatics. A who's who of the slick underground electro scene. The album has been available on vinyl for some time, but is now release on a special picture disc editon for true collectors - or just for fans of Ryan Gosling.

  • The Dave Brubeck Trio - Distinctive Rhythm Instrumentals: The first vinyl record I ever heard and an introduction to real musicianship; Dave Brubeck was one of the most singularly talented musicians, a man who was spared combat duty during his army service to instead put together the first racial integrated army band ever. Whether jazz is your thing or not, the stunning instrumentals of the Dave Brubeck Trio, and later the Dave Brubeck Quartet, can't fail to impress.

  • Foals - Holy Fire: Foals' third studio album and easily their most accomplished piece of work to date that deserves to be enjoyed on vinyl. Lead singer Yannis Philippakis has really come of age, as has the musicianship of the band around him. In the modern world of iTunes and digital copies, Holy Fire is worth collecting in vinyl form.

  • Orange Juice - Rip It Up: Stumbling across this post punk album after seeing The Maccabees perform a cover of Orange Juice's top ten hit 'Rip It Up' turned out to be a huge eye-opener to an amazing eighties era of music. The vocal and musical talent of Edwyn Collins helped his band to become one of the important bands of the eighties alternative scene and for that alone the 1982 album should be remembered.

  • Captain Beefheart - Frank Freemans Dance Club: Captain Beefheart was undoubtedly an icon and his 1968 UK tour was the stuff of legend. John Peel himself said, "If there has ever been such a thing as a genius in the history of popular music, it's Beefheart," and it's thanks to Peel that this was released, as he brought his tape recorder along to Beefheart's gig at Frank Freeman’s Dance Club. Anyone with an interest in music should pick this one up, as there's no doubt Beefheart was one of music's true innovators.

  • Elliott Smith - Alternate Versions from Either/Or: Okay, so it's not exactly 'new' music - but anything previously unheard by Elliot Smith is a treasure worth holding onto. Either/Or, in particular, is one of the greatest albums of the 90s and it's always exciting to rediscover music particularly in a medium that you may not have originally heard it on. The alternate versions of Either/Or songs are likely to bring a different perspective on an album which, to put it simply, was Smith's best.