Short Store Stories: Wah Wah Discos, Barcelona

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Name of the store: Wah Wah Discos

Location: C/ Riera Baixa 14, Barcelona, Spain

Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday, 11:00h. to 14:00h. and 17:00h. to 20:30h.

Tell us a bit about your store:

How long does it exist?
Since 1992.

What sparked the idea to open it? Is there any particular story behind it? It was a time when it seemed vinyl was about to die, most shops in the city were changing their stock to CD, I thought we needed a place where to find both old vinyl originals and the few new editions that small labels were still pressing in vinyl, so I took the risk and opened it myself.

Which genres do you offer? Do you specialize in certain genres?

We offer almost everything from Blues to Jazz to Soul to Funk to R&B, to Garage, Beat, Psych, Avant-garde, Soundtracks, 90’s Indie stuff, etc. We even used to have a Techno/Dance section in the past… Our biggest sections are probably Jazz and Psych/Prog/Krautrock from the 60’s and 70’s, but I like to think we have a very good selection of all genres we carry.

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What was the most awkward or funny request you have ever received?

Mmm… I don’t know… An artist needed once a record that had nothing recorded on it (so, with the source pressed, but blank sound). We found the “Nothing Record” for him… There are always people asking for rarities. And even we do have a lot, customers always ask for something that is not your store.

What is currently one of your most valuable/ sought-after record on your wall?

Now at the moment probably the Discolibro edition of the Rolling Stone’s “Through The Past Darkly” (1000 Euros), this was a rare Spanish edition with a unique picture sleeve, made for a reader’s club and only sold to its members at the time. We’ve sold in the past other high rarities like The Book Of Am (original edition, 1500 Euros) or Princess Flower & The Moon Rays (4000 Euros) – both these LPs have been reissued on our official label. We also sold a copy of Circulation, the band by Robert Graves’ son, Thomas (around 4000 Euros as well).

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Please name your current staff favorites:

In no particular order : Música Dispersa (1970, Diábolo, a Spanish rarity re-released by Wah-Wah Records in 2002), Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan’s “Fascinating World of Electronique Music” (1959, Philips) or Guy Skornik “Pour Pauwels” (1971, Pathé) or Emtidi “Saat” (1972, Pilz), etc, etc…

Check out Wah- Wah Discos via:

https://www.facebook.com/wahwahdiscos.es/

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