Retro Sounds Records, Newquay, Cornwall

Small but perfectly formed: Retro Sounds Records in Newquay, Carnwall

Small but perfectly formed: Retro Sounds Records in Newquay, Carnwall

On holiday in Cornwall this year?

Let me recommend a second hand record store:

Retro Sounds Records is a small but perfectly formed shop just off the high street in Newquay, a minute from the station and rammed with used vinyl of all kinds. I stumbled upon it a couple of weeks ago and thought it would be nice to get the word out.

Run by Ian Bunten for the last twenty years, inside its tiny walls I found a great selection of records. It’s a positive Tardis with far more records inside than would appear possible from the outside. What’s more, they are all pretty well organised – always a positive when poring through boxes of stuff whilst the family look on tapping their feet and metaphorically checking their watches to see if they have stopped working. Whilst I was there the clientèle ranged from a lady topping up her jukebox with old ’45s to a teenager poring through an old drum and bass bin. I stuck to the indie, rock and eighties boxes and came away with a couple of “finds” (see my Twitter feed or Instagram).

Clearly I realise this is not a massively useful post if you are reading this from Tahiti or Hawaii. Indeed, if you are in any of those places, I would probably be feeling reasonably pleased – as lovely as Cornwall is, it tends to err on the chilly side in comparison to the aforementioned Pacific islands and it probably isn’t worth the trip just to pick up a copy of Gary Numan’s third LP, a £3 copy of Tin Machine or even a mint £400 copy of Dark Side of the Moon or an early pressing of Black Sabbath’s debut LP – but don’t worry – we’ll have something else for you another day.

UPDATE – May 2015: Retro Sounds is now under new management and a new owner, Steve Godwin-Day. You can find Retro Sounds, Newquay’s Facebook page via this link

In the meantime – here’s a map:



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7 replies

  1. Is that James May leaving the shop??

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    • OK IAN Hope your enjoying your well earned retirement away from the likes of i.JAH As you know had our spats especially when the shelf { rickety } collapsed .But i do consider you a friend and you will be missed by a lot of folk including myself for your repartee and witty banter plus your knowledge which you hid under a bushel mostly?Please answer as i need stylus s for that 20 pound player i bought from you. Hope this missive has bought a tear.Doubt it If you have time post me also if you get any 45s ATB ALF

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  2. Harsh! It’s actually the shop owner: Ian.

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  3. Terry and Sheila replying from Porth Newquay,The best vinyl record shop bar none.Ian we will keep you going…….

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  4. Will be in Newquay, next week whats your address please will pay you a visit

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