In Newcastle there was the excellent Listen Ear around the corner from City Hall. It later became Volume Records and even had a short-lived record label (The Toy Dolls). Spent a fortune over the years in there, really great knowledgeable staff.
Listen Ear was the only shop in town that didn't stock the top 20! Instead, it had all sorts of lovely obscurities!
( March 17, 2016) I used to hang around that shop on at weekend. mate of horse. I am Anders.
Pete Barrett took to Facebook to sing the praises of Listen Ear while Sylvia Dixon posted: