Do you know there is this isolated corner shop along Hutton Lane, Penang, which has a neat collection of old Tamil and Hindi records?
The shop is called Angel Record House. It carries mainly old Indian movie soundtracks. You can find albums from the movies like 1970 “Kati Patang”, 1974 Premnagar (Hindi version) and many other movies which starred Sivaji Ganesan aka “The Marlon Brando of Indian Cinema”.
To my surprise, I was told my the record shop owner, that all these old vinyl records are from his family collection and they are not for sale. If customers want any song from his collection, he would record it for them.
Talking about old record stores in Penang, I can still remember back in 1995, I went to this Chinese record shop called Wing Hing. It was located in Campbell Street. I bought back a couple old albums which were rather cheap then. At that time, not many Malaysians are into collecting old vinyl records. There was no flea market in Kuala Lumpur or other parts Malaysia. I could easily buy them from the few existing record shops.
Yan Kee Records & Recording Kuala Lumpur
In Kuala Lumpur, I bought old Chinese records from Yan Kee Records & Recording. The other day I was there and I found out it has some old Chinese opera records and some other Chinese recording artistes.
It is located near the already demolished Madras Cinema. To be precise, it is nearby the popular food haunt, Madras Lane Petaling Street. Or if you’re coming from Jalan Tun H S Lee, then it is opposite the Sri Mahamariamman Temple.